ASUS have done it again. The Zenfone 5 arrived through my door this week and I am simply blown away.
ASUS has added some premium design details, impressive hardware and a robust dual-camera.
The ZenFone 5 looks and feels like a flagship device. It shares its bodywork with ASUS Snapdragon 845-powered ZenFone 5Z flagship, and as such you can expect a beautiful level of fit and finish, punctuated by the company’s signature concentric hairline design on the device’s rear.
The way in which this back panel scatters light will be instantly recognisable to those familiar with ASUS's other products, reinforcing the feeling that the phone’s design has been considered and well executed. The glass curves away to meet the phone’s aluminium frame, which features minute chamfers along either side to improve grip. Paired with a rounded, bead-blasted outer face, it feels nice under-finger and looks attractive, too.
The Asus Zenfone 5 is a bit like the OnePlus 6. It looks and feels similar to a more expensive phone and has impressive tech inside, but is fairly affordable. You get a rich 6.2-inch screen, a mid-range Qualcomm chipset and generally capable cameras that let you take normal and ultra-wide shots.
It has a 12MP main rear sensor with an 8MP wide-angle secondary lens. This sits in place of the zoom camera many high-end phones offer.
The main sensor is large, and it’s stabilized with optical image stabilization (OIS) too. This is a good camera, just don’t overload your expectations. The Zenfone 5’s night images are not much better than the best at the price, including the Nokia 7 Plus.
There's also a 3,300mAh battery that lasts a solid day, or a day and a half if you go easy on the Zenfone 5. Its screen is large at 6.2 inches, but as it has a notch this handles like a traditional 5.5-inch phone. It is big rather than gigantic, and those extra screen inches make games more enjoyable.
With a price tag of just £349.00 this phone is going to fly off the shelves. You have to go check it out. It costs £600 less than the iPhone X.