The opportunity to make a smartphone with a large screen, but in the small case went all the manufacturers of head – the idea of a cutout in the middle of the status line was picked up instantly. ASUS Zenfone 5 is no exception; the front panel is occupied by the display by 90%.

However, the display, of course, is stretched – in this case the format is not even 18:9 and 19:9. A framework on the sides and bottom are almost gone. It is allowed to place a 6.2-inch display in the housing, almost no different from what we saw in the Zenfone 4.

With the appearance of this the Zenfone 4, it is time to “five” different from him dramatically. A big part of it was adopted by the Lite version, which we have already wrote, but the roots of the Zenfone 5 is also quite clear: glass rear panel, similar performance rounded sides, almost the same set of cameras. The freshness of the new product gives the latest platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, numerous accents on artificial intelligence and a truly huge size of the screen is 6.2 inches!


ASUS Zenfone 5 ASUS Zenfone 4 Honor 9 Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 Nokia 7 Plus
Display 6.2 inch, IPS, 2246 × 1080 pixels, 402 ppi, capacitive multitouch 5.5 inch, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 401 ppi, capacitive multitouch 5.15 inches, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 423 ppi, capacitive multitouch 5.99 inch, IPS,
2040 × 1080 pixels, 403 ppi, capacitive multitouch
6 inch, IPS,
2160 × 1080 pixels, 401 ppi, capacitive multitouch
Safety glass Corning Gorilla Glass (version unknown) Corning Gorilla Glass (version not specified) No information Is, manufacturer unknown Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (eight cores Kryo 260, 1.8 GHz) Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (eight cores ARM Cortex-A53, 2.2 GHz) or Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 (Kryo eight cores, 2.4 GHz) HiSilicone Kirin 960 (Quad core ARM Cortex-A73, 2.4 GHz + four cores ARM Cortex-A53, 1.8 GHz) Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8996 (four cores Kryo, frequency 2.45 GHz + four cores Kryo, frequency 1.9 GHz) Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 (eight cores Kryo 260, 2.2 GHz)
Graphics controller Adreno 509, 720 MHz Adreno 508, 850 MHz or Adreno 512, 850 MHz ARM Mali-G71 MP8, 850 MHz Adreno 540, 710 MHz Adreno 512, 850 MHz
RAM 4 GB 4 or 6 GB 4 GB (there is a version with 6 GB) 6/8 GB 4 GB
Flash memory 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB (there is a version with 128 GB) 64/128/256 GB 64 GB
Memory card support There There There No There
Connectors USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm USB Type-C USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm
SIM card Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM
Cell 2G connection GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz CDMA 800 / 1900 GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
3G cellular communications HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 850/900/1800/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz 800/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100 HSDPA MHz HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
Cellular 4G LTE Cat. 12 (600 Mbps): ranges not specified LTE Cat. 12 (600 Mbps): the bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41 LTE Cat. 6 (300/50 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 38, 40, 41 LTE Cat. 12 (600 Mbps): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41 LTE Cat. 6 (300/50 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0 4.2 5.0 5.0
NFC There There There There There
Sensors Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass) Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass) Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), infrared sensor Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass) Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)
Fingerprint scanner There There There There There
The main camera Double module, 12 MP, ƒ/1,8, phase detection autofocus + 8 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus, led flash Double module, 12 MP, ƒ/1,8, phase detection autofocus + 8 MP, ƒ/2.2, and fixed focus; dual led flash Double module, 20 + 12 MP, ƒ/2.2, and a hybrid autofocus, dual-led flash 12 MP, ƒ/2.0, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilization, dual-led flash Double module, 12 MP, ƒ/1,75 + 13 MP, ƒ/2.6, the phase detection autofocus, dual-led flash
Front camera 8 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus 8 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus 8 MP, ƒ/2.4 GHz, fixed focus 5 MP, fixed focus 16 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus
Food Removable battery by 12.54 W·h (3300 mAh, 3.8 V) Removable battery: 12,54 WH (3300 mAh, 3.8 V) Removable battery 12.16 WH (3200 mAh, 3.8 V) Removable battery: 12,92 W·h (3400 mAh, 3.8 V) A removable battery of 14.44 W·h (3800 mAh, 3.8 V)
Size 153 × 75,65 × 7.7 mm 155,4 × 75,2 × 7.5 mm 147,3 × 70,9 × of 7.45 mm To 151.8 × 75,5 × 7.7 mm 158,4 × 75,6 × 9,55 mm
Weight 155 grams 165 grams 155 grams 185 grams 183 grams
Protection case No No No Splash protection (IP54) No
Operating system Android 8.0 Oreo, shell ZenUI Android 7.1 Nougat, shell ZenUI Android 7.0 Nougat, own shell EMUI Android 7.1.1 Nougat, shell MIUI Android 8.1 Oreo (Android One)
Current price 27 990 rubles 25 000 rubles 26 990 rubles 26 000-32 000 “gray” option, 35 000-50 000 for official 27 990 rubles

ASUS Zenfone 5 – information about stuffing according to CPU-Z. Platform marked wrong – there is still Snapdragon 636, not 630

Design, ergonomics and software

If you put aside the obvious Parallels, the ASUS Zenfone 5 looks great. The frames around the screen really almost there — in this Zenfone 5 is superior to another proud owner of the “Android” neck, but in the premium category, Huawei P20 Pro.

