Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

A POP­U­LAR NAME in the com­put­ing space, ASUS once used to sell Win­dows smart­phones in In­dia too. It is now back in ac­tion with its Zen­Fone smart­phones. The one we are putting to test is the Zen­Fone 5.

The de­sign of the Zen­Fone 5 isn’t praise­wor­thy but we can’t com­plain as it is priced ag­gres­sively at

9,999. The phone packs in a 5-inch dis­play at the front and has got a white plas­tic rear panel. The power con­trol along the vol­ume is on the right edge. ASUS Zen­Fone and In­tel In­side brand­ing is promi­nently placed at the back.

Un­like other smart­phones that run on the lat­est ver­sion of the op­er­at­ing sys­tem and is ei­ther on Me­dia Tek chipset or Qual­comm, this one has none. It runs on An­droid 4.3 and has got 1.6 GHz In­tel dual core Z2560 pro­ces­sor. It is cou­ple with 2 GB of RAM. It also has a cus­tom UI which sim­ple to use. Con­sid­er­ing its price, the Zen­Fone is a per­former as there isn’t any lag. The phone could be used for daily op­er­a­tions and ca­sual gam­ing too. There is a Pix­elMaster cam­era on­board that claims to com­bine 4 pix­els into one to im­prove light sen­si­tiv­ity. The 8 MP rear cam­era per­forms out­doors and even in low light en­vi­ron­ment. The 2000 mAh bat­tery on­board is a let down as it strug­gles to last a day on heavy us­age.

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