Asus introduces Zenfone 5 smartphones at MWC

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Asus has this time unveiled Zenfone 5Z alongside the 5Z and also debuted the Zenfone 5, which is same in design, but with slightly less powerful innards.

Now Playing: Watch this: The Asus Zenfone 5 is the identical twin of the iPhone. Asus did mention that the unit we were using was on beta software, so it's possibly just a bug. The screen is expansive, bright and vibrant. The device will be available in 4GB and 6GB RAM variants with 64GB of Internal Storage Memory as default memory on the device. The exact pricing and availability have yet to be confirmed, Asus will release the Zenfone 5 Lite next month. It also has a smaller display, at 5.5-inch, compared to the 5.7-inch display on the ZenFone Max Plus (M1). Asus says ZenFone 5Z has optical image stabilization (OIS), electronic image stabilization (EIS), and it can record 4K video. The 12-megapixel camera uses advanced AI algorithms and analytics to consistently get better at snapping photos.

Camera features include "AI Scene Detection" which adjusts the settings to suit the environment of the photos being captured. Together, they also let you add bokeh effects in your shots. The front-facing camera is of 8-megapixel with f/2.0 aperture and 84-degree field of view for wider selfies. Overnight the phone switches to slow charging to protect the battery, but at other times charges more quickly. Calls in busy places will ring louder than calls in the middle of the night.

Asus was also very keen to show off the AI tech in the phones and there are dozens of implementations of this. Users can use their own voice, facial expressions and head movements. The avatars can be used in video chats or live-streaming, as well as in text chats.

The ZenFone 5Z will retail for $499 Dollars (approximately $635.50 CAD). "Today, the ZenFone 5 Series is the most intelligent ZenFone series ever, utilizing advanced AI algorithms and big-data analytics to provide users with a unique slate of intelligent camera, communication and convenience features". It sports a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel, capable of unlocking the smartphone in as little as 0.5 seconds.

There are a few key differences, however.

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UPDATE: Feb. 27, 2018, 8:45 p.m. CET As expected, the ZenFone 5Z looks just like the regular ZenFone 5, but has better hardware inside - a Snapdragon 845 processor with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage - and, presumably, better performance. It will come in two processor variants: one with a Snapdragon 430 and the other with a Snapdragon 630.

Specifically, the ZenFone 5 features a 6.2-inch LCD IPS display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. The smartphone doesn't only look premium because it also feels like it.

The device is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 636 SoC with octa-core CPU. The front-facing setup uses one 20-megapixel sensor and another 6-pixel, 120-degree wide angle lens.

The Zenfone 5 Lite has a 3,300 mAh battery that charges via microUSB, NFC, an FM radio, and 2.5D curved glass both on the front and the back.

Now that we've settled that ZenFone 5 looks fantastic, let's check out what technology and hardware specs it uses and see what it can do. Being a high-end product, the Zenfone 5 features every bell and whistle from face unlock to an edge-to-edge screen.

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