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Asus Zenfone 5

Specifications

Asus Zenfone 5Notebook: Asus Zenfone 5 (Zenfone Series)
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926
Graphics Adapter: Qualcomm Adreno 305
Display: 5.0 inch, 16:9, 1280x720 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 0.145kg
Price: 279 euro
Average Score: 80.47% - good
Average of 15 scores (from 17 reviews)
price: 76%, performance: 69%, features: 71%, display: 82% mobility: 78%, workmanship: 81%, ergonomy: 87%, emissions: 95%

Reviews for the Asus Zenfone 5

84% Asus Zenfone 5 Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
Piece of art. Awarded with a design price, available for a low price as an entry-level device and also really comfortable in the hands: The 5-inch Asus Zenfone 5 checks many right boxes in our review and only reveals a few drawbacks.
Asus Zenfone 5
Source: Hardware Secrets English
The Zenfone 5 is a new smartphone from Asus, with a finve-inch HD Touchscreen. The ASUS ZenFone 5 is an excellent mid-range smartphone with a terrific cost/benefit ratio. It is as resourceful as the Sony Xperia T3 (which is more expensive), and costs as much as the Motorola Moto G, famous for its excellent price point.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/16/2014
60% Asus Zenfone 5 review
Source: Recombu English
The Asus Zenfone 5 is nicely-designed budget phone with a cool user interface, a plethora of storage options and a reasonable price to boot. However our enthusiasm is hobbled by the fact that the battery is rubbish - and it’s not replaceable, a cardinal sin.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/14/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% Asus Zenfone 5
Source: It Pro English
Power users may find the relatively low-end processor and middling battery life limiting, but otherwise the value of the Asus Zenfone 5 is undeniable. A 4G phone with a decent 5in screen and solid performance all for £200 is rare. The Zenfone 5 sets a standard that is unlikely to be matched by the biggest names such as Samsung and Sony this year.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/10/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Can this phone bring you a little zen?
Source: Techradar English
If you are not concerned about 4G or being a version behind on the software, the ZenFone 5 is very easy to recommend. It is a very compelling package having a great screen, decent camera, good performance and a nice software skin. The only device that comes close is the Moto G. Asus should have released the ZenFone 5 eight months ago. Had Asus done that, it might have propelled it to the top of the mid-range Android class. As it is, Asus misses out not by having a weak device, instead it is the timing that seems wrong.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/09/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 90% features: 80% workmanship: 80%
Asus ZenFone 4/5/6 video review: A trio of smartphones in different sizes and prices
Source: PC Advisor English
Overall, we're pleasantly surprised by the Asus ZenFone range. There's a smartphone to suit everyone here, whatever your budget and whatever screen size you prefer. We're excited to see what Asus has up its sleeve next, and we expect rivals will be curious and perhaps slightly worried, too.
video review
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/07/2014
80% Asus Zenfone 5 review
Source: Pocket Lint English
The Asus Zenfone 5 offers much of the experience of a phone that, until recently, would have cost twice the price. However, its main competitor, the pocket-pleasing Moto G (2014), does make it tough for the Asus to truly stand out. If Asus were to add a better battery, boost the maximum screen brightness then this phone would be a step ahead. Even so, if you're on a budget then it's definitely one to check out. As a first stab at making a mainstream phone, the Asus Zenfone 5 is a fine effort.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/02/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Asus ZenFone 5 review: Good-looking 5in smartphone is an all-rounder with a reasonable price tag
Source: PC Advisor English
We really like the ZenFone 5. From its design and battery life to its software and price tag, this smartphone has got a lot going for it. However, it's well worth checking whether Motorola's Moto G is a better choice for you, as it could save you a bit of money but provide very similar features, including an 8Mp camera, a 294ppi 5in IPS screen and a microSD slot (though it only adds up to 32GB).
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/30/2014
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 50% performance: 60% features: 50% workmanship: 80%
80% Asus Zenfone 5 review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
