Asus unveils 3 new Zenfone 5 models

At the event, Asus unveiled three new models - the ZenFone 5, 5Z and 5 Lite - all of which look strikingly similar to the iPhone X.

The all new Asus ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5Z come with 6.2-inch Full HD+ IPS display which is protected by a front and rear 2.5D curved glass.

We've only spent a short time with the Zenfone 5 so it's too early to tell if these phones really do offer any kind of competition to Apple's handset, or indeed Samsung's new Galaxy S9.

Last up is the 5z which is exactly the same as the 5 but the SoC gets bumped up to the latest and greatest Snapdragon 845 and has a maximum of 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. The bezel-less design result in 90 percent screen-to-body ratio. The Zenfone 5Z will have a starting price of $479, making it the cheapest Snapdragon 845 phone at the moment.

The Zenfone 5 runs on Android 8.0 Oreo which is layered with the ZenUI 5.0. That's just shy of the iPhone X's 19.5:9 aspect ratio, but both screens appear to be almost as narrow as each other. As we mentioned, it is available in two processor variants - the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 or octa-core Snapdragon 430 - coupled with up to 3GB of RAM. The exact pricing and availability have yet to be confirmed, Asus will release the Zenfone 5 Lite next month. With the latest flagship Sony® IMX363 sensor, a 120° wide-angle secondary camera and AI-enhanced camera features - including Auto Scene Detection, real-time portrait effects, AI Photo Learning and real-time beautification - the ZenFone 5Z encourages creativity and frees the user to concentrate on the subject rather than the camera. The dual-cameras are aligned vertically instead of the conventional horizontal set-up seen on Asus smartphones and there's a single LED flash sitting below the dual-camera set up on the smartphone. There is an 8MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture, Beauty, Auto, and Selfie Panorama. They tossed in their own version of Apple's Animoji, called Zenimoji (this section included another "Fruit Phone!" shoutout). A 3300mAh battery completes the package. The smartphone comes packed with several connectivity options like - 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS, FM radio, USB Type-C, and 3.5mm headphone jack. Talking about the cameras, there are total four camera sensors on this device.

The Asus ZenFone 5 Lite is quite different from the other two handsets.

And they both run on Google's Android OS, which is a rival to Apple's iOS software for the iPhone. While it's good enough for the mid range ZenFone 5, it is a bit on the lower side compared to rivals in the premium segment. For selfies, the Zenfone 5 Lite sports a 20MP primary sensor and wide-angle secondary sensor. We don't know how much the ZenFone 5 is supposed to cost either when it goes on sale in April, but the ZenFone 5Z is coming in June, fetching a very reasonable 479 Euro, presumably in an entry-level 4GB RAM/64GB ROM configuration. It ships with Android Nougat and not Oreo as some might have been expecting. As of yet there is no clear information on which model will hit the Indian shores. There's a triple slot housing two SIM cards and one microSD alongside them, and a fingerprint scanner is included on the back.

The smartphone also features face unlock, which Asus says can unlock a device within 0.1 seconds.

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