Like the previous Zenfone Max models, these new phones represent the company's transition into bezel-less designs, but the thing about them is not only are they bezel-less, they also have huge aspect ratio displays. Asus thinks it can recreate that magic and is launching the phone again with a 2018 makeover in a hope to revitalize its trembling position in the market. This is the reason why it feels surprisingly light (155g) for a big screen smartphone. The smartphone also comes with two RAM and storage options - one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage while the second one comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage which is expandable up to 2TB via a microSD card. Like the leaks revealed, the Zenfone 5 has a notch in the display and ASUS isn't ashamed to say they copied it from Apple, though they justify their action by saying their own notch is smaller. All three smartphones come with all screen 18:9 displays, dual camera systems and AI enabled features. The software running the cameras includes "AI" automatic scene detection, a portrait mode, and a pro mode that lets users fiddle with most optical settings. It's also misleading to customers, seeing how other companies - Google, first and foremost - are actually adding real AI-based features to their products and services.
The device's AI ringtone can adjust the ringer volume according to the ambient noise level.
Comparisons between the Asus and Apple phones are seemingly inevitable, and even the folks at Asus themselves concede to such.
You can head over to the Asus YouTube channel which will have the live stream on from 12 am onwards.
Asus Zenfone 5 will be available April and the Zenfone 5Z will arrive in June. Being a high-end product, the Zenfone 5 features every bell and whistle from face unlock to an edge-to-edge screen. The sensors are Sony IMX363 which provide different apertures and take flawless photographs.
There are a few key differences, however.
In MobileSyrup's brief hands-on time, we noted how premium the mid-range device felt and were impressed by the responsive camera, as well as the vibrant, clear quality of the pictures we took. The stars of the show - Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 5S - received mixed reactions and yes, a lot of iPhone X-clone labels. The new line-up also includes ZenFone 5 Lite.
The unusual aspect ratio and the wraparound "wings" of the display make the phone look striking for all the same reasons as the iPhone X. There's a 6.2-inch 2,246-by-1,080 IPS display that can hit a solid 500 nits of brightness. The phone supports AI Charging technology to recharge the device super quickly. This smartphone is fueled by the Snapdragon 845 64-bit octa-core processor, while the Adreno 630 GPU is also a part of that package. You also get a 20-megapixel front-facing shooter with Sony IMX376 sensor, f/2.0 aperture.
On the camera front, the device sports dual cameras at both the sides.
Credit: Tom's GuideThe device looks like Apple's most expensive iPhone, complete with a notch to house the front-facing camera lens, but for half the price. It will be available in Rouge Red, Moonlight White, and Midnight Black.
The ZenFone 5 Lite is the more affordable version of the ZenFone 5.