Review – ASUS ZenFone 5: Best All-Rounder Smartphone Under RM1,300

ASUS ZenFone 5

RM 1,299
8.8

Build Quality

9.5/10

Accessories

8.0/10

Display

9.0/10

Audio

8.5/10

Camera

9.0/10

Software

8.5/10

Performance

8.5/10

Battery

9.0/10

Value

9.5/10

Pros

  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent display quality
  • Excellent camera image quality
  • Ultra wide angle camera for that dope POV
  • Superb HDR mode (photo)
  • Clean ZenUI 5 build (minimum bloatware)
  • Excellent performance
  • Excellent power efficiency & battery life
  • Value for money

Cons

  • Slippery glass back
  • Distortion and blurry edges (wide angle lens)
  • Washed out colours (selfie)
  • Less refined twin apps implementation

Intro

“Back to 5”, this is ASUS’s tagline for the ZenFone 5. It is because ASUS has released a phone called ZenFone 5 back in 2014 with an Intel Atom chipset. Those were the days where ASUS were selling amazing devices with a reasonable price tag until disaster hit as Intel Atom chips would drain the battery in no time. Then, awful ZenUI 3 and bad pricing further impacts the ZenFone series despite they build really great hardware. Therefore, the ASUS aims to claim back their lost glory with the 5th generation ZenFone. Read on to find out more about the ZenFone 5.

ASUS ZenFone 5 Specifications

ASUS ZenFone 5
CPU & GPUQualcomm Snapdragon 636
8x1.8 GHz Kyro 260
Adreno 509
RAM4 GB
Storage64 GB
supports microSD card up to 2 TB, dedicated slot
Display6.2-inch
19:9 IPS LCD
1080 x 2280
Notch
Camera (rear)12 MP + 8 MP
f/1.8 + f/2.0
24mm + 12mm
1/2.55" + 1/4"
PDAF
Camera (front)8 MP
f/2.0
24mm
Gyro-EIS
BatteryNon-removable 3300 mAh
Operating SystemZenUI 5.0
Android 8.0 Oreo
SIMHybrid Dual SIM (Nano) + MicroSD Slot
ConnectivityGSM / HSPA / LTE
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0 A2DP, LE
GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
FeaturesRear fingerprint scanner

Unboxing

ASUS ZenFone 5

What’s in the box:

  • ASUS ZenFone 5
  • 5V2A charger
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • In-ear earphones & replacement earbuds
  • Transparent soft case
  • User manual and warranty info

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