ASUS presents the next generation of its flagship smartphones. Zenfone 5 has the design of the iPhone X, but its price will be definitely more attractive. And on board instead of iOS, we’ll have Android, of course.
Zenfone 5 has a 6.2 inch screen, but the smartphone itself has a size of 5.5-inch. The screen is 90 percent. the surface of the front panel. This is a panel with an aspect ratio of 19: 9 with FHD + resolution and a brightness of more than 500 nits. The eye is obviously noticed here, which was first introduced on the iPhone X. ASUS is aware of the accusations of copying the company’s design with the apple and openly admits that he did it because he considers it good, and so far sees a different solution to maximize the use of the smartphone surface through the screen.
Interestingly, the feed in Zenfone 5 is to be supported by AI. Artificial intelligence is supposed to adjust the color temperature to the light intensity and also activate the display when we look at it.
Two cameras were used here. The first was based on the Sony IMX 363 sensor with a resolution of 12 Mpix (pixels 1.4 micrometres) with a f / 1.8 aperture. It is supported by four-axis image stabilization of OIS and EIS. The second is based on a wide-angle lens with a 120-degree field of view. It has a resolution of 8 Mpix and aperture f / 2.2. In the front we have a 8 Mpix camera with f / 2.0 aperture and a field of view of 83 degrees.
Zenfone 5 can recognize up to 16 different types of scenes and adjusts camera settings to them. These include people, food, cats, dogs, landscapes, city etc. The phone matches them, among others color intensity, white balance or exposure or exposure time. There were also very conventional modes, such as a portrait in which the background is blurred in an artistic way. ASUS points out that this solution is based on hardware devices, not software, as in competing smartphone models.
Moreover, AI Photo Learning has to memorize our favorite settings when shooting and then suggest them when taking similar photos.
The heart of Zenfone 5 is Snapdragon 636 supported by up to 6 GB of RAM. However, Zenfone 5Z with Snapdragon 845 is also planned, which will not differ from the basic model in any other way. It is unofficially said that the price of “Z” will be less than 480 euros. If this is confirmed, I will probably go to the store by myself.
The AI Boost function is to optimize the placement of the processor’s processing power and resources, as a result of which the smartphone works faster and more efficiently. This solution analyzes the user’s habits and preferences and then adapts to them.
Two five-magnet multimedia speakers are supposed to sound better than ever. The sound from the headphones improves the DTS technology. The smartphone also supports Bluetooth 5.0 with the aptX sound profile. The AudioWizard application allows us to independently adjust the Zenfone 5 sound with predefined settings or a classic equalizer.
AI Charging automatically sets a charging schedule based on our habits. So if we often leave the phone under the charger for the night, it will keep 80%. charging, and just before our wake up, recharges it in 100 percent. This is to prevent a rapid drop in battery life.
Importantly, the ZenUI overlay has gone on a diet. Finally, applications that were previously duplicated have been abandoned: browsers, e-mail clients, keyboards or messaging applications. Now they will be replaced by Google equivalents (including the GBoard keyboard).
Zenfone 5 Lite will be a weaker and free of charge vortex version of the basic model. It uses a 6-inch FHD + screen, two front cameras and two cameras in the back (20 and 12 megapixels), as well as a 3300 mAh battery.