ASUS will be unveiling its ZenFone 5 smartphones at MWC 2018 and you can already tell that it will “borrow” some design elements from the iPhone X. One of the glaring features is its notch design for its full edge to edge display. If you’re wondering how it works on an Android-powered device, we now have a clear look at the notch.
ASUS is unveiling its new ZenFone 5 series next week during Mobile World Congress 2018. Serial leakster @evleaks had earlier shared a couple of renders that is alleged to be the ZenFone 5 Lite that comes with a total of four cameras. Prior to that, we’ve seen a couple of renders that feature an iPhone X-style camera bump which is alleged to be the standard ZenFone 5 model. Now here’s another device which claims to be the ZenFone 5 and it comes with another iPhone X design feature.
ASUS will be announcing its new ZenFone 5 series at MWC 2018. With just 16 days to go, serial leakster @evleaks has dropped a couple of images of ZenFone 5 Lite and it looks like a challenger to Huawei’s Nova 2i.
ASUS will be announcing its new ZenFone 5 (2018) lineup at Barcelona at the end of this month. If you want to know how it looks like, the manual for one of its models has apparently leaked and it gives a clear illustration of all sides of the device.
After declaring that the Zenfone 5 won’t be getting Lollipop for some time to come last week, the brand has just released some great news; owners of the Zenfone 4, 5 and 6 can now upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop.
If you own an ASUS Zenfone 5 you’re out of luck, the Lollipop update for the phone has been pushed back even further.
ASUS India has confirmed via their Facebook page that the update will be out within three to four months. The Padfone S’s transition to Lollipop was also delayed alongside the Zenfone 5 but its unclear if it will be affected by the latest delay. It’s speculated reason why the update has yet to roll out is the Indian carriers having to sign off on the release as well and that the delay might also be affecting the Zenfone 4 and Zenfone 6 as well.
The ASUS ZenFone series is popular for its dual-SIM smart phones with Intel based processor. For those who prefer something more mainstream with 4G LTE, the ASUS ZenFone 5 with 4G LTE is now available on ASUS Malaysia Online Store.
Priced at RM709, the ZenFone 5 LTE that’s on sale is the A500KL model with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The front display is the same 5″ HD 720p screen and underneath it runs on Qualcomm’s 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226) processor. Also included is a 8MP main camera with PixelMaster technology, a front facing 2MP shooter and a microSD slot that accepts 64GB. Powering the device is a non-removable 2,110mAh capacity battery.
For more information, you can head over to ASUS Malaysia’s ZenFone 5 4G LTE product page. If you’re looking for a budget device, the ZenFone 4 (A450CG) with a slightly larger 4.5″ screen is also available as well at RM369.
The ASUS ZenFone family has just gotten a little bit bigger with the arrival of its ZenFone 5 Lite. On the exterior it looks like a standard ZenFone 5 but an affordable price tag of RM419 via DirectD. These are the official ASUS Malaysia units that comes with a standard 12 month warranty.
For that extra RM100 lower price tag (ASUS ZenFone 5: RM519), the ZenFone 5 Lite is a notch down in terms of specs with a 5″ display that does qHD (960×540) instead of a HD 720p. Under the hood, it gets a dual-core 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2520 processor with 1GB of RAM and has 8GB of storage, which is the same as their entry level RM299 ZenFone 4. If you need more storage, it is also expandable via microSD up to 64GB.
It retains the same 8MP f/2.0 camera with Pixel Master technology but the front settles for a standard VGA unit. Despite being a lower spec device, the ZenFone 5 Lite gets a bigger battery capacity at 2,500mAh, versus the standard 2,110mAh on the standard ZenFone 5 offering. Like its siblings, it is also a dual-SIM device that supports 3G HSPA+ connectivity up to 42Mbps. Out of the box, it runs on a newer Android 4.4 KitKat with their custom ZenUI skin on top.
E-commerce is becoming more important, and ASUS Malaysia has finally jumped on the bandwagon by introducing its online ASUS Store. At the moment, they are only offering its popular ZenFone smart phone series which includes the ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 6.
Their current ZenFone pricing are as follows:
ASUS ZenFone 4 (A400CXG) 1GB RAM/8GB Storage – RM299
ASUS ZenFone 5 (A501CG) 2GB RAM/16GB Storage – RM519
ASUS ZenFone 6 (A601CG) 2GB RAM/16GB Storage – RM699
In terms of payment, the ASUS Store accepts both Credit/Debit cards and they are also offering Cash on Delivery as well, except for these locations. Take note that the online fulfilment is handled by UITOX INSIDE SDN BHD, and that will appear on your credit/debit card statement. In terms of delivery, its FAQ states 2-3 working days depending on location.
If you’ve always wanted to buy the ZenFone direct from the source, just head over to their online store. To get to know these smart phones better, check out our hands-on videos of the ASUS ZenFone series after the break.