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Asus Zenfone 5Z Review – Is It Really a Budget Flagship Killer?

Q: Is Asus Zenfone 5Z a perfect match to other high-end flagships such as OnePlus 6 and Mi 8? Has the software of Asus Zenfone 5Z improved or not? Let’s find every detail of this flagship killer in the most recent and updated Asus Zenfone 5Z review:

Gone are those days when Asus smartphones used to be expensive. The Global Taiwanese brand has found the way to dominate all categories in the smartphone market. It’s the way followed by most of the Chinese phone manufacturer such as Xiaomi, OnePlus, and Huawei, which is to provide great specs and featured phones at a stupendously low price tag. That is why they have launched the latest high-end flagship at the scene priced under $500 called Asus Zenfone 5Z. Indeed, Asus is continuing what it did with a low price, mid-spec flagship known as Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1.

At one end the design and software disappoint you, and at another end, you get amazed by the price and performance.

The Android smartphones market has become highly competitive these days. There’s a wide price margin in every category. Almost every smartphone has the same specs, but it’s the price and design what makes a killing flagship. Asus Zenfone 5Z is targeted for such a purpose. It’s cost $30 less than the OnePlus 6 smartphone and offers the same kind of performance featuring a Snapdragon 845 and 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM.

However, the price and specs reflect half of the story. The design and the software might disappoint you a bit (explained later). But, should one leave such a budget high-end flagship looking at these aspects. I mean the software can be improved with the updates, so we are left with the design as the only downside of this flagship.

Still, confuse? Let’s dive into every detail of Asus Zenfone 5Z and fly away any doubts and confusing in this Asus Zenfone 5Z review:

Asus Zenfone 5Z Review – A Worthy Contender for OnePlus 6

Specification Sheet

ModelZenfone 5Z (ZS620KL)
Dimensions75.1 mm x 152.6 mm x 8.0 mm
Weight155 g
MaterialMetal frame, Glass rear
ColorsTwo (Blue, Grey)
ScreenIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 2.5D glass arc, Gorilla Glass Protection 5
Display6.2-inch (~86% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1080 x 2246 pixels (FHD+), 402 ppi
SoCQualcomm SDM Snapdragon 845
CPU4 x 2.8 GHz Kryo 385 + 4 x 1.8 GHz Kryo 385
GPUAdreno 630
ROM64/128/256GB (UFS 2.1)
External storageYes, TF card supported up to 2TB
(hybrid slot)
Network2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G bands: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G bands: LTE band B1 (2100), B2 (1900), B3 (1800), B4 (1700/2100 AWS 1), B5 (850), B7 (2600), B8 (900), B12 (700), B17 (700), B18 (800), B19 (800), B20 (800), B26 (850), B28 (700), B29 (700), B30 (2300), B32 (1500), B34 (TDD 2100), B38 (TDD 2600), B39 (TDD 1900), B40 (TDD 2300), B41 (TDD 2500)
Dual SIMYes, slots (Nano + Nano) Hybrid, Dual Standby
ConnectivityWired: 3.5mm audio jack, Micro USB Type-C
Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0, DLNA, NFC
Camera (Rear)Rear: 2 MP (Sony IMX363, f 1/1.8, OIS, PDAF) + 8MP (unknown, f 1/2.0, no OIS)
Camera (Front)8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide), 1/4", 1.12µm
SensorsFingerprint, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope,
Hall, Light sensor, Proximity, NFC
OSZenUI 5.0, Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Security patch: June 18
BatteryNon-removable Li-Po 3200 mAh
Quick Charge version: 3.0
AI Charging
Average use: 1 days
Extreme use: 9 hours
Charging time: 1 hour 30 minutes
ContentBack Case : 1
Cell Phone: 1
Charger: 1
USB Cable: 1
Additional Features:FM Radio, DTS Headphone X, 95% DCI-P3 coverage

The Unboxing

The Asus Zenfone 5Z rest insides a dark grey colored rectangular box with the front logo and Zenfone 5Z name written in gold color.

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The manufacturer is pretty generous when it comes to accessories. For the Indian variant, it provides:

  • USB Cable
  • User manual
  • Warranty Card
  • Charger
  • Rear Cover
  • Earphones with different sized earbuds
  • Asia plug adapter

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I guess, the adapter and earphones will be missing in the international version.

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