ASUS Philippines,  Tech review

First impression | AI-powered ASUS Zenfone 5

It’s been 3 weeks when I first tried this sleek Zenfone 5 when I went to Singapore. Being an avid ASUS Zenfone user since 2015, I’m impressed by how ASUS mobile phones evolved. 
Switched from Zenfone 2 Laser to Zenfone 4 Max Lite in a span of 3 years, I was excited when Zenfone 5 arrived into my doorstep few days before the SG trip. It never fails me when taking great photos.
With 64GB internal storage that you can store a lot of apps which you can play your fave mobile games, take selfies, record videos. Sleek, handy-dandy Oreo-powered mobile phone that makes your life easier. If you have multiple social media accounts such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, you can use Twin Apps.
What more I can say about Zenfone 5? If you have a budget below 20k, you can snag this phone for only 17,995. If you’re planning to pursue mobile photography, here’s a great phone that you can start on.
ZenFone 5 specs
Finish / Color

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Capacity

Internal storage

eMCP 64GB

MicroSD card

Supports up to 2TB

Google Drive

100GB free space (1 year)

Weight and Dimensions
153mm
(6.02 inches)
75.65mm
(2.98 inches)
7.7mm
(0.30 inches)

Weight: 165 grams (5.82 ounces)

Display

6.2-inch Full HD+ (2246 by 1080) Super IPS+ display

90% screen-to-body ratio

550nits brightness

96% NTSC color gamut, supports DCI-P3

Corning® Gorilla® Glass for best screen protection

Bluelight filter for eye care

Auto Color Temperature

Smart Screen On

Capacitive touch panel with 10 points multi-touch (supports glove touch)

Processor

CPU: 

Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 636 Mobile Platform with 14nm, 64-bit Octa-core Processor with AI BoostFinFET LPP (Low Power Plus) powersaving technology

GPU:

Qualcomm® Adreno™ 509

Memory

Up to 4GB LPDDR4X

Main Rear Camera

5x light sensitivity low light photos (compared with a typical camera with 16MP, F1.7 & 1.12µm pixel size)

Sony flagship IMX363 12MP dual pixel image sensor – 1/2.55″ large sensor size, 1.4µm large pixel size

F1.8 aperture

24mm equivalent focal length in 35mm film camera

6p lens

83° field of view

Instant cameras switching

0.03 seconds phase-detection autofocus

4-axis, 4 stops optical image stabilization

LED flash

AI Photography:

AI Scene Detection in 16 types: food, sky, green field, plant, ocean, sunset, snow, flower, stage, dog, cat, people, text, tripod, QR code, night view

AI Photo Learning

Real-time Portrait

Real-time Beautification

PixelMaster camera modes:

Auto (with Night HDR and Portrait)

Beauty

Pro (RAW file support / up to 32 seconds long exposure)

Super Resolution (48MP)

GIF Animation

Panorama

Time Lapse (with power saving mode)

8 various filters

Second Rear 
Camera

120° wide-angle camera

200% wider view for more friends and scenery in the frame

12mm equivalent focal length in 35mm film camera

Front Camera

8MP

F2.0 aperture

24mm equivalent focal length in 35mm film camera

84° field of view

PixelMaster camera modes:

Auto (with Night HDR and Portrait)

Beauty

Selfie Panorama

GIF Animation

8 various filters

Video Recording

4K UHD (3840 by 2160) video at 30 fps for main rear camera

1080p FHD video recording at 30 / 60 fps

720p HD video recording at 30 fps

3-axis electronic image stabilization for rear cameras

Take still photo while recording video

Slow Motion video (1080p at 120 fps / 720p at 240 fps)

ZeniMoji: Live Emoji

Audio

Speaker

Dual speakers

5-magnet speaker with dual NXP Smart AMP for louder, deeper and less distorted sound effect

Audio Output

Hi-Res audio 192kHz/24-bit standard that is 4 times better than CD quality

DTS (Digital Theater System) Headphone:X™ 7.1 virtual surround sound for headphone support

Audio CODEC integrated into PMIC

AudioWizard with listening profile

Microphone

Dual internal microphones with ASUS Noise Reduction Technology

FM Receiver

FM radio

Wireless Technology

WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 & 5GHz

Bluetooth 5.0

Wi-Fi direct

NFC

Navigation

GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BDS

SIM Cards

Dual SIM dual standby

Slot 1: 2G/3G/4G Nano SIM Card

Slot 2: 2G/3G/4G Nano SIM Card, or the microSD card (supports up to 2TB) at a time

Network Standard

GSM/GPRS/EDGE; WCDMA/HSPA+/DC-HSPA+; TD-SCDMA; CDMA 2000; FDD-LTE; TD-LTE

Data rate

LTE Cat13 UL up to 150Mbps / Cat12 DL up to 600Mbps

DC-HSPA+: UL 5.76 / DL 42Mbps

B version

FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 28)

TD-LTE (Bands 38, 39, 41)

WCDMA (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 19)

EDGE/GPRS/GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz)

ASUS phone 4G/LTE band compatibility varies by region, please check compatibility with local carriers.

Sensor

Rear fingerprint sensor (0.3 seconds unlock, supports 5 fingerprints), Face recognition, Accelerator, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, RGB sensor

External Buttons and Connectors
Fingerprint sensorOn/Off
Sleep/Wake
Volume up/down3.5mm audio jack
(1 Headphone/Mic-in)
Built-in speakerUSB connector
Battery

3300mAh with fast charging

AI & scheduled charging for battery protection

5 minutes charge for 2 hours talk time

38 minutes charge to 60% capacity

Up to 22 days 4G standby

Up to 25 hours 3G talk time

Up to 13 hours video playback

Up to 17 hours Wi-Fi web browsing

Power Adapter

Output: 5V 2A 10W, supports up to 18W adapter

Operating System

Android™ Oreo™ with new ASUS ZenUI 5

ASUS ZenUI 5 includes:

Launcher

Themes

ZenUI Safeguard

Fingerprint Sensor

ZenMotion

Gallery

SelfieMaster

File Manager

Weather

Game Genie

Camera

Clock

Calculator

Mobile Manager

Phone

Contacts

Page Marker

AudioWizard

Face Unlock

Data Transfer

Sound Recorder

Christian Melanie Lee is a freelance social media manager and web developer. She also devoted her time managing her food blog, and music/concert blog. One of the Hootsuite Ambassador for the Philippines since 2014 and currently working as social media manager for the local band, The Itchyworms. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.