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ASUS Zenfone 5Q Review: A Better and Smarter Generation

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This new generation of ASUS Zenfone 5 series has a great impact to those who have attended the MWC Barcelona 2018. One of that is the ASUS Zenfone 5Q which have quad-camera. Yes! you read it right. Glass sandwich phone for this mid-range specs? Well, if you like to know more, continue reading our full review.

ASUS Zenfone 5Q specs:

  • 6.0” FHD+ display IPS 2160 x 1080 resolution at 402 ppi
  • 2.2GHz 64-bit Snapdragon 630 octa-core processor
  • Adreno 508 GPU
  • 64GB expandable via microSD card slot up to 2TB (dedicated)
  • 4GB RAM
  • 16MP f/2.2 OV16880 + 8MP f/2.4 OV8856 with PDAF, 120-degree wide-angle lens, EIS, and LED flash, dual rear cameras
  • 20MP f/2.0 Sony IMX376 + 8MP f/2.4 OV8856 with 120-degree wide-angle lens and softlight LED flash, dual front camera
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS with ZenUI 5.0
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, FM Radio, GPS, A-GPS
  • Dual SIM, 4G LTE Cat 13
  • Fingerprint sensor, face unlock
  • OTG support
  • 3,300mAh battery
  • Available colors: midnight black, rouge red, moonlight white

PHYSICAL APPEARANCE / DESIGN

If you see the ASUS Zenfone 4 series, it’s a big step from ASUS that the Zenfone 5Q having a glass sandwich from a mid-range smartphone actually it’s rarely to see a phone like this unless it is a flagship type of smartphone. We like the design of this smartphone but the back of the Zenfone 5Q is prone to smudge and you need it a case or cloth rag to maintain the shinning back of the phone.

DISPLAY

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The display of ASUS Zenfone 5Q featuring a 6-inch FHD+ IPS display with 18:9 aspect ratio and Asus joining this trend. The corners of the display are curve and I like it. The colors of the display are punchy good and slightly bluish on indoors and on outdoors you can it see even under the bright sun but the colors seem slightly fade away. You can also use the blue light filter to adjust the screen and lessen the blue light.

SOFTWARE AND PERFORMNACE

The Zenfone 5Q is still on Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS with ZenUI 5.0 but ASUS promised about the Android Oreo 8.0 update and we are glad for the cleanliness of the OS itself; less bloatware, almost near stock Android, and the Google applications are present.

NBA 2K18

Gaming and multi-tasking are not a problem here because this phone has a 2. 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 630 processor for better and Adreno 508 GPU. Games like NBA 2K18, PUBG, and Rules of survival are manageable to play. Heating is so minimal and acceptable specially when using mobile data while playing. The sound department performs good but not loud and lack of bass in terms of loudspeaker. The earphone side is good and smooth but then again the bass is less of a little bit punch.

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The Zenfone 5Q has a fingerprint scanner and a face unlock technology. The fingerprint scanner is fast but the face unlock is having a little bit of delay on low-light environment.

CAMERA

The ASUS Zenfone 5Q is joining the quad camera race with the dual-rear and dual-front camera system. The 16MP main camera is capable of shooting sharp and well-good color on good lightning environment and the 8MP secondary camera has the 120 degrees wide-angle good for capturing a good landscape. But it struggles in indoors for a little high contrast and little bit washed out. Lastly the portrait mode of the rear camera is doing good also. In low-light the rear camera struggles on the presence of little bit noise but overall output in low-light condition is OK.

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The 20MP f/2.0 Sony IMX376 + 8MP f/2.4 OV8856 front cameras, the main 20MP front facing camera is doing a good job in daylight the sharpness is good, even in low-light conditions and we are surprised about it, in the other hand the 8MP secondary camera groupie that makes your company invited inside the picture and even low-light it can take a good job. Even the long-exposure in pro mode is doing good.

Sample Photos:

Rear Camera Portrait

HDR on low light (rear camera)

Rear Camera HDR ON

Rear Camera Main vs Wide Angle (Indoor)

long exposure

Rear Camera Pro Mode

Front cam Main vs Wide Angle (Daylight)

Front cam Main vs Wide Angle (Low-light)

front camera potrait

Front Camera Portrait

Front Camera (Low-Light)

BATTERY LIFE

battery life

Using the Zenfone 5Q on a whole day of internet surfing and gaming makes the smartphone being easily drain but the Zenfone 5Q makes a good job to survive. And also this phone makes you happy of having a fast charging capability up to 1 hour of charge from 15% to 100%.

VERDICT

We have enjoyed using the ASUS Zenfone 5Q. It is truly an improvement of Asus Zenfone line-up this year from the design (glass sandwich), the quad cameras, having also a face unlock, a good 18:9 display, accurate fingerprint scanner, fast charging capability and great battery life. Regardless of some trade-off like there’s no usb type-C, and bluish color of display. And lastly the pricing will decide of how this smartphone make standout from today’s stick competition.

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