The mixture of publicity and expectation is what causes many phones to reach the big events with the winners, without even having stepped on any stage. It usually happens with the big manufacturers, with Samsung, Sony, Huawei, LG, Apple and company. Their telephones, long filtered, have so much anticipation that the market is looking forward to them, but they lose the capacity for surprise.
The prize of the unexpected comes from the hands of other constructors who sometimes manage to capture our attention over other apparently more striking and powerful models. Like the ASUS Zenfone 5Z that was presented on Tuesday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. A phone at full power, with an enviable price and that, did not leave anyone indifferent.
An aggressive design that we already know
Maybe the island, notch or eyebrow of mobile phones is not the best design idea that has been in recent years, but it is certainly a trend. He started the Essential Phone, followed the iPhone X and the presence of Apple in these lands makes each of his changes go viral. The great detail to copy is the break of the screen at the top, and ASUS has been one of those who has followed that path.
The Zenfone 5Z has notch, and its manufacturer did not hesitate to boast of features as debatable as it took less space on the front than the iPhone X. Apple was almost always present on the stage of Asus in Barcelona, and this turn in design of ASUS, as debatable as it is debatable, has changed the face of the brand’s phones.
Of course, this change came with the lengthening of his panel, which reached 19: 9 as did Wiko’s. Its FullHD resolution adopted the surname Plus and reached, in the words of the manufacturer, a 90% advantage of the front. ASUS won its bit of advertising with this change, and surely part of its users appreciate such a screen.
At full power
ASUS did not forget to equip its new Zenfone 5Z with first-class features. The Snapdragon 845 processor, up to three variants of RAM from 4GB to 8GB, a model with 256GB of capacity, or a rear camera of 12 megapixels and aperture f / 1.8 that, to make matters worse, is accompanied by a second camera with the wide angle. 120º for the companion of the main sensor.
This power, we do not forget, is the same as Samsung exhibited days before with his Galaxy S9, or Sony with his Xperia XZ2. ASUS presented without making previous noise a telephone to the height of its rivals, but without a doubt, its main advantage is in the price. When we talk about paying for the different phones presented in the MWC, ASUS has won without disheveled.
|ASUS ZENFONE 5Z|
|SCREEN||6.2 inch IPS, FullHD +
19: 9, 90% screen-front ratio
GPU Adreno 630
|RAM||4 GB, 6 Gb & 8 GB|
|MEMORY||64 GB, 128 and 256 GB with microSD|
|MAIN CAMERA||12 MP sensor Sony IMX363, Opening of f / 1,8
120-degree secondary camera
|FRONT CAMERA||8 MP, Opening of f/2,0|
|CONNECTIVITY||4G LTE, WiFi 2×2 802.11ac
Bluetooth 5.0, USB type C
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||– mm
|OS||Android Oreo under ASUS ZenUI 5.0|
|Others||Hi-Res Audio 192 kHz / 24 bit, FM Radio, HDR, stereo speakers, 4K UHD video recording (3840 x 2160) at 60 fps with the main rear camera|
|PRICE||From $ 500|
It turns out that the Zenfone 5Z with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, the most basic model, will be priced at 500 USD. Almost half of a Samsung, of a Sony. A price as aggressive as it is striking that we could qualify Zenfone 5Z as “the OnePlus of this Mobile World Congress“. And even OnePlus and Xiaomi will have problems to match the price of their future OnePlus 6 and Mi 7 when they put them into circulation.
As we said, it hardly made any noise. The Zenfone 5Z arrived in Barcelona, took the stage and presented his credentials. A design of height, power at the level of the maximum exponents of the competition and a price that will be very difficult to beat. The perfect combination for us to affirm, from TechGIndia, which has been the great phone to claim this Mobile World Congress. The sales, with the passage of the months, will be in charge of granting to others the crown.