ASUS surprised us today with the announcement of three new ZenFone 5 models. The ZenFone 5  and ZenFone 5 Lite were expected, but the ASUS ZenFone 5Z was a big surprise.

The 5Z looks to be an affordable powerhouse, packed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, an all-screen Full HD+ 6.2-inch display, 6 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of storage space — all for around $500. Its specs and price place it in competition with phones like the OnePlus 5T.

The all-screen display features a notch at the top, similar to the Apple iPhone X. The Essential Phone has a much smaller notch, but ASUS appears to have taken design elements more from the iPhone X than or Android phones.

For $499 you’d be hard-pressed to find a device that beats these specs. It’s got dual-cameras at the rear, a 3,300 mAh battery, dual-SIM, a microSD card expansion slot that can give you up to 2 TB more storage, Bluetooth 5.0, and 4K video recording. It’s all packaged in just as beautiful a presentation as previous entries in the ASUS ZenFone line. It comes in two colors, Midnight Blue and Meteor Silver.

ASUS did not give specific details for when the phone would be available. Below you’ll find the full list of ASUS ZenFone 5Z specs:

 ASUS ZenFone 5Z (ZS620KL)
DisplayAll-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
Processor10 nm, 64-bit, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with Qualcomm Artificial Intelligence Engine (AIE)
GPUQualcomm Adreno 630
microSD expansion up to 2 TB
CamerasMain 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
Battery3300mAh capacity with ASUS BoostMaster & AI Charging
NetworkSlot 1: 3G/4G Nano SIM card
Slot 2: 3G/4G Nano SIM card
Both Nano SIM card slots support GSM/GPRS/ EDGE,
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
ConnectivityWLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi Direct
NFC with Google Pay
USB Type-C
AuthenticationRear fingerprint sensor, 0.3-second fingerprint unlock, supports 5 fingers, 360° recognition, damp fingerprint recognition
AudioDual 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
FM radio
AudioWizard+ with listening profile
Video4K 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
SoftwareAndroid Oreo with new ASUS ZenUI 5.0
Weight163 g
ColorsMidnight Blue, Meteor Silver

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