Asus ZenFone 5

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8/10
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The Asus ZenFone 5 currently has an Informr score of 8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 15 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

As the middle of the 2018 ZenFone lineup the Asus ZenFone 5 offers much of the visual flair of the ZenFone 5Z with scaled back specs and price.

It shares much of its specs with its pricier sibling, including screen size, design, cameras, and battery.

However, there are a two key differences.

The first is the display. While both feature 6.2-inch 1080-by-2246 pixel displays, the ZenFone 5 uses an IPS display instead of the AMOLED display found in the more expensive 5Z. Reviewers found the display nice and bright with good viewing angles and color. Contrast isn’t as high as the AMOLED panel in the 5Z and as such it has trouble hiding the notch. Otherwise, it received high marks.

It also features a weaker processor -- a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 with either 4 or 6GB of RAM. Despite the slower processor, reviewers found it plenty powerful for daily use. Moreso, you should expect slightly better battery life as it uses the same battery as it’s pricier sibling but the hardware requires less power.

Otherwise, you’re looking at the same specs as the higher-end model. For more information on what to expect, consult our review summary for the Asus ZenFone 5Z.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.8 GHz
Screen Size
6.2"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


KitGuru

The ASUS ZenFone 5 is a very solid phone if you don’t want to spend more than £350. With a couple of refinements, it could be even better.

- Dominic Moass, KitGuru
Daily Express

Asus has made a valiant effort with the ZenFone 5 - the company has managed to cram a litany of flagship features in a phone costing only £350. Although technical hiccups could be addressed by Asus in a software update, the fact the phone is hampered by them from the outset means our confidence in t...

- Joseph Carey, Daily Express
GSM Dome

It’s just a comfy phone, a sexy phone with a decent camera and nice media features (screen, audio). It may become more tempting at $300 or less.

- Alexandru Stănescu, GSM Dome
TrustedReviews

If you’ve yet to encounter an Asus’ smartphone, the ZenFone 5 might be the device with which to jump on-board. That’s not to say you should leap without trepidation, however.

- Alastair Stevenson, TrustedReviews
Android Central

Standing alone, the ZenFone 5 is a really nice mid-range device, much improved on ASUS phones of old and something genuinely enjoyable to use. It has its quirks, it has things that could easily have been left out (Zenimoji be gone), but on the whole, a job well done.

- Richard Devine, Android Central


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Common Questions


Asus released the ZenFone 5 on April 12, 2018.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Asus ZenFone 5 user manual here.


Asus backs up the ZenFone 5 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
6.2"

The Asus ZenFone 5's screen size is 6.2 inches with 1080 x 2246 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.8 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Octa core 1.8 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3300mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3300 mAh battery. Asus's performance ratings are 1500 minutes, 1020 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

ZenFone 5 Specs

Overview
Release date April 12, 2018
Regions available UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Octa core 1.8 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 64 GB
RAM 4/6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.04 W/kg
Body: 0.37 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 780 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 1020 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1500 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 22 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Midnight Blue, Meteor Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.3 x 7.565 x 0.785 cm (6 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 155 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2246 pixels
Pixel density 402 pixels
Size 6.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen. Corning Gorilla Glass
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Time lapse, Slow motion recording (1080p at 120 fps / 720p at 240 fps)
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Effects, Panorama, f/2.0, HDR
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Asus ZenFone 5 (2018), ZE620KL

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Critic Reviews


KitGuru

A very capable all-rounder without spending more

from KitGuru

The ASUS ZenFone 5 is a very solid phone if you don’t want to spend more than £350. With a couple of refinements, it could be even better.

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The ASUS ZenFone 5 is a very solid phone if you don’t want to spend more than £350. With a couple of refinements, it could be even better.

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Daily Express

Could have been a true OnePlus 6 rival

from Daily Express

Asus has made a valiant effort with the ZenFone 5 - the company has managed to cram a litany of flagship features in a phone costing only £350. Although technical hiccups could be addressed by Asus in a software update, the fact the phone is hampered by them from the outset means our confidence...More

Asus has made a valiant effort with the ZenFone 5 - the company has managed to cram a litany of flagship features in a phone costing only £350. Although technical hiccups could be addressed by Asus in a software update, the fact the phone is hampered by them from the outset means our confidence in the phone's longevity is severely questioned.

