|Release Date in Malaysia|
|Processor family||Intel® Atom™|
|Display diagonal||12.7 cm (5")|
|Display resolution||1280 x 720 pixels|
|Ports & interfaces|
|USB connector type||Micro-USB|
|Headphone connectivity||3.5 mm|
|Weight & dimensions|
|SIM card type||MicroSIM|
|Wi-Fi standards||802.11b,802.11g,Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n)|
|Bluetooth version||4.0 EDR|
|RAM capacity||2 GB|
|Internal storage capacity||16 GB|
|Compatible memory cards||MicroSD (TransFlash)|
|Maximum memory card size||64 GB|
|Assisted GPS (A-GPS)||Yes|
|Operating system installed||Android 4.3|
|Rear camera type||Single camera|
|Rear camera flash||Yes|
|Rear camera resolution (numeric)||8 MP|
|Front camera type||Single camera|
|Front camera resolution (numeric)||2 MP|
|Battery capacity||2110 mAh|
|Talk time (3G)||18.5 h|
|Standby time (3G)||353 h|
|Subscription type||No subscription|
Asus Zenfone 5 Review: A New Midrange Contender
Traditionally known for its laptops, Asus is making its mark in the smartphone industry by producing reliable and budget-friendly mobile phones for its Malaysian consumers. One of the models in its 2018 fleet is the Zenfone 5, which features a radical design that is unlike any of the company’s smartphones that came before it. Below is a rundown of the key features seen on the Asus Zenfone 5.
Zenfone 5 Price and Release Date in Malaysia
The Zenfone 5 is expected to arrive in Malaysian stores around early July but interested buyers can start pre-ordering it now. The starting price for the Zenfone 5 is RM1299.
Sleek and Svelte
Looking from afar, you might mistake the Zenfone 5 for an iPhone X. This is because like many other recently-released smartphones, the Asus Zenfone 5 takes design cues from the latter, which means it features a bezel-less design with a notch at the top of the display at the front. The Zenfone 5 is clad in glass at the back, making it look more expensive than what its price tag might suggest. Moreover, the phone weighs only 155g which is enough to give a solid feel when held in the hand. Asus has done a good job retaining the phone at a manageable size despite sporting a large screen.
Vivid and Bright Display
The Zenfone 5 is fitted with a massive 6.2-inch Full HD+ IPS display with 19:9 screen-to-body aspect ratio, meaning that you have a lot of screen real-estate to work with. The screen gives vivid colours with decent viewing angles. The screen is also bright enough to remain legible when used outdoors under the sunlight, which makes the phone suitable for individuals who travel often or are always on the go.
Under its hood, the Asus Zenfone 5 is fitted with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor which efficiently carries out everyday tasks, especially when it is supported by 64GB of onboard storage and an option of either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. This combination of specs is what you will commonly see on flagship models today, hence having it on a midrange phone like the Zenfone 5 is a boon. Multitasking and switching between apps are smooth and instantaneous while games like PUBG and Mobile Legends can be played without any drops in frame rates.
Like many of the newer smartphone models, the Zenfone 5 also sports a dual-camera setup at the back, featuring a 12MP main shooter backed by an 8MP lens. With sufficient lighting, photos taken by the cameras appear sharp, vibrant, and detailed without being overexposed. Shots captured in low-light conditions also come out decently and without much noise, which is quite impressive for a midrange phone. The AI that comes together with the cameras also helps in improving the quality of the photos taken as it adeptly detects the subjects and adjusts the camera settings accordingly.
Here is a video review of the Zenfone 5: