Many of our readers are requesting this review and now here it is! We have Asus Zenfone 5! The Asus Zenfone 5 is one of the three smartphones from the Zenfone line of Android smartphones from top notch PC, computer motherboard and laptop maker Asus. It was announced in Computex 2014 in Taiwan, a yearly consumer electronics show and officially arrived in the Philippines 2 months after. The smartphone has been sold out many times because of its pricetag. It officially retails around P6,995 but priced cheaper on online stores.
Why a quick review by the way? We usually do an unboxing and first impressions a day after we take a hold of a device and then a full review a week after. Since its only a few days before Christmas and probably the last tech blog to review it, we will be sharing our review based on our 3-day review time of the unit.
Asus Zenfone 5:
- 1.6GHz Dual Core Intel Atom Z2560 processor with Hyper Threading Technology
- PowerVR SGX544MP2 graphics
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 64GB
- 5-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels) 294 ppi
- 8 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus, BSI and LED flash
- 2 megapixel front facing camera
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth
- GPS, A-GPS
- 2,100 mAh battery
- Android 4.4 Kitkat with Zen UI
- SRP: P6,995
- Status: Available at Asus stores and retailers
What’s inside the box?
- unit itself
HARDWARE AND DESIGN:
Just like their laptops, tablets and PCs, the Asus Zenfone 5 is a one solid device. The might have more bezels on top and bottom, the phone is lightweight at 144 grams. It also rest well on our hands thanks to its curved back that reminds us of Motorola’s Moto X. We also love that chin that gives the phone its unique identity. Rear firing speaker is loud enough to hear if there’s a notification or a call but we’ve reviewed louder audio output from other smartphones.
The display has a resolution of 720p which fairly decent. We find the display on the cooler side which favorable on our eyes. Viewing angles and outdoor visibility are surprisingly good. You don’t need to manually adjust the brightness level to appreciate the display outdoors or even under direct sunlight because auto brightness works very well here.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE:
Asus has its own Zen UI on top of Android 4.4 Kitkat. Unlike any other custom UI we’ve seen from other brands, we never encountered any hiccups and lags. It is fast, fluid and polished. Overall, we like the Zen UI’s simplistic look and design. Playing our favorite games Clash of Clans and Candy Crush Soda is a smooth experience and experienced no lags. However, loading Dead Trigger 2 takes longer time than usual and minor lags were encountered while playing.
We are surprised with the phone’s 8 megapixel rear snapper. Pictures are pretty good on well lit areas. Outdoor shots are better too. Pictures using the flash is also good. It is bright enough to capture the good detail without overexposing it.
One drawback is the lack of LTE. But what the heck, HSPA+ is fast using both Smart and Globe SIMs. WiFi reception is excellent. Bluetooth works fine. Calls are clear from both ends of the line.
The 2,100 mAh battery lasted around 12 hours of moderate to heavy usage with 5 hours screen on time. We used the phone mainly for games, watching You Tube videos and I Want TV. We find, however, the phone takes time to charge using the included charger. It takes more than 2 hours to charge the phone from 10% to 100%. We used a Samsung charger the next time we charge and it became 1 hour and around 40 minutes to charge from 8% to 100%.
The Asus Zenfone 5 is hard to beat when it comes to performance at this price point. For P6,995, you can buy a very solid smartphone powered by Intel’s Atom chip. This is another proof that the number of cores does not define the quality of performance but on each and every cores. It performs better than those quad core-powered smartphones at the same price range. It has color options too. It is available in white, black, red, and purple. So, Asus Zenfone 5 against the competition? We have a clear winner here. 🙂
If you own a Asus Zenfone 5, feel free to share your experience with us. 🙂
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