The ASUS Zenfone 5Z is the upgraded version of the Zenfone 5. Although they share the same body, the Zenfone 5Z has a better specifications compared to the Zenfone 5. On its official retail price of Php29,995, it is by far the cheapest smartphone equipped with the Snapdragon 845 chipset in the Philippine market.
On a price difference of Php10K, we are going to find out whether it is a worthy upgrade from the Zenfone 5. But before that, here’s our unboxing and first impressions.
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ASUS Zenfone 5Z Specs:
- 6.2-inch Full HD IPS display (1080x 2246 pixels) 18.7:9 aspect ratio
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octa-core processor
- Adreno 630 graphics
- Android 8.0 Oreo with ZenUI 5.0
- 128GB ROM expandable up to 512GB
- 6GB RAM
- 12MP (f/1.8) + 8MP (f/2.0) rear cameras with PDAF, gyro EIS, dual LED flash
- 8MP (f/2.0) front camera with gyro EIS
- 4G/LTE, Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- Fingerprint Scanner
- accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
- WiFi a/b/g/n/ac
- Bluetooth 5.0
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- USB Type C
- 3,300 mAh battery with Fast Charging
What’s inside the box?
- ASUS Zenfone 5Z unit
- USB Type C cable
- Wall adaptor
- Earphones with extra silicon cup
- Jelly case
- SIM card ejector tool
As we said a while ago, the Zenfone 5Z has the same look with the Zenfone 5. At the back, it has the ASUS’ signature design which is the circular sunburst-like effect around the fingerprint scanner. The glass back cover makes the device a premium-looking phone.
Ports and buttons:
- Top – noise cancelling microphone and antenna bands
- Bottom – speaker, USB Type C port, 3.5mm audio jack, microphone
- Left – SIM card tray, microphone
- Right – Volume rockers and power button
At the front, it has the same 6.2-inch Full HD IPS display with 1080 x 2246 pixels and sports an 18.7:9 aspect ratio. The Zenfone 5 series display is by far the best display ASUS has ever put in their smartphones.
The Zenfone 5Z has a dual camera setup at the back. It has a 12MP main camera sensor with f/1.8 aperture and another 8MP wide-angle lens. Personally, we really like seeing wide angle lenses on smartphone cameras compared to telephoto and monochrome lenses.
At the front, it has an 8MP f/2.0 aperture selfie camera with gyro Electrical Image Stabilization (EIS) for less blurry images.
We are happy to have the ASUS Zenfone 5Z with us. And since we also have the Zenfone 5, we are excited to test these two device side-by-side to see if there are any noticeable differences when it comes to the performance. So far, the Zenfone 5Z is doing well and we haven’t encountered any issue while using it.
If you have any special request for our final review, don’t hesitate to write it on the comment section below and we will try our best to include it on our next article.
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