After the first announcement at Mobile World Congress 2018, the ASUS ZenFone 5Z will finally come to the US. As an iPhone X clone thought by some, there is more than the eye when it comes to this flaship. Although similar to the iPhone X, it improves the design.
The ASUS ZenFone 5Z is a completely different animal than the previous generation. With its beautiful 6.2-inch display, the new device completely drops the criticism of the past of an unattractive design. But that's more than just a pretty phone. The 5Z is packed with legitimate flagship specifications and incredible speakers. It's a great phone for media consumption.
- Skin: ZenUI 5
- Operating System: Android 8.0 Oreo
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (2.7GHz) [1
- RAM: 8 GB
- Memory: 64 GB (expandable via microSD)
- Display: 6.2 "2246 x 1080 Super IPS + Display
- Screen-to – Body Ratio: 90%
- Rear View Camera: 16 MP and 12 MP
- Front Camera: 8 MP
- I / O: 3.5mm Headphone Jack
- Battery: 3,300 mAh
The first thing you notice when you hold the ZenFone 5Z is the new display A beautiful 6.2-inch 1080p display screen with 100% DCI P3 coverage and a 19: 9 aspect ratio. ASUS came with Apple's True Tone technology and named it Auto Color Tem If enabled, the phone monitors the environment and adjusts the white balance for a more enjoyable reading experience.
The display reaches a maximum brightness of 515 nits and supports the touch of the glove. It also has an amazing 90% screen-to-body ratio, below a small list of cell phones, to achieve this performance. But like the iPhone X, it needed a display notch to accomplish this. Depending on how you feel about it, this can be a deal breaker.
Dual Speakers with Dual Amps
As OEMs demand for smaller ones Fills meet, the speakers seem to be sacrificed. Nowadays, finding front speakers is rare, but even more depressing is the loss of stereo speakers. Fortunately ASUS has not forgotten the audio quality with the ZenFone 5Z.
The ASUS ZenFone 5Z has two stereo speakers that use the earphones and a down-facing speaker. Both are equipped with NXP 9874 Smart Amps, which allow the speakers to produce louder sound without the risk of damaging them. As a result, you'll have some of the loudest speakers found in a smartphone that also deliver a clear, crisp sound.
However, the audio enhancements do not stop. The ZenFone 5Z supports Hi-Res audio, whether wired headphones or wireless. That's right – unlike the phone from which it was taken, it could actually maintain the 3.5mm headphone jack.
The ZenFone 5Z can play audio files up to 24 bits / 192 kHz, which means even better sound quality than a CD. The 5Z also supports DTS Headphone: X for a 7.1 surround sound effect that was artificially created to output headphones, resulting in a truly immersive viewing experience.
The popular buzzword in the smartphone industry is AI (Artificial Intelligence), and ASUS is jumping on the trend. With Qualcomm's Artificial Intelligence Engine, ASUS improves everything on the phone with machine learning.
Starting with app performance, the ZenFone 5Z learns which apps you use and which ones you'll use next to make sure it's loaded. The default launcher will suggest an app that may interest you, and start these suggestions faster.
Loading is also improved. It seems that ASUS is taking advantage of some of the recommendations we've made in our battery charger and adjusting the charge rate to your habits. Known as AI loading, the phone learns your charging habits and changes the charges accordingly. If you have a bad habit of leaving your phone on the charger even after charging, it reduces the time it takes to reach 100% and reduces the load that the maximum capacity puts on the battery. Honestly, bravo to ASUS.
Another new AI extension is AI Ringtone. The phone changes the ringer volume based on the ambient noise level. For example, if you are somewhere loud, the volume increases so you can hear it. However, if your phone is in a quiet environment (for example, in your bedside table), the volume will be reduced. There is also AI Calling, which adapts your microphone to your environment, so that the person you call can hear you clearly.
Finally, AI is used to enhance the cameras, but I will talk about that later. The Next Section
AI-Enhanced Dual Cameras
The ZenFone 5Z is equipped with two rear cameras, a 16 MP and a 12 MP. Both use the Sony IMX363 image sensor. The main camera has a typical field of view of 83 °, while the secondary camera has a wide angle of 120 °. The primary lens has optical image stabilization and electronic image stabilization. In addition, there is an RGB color correction sensor.
The selfie camera is an 8 MP with f / 2.0 aperture. Like the rear cameras, it supports portrait mode and a feature called NightHDR, which uses the dynamic contrast of HDR in low light conditions.
Using machine learning, the rear cameras can detect up to 16 different scenes and adjust the camera settings to best capture the scene. Machine learning is also used in a feature called AI Photo Learning. The smartphone learns how to make your photos look and automatically adjusts the camera settings to your preferred choice.
Finally, the Gallery app brings many of Google Photos' AI enhancements with it. Automatic grouping of photos based on the objects in the image is supported, including grouping of photos by individuals.
Price & Availability
Buy ASUS ZenFone 5Z now at Amazon UK. Currently two colors are available: Midnight Blue and Meteor Silver. The phone will deliver the 13th of August. And I'm excited to say that this phone is priced at $ 499.00. Just to put it in perspective: That's about $ 30 cheaper than the OnePlus 6 with almost identical specifications and a better speaker.
The ZenFone 5Z is a promising offering from ASUS. It has a stunning design, great speakers and a great price. Although I have not really enjoyed the offers of recent years, this device really impressed me. What do you think about the ZenFone 5Z? Let us know in the comments below.