As the flagship Huawei, the rear panel Zenfone 5 is made of great polished glass that can be used as a mirror. Or as a surface for fingerprints instead of the usual paint and paper. Zalamyvayutsya the back of the gadget instantly – you need to get out of the box complete case and hide in it “zenfan”. He’s here and transparent silicone, looks good.

The black version of ASUS Zenfone 5

Two colour solutions – silvery and midnight blue (almost black).

ASUS Zenfone 5 front panel: above the screen – front camera, light sensor, status indicator and earpiece grille

Itself is a ledge on the front of the major, although a large number of sensors on it not: only front camera, light sensor, led indicator Yes, earpiece grille. To shift the same in the manner and Huawei to do the round speaker grille in the ASUS did not — in the end, he takes a lot of space. Visually “hide” it, coloring the status bar in black color, in reality, is also impossible.

ASUS Zenfone 5, back panel: dual-mode camera, single led flash; the center – fingerprint sensor

Dimensions of ASUS Zenfone 5 – 153 × 75,65 × 7,7 mm, Weight – 155 grams. Yes, it’s almost the same in size as Zenfone 4, but still easier, despite the huge difference in the size of the display. “Five” is quite a fits in your pocket, normally perceived from the outside and allows not to suffer in the process as use and wear. Yes, it “two-handed” smartphone, to reach out a finger of the same hand, in which lies the gadget to the right of the screen it is impossible, even with the almost missing part. But fans of large displays device and, of course, have to taste.

ASUS Zenfone 5, the top face: a lone microphone surrounded by plastic inserts for the correct operation of antennas

ASUS Zenfone 5, the bottom face: the USB Type-C, the main speaker, the microphone, mini-Jack

Front and rear panel of the fifth “Sanfona” made of glass, the edge is made of aluminum. To antennas worked fine, they provided a small plastic insert — the decision again.

ASUS Zenfone 5, the left side: slot for SIM-cards and memory cards, one microphone

ASUS Zenfone 5, back panel: dual-mode camera, single led flash; the center – fingerprint sensor

Ergonomically Zenfone 5 is also executed in the traditional way: on the right side two mandatory hardware buttons, on the left – aligned slot for memory cards and SIM cards. Mini Jack in stock – it is located below, near port USB Type-C. Of the unusual can be noted except that the third microphone located on the left side.


Despite the almost complete lack of framework, to abandon the fingerprint in the manner Apple ASUS did not simply moving it to the rear panel. The decision completely sober and, in my opinion, true – one face recognition (which is also present here, of course, all the same thing happening in 2018) it is better not to do. Especially in this case, recognition is only used front facing camera, special IR camera and projector points not covered here, like all the other Androird smartphone, so the ideal work in this mode and wait was not worth it: here is a helper tool that uses different technology than Apple.

A common thing, unfortunately

Expect to Refine the system in future firmware.


With fingerprint no such problems, and no other too. Uses a conventional capacitive sensor which operates rapidly and almost unerringly: the main thing — time to rewrite the imprint at the slightest mechanical damage of the finger, the sensor is sensitive to this. Using the fingerprint sensor you can unlock the device and answer incoming calls. You can also configure the application for display on a screen of roller blind notifications, but it works somehow unstable.

Zenfone 5 – first smartphone with Android 8.0 ASUS Oreo at the start of sales. About this operating system we have already written very much, we will not repeat it here, as usual, covered with a proprietary shell ZenUI latest, fifth version.

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Smooth sliding is one of the most original and controversial shells in the direction of ease and proximity to “pure” the Android continued. ASUS continues their fonts, a greater number of available options and a set of branded applications, which radically decreased by a further 4 ZenUI. Of the innovations worth noting is the navigation bar, which can optionally be hidden from the screen, the already mentioned the facial recognition system and finer control of the power saving modes, including detail on many applications (OptiFlex). Also ASUS is not far behind fashion and generously pours it on Zenfone 5 in particular, ZenUI and overall conversations about artificial intelligence and what he’s involved in all of the workings of the system – from the camera to special dies and frequently used applications on the screen of most apps. This was said by us Vice-President Eric Chen. Anyway, the progress in terms of shell Zenfone is available – while maintaining to some extent its flexibility and individuality, it definitely leaves the number of deficiencies a series of smartphones ASUS.

