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Review of Asus Zenfone 5 Smartphone

The Asus Zenfone 5 is a no-nonsense smartphone that is definitely worth the price. It offers a good looking design and respectable performance capability. There are many other reliable brands out there in the market, and Asus has done a good job with the Zenfone 5.

Asus Zenfone 5Display: 5 inches IPS panel with 1280×720 resolution (294ppi)
Battery: 2110mAh
Storage: 8GB, expandable via microSD card
Camera: 8MP rear with LED flash, 2MP front
SoC: Intel Atom Z2560
CPU: 1.6GHz dual-core
GPU: PowerVR SGX544MP2
RAM: 2GB
Operating system: Android 4.3
Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Dual-SIM

The ZenFone 5 has a standard candy bar design with a 5-inch 720p display protected with Gorilla Glass 3. Asus has used an IPS panel which offers pretty good viewing angles but somehow the display seems a bit dull. Even on the highest brightness settings, it looks very average.

The right edge has the volume and power/lock key which have a metal finish. The top has the 3.5mm audio jack while the bottom has the microUSB port. The handset also has two microphones, each of them housed on the top and bottom edges. At the back you will find the 8MP camera with an LED flash, the loudspeaker and a couple of Asus and Intel logos. The back panel is essentially plastic with a matte finish.

The handset is said to be 5.5mm thick but since it has a curved back it essentially makes the overall thickness go up to about 8mm . It does fit well in the palm and for the under-10K price, it is definitely one of the well-built devices.

The smartphone runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with ZenUI from Asus. Now this isn’t the same UI that we’ve seen on Asus tablets but rather a fresh UI with a bunch of transparent widgets, custom icons, colourful toggles in the notification bar and menus and so on.

 

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