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MWC 2018 | Asus ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5Z now official with dual cameras in tow

Asus ZenFone 5/5Z with dual camera (Source: Asus)
Asus ZenFone 5/5Z (Source: Asus)
The Asus ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5Z have been unveiled at MWC 2018 in Barcelona tonight, just as expected. Although both feature a dual camera setup with a flagship Sony IMX363 sensor with 1.4 µm pixels and a 6.2-inch display, the ZenFone 5 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor inside, while the ZenFone 5Z is powered by the top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC.

Earlier today, Asus introduced the ZenFone 5 mid-range phablet and the ZenFone 5Z flagship. Although they both look the same and use the same flagship-level dual camera setup on the back, there is a big difference when it comes to the processor they use: while the ZenFone 5 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, the ZenFone 5Z uses the almighty Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 flagship processor.

The list of common features includes the dual camera setup with a Sony IMX363 sensor with f/1.8 aperture and a 120-degree wide-angle camera that features Night HDR and AI-driven scene detection. Both handsets mentioned earlier feature a 6.2-inch full HD+ display (a notch like the one present on the front side of the Apple iPhone X is clearly visible) and a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio, while the few internals that set them apart are these:

The Asus ZenFone 5/5Z comes with a total amount of 64 GB internal storage space, uses a 3,300 mAh battery and runs Android Oreo with Asus' ZenUI 5.0 on top. The list of other common specs that make these phablets worthy of our attention  includes 3-axis electronic image stabilization, 24-bit audio, FM radio, dual 5-magnet speakers, a 3,300 mAh battery with BoostMaster and AI Charging, a Pro mode for the cameras, and many other AI-driven features. 

The colors available are only blue and silver for now. The ZenFone 5Z has a very attractive price considering its features, since Asus announced it would hit the market for only US$499. We have no information about the pricing of its less potent sibling, but we expect to see it hit the market for US$399 or less.

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-02-27 (Update: 2018-02-27)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.