Asus ZenFone 5 : Worth Every Penny
Asus the world’s 5th largest PC maker has come back with a bombarding entry into the Indian Smartphone Arena. With stellar features it lures the users to buy the Smartphones. Though there are many Smartphones with the specifications like it, what actually attracts is that it is a branded phone. Power packed with stunning hardware Asus ZenFone 5 gives the stiff competition to the Budget king “Moto G” and other Smartphones in the same price range.
So in this review, I am going to do a full autopsy of Asus ZenFone 5 to give you a clear picture of the smartphone.
Let’s talk about the material. Asus Zenfone 5 has a simple candy bar design. Majority of the phone is built out of plastic but the design incorporates the iconic concentric circle finish with a unique fine texture which lends the phone a classic premium look and feels. For the simplicity of its design, it has been the winner of the prestigious RedDot Award 2014.
The 5 inch IPS Display is quite vivid, thanks to Corning and the viewing angles are pretty impressive. With a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, you can view images & videos beautifully and that’s all within your budget.
Now let’s talk about the ZEN UI. This is one of the perfect UI I have seen after HTC Sense. Kudos to the ASUS Team. Believing in their motto of “Turning Complexity into Simplicity” they have focused on pure functionality but elegance and beauty also fall with that. The “What’s Next” feature helps to keep a track of your events of the day. Inspired by the retrospective notification pop-ups. This one is a challenger. It reminds you of the next important task or event, lets you identify things and the biggest thing is that it helps to concentrate on your priorities. Huh, I love Zenfone. The “Do it later” assists you in reminding you of all your pending activities whether it’s a poem written by your friend or an important message from your girlfriend.
ZenFone own PixelMaster helps to combine the best of the camera’s hardware and optical design to deliver sharp and magnificent photos. Thus helping you to capture life in moments. Share Link, Party link, PC link, Remote Link helps you seamlessly connect the entire thing meticulously. Omlet Chat helps to do some quirky chat with your friends. It is popular as an open-end chatting application.
Now lets talk about the camera. The 8 Megapixel shooter camera lets you capture life in motion. The flash helps to capture images in the lowest light condition. What beautifies its performance is the presence of ZEN UI’s PixelMaster. With various options available you are bound to deliver beautiful and professional images. Images taken from the HDR Mode are pretty impressive. Selfie Lovers would devour this phone for the beauty in it with 2 Megapixel front camera.
One of the prominent features of the Asus Zenfone 5 Camera is that it is capable of taking good images, especially in the extremely low light. Asus Zenfone 5 Camera App is also capable to generate GIF animated images.
It’s time to rate the Asus Zenfone 5 performance. Powered by Intel Atom Z2560 SoC unlike MediaTek processor, this smartphone gives amazing user experience. Intel Atom Z2560 features a dual-core Clover Trial+ CPU running at 1.6GHz. Needless to say, it gives a head-on competition to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 and MediaTek MT6582. With such a rocking processor you can coolly play high adrenaline games without any lag. The 2 GB RAM gives you that guarantee.
About the storage, Asus ZenFone 5 is available in 8 GB and 16 GB variants both having an expandable memory. Music player’s looks have also been redefined and is easy to use. The 2110 mAH non-removable battery manages to deliver a day-long battery backup in normal usage. So go on and test the juice.
Zenfone which is exclusively available on Flipkart has been going through flash sales. Selling within 2 or 3 seconds. That’s the demand of this phone in India. I seriously recommend this phone to all of them who prefer to have a branded budget phone with stellar features.
Below is a personal on Hand experience by a Zenfone User :
“As the topic title suggests, this smartphone is definitely worth every penny. 8 MP Camera, Dual Core Intel processor, 8GB Internal Storage and 2 GB RAM makes this phone super awesome. It works without any lags. I have installed nearly 60 Apps on my Asus ZenFone 5 and it works like charm while multitasking. Overall it’s a phone worth buying” ~ Kamal.
Technical Specifications for Asus ZenFone 5 :
- Network : 2G / 3G (HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100)
- SIM : Dual SIM, Dual Stand-by (Micro-SIM)
- Display : 5 Inch IPS Capacitive Touchscreen with 16M Colors
- Resolution : 720 x 1280 pixels with 298 PPI pixel density
- Protection : Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Memory : Internal 8GB / 16GB (Two variants available), MicroSD up to 64 GB supported
- DATA : GPRS / EDGE / HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps / Wi-Fi / Bluetooth v4.0 / microUSB v2.0
- Camera : 8 MP Autofocus with LED Flash Primary Camera and 2 MP Secondary Camera for selfies
- Video : 1080p@30fps
- OS : Upgradable to Android OS v4.4.2 KitKat (Android Lollipop also promised)
- Chipset : Intel Atom Z2580/ Z2560
- CPU : Dual-core 2 GHz (Z2580)
- GPU : PowerVR SGX544MP2
- Radio : FM Radio
- GPS : with A-GPS, GLONASS
- Battery : Li-Po 2110 mAh battery (Non-removable)
- SAR Value : US : 1.18 W/kg (head) SAR EU : 0.53 W/kg (head)