Asus ZenFone 5 Review: A budget smartphone that doesn’t look cheap

By | June 23, 2014

If rumors are to be believed then ASUS may reveal its  ZenFone series in India on 9th of July. This will be a big come back for ASUS in Indian smartphone market after a long break. ASUS ZenFone 5 is one of the prominent member of ZenFone series and we would be reviewing this smartphone today. To start with this smartphone was earlier introduced at CES 2014 and since then ASUS has made some changes in the final retail unit. For ex, ASUS has replaced Intel Atom Z2580 with Z2560 SoC, which runs at 1.6GHz instead of 2GHz in ZenFone 5.

ASUS ZenFone 5 is no doubt visually appealing and tempting. With its simple yet classic design, range of features coupled with aggressive pricing makes it attractive in first look. It has a 5 inch display which delivers HD output at a resolution of 1280×720 p thus delivering a pixel density of 294 ppi. ASUS ZenFone 5 review1

The display was sharp and we didn’t have much problem while watching some of the videos. Display is very well protected by the use of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The back is slightly curved and is made out of plastic and offers excellent grip.  ASUS ZenFone 5 runs on outdated Android Jelly bean and it could act as a deal breaker from some of you. Apart from this, there is no word from Asus about whether it would receive Kitkat update in future.

This device is powered by an Intel Atom Z2560 processor that runs at frequency of  1.6GHz. A non removable 2,110 mAh battery is capable enough to take you through one day of mixed usage which includes web surfing, Google Maps navigation, Facebook and WhatApp.

Asus has included ZenUI in this smartphone which brings in as much as 200 enhancements over stock android experience. ZenUI retains the clutter free look of Stock Android operating system, flatter icons that are easy on eyes. What’s next is a really good features which presents vital info like appointments, reminders and weather updates across lock screen, home screen and in the notification drawer.

ASUS ZenFone 5 reviewAsus ZenFone 5 supports dual SIM’s via dual SIM slots and has 8 GB of in built storage which could be scaled up to 64 GB.

The main drawback for this smartphone is lack of a good shooter. In fact we won’t recommend this phone to you if you are an avid shooter. Asus had claimed that f/2.0 aperture, 8-megapixel camera can deliver professional-looking photos, however the results say something else. Picture quality is decent but can also disappoint sometimes. What irked us was sluggishness of its electronic shutter.

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 Time rewind is a feature which much like burst mode captures pictures in quick succession just before and after the shutter button is pressed. Apart from this, two other modes for ex, Low Light Mode and Selfie Mode is also found.

We found ZenFone 5 to have outperformed Samsung Galaxy S4 as well as Apple iPhone 5S is dark environments with clearer and brighter but somewhat grainy pics. As of now Asus ZenFone 5 is available in two colors Charcoal Black and Pearl White and is available for US $ 149 or Sigapore $249 and will be soon available in India for around Rs. 14,000 to 15,000.

If you are looking out for a cheap budget smartphone with rich features then ZenFone 5 could be a very good option with its HD display, Intel Processor and good build quality.