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Asus ZenFone 5Z Review – Release Date, Price, Specifications and more

Asus has revealed its new ZenFone 5 series. A few days back, only Asus ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5 Lite were shown off, but surprisingly Asus released a 3rd smartphone named as Asus ZenFone 5Z in the works as well. The Asus ZenFone 5Z sits at the very top of the product line offering premium specifications (mostly) worthy of a true flagship smartphone.

The Asus ZenFone 5Z boasts numerous gorgeous features which include latest Snapdragon chipset, high-quality dial cameras, beautiful and massive 6.2-inches display (perfectly fits into a form factor you’d expect from an old-style 5.5-inches smartphone). It also comes with Android 8.0 Oreo OS, massive battery, hefty RAM and a huge onboard memory to install an extensive range of data with ease. Talking about its front design, it seems to basically rock the same look as its 2 other brothers.

Everything mentioned above sound wonderful, is it? But with top-tier competitors such as Samsung, Sony, Huawei and countless others, does ZenFone 5Z sport what it takes to stand out from the competition?

To find out the answer to that question, we’ve tried to cover everything in our Asus ZenFone 5Z review including its release date, price, and specifications. So, let’s dig down into it.

Asus ZenFone 5Z Release Date & Price

Asus has confirmed Asus ZenFone 5Z release date will be July 4 in Asia as well as China, UK, US and other major parts of the world, but it’s just our good guess. A predecessor ZenFone 5 started landing on shelves in Asia in mid-April, but ZenFone 5Z didn’t follow the same schedule.

However, July 4 (release date in India) is confirmed and the event will begin at 12:30 PM. Following Asus and Flipkart partnership, it will exclusively be available on Indian e-commerce sites. It’s a flagship smartphone which goes against high-end OnePlus 6 and Honor 10.

Taking a look at the saucy part which is of course pricing, Asus has well-managed to offer Asus ZenFone 5Z at less than half the price of Apple’s top flagship iPhone X. To be honest, Asus didn’t unveil a price tag but expected around $499.

The Asus ZenFone 5Z Price in the US, UK and other countries in unknown, though, but a bunch of sources is showing that it will set you back around $520 or a little more. For now, things are pretty blurred, but everything will be updated as soon as we hear more.

Asus ZenFone 5Z Introduction

Although Asus Zenfone 5Z is an elder brother of ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5 Lite, but most of the hardware remains same. The latest Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 Chipset is only a key difference between them. The ZenFone is backed by a lot of RAM and onboard memory as well as looks a lot like iPhone X and can be safely determined an alternative of Apple’s flagship. The front side of 5Z is covered by a notch which boasts the front imaging sensor and a microphone. A fingerprint scanner is located on the back side which is a bit fast and responds quickly.

Asus ZenFone 5Z Performance

The Asus ZenFone 5Z is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset (act as a brain) coupled with whopping 8GB of RAM gives the users a lag-free and flawless performance even under the most demanding conditions. You can indulge yourself in graphics-intensive games i.e. Asphalt 8 and PUBG. Moreover, you can work on multiple apps at the same with without any delay.

Asus ZenFone 5Z Camera

On paper, Asus ZenFone 5Z is equipped with a dual 12MP + 8MP rear sensor with additional features like Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) which can be used to capture quality-oriented images and videos. When there is a dark, you can click portrait shots thanks to the presence of an LED flash. Video calls and selfies, on the other hand, are assisted by a solid 8MP front-facing sensor.

Asus ZenFone 5Z Display

In terms of display, Asus ZenFone 5Z houses gorgeous and bigger 6.2-inches IPS LCD display (lacks AMOLED, sad!) which is well-supported by 1080 x 2246 pixels resolution at 402 PPI density. The display is coupled with an excellent viewing angle that ensures you will get a unique visual experience when playing games or watching movies. Color-wise, the display is crisp, vivid and sharp with good color reproduction and the contrast ratio is also very good.

Asus ZenFone 5Z Storage & OS

To install a wide range of apps and heavy games with ease, Asus ZenFone 5Z gives you a massive 256GB of onboard memory. The built-in memory can be increased further up to 200GB (2TB) Yahoo! Hence, you can save an ample amount of songs, videos and even movies.

As far as its software factor is concerned, Asus ZenFone 5Z runs on Android 8.0 Oreo operating system which is planned to upgrade to Android P 9.0.

Asus ZenFone 5Z Battery

The ZenFone 5Z battery is a major drawback to some extent as an average 3300mAh non-removable battery in premium flagship isn’t enough to keep you up all day long with a heavy usage. However, it promises to keep you online all day long under casual use and delivers slightly more with a heavy usage.  Either it comes with fast charging feature or not, it’s something we don’t know about.

Asus ZenFone 5Z Connectivity & Sensors

Asus ZenFone 5Z sports all major connectivity options like 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type-C port, GPS, NFC and much more. Various sensors are also available namely fingerprint scanner, light sensor, proximity sensor, accelerometer, compass, and gyroscope.

Asus ZenFone 5Z Specifications

Though the ZenFone 5Z is not yet announced, but we’ve listed down Asus ZenFone 5Z specs (unofficial) we know so far. So, let’s have a look.

  • 2-inches IPS LCD Display
  • 1080 x 2246 Pixels Resolution (402 PPI)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass Protection
  • Android 8.0 Oreo OS
  • Massive 256GB of Storage
  • Expandable Storage Up to 200GB
  • Whopping 8GB of RAM
  • Adreno 630 GPU
  • Latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • 155 Grams Weight
  • 153 mm Height
  • 6 mm Width
  • Dual 12MP + 8MP Rear Camera
  • 8MP Front Camera
  • Camera Features Included Touch to focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama
  • 3300mAh Battery (Non-Removable)
  • Fingerprint Scanner, Light Sensor, Proximity, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope
  • Meteor Sliver and Midnight Blue Colors to Choose from
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/n/ac 5GHz, GPS, NFC
  • 0 Bluetooth

Final Words

Without a doubt, Asus ZenFone 5Z is an exquisite flagship smartphone sporting several dazzling features one would want. Excellent camera quality to capture high-quality images, quick charging (making it a good option for daily use) and dazzling configuration delivers a powerful performance. All in all, if you’re hunting for a premium smartphone around this price tag, you should go for none other than Asus ZenFone 5Z.

Is there anything else you would like to see in Asus ZenFone 5Z? Does it sound wonderful to you? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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