Asus Unveils the ZenFone 5, an iPhone X Clone

Asus Zenfone 5Z

It's easy to mock Apple when you're not the first company to come up with a risky design as the iPhone X. It's also easy to advertise the Zenfone 5's all-screen designs, dual camera performance, and even its animated emoji after competitors actually did the hard part, and that's inventing new phone features phone features.

As for the battery, both the Zenfone 5 and the 5Z use a 3300mAh battery.

That doesn't mean it's not a handsome looking device though, and with generally high-end specs it looks like the Asus Zenfone 5 - along with the Asus Zenfone 5Z - may be one of the stand out devices of this year's top mobile phone show.

According to Asus, the ZenFone 5Z features a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio, higher than any phone now on the market.

Asus didn't say anything about battery life, but did note that all three Zenfone varieties have a 3300-mAh battery.

The Zenfone 5 will be coming in with a 6.2-inch display screen with 2246 x 1080 resolution.

The phone comes preloaded with Android Oreo and Asus' custom ZenUI 5.0 skin on top.

Asus Zenfone 5
Asus Zenfone 5

Asus calls the Zenfone 5 series an Intelligent Phone because it uses lots of AI. The phone features top-end specifications enclosed in an iPhone X inspired body.

For a smartphone with a 6.2-inch display, the ZenFone 5/5Z is fairly compact. This device has a 5.5-inch 720p display with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 mobile platform (processor.) There's another version with the same display but a Snapdragon 425 inside instead. The company didn't reveal the price of the other two models as of yet. The Zenfone 5's IPS display reproduces content impressively and the so-called "notch" is smaller than that of the iPhone X, it said.

Both phones also have the same cameras. The ZenFone 5 Lite will start shipping March 2018 but there was no mention of price. The phone uses the power of AI to enhance the experience of using the phone and Asus has included some rather interesting features. The phone will support AI charging tech. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (dual-band, 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth v4.0, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The ZenFone 5 family includes the ZenFone 5 Lite, 5, and 5Z. The ZenFone 5 will feature a less-powered Snapdragon 636 processor, paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. It features a combination of 12 Megapixel cameras at the back panel.

Both phones will be available in Midnight Blue and Meteor Silver when they launch.

Speaking of which, Asus is making major strides into the world of artificial intelligence with the ZenFone 5. The body of the Zenfone 5 Lite is built of aluminium which makes it both light as well as durable. It runs Android 7.0 Nougat with Oreo update planned for Q3 2018.

The ZenFone 5Z ups the ante with the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, a huge 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. As of yet there is no clear information on which model will hit the Indian shores. There are two RAM variants, 4GB and 6GB coupled with just a single storage combination, 64GB. The rear dual cameras are equipped with 12MP Sony IMX363 with f/1.8 aperture and 8MP 120-degree wide-angle lens f/2.2 aperture sensors.

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