Asus Zenfone 5 is a one such phone which created a disrupt in the market which makes it really interesting as the specs of the phone is very different from what you get in the market on the basis of the hardware. In this review we tell you whether its worth the money you spend on it. We will also highlight all the pros and cons in this phone after using it for a month.
Zenfone 5 Full In Depth Review + Unboxing [Video]
Zenfone 5 Quick Specs
- Display Size: 5 inch IPS LCD capacitive touch screen with 720 x 1280 HD resolution
- Processor: 1.6 GHz Dual Core Intel Atom Z2560
- RAM: 2 Gb
- Software Version: Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) OS Kit Kat Update Guaranteed
- Camera: 8 MP AF camera with LED Flash
- Secondary Camera: 2 MP front-facing camera FF [Fixed Focus]
- Internal Storage: 8 GB
- External Storage: Expandable up to 64GB
- Battery: 2110 mAh battery Lithium Ion
- Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, aGPS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
- Others: OTG Support – Yes, Dual SIM – Yes, LED Indicator – Yes
- Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity
Inside the box you get the handset, user manuals, MicroUSB to USB Cable, USB Charger ( 1 AMP output current ), warranty card etc.
Build Quality, Design and Form Factor
Asus Zenfone 5 has good design which does make it stand out from the crowd, it features metallic look at the front on the bottom. It has rear matte finish back cover which can be removed but battery cannot come out as its non removable battery. It does feel slightly big in hands with large bezels but overall does not feel very heavy in terms of weight. It has a curved back which makes it easy to hold and you can easily put in your bag, jeans or trouser pocket.
The rear 8 MP shooter takes good images in day light and in low light it performs quite good as well. Rear camera can shoot HD videos and front 2 MP camera is quite good for taking selfie and video chat.
Zenfone 5 Camera Video Sample
Display, Memory and Battery Backup
It has a 5 inch IPS LCD display which gives you great viewing angles and good color reproduction, you also get corning gorilla glass protection on the display. In built memory of the phone is around 8 GB out of which you get around 5 GB available to the user. You also have the option to change the write disk and once you insert an SD card you can install apps on SD card and move apps to SD card by changing settings in asus customized settings. You can get around 1 day of backup with strict moderate usage and on continuous usage if you play games or watch a video you can around 3-4 hours of backup from the device.
Software, Benchmarks and Gaming
Asus Zen UI is a custom version which runs on top of android, it runs smoothly in most of the day to day operations and it looks like the interface has been customized to run on this hardware. It can play most of the HD games without any issues provided you have storage for the same on internal or external storage. We did not faced any issues while playing games like Frontline commando d day and Blood and glory.
- Antutu Benchmark: 19842
- Nenamark2: 60.1 fps
- Multi Touch: 10 point 1
Zenfone 5 Gaming Review [Video]
Sound, Video and Navigation
Loudspeaker is fairly loud and good in terms of sound quality, its at the back so get muffled and partially blocked if you place the device on a table on its back. HD video playback is supported both at 720p and 1080p. GPS navigation works fine on this device and it can lock the GPS coordinates in outdoors quickly and indoors it may take some time.
Zenfone 5 Photo Gallery
What We Liked
- Great Built Quality for the price
- Good Camera
What We Did Not Liked
- Fast Discharging Battery
Conclusion and Price
Zenfone 5 is available on flipkart for Rs. 9999 for 8 Gb model and Rs. 12999 for 16 Gb model and both are good value for money. The first thing we liked is the custom UI which gives you a lot of options and new features and it does not make the phone slow. Battery backup from the device was decent but not great always as at time we got less than one day backup specially when we played games and watched movies.