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.