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Unboxing The Asus Zenfone 5Z

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Unboxing The Asus Zenfone 5Z

Specifications
Status

Launched

Manufacturer

Asus

Model / Variant

Zenfone 5Z

Launch Date

4th July 2018

Price

Rs 29999 (6GB/64GB)
Rs 32999 (6GB/128GB)
Rs 36999 (8GB/256GB)

Dimensions

153 x 75.7 x 7.9 mm

Weight

155 grams

Design

Glass front
Glass back
Aluminium Frame

Colors

Midnight Blue
Meteor Silver

Display Size and Type

6.2 inch
Super IPS+

Display Resolution

2246 x 1080 px
19:9 aspect ratio
402 ppi

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Chipset

Snapdragon 845

CPU

Octa-core
4 x 2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold
4 x 1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver

GPU

Adreno 630

Memory Storage

64GB
128GB
256GB

RAM

6GB
8GB

Memory Expandability

Hybrid MicroSD Card Slot
Up to 2TB

Operating System

Android 8 Oreo
ZenUI

Primary Camera

12MP Sony IMX 363
f/1.8
1.4-micron
8MP Wide-Angle
120º FOV

Camera Features

PDAF
HDR
Panorama
Portrait Mode
4-axis OIS (Primary Camera)
ZeniMoji

Primary Video

4k @ 60fps
1080P @ 240fps

Secondary Camera

8MP
f/2.0
84º FOV
EIS

Secondary Camera Video

1080P

Battery

3300 mAh
AI Charging
QC 3.0

Connectivity

WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 & 5GHz
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC

SIM Type

Dual Nano SIM

Other Features

Fingerprint Sensor
Face Unlock
Sonic Master 5.0

Asus has launched its new flagship smartphone, the Asus Zenfone 5Z in India. Astonishingly enough, the smartphone will retail for a starting price of Rs 29999, which is considerably cheaper than the OnePlus 6. The Zenfone 5Z has all the features for a 2018 flagship smartphone and will go on sale in India via Flipkart on 9th July. It is worth noting that there is a flat Rs 3000 discount upon using an ICICI Credit/Debit card, bringing the price down to Rs 26999 for the base model.

Asus recently launched the Zenfone Max Pro, a budget smartphone which runs on the Snapdragon 636 chipset. The smartphone has done well in India and the company would expect the same from its flagship device. So, let’s unbox the Asus Zenfone 5Z and see what we get inside the box!

Inside the box of the Asus Zenfone 5Z
  • Asus Zenfone 5Z
  • Wall Charger
  • USB-C Cable
  • ZenEar Pro Earphones
  • Documentation
  • Sim Ejector Tool
  • Clear Case

The trend of an all-glass design has really caught up in 2018. Even budget smartphones like the Honor 9 Lite, Moto G6, Nokia X6 sport an all-glass design and the Asus Zenfone 5Z is no different. The device will be available in Midnight Blye and The glass on the back has a unique finish which reflects the light in a very different manner. This is common with Asus smartphones and the Zenfone 5Z looks like a premium smartphone. The aluminium frame means that the device has a solid build.

The dual-camera is placed vertically on the top-left corner. This design choice, again, has become very common ever since the iPhone X was launched in September 2017. There is a small camera bump which can be negated using the clear case found inside the box. Talking about accessories found inside the box, Asus talked a lot about the ZenEar Pro earphones that will retail with every Zenfone 5Z unit in India. We will be testing the earphones out and talk about it in detail in our full review.

The Asus Zenfone 5Z has a 6.2 inch Super IPS+ display with a 2246 x 1080 px resolution. This translates into a 19:9 aspect ratio, just like the OnePlus 6 which also has a 19:9 aspect ratio.

Under the hood, the smartphone runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset. The flagship chipset is coupled with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM. In India, the Zenfone 5Z will retail in three models, one with 64GB of storage, the second one with 128GB storage coupled with 6GB of RAM. The third variant has 256GB of onboard storage and 8GB of RAM. The onboard storage will be expandable up to 2TB via a microSD card which will use up the second SIM slot. The fingerprint sensor is placed on the back of the device in a central location.

As is with a flagship device these days, the Asus Zenfone 5Z has a dual-camera setup on the back. It consists of a 12MP primary sensor with an f/1.8 aperture and 4-axis OIS. The secondary 8MP sensor has a wide-angle lens with a 120º field of view. This implementation is different from a lot of other flagship devices which usually have a telephoto or a monochrome lens. The OnePlus 6, for example, has two RGB sensors. The notch houses an 8MP camera with an f/2.0 aperture and an 84º field of view.

At the first glance, the Zenfone 5Z appears to be a worthy affordable flagship smartphone. The price of the device sweetens the deal for sure but, does it hold its own against the OnePlus 6? We will find out in our full review which will soon be up on our YouTube channel.

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Vipul Vij
Vipul Vij
Always found in a Hooded Shell, Excited by technology, tortured by his eating habits. Handles content at iGyaan.