Specs summary

Screen
5"

The Asus ZenFone 5's screen is 5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.6GHz

There is a Intel Atom Z2560 Dual core 1.6 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.4 KitKat) operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
8/16 GB

Internal memory is 8/16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2110mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2110 mAh battery. Asus's performance ratings are 14.7 days standby time, 1110 minutes (3G), 540 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



While there are many aspects of the Zenfone 5 that go above and beyond the device’s price point, there’s one area that’s below average: the camera.

- Tim Schiesser , TechSpot 

Reviews summary

7.1/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 13 reviews

What's good  

  • Crisp and detailed photos
  • Decent performance during standard use
  • Great build quality
  • Good color reproduction, viewing angles and contrast

What's bad  

  • Slow shutter speed
  • Mediocre battery life
  • Frame rate drops during graphics-intensive games

The Zenfone 5 is the middle child of Asus' budget smartphone line. Like its siblings, it has rounded edges and, besides the metal band on the bottom of the phone, is made entirely of plastic. Despite the fairly budget materials, reviewers compliment the build quality and premium feel of the device.

Front and center of the Zenfone 5 is its 5-inch, 720 pixel resolution display. While its 294ppi pixel density might lag behind that of flagship phones, Techspot adds, "…it's a challenge to distinguish individual pixels and generally images and text look great." For an entry level device, critics were fairly impressed with the quality of the display as it offers good viewing angles, decent contrast and good color accuracy and quality.

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Specs-wise, the phone comes with a dual-core 1.6GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and up to 16GB of internal storage. When compared to other phones in benchmark tests, the Zenfone 5 performed around the same as the Sony Xperia T3 and worse than the Nexus 5. Still, when tested under normal conditions, experts did not detect any lag during light operations. Under more strenuous circumstances, such as playing 3D games, Trusted Reviews states, "…[it] over-stretches itself on some occasions…There are some frame rate drops…" As with the rest of the phone, the battery life didn't blow its competitors out of the water, but it did last reviewers around 10 hours with light usage. However, when 3G and another SIM are added to the mix, battery life dropped to around 8 hours.

Around the back is the Zenfone 5's main 8MP camera, which comes with Asus' PixelMaster technology. According to Asus, PixelMaster combines software, hardware and optical design for better quality images. When put to the test, most critics agree that the photos were crisp with a good amount of detail. Unfortunately, they also noticed that the shutter speed was fairly slow and many images tended to be overexposed. Still, NDTV notes, "the Zenfone 5 features an excellent camera for the price, but don't expect it to match the quality for more expensive phones…"

Despite a couple qualms reviewers had with the phone, overall they consider it a great value phone. Android Authority states, "For a budget smartphone, it's got a lot of good things going for it…"


Reviews (7.1/10 Avg. rating)


TrustedReviews

An excellent phone in most respects

from TrustedReviews
There are a couple of little bits to tweak in the Asus Zenfone 5, but the value on offer here is fantastic. Other 5-inch phones at the price don’t get you screens anywhere near as good as this... Full review
Digital Versus

The interface makes all the difference

from Digital Versus
It may not be free from fault, but the Asus ZenFone 5 4G manages to distinguish itself from most of its similarly-priced competitors thanks to an impressive user interface and numerous practical functions. Its smoothness and responsiveness are enough to make it a steadfast daily companion. That the smartphone is also great value for money is a major bonus... Full review
Notebookcheck

Checks many right boxes and only reveals a few drawbacks

from Notebookcheck

The Zenfone 5 is a new powerful 5-inch entry-level device in Asus’ smartphone portfolio, which offers quite a lot of features for the comparatively low price. Highlights of the smartphone are the current Android 4.4.2 including ZenUI extension, LTE module, HD display with 1,280 x 720 pixels and a scratch-proof Corning Gorilla Glass 3 surface as well as an 8 MP camera. Other positive aspects during the review were the long battery runtimes, the low operating temperatures and the fast responses.

However, you shouldn’t get the Zenfone 5 if you like to play games on your... Full review

Recombu

Good overall performance

from Recombu

The Asus Zenfone 5 is nicely-designed budget phone with a cool user interface, a plethora of storage options and a reasonable price to boot.

However our enthusiasm is hobbled by the fact that the battery is rubbish - and it’s not replaceable, a cardinal sin.

