Monday, 14 July 2014

Asus Zenfone 5 review

Asus has re-entered the smart phone market in India with their brand new Zenfone series declared at this year’s CES . The new collection is available in four display screen sizes – 4 , 4 .5 , 5 and 6 inches . At present we’ll be taking a closer look at the Zenfone 5 . With a launching price of just Rs 10 ,000 for the 8GB model , can it take the ‘budget-king’ crown away from the Moto G ? 

Design and Build 
We’ve previously talked about the design and appearance at great length in our unboxing and first impressions articles , so we’ll keep it short and sweet this time . The Zenfone five , as with the rest of the family , has a basic candy bar design . It’s not too flamboyant and thanks to the changeable covers , it’s not monotonous either . 

The center child of the family rocks a 5-inch IPS , HD display that’s also got a scratch resistant coating from Corning . The exhibit is quite vivid and colours are fairly punchy . Viewing angles are pretty good as well . Asus also bundles an app which lets you adjust the colour temperature of the display to suite your needs . 
The Zenfone 5 is powered by an Intel Atom Z2560 SoC which includes a dual-core Clover Trial+ CPU running at 1 .6GHz . The phone also features 2GB of RAM . Together , the chipset delivers better performance than MediaTek’s MT6582 and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 SoC , which are commonly seen in phones in this price segment . 

The Zenfone is offered in 8GB and 16GB variants and both have expandable memory space . The new look of the music player is very slick and simple to operate . Audio is pretty loud as well through the loud speaker . The player lets you stream audio through DLNA as well and we have the standard EQ settings of Jelly Bean .

The Zenfone 5 supports dual-SIM efficiency , 3G and 2G . We also get Wi-Fi ‘n’ , Bluetooth v4 .0 , GPS and GLONASS . The phone includes plenty of productivity apps like Tasks , Flashlight and an app called Omlet , which enables you to share photos among friends . 

The 8MP camera sensor characteristics an aperture value of f/2 .2 and manages to capture good low-light-shots . The camera user interface is completely overhauled but is still easy to get around . The quality of pictures is pretty good as well for a budget offering . 

Battery source life 
The 2110mAh battery manages to deliver a day-long battery life and you can squeeze out even more with the power saving modes turned on . It came out of our 8-hour battery test with quite some juice to spare . This is a great advantage for the Zenfone 5 . 

Verdict and Price in India 
The Asus Zenfone 5 starts at Rs 12 ,999 , even though at the launch , Asus said you could find it for as low as Rs 10 ,000 , for the 8GB model . In our books , that seems like unbeatable value when you consider its rich feature-set and good all-round overall performance . It’s really hard to fault the Zenfone 5 as it doesn’t really stumble much in any department . The Moto G seems to have met its match , finally !

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