- Tim Schiesser , TechSpot
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.
- Crisp and detailed photos
- Decent performance during standard use
- Great build quality
- Good color reproduction, viewing angles and contrast
- 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.
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)
An excellent phone in most respects
The interface makes all the difference
Checks many right boxes and only reveals a few drawbacks
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
Good overall performance
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
A great mid-range Android device with a lovely screen, excellent performance and a decent camera
Massive screen, Low Price
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
Generally neat design, good value prospect
Good-looking 5in smartphone is an all-rounder with a reasonable price tag
Affordable and attractive 5in smartphone, but the dim screen leaves it lagging behind its cheaper rivals
Large screen, small price
I love it but its not that perfect.
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- Asus ZenFone 5 Manual (PDF)
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