After the searing disappointment of the Asus Zenfone 4, the Zenfone 5 is a real relief. It’s better in almost every respect, and easily merits the extra cash. It's an excellent phone in most respects, and should help put Asus on the map as a phone-maker to watch out for if you want a good-value phone. For now it’s a pretty good alternative to the Motorola Moto G if you want a slightly larger screen. If that sounds like you, stick it on your shortlist. There are a couple of little bits to tweak in the Asus Zenfone 5, but the value on offer here is fantastic. Other 5-inch phones at the price don’t get you screens anywhere near as good as this.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/26/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90% performance: 80% features: 80% display: 90% mobility: 60% workmanship: 80%
95% Asus Zenfone 5 review: A worthy mid-range smartphone contender
Source: Tech2.in.com English
The Asus Zenfone 5 starts at Rs 12,999, although at the launch, Asus said you could find it for as low as Rs 10,000, for the 8GB model. In our books, that seems like unbeatable value when you consider its rich feature-set and good all-round performance. It’s really hard to fault the Zenfone 5 as it doesn’t really stumble much in any department. The Moto G seems to have met its match, finally!
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/19/2014
Rating: Total score: 95%
75% Asus Zenfone 5 Review: Large Screen, Small Price
Source: Techspot English
The Asus Zenfone 5 is good enough value in other aspects of the package that it could be worth overlooking any issues with the camera and battery life. Its size and price is relatively unique, with its competitors either costing more, having inferior specifications in other areas, or packing smaller displays. If you’re after a 5.0-inch smartphone with decent hardware at the lowest possible cost, the Zenfone 5 will likely suit your needs.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/14/2014
Rating: Total score: 75%
95% Asus Zenfone 5 review: Finally, a smartphone to dethrone the Moto G
Source: Tech2.in.com English
The Asus Zenfone 5 starts at Rs 12,999, although at the launch, Asus said you could find it for as low as Rs 10,000, for the 8GB model. In our books, that seems like unbeatable value when you consider its rich feature-set and good all-round performance. It’s really hard to fault the Zenfone 5 as it doesn’t really stumble much in any department. The Moto G seems to have met its match, finally!
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/17/2014
Rating: Total score: 95%
80% Asus ZenFone 5 Review: Setting the Benchmark for Budget Segment
Source: NDTV Gadgets English
People looking for a phone with a big screen can definitely consider the Asus ZenFone 5, which is priced at an amazingly low Rs. 9,999. Its features and performance give it an edge over most of the competition, not only in the sub-Rs. 10,000 segment but also against many higher-priced phones such as the Nokia Lumia 630 Dual SIM (Review | Pictures).
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/11/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 70% display: 70% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
80% Asus ZenFone 5 Review: Moto G Killer
Source: Techtree.com English
The ZenFone 5 is an aggressively priced handset. Selling for Rs 10,000, this handset gives the Moto G a run for its money. The ZenFone 5 shines with its sturdy construction and stylish looks. Its screen and performance are as good if not better than the Moto G. In the camera department, it trashes Motorola's more expensive offering. In short, if you're in for a budget Android handset with all round performance, the ZennFone 5 is the handset to get. Yes, it's better than the Moto G, and its success will propel Intel as a serious competitor in the smartphone silicon market.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/10/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 70% features: 80% workmanship: 70%
76% Asus' entry into the Indian smartphone market
Source: Digital Trends English
If Asus puts a smart price tag on the ZenFone 5, then it could give the Moto G a run for its money. It offers a good looking design and respectable performance capability. There are many other reliable brands out there in the market, and Asus has done a good job with the Zenfone 5. But having said that, it will have to do a lot more if it wants to give the other brands tough competition. The smartphone is not a bad choice if you are aiming for a mid-ranged device with a decent performance package and design, but quite honestly, there is room for improvement.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/04/2014
Rating: Total score: 76%
Asus ZenFone 5: First Impressions
Source: NDTV Gadgets English
The Asus ZenFone 5 packs a punch with its screen and solid build quality. It's pretty impressive for a mid-range phone. However, we would like to wait for the price to be announced officially before commenting on the overall value for money. One thing is for sure, if the ZenFone 5 is priced between Rs. 10,000 and 15,000, it will be compared to the popular Moto G and could be a pretty good alternative for those who prefer large screens.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/28/2014