The camera too isn’t much to write home about either, but if your primary concern is getting a cheap phone to check social networks on and browse the web then the Zenfone 5 won’t disappoint. Performance-wise it can’t touch the Motorola New Moto G (2014) but at the same time it’s miles... Full review

TechRadar

A great mid-range Android device with a lovely screen, excellent performance and a decent camera

from TechRadar
If you are not concerned about 4G or being a version behind on the software, the ZenFone 5 is very easy to recommend. It is a very compelling package having a great screen, decent camera, good performance and a nice software skin. The only device that comes close is the Moto G.Asus should have released the ZenFone 5 eight months ago. Had Asus done that, it might have propelled it to the top of the mid-range Android class. As it is, Asus misses out not by having a weak device, instead it is the timing that seems wrong. .. Full review
Know Your Mobile

Massive screen, Low Price

from Know Your Mobile

The budget smartphone market is becoming increasingly competitive - and things are only going to get hotter as Google rolls out its Android One initiative. However, there's room for quality products and the Zenfone 5 - while not perfect - certainly deserves to find an audience. There are few 5-inch offerings in this sector of the market and while the screen isn't 1080p, it's sharp enough to stand out from its rivals. The ZenUI has some intelligent features and the Intel-powered internals are able to provide a mostly smooth user experience. It would have been nice to see Android 4.4 onboard... Full review

Pocket-lint

Generally neat design, good value prospect

from Pocket-lint
The Asus Zenfone 5 offers much of the experience of a phone that, until recently, would have cost twice the price. However, its main competitor, the pocket-pleasing Moto G (2014), does make it tough for the Asus to truly stand out.If Asus were to add a better battery, boost the maximum screen brightness then this phone would be a step ahead. Even so, if you're on a budget then it's definitely one to check out. As a first stab at making a mainstream phone, the Asus Zenfone 5 is a fine effort... Full review
Tech Advisor

Good-looking 5in smartphone is an all-rounder with a reasonable price tag

from Tech Advisor
We really like the ZenFone 5. From its design and battery life to its software and price tag, this smartphone has got a lot going for it. However, it's well worth checking whether Motorola's Moto G is a better choice for you, as it could save you a bit of money but provide very similar features, including an 8Mp camera, a 294ppi 5in IPS screen and a microSD slot (though it only adds up to 32GB)... Full review
PC Pro

Affordable and attractive 5in smartphone, but the dim screen leaves it lagging behind its cheaper rivals

from PC Pro
The Asus Zenfone 5 has all the hallmarks of a cracking mid-range smartphone. The battery life is excellent, the camera puts in a decent showing and the performance isn't far off those of its main budget rivals. The display's lacklustre backlight is unforgivable, though: even at this price, we'd expect better. As a result, Motorola's 4.5in Moto G remains a far more capable all-rounder. Even if you're dead-set on a phone with a larger screen, we'd hold fire – we suspect the forthcoming 5in Moto G2 may be the phone you've been waiting for... Full review
TechSpot

Large screen, small price

from TechSpot
The Asus Zenfone 5 is good enough value in other aspects of the package that it could be worth overlooking any issues with the camera and battery life. Its size and price is relatively unique, with its competitors either costing more, having inferior specifications in other areas, or packing smaller displays. If you’re after a 5.0-inch smartphone with decent hardware at the lowest possible cost, the Zenfone 5 will likely suit your needs... Full review

Jaxx Zaxx Zakaria

I love it but its not that perfect.

love the phone, love the design, the processor, the interface but one thing I hate about it is that the screen cracks easily. should a gorilla glass break easily???
love the phone, love the design, the processor, the interface but one thing I hate about it is that the screen cracks easily. should a gorilla glass break easily??? Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date April 11, 2014
Regions available United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, India, Philippines, China
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.4 KitKat)

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Processor Intel Atom Z2560 Dual core 1.6 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
8 GB or 16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.397 W/kg
Body: 0.367 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Headset, Manual
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2110 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 400 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 540 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time Up to:
1110 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 14.7 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Champagne Gold, Charcoal Black, Cherry Red, Pearl White, Twilight Purple
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.8 x 7.3 x 1.0 cm
(5.8 x 2.9 x 0.4 in)
Weight 145 grams
(5.1 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density 294 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
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 No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
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 Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, Burst shot, Exposure value, HDR
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, 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 Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Also available with 2 GB RAM.
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