Asus Unveils the ZenFone 5, an iPhone X Clone

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We'll keep you posted once we receive more information regarding this device from ASUS.

Asus had teased the launch new handsets at the Mobile World Congress 2018 and that's precisely what it has done today.

The new Asus Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 5Z smartphones have mimicked Apple's curious "notch" design quirk.

Despite the fancy cameras, it doesn't look like the Zenfone 5 Lite has all the AI photo wizardry that Asus packed into its higher-end cousins above. They also include headphone jacks and MicroSD card slots.

Asus ZenFone 5Z sports a 6.2 Inch full HD+ display with 1080×2246 Pixels of Screen Resolution.

Among the many variations of dual-camera setups, Asus opted for a secondary wide-angle lens for the Zenfone 5.

Asus ZenFone 5Z is one of the first smartphones to embrace Qualcomm's latest top of the line Snapdragon 845 chipset. In the recent past, ASUS phones have been both low-cost and of a quality that punches well above their weight. "It uses a 6.2" screen that takes up 90% of the front surface of the phone.

MobileSyrup has reached out to Asus for Canadian pricing and availability and will update this article when it arrives.

ZENFONE 5 LITE. ASUS' budget 5 variant has a quad-camera setup and a notch-less 18:9 screen. The ZenFone 5 will feature a less-powered Snapdragon 636 processor, paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The cameras seem to be the same specifications as the 5Z but will lack the PDA and four axis OIS of the 5Z. It will be available in Rouge Red, Moonlight White, and Midnight Black.

The phone also features a 3,300mAh battery and charges through a micro-USB port. The company says the sensor used in the primary camera is a 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 with an f/1.8 aperture while the secondary camera is a 120° wide-angle shooter. The ZenFone 5Z and the ZenFone 5 come with ASUS BoostMaster Fast charging technology and the company goes a step ahead in introducing the revolutionary AI charging to maximize the battery lifespan and provide an overall better experience.

The budget variant ZenFone 5 Lite loses the iPhone notch, and its screen shrinks a bit to 6 inches with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and full HD+ resolution (2160x1080). It is also likely to run a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC under the hood.

On the imaging front, the ZenFone Max Plus M1 sports a front-facing f/2.0 selfie camera alongside a dual rear-camera setup and wide angle lens. Asus says that the phone can be unlocked in 0.1 seconds using face unlock and 0.3 seconds with the fingerprint sensor.

The smartphone runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with the ZenUI 5.0. Again, they are admitting to blatantly copying Apple's newest flagship phone. A new ZenUI based on Android Oreo also comes pre-installed. There is very little doubt that these will be the last notched Android phones so we expect some more serious work will need to be done by Google to allow for this.

At first sight, the Asus phones look promising. Well, wonder no more because ZenFone 5 is here. That doesn't mean you won't get a fully charged phone, it just means the phone will charge to 100 percent right before you wake up, once it gets to know your sleeping habits.

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