ASUS ZenFone 5 Review – NOTch A Midranger
Luckily, if you don't like it, you can actually hide it. They released an OTA update just recently that allows you to do that, so it puts black either side and you won't see it so much so this is a Snapdragon, 6, 3, 6 mar 4 gigabytes of RAM 64 gigabytes of storage. Just the vision I have here and has micro SD card support and a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack, so they haven't done anything crazy, like removed bow for those that a lot of people like to have so this mobile phone is priced around about 350 u.s.. So it is a little bit expensive. I feel overpriced, really for what it is, the spec and what you're getting which I'll cover here in this review, so the design of it quite premium. It is a really nice phone in hand. It feels good. It looks good it's got the glass on the back. Of course the downside is it's going to be very slippery and if you drop it, it's gon na be a lot easier to break here with that glass on the rear. So it's got your cameras on the back. You can see, so one is a wide angled sensor that is a complete and utter letdown and they missed an opportunity. Here is with this one, so the very muddy the photos but below that there is a 12 megapixel sensor with optical image stabilization. This one at least, does take a very decent image: it's, not bad at all, and considering this apparently has quite a high DxO rating or the same rating as the Google pixel.
I was expecting a lot from this camera and it does disappoint, as you see later on, we do have metal around the outside. You can see some antenna lines here at the top. We just got a microphone that's for noise cancellation and for voice calls. Now the display I'll mention the nights. You can see it's there we've got an earpiece that doubles as a loudspeaker, and it also has an LED and side there for the status led to the side of it. We'Ve got an ambient light sensor and proximity sensor and then the 8 megapixel front facing camera so that's. Why the knotch is that wide? So the screen, apart from the notch, of course, not everyone's, going to like that, you can hide it, which is good, but it also has a very bright panel, it's 630 lux maximum brightness that I measured good color reproduction as well. You use the splendid application that provide and you can tweak the white and tweak exactly how you want this display to look, and I do like they've included that now on my panel, I have a little tiny bit of Darkness around some of the edges on the Bottom, the chin is quite a small chin, so they have slimmed that down, which is great and it fits in hand nicely so it's, not the tallest fun, even though it's 6.2 inches. It is actually a little bit shorter than some 5.99 18 by 9 aspect.
Ratio. Phones, the ratio and this one is 19 by 9 aspect ratio because of the the knotch but it's, basically just a 1080p display and on the left hand side. We have a sim tray. So this will take either a micro sim and a nano sim or a nano sim and a micro SD cards and the build overall is excellent. Its premium definitely with the glass. Ok little slippery, but in terms of build quality, really right up there. So that's great from a Zeus down the bottom. We have eight allowed speaker now. The earpiece also doubles as a loudspeaker and it has good volume, but it does distort a little bit at 100. Foam I'll give you a sample of that now. The 3.5 millimeter headphone jack also outputs, really good audio quality it's clean as clear and the loudness is acceptable. It'S good it's, not the loudest I've heard, but it is one of the better ones now the core quality. I did have an issue with core quality that I couldn't hear the other end a couple of times. Then I thought it was down to orange. Who is my network provider, but it turns out they released an over the air update just the last one it's. Now the fifth update from them that fixed that problem, I haven't had any problems with call quality since then so that's, one issue they have addressed now. Hopefully they will address the rear cameras, because that white angled sensor does take quite a poor photo.
You can see from these examples here so it's, not the best. I mean when you first look. You say: okay, that's, an okay photo but zoom in and look how muddy the images it's just lacking sharpness clarity, details where are they so poor sensor or poor