Display and sound

One ASUS with its Zenfone exactly the freshest thinking of this smelling like a rose – talking about display diagonal: 6.2 inch, no joke! Recently about this and think it was terrible, and when it comes to devices at least with the upcoming options sounded terrible word “phablet” and to mind came monsters like ASUS Zenfone 3 Ultra. The difference in the diagonal of the screen with this colossus in Zenfone 5 is only 0.6 inches, and the difference in perception is huge.

The display is made by display LCD technology – OLED displays to smartphones average price category while the set is extremely rare (and does, in fact, only Samsung). The screen resolution – 2246 × 1080 pixels, density pixels, respectively, 402 ppi. Figures by today’s standards not too impressive by themselves, because Quad HD resolution has become the norm for flagships even a couple of years ago. But in fact it allows to simultaneously and keep the smoothness of the interface, and not to overtax the battery, and so hard to cope with providing any lasting smartphone with a huge screen. Fonts look good, the graininess of the picture can be seen except under a magnifying glass.

Sandwich display, in addition to the matrix and the protective glass (Gorilla Glass, a version of which the manufacturer does not specify) is composed of sensor layer responds to 10 simultaneous touches, as well as polarized and oleophobic coating. The latter, incidentally, performed a surprisingly high quality – to continually wipe the screen in an attempt to rid it of traces is not necessary.

The maximum measured brightness of the display – 567 CD/m2. This is lower than the Zenfone 4 is one of the Champions on this indicator, but enough so that we can not worry about how to use the gadget on a Sunny day. The picture is not only readable, but even keeps to a certain extent the contrast and color reproduction.

The contrast level for the LCD screen is also good – 1277:1.

ASUS Zenfone 5, the gamma in the “wide gamut”. Yellow – indicators Zenfone 5, the dotted reference gamma

ASUS Zenfone 5, color temperature in the “wide gamut”. Blue line – performance of the Zenfone 5, the dotted reference temperature

ASUS Zenfone 5, the color gamut in the “wide gamut”. Gray triangle – coverage of the sRGB triangle coverage Zenfone 5

The default Zenfone 5 is “wide gamut”. It is easy to see on the schedule the color gamut. It is much wider than the sRGB standard, in this case almost corresponds to the standard DCI-P3. The greater the number of available colors for display on the smartphone is often accompanied by too large errors in color accuracy, but in the case of Zenfone 5 it is not so bad. The average range in this mode is 2.00 (which is not very far from the norm), and the color temperature is around 7 500 To that it’s not much, but above normal (6 To 500). The average deviation of DeltaE scale Color Checker including a wide range of colors and shades of gray, made up 5.34 – is also quite acceptable.

ASUS Zenfone 5, gamma in “normal” mode. Yellow – indicators Zenfone 5, the dotted reference gamma

ASUS Zenfone 5, the color temperature in “normal” mode. Blue line – performance of the Zenfone 5, the dotted reference temperature

ASUS Zenfone 5, the color gamut in “normal” mode. Gray triangle – coverage of the sRGB triangle coverage Zenfone 5

When you switch to “normal” color mode with color accuracy in a logical manner improves. The picture at the same time, surprisingly, not getting warmer (chart color temperature looks roughly the same), but the color space comes close to the standard sRGB, the average gamma value is almost perfect of 2.12, and the average deviation of DeltaE Color Checker on a scale reduced to 4.18. This is still above the reference values (2,00-3,00), but in General the display setting of the ASUS Zenfone 5 can be considered normal.


If desired, you can adjust the screen with their hands, choosing comfortable for you temperature, color and saturation. There is also a mandatory for today’s smartphones blue filter, which is recommended when you look at the screen before sleep, plus adaptive brightness, which works very efficiently and accurately, – to disable it, there is no need. ASUS Zenfone 5 also can automatically change the color temperature of the screen depending on exterior lighting is an analogue system, True Tone, is well-known on Apple gadgets.

ASUS is famous for its work on the sound of their smartphones – Zenfone 5 also looks quite confident in this regard. There are mini-Jack, and support of standards for the transmission of sound via Bluetooth with minimal loss of quality (aptX, aptX HD). The audio for a wired connection, very detailed, with a good supply volume in its price range Zenfone 5 is perhaps one of the most “audiophile” smartphones. The package includes headphones ZenEar Pro, which many will appreciate its sound.

The advantages of a smartphone in terms of sound are not limited to work with headphones: stereo speaker here – along with the fact that goes on the bottom face, in the playback mode works and conversational. In the end, and at volume, and relative (adjusted for the type of device, of course) the quality claims to the device. An additional microphone in the ASUS Zenfone 5 is equipped with not just is, among other things, part of AI Ringtone, which adjusts the ringer volume under external sound picture, always leaving it on audible, but comfortable level.


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