ASUS Zenfone 5, 5Z: iPhone X's deadly challenger

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Now Playing: Watch this: The Asus Zenfone 5 is the identical twin of the iPhone. The ZenFone 5Z boasts an AI technology that can automatically detect scenes and applies ideal settings accordingly.

On stage, Asus addressed the notch on the 6.2-inch Zenfone 5, saying it has advantages over Apple's iPhone X, but did not explicitly the company's name on stage. The smartphone's variants go up to 8GB RAM and 256GB of inbuilt storage.

This phone also brings a 3300 mAh battery along with a face unlock feature. Unveiled at the end of 2017, Qualcomm billed its new processor as the premium mobile CPU it would offer in 2018, and it's bound to be powering many manufacturer's mobile devices this year. Having said that, the device features a 6.2-inch fullHD+ IPS display, and we're looking at a 19:9 display aspect ratio, mainly because of that notch up top.

Everything else about the devices is much the same though, you'll have the same design and features on both, including Android 8 Oreo right out of the box, so you'll have all the latest features from Google's OS right away.

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The new Asus Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 5Z smartphones have mimicked Apple's curious "notch" design quirk. That's just shy of the iPhone X's 19.5:9 aspect ratio, but both screens appear to be almost as narrow as each other. The ZenFone 5Z display comes with support for DCI-P3 colour gamut and Asus' Blue-light eye care filter which was previously seen on other handsets by the company. Confusingly there will be at least 2 versions one with Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, the other by the Snapdragon 630 RAM/storage options will be 3/32 or 4/64. One with 4GB of RAM & 64GB of native storage and the other one with 6GB RAM & 128GB of internal storage. The Asus ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5 Lite, both announced at Mobile World Congress, are here to prove that point. Let's take a look at the specifications of all the three smartphones and the price and availability. Featuring a different physical design altogether, this particular device also comes with a rather peculiar camera setup. On the rear, there is a dual camera setup with the 16MP primary sensor and wide-angle secondary sensor. Up front, there's an 8-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture for selfies. The ZenFone Max Plus M1, for example, is backed by a 4130mAh battery and is claimed to deliver up to 26 hours on standby time and up to 13 hours of video playback. BELOW: ZenFone 5 Lite, aka ZenFone 5Q.

Although Asus has announced several phones in the "5" range, we've only had time to try the standard Asus Zenfone 5, which comes with Qualcomm's mid-range Snapdragon 636 chipset alongside 4GB of RAM. Just before you wake up, it then resumes charging so you can wake up to a full battery. Asus intend to release an update for Android 9 devices.

The first thing I'll say, however, is that the Zenfone 5 would not be possible without Apple and Samsung's innovation. As of yet, there's no detail about the price of the ZenFone 5. Asus ZenFone 5 features face unlock in addition to a rear fingerprint sensor.

The new handset features a 6.2-inch full-HD display, 4GB/6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and an 8MP front-facing camera. It ships with Android Nougat and not Oreo as some might have been expecting.

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