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

Connectivity & Sound

Let’s divide the connectivity aspect into two sub-sections in this Asus Zenfone 5Z review: wired and wireless.

Concerning the wired connectivity, we have all the ports and jack situated on one side of the phone which is the bottom. One can find the traditional 3.5mm audio jack successfully retained along with the Type-C port, and microphone. There’s the SIM slot present as well which is hybrid allowing either two micro and nano SIM or one micro SIM and a MicroSD card (up to 2TB).

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There’s plenty of options for the wireless connectivity. The phone supports the most updated Bluetooth 5.0 module with lots of profile. The WiFi 802.11ac is Dual Band supporting both 2.4G and 5GHz bands. Unlike Xiaomi, the phone network supports almost every band around the world. however, I have been hearing that it doesn’t support WiFi Calling and CDMA network of some carriers in some countries.

There are some quite interesting features maintained such as the vintage FM radio, NFC, and the new DLNA. In short, there’s nothing in the connectivity one can find as a drawback. In comparison to Mi 8 and OnePlus 6, the network support is better along with the 3.5mm audio jack retained.

Another selling point of the flagship is the stereo speakers which yields a loud sound. Like previously said, I would have appreciated that the placement should have been slighter far from each other with two openings for a much better stereo effect. However, the sound is still loud, rich, and clear, this is all that concerns me.

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