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GSM Dome

Guise of a flagship, fixes some ZenFone 4 problems, gets AI

from GSM Dome

It’s just a comfy phone, a sexy phone with a decent camera and nice media features (screen, audio). It may become more tempting at $300 or less.

Read full review

It’s just a comfy phone, a sexy phone with a decent camera and nice media features (screen, audio). It may become more tempting at $300 or less.

Read full review

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TrustedReviews

Premium design details, impressive hardware

from TrustedReviews

If you’ve yet to encounter an Asus’ smartphone, the ZenFone 5 might be the device with which to jump on-board. That’s not to say you should leap without trepidation, however.

Read full review

If you’ve yet to encounter an Asus’ smartphone, the ZenFone 5 might be the device with which to jump on-board. That’s not to say you should leap without trepidation, however.

Read full review

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Android Central

A mostly marvelous mid-ranger

from Android Central

Standing alone, the ZenFone 5 is a really nice mid-range device, much improved on ASUS phones of old and something genuinely enjoyable to use. It has its quirks, it has things that could easily have been left out (Zenimoji be gone), but on the whole, a job well done.

Read full review

Standing alone, the ZenFone 5 is a really nice mid-range device, much improved on ASUS phones of old and something genuinely enjoyable to use. It has its quirks, it has things that could easily have been left out (Zenimoji be gone), but on the whole, a job well done.

Read full review

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ZDNet

A mid-range handset with hidden depths

from ZDNet

The Asus ZenFone 5 is a bit of an enigma. On the outside it looks like a pretty standard handset, but it starts to reveal more as you delve into what's on offer. The various elements under the AI banner are often scattered across different settings, which is a missed opportunity.

Read full review

The Asus ZenFone 5 is a bit of an enigma. On the outside it looks like a pretty standard handset, but it starts to reveal more as you delve into what's on offer. The various elements under the AI banner are often scattered across different settings, which is a missed opportunity.

Read full review

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Tech Advisor

Borrows a lot from the iPhone X

from Tech Advisor

The AI features are mostly marketing hype, and the average user won't even notice them, but the decent camera, smooth performance, and big, beautiful display mean the ZenFone 5 should be seriously tempting for anyone looking for a full-screen phone that won't break the bank.

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The AI features are mostly marketing hype, and the average user won't even notice them, but the decent camera, smooth performance, and big, beautiful display mean the ZenFone 5 should be seriously tempting for anyone looking for a full-screen phone that won't break the bank.

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Pocket-lint

A well equipped mid-price smartphone

from Pocket-lint

Overall, the Zenfone 5 is a solid backbone mid-price smartphone from which Asus can evolve and progress. It gets enough right to make it worthy of consideration, but with Honor, Moto and Nokia all knocking on Asus' door (often for less money), it's also got its work cut out.

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Overall, the Zenfone 5 is a solid backbone mid-price smartphone from which Asus can evolve and progress. It gets enough right to make it worthy of consideration, but with Honor, Moto and Nokia all knocking on Asus' door (often for less money), it's also got its work cut out.

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The Inquirer

The bang for your buck beast of Beitou

from The Inquirer

If you're looking for a mid-range phone that feels high-end, the Asus ZenFone 5 is a very good option. If you have a flagship phone that cost you £700 two years ago, the ZenFone 5 will be just as good if not better. It doesn't struggle with graphics-heavy games and it is very responsive.

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If you're looking for a mid-range phone that feels high-end, the Asus ZenFone 5 is a very good option. If you have a flagship phone that cost you £700 two years ago, the ZenFone 5 will be just as good if not better. It doesn't struggle with graphics-heavy games and it is very responsive.

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TechRadar

Great hardware meets okay software

from TechRadar

The Asus Zenfone 5’s great-sounding hardware doesn’t seem fully exploited here, but you do get a lot of phone for your money.

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The Asus Zenfone 5’s great-sounding hardware doesn’t seem fully exploited here, but you do get a lot of phone for your money.

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