Asus Zen­fone 5Z

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - CONTENTS - By Nidhi SiN­gal

Of late, there has been an in­flux of flag­ship killers at af­ford­able prices. OnePlus was the first to nail it, but the com­pany is in­creas­ingly fac­ing com­pe­ti­tion from play­ers such as Honor and Nokia. The lat­est one to join the league is Asus with its mid-range Zen­fone 5Z.

This one feels good to hold, has a straight-line de­sign with curved edges and is quite sleek at 7.7 mm. With thin bezels and a notch at the top, the front fea­tures a 6.2 inch dis­play that is sharp and su­per bright with full HD­plus res­o­lu­tion. The rear has a ver­ti­cal dual-cam­era set-up (12 MP and 8 MP) that cap­tures good depth images. Just like Honor 10, the cam­era can auto-de­tect scenes such as peo­ple, an­i­mals, land­scapes, night views and more, and ad­justs set­tings ac­cord­ingly. Most of the images come out well, but at times, there is colour over­sat­u­ra­tion.

As ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence is the lat­est buzz­word, Asus has in­cor­po­rated

some AI fea­tures. For in­stance, when you hold the phone and look at it, the screen does not get au­tolocked. Also, to op­ti­mise bat­tery life, the AI-pow­ered charg­ing fea­ture ex­am­ines the charg­ing his­tory and de­cides when to charge the phone quickly. An­other AI fea­ture is Op­tiFlex that speeds up the de­vice by launch­ing apps faster.

Over the years, Asus has de­clut­tered its Zen UI and Zen­fone 5Z is free of bloat­ware. Short­cuts to apps can be added to home screen pages and one can ac­cess the app tray by swip­ing up from the bot­tom. On the app tray, users will find all Google apps in one folder. Plus, there is an Asus folder com­pris­ing a cal­cu­la­tor, clock, con­tacts, sound recorder, weather and web stor­age apps. Other pre­in­stalled apps in­clude Face­book and Face­book Mes­sen­ger, In­sta­gram, Go2Pay, Mo­bile Man­ager and Selfie Master. My re­view unit was the base vari­ant with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB on­board stor­age, out of which users can use 49.98 GB. I of­ten ended up us­ing the Mo­bile Man­ager for scan­ning the sys­tem, quick clean-up and even for op­ti­mis­ing the per­for­mance by stop­ping back­ground apps.

Pow­ered by Qual­comm Snap­dragon 845, the lat­est flag­ship pro­ces­sor, the Zen­fone 5Z beat 99 per cent of the de­vices in the same range by scor­ing 2,69,463 points on the AnTuTu bench­mark, fin­ish­ing just be­hind OnePlus 6 and Xiaomi Mi 8. Per­for­mance wise, it comes very close to OnePlus 6 but fails to out­shine it in the cam­era de­part­ment.

6.2 inch full HD-plus dis­play notch houses 8MP front cam­era

Asus Zen­fone 5Z Price 29,999 ` Ai feA­tures as­sist in smart bat­terycharg­ing cy­cle

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