In a press event in New Delhi today, Asus announced the launch of its latest flagship smartphone, the Asus Zenfone 5z. First introduced at the MWC 2018, the Zenfone 5z packs in top-of-the-line specifications worthy of a true flagship device.
Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, the Zenfone 5Z comes in three memory variants – 6GB + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB, and 8GB + 256GB. It sports a massive 6.2-inch all-screen Full HD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio (yes, there’s a notch!).
The Zenfone 5z runs ZenUI 5.0, the company’s proprietary UI layer based on Android 8.0 Oreo.
Asus is liberally throwing around the AI buzzword branding all its signature features as AI-powered. While smarter charging technology, display, camera, and an overall phone experience are great, these aren’t using any machine learning and calling them AI is a tad misleading. That said, the key takeaway is that the Asus ZenFone 5Z has plenty of optimizations under the hood which help make your phone experience a little smarter.
|ASUS ZenFone 5Z (ZS620KL)|
|Display||All-screen 19:9 aspect ratio|
6.2" Full HD+ IPS display, supports DCI-P3 color space
Capacitive touch panel with 10-point multitouch (supports Glove Touch)
Blue-light eye care filter
|Processor||10 nm, 64-bit, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with Qualcomm Artificial Intelligence Engine (AIE)|
|GPU||Qualcomm Adreno 630|
microSD expansion up to 2 TB
|Cameras||Main Rear: 12MP Sony IMX363 image sensor with f/1.8 aperture|
Second Rear: 120° wide-angle camera with 6p lens
Front: 8 MP AF sensor, f/2.0 aperture with 84° field of view
|Battery||3300mAh capacity with ASUS BoostMaster & AI Charging|
|Network||Slot 1: 3G/4G Nano SIM card|
Slot 2: 3G/4G Nano SIM card
Both Nano SIM card slots support GSM/GPRS/ EDGE,
WCDMA/HSPA+/DC-HSPA+, FDD-LTE, and TD-LTE DSDS network
bands. Both Nano SIM cards can connect to VoLTE 4G calling service.
But only one can connect to FDD-LTE, and TD-LTE data service at a
|Connectivity||WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
NFC with Google Pay
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDSS
|Authentication||Rear fingerprint sensor, 0.3-second fingerprint unlock, supports 5 fingers, 360° recognition, damp fingerprint recognition|
|Audio||Dual 5-magnet speakers with dual NXP smart amplifiers|
PMIC internal dual amplifier
Triple internal microphones with ASUS Noise Reduction
Hi-Res Audio 192kHz/24-bit standard output with HRA-certified earbuds
DTS Headphone:X™ support
Audio CODEC integrated into PMIC
AudioWizard+ with listening profile
|Video||4K UHD (3840 by 2160) video recording at 60fps for main rear camera|
1080p Full HD video recording at 30 / 60fps
3-axis electronic image stabilization for front and rear camera shakefree
Take still photos while recording video
|Software||Android Oreo with new ASUS ZenUI 5.0|
|Colors||Midnight Blue, Meteor Silver|
Available in two color variants – Midnight Blue and Meteor Silver – the Asus Zenfone 5z will be exclusively available on Flipkart. In the box, you get a ZenEar Pro Hi-res headset, a clear bumper case, and a QuickCharge 3.0 charger.
Priced at ₹29,999 ($438) for the 6GB + 64GB base variant, ₹32,999 ($482) for the 6GB + 128GB, and ₹36,999 for the top variant with 8GB + 256GB ($540), the Zenfone 5z is effectively the cheapest smartphone in India running on the Snapdragon 845 mobile platform.
What do you think of the ZenFone 5Z? Is it an exciting affordable flagship and would you like to pick one up? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.