Alongside the launch of ASUS‘ mid-range stock Android smartphone, the company also launched the more upmarket ZenFone 5 in Malaysia. If you don’t care for stock Android, want a better camera experience and a more premium body, this could be the ZenFone for you.
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The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro is a new contender in the sub-RM1,000 smartphone category. For those who are looking for something more premium, the ZenFone 5 is also making its way to Malaysia. Ahead of its big day, the official specs and pricing have surfaced on the official ASUS store on Lazada Malaysia.
UPDATE: The ASUS ZenFone 5 appears to be priced at RM1,299 in Malaysia.
Apart from the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro that’s launching in Malaysia very soon, the Taiwanese smartphone maker is finally introducing their ZenFone 5 series in Malaysia as well. Revealed at MWC 2018, this is their premium smartphone lineup that looks like an iPhone X.
Just recently, ASUS had introduced its new ZenFone 5 series at MWC 2018. The Taiwanese smartphone maker is calling it the most intelligent smartphone they have ever made and the exterior looks heavily inspired by the iPhone X.
If you’ve been looking forward to this device, you won’t have to wait too long as ASUS Malaysia has teased that it’s coming to our shores very soon.
Asus kicked off its year with a big party at Mobile World Congress 2018 announcing three new phones, the ZenFone Lite, the ZenFone 5 and the flagship ZenFone 5Z. We’ll talk about the ZenFone Lite in a later post, for now I want to concentrate on the two more interesting models – the ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5z.
The ZenFone 5 is the most intelligent smartphone Asus has ever made, or so they claim. The device was introduced with a range of what Asus claim is AI technology enhancing seven key performance aspects of the device – AI Display, AI Camera, AI Ringtone, AI Gallery, AI Charging, AI Boost, AI Photo Learning.
Before we go into details on the what these AI enhancements do, let’s talk about the specs of the ZenFone 5.
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.
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.
The ASUS ZenFone series have seen tremendous success. Just recently ASUS Malaysia has managed to propel itself to the #3 Smart Phone spot in the last quarter. As for the models, there are just so many variants of its mid-range ZenFone 5 that we are starting to lose count.
To add more choice, a newer ZenFone 5 Lite is expected to come to Malaysia and from the sounds of it, it will be an affordable variant of the ZenFone 5 that still maintains a 5″ display. It was recently spotted in our Malaysian SIRIM database with the model number A502CG.