Foreign Reviews

92% Asus ZenFone 5 im Test: Dual-SIM im schicken Design
Source: Mobicroco German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/25/2014
Rating: Total score: 92% features: 92% workmanship: 95% ergonomy: 95%
80% Asus ZenFone 5
Source: Android Magazin - Heft 2/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%

Comment

Model:

The Asus Zenfone 5 runs with a dual core platform. With a clock rate of 1,6 GHz and 2 GB of RAM, it is relatively powerful. This chip delivers better performance than the usual Snapdragon 400 SoC, which is used for phones within this phone budget. The 5-inch HD IPS display with corning Gorilla Glass looks and feels sturdy. Thanks to Corning Gorilla glass, this phone is scratch resistant.

It is available in black, white, red, purple and gold. The capacitive touchscreen has a resolution of 1280x720 and 16M colors. It delivers vivid colors and the IPS technology also promises good viewing angles.

The phone features Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and Zen UI, which is one of the better user interfaces added on top of the android system. It also features an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front camera. The phone has a 2100 mAh battery that can easily last a day. It can last for up to 353 hours on standby and 18 hours talk time, both with 3G activated.

The Zenfone 5 is available with a storage capacity of 8 GB or 16 GB. It can be expanded via microSD slot, which can carry up to 64 GB. Unfortunately, this phone may suffer from occasional heating issues when used for prolonged periods due to its Intel processor.

Qualcomm Adreno 305: Integrated mid-range graphics card in the Snapdragon 400 and S4 Plus SoCs that supports OpenGL ES 3.0 and features unified shaders.

These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


400 MSM8926: ARM Cortex-A7 Quad-Core clocked at up to 1.2 GHz, manufactured in 28nm. Supports LTE.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


5.0": » To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


0.145 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist hardly any models in this extreme class of weight. 7-9 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.


Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese multinational company, produces motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, PDAs, computer monitors, notebook computers, servers, networking products, mobile phones, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems. The company's 2007 revenues reached US$6.9 billion. ASUS also produces components for other manufacturers. The Eee PC initiated the netbook boom in 2008.

Asus reviews


80.47%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.


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Devices from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

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» BlackBerry Z3
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» Huawei Ascend G740
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» ZTE Grand S Flex
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Devices with the same GPU

» Microsoft Lumia 730
unknown, 4.7", 0.13 kg
» Sony Xperia Style
Snapdragon 400 MSM8928, 5.3", 0.148 kg
» LG G Pad 8.0 V480
Snapdragon 400 MSM8226, 8.0", 0.338 kg
» Sony Xperia C3
Snapdragon 400 MSM8926, 5.5", 0.15 kg
» Nokia Lumia 735
unknown, 4.7", 0.134 kg
» Sony Xperia E3
Snapdragon 400 MSM8926, 4.5", 0.144 kg
» Samsung Galaxy Tab Active
Snapdragon 400 MSM8926, 8.0", 0.32 kg
» Sony Xperia M2 Aqua
Snapdragon 400 MSM8926, 4.8", 0.147 kg
» HTC One Remix
unknown, 4.5", 0.14 kg
» Sony Xperia T3
Snapdragon 400 MSM8928, 5.3", 0.148 kg
» LG G Pad 7.0
Snapdragon 400 MSM8226, 7.0", 0.293 kg
» LG G Pad 10.1
Snapdragon 400 APQ8026, 10.1", 0.512 kg
» Sony Xperia M2
Snapdragon 400 MSM8926, 4.8", 0.149 kg
» Huawei Ascend G6 4G
Snapdragon 400 MSM8226, 4.5", 0.115 kg
» HTC Desire 816
Snapdragon 400 MSM8928, 5.5", 0.165 kg
» HTC Desire 610
Snapdragon 400 MSM8226, 4.7", 0.143 kg
» LG Lucid 3 VS8760
Snapdragon 400 MSM8926, 4.7", 0.124 kg
» HTC One Mini 2
Snapdragon 400 MSM8226, 4.5", 0.137 kg
» Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Dual
unknown, 6", 0.172 kg
» Samsung Galaxy Tab4 8.0
Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8930, 8.0", 0.32 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2014-01-12 (Update: 2014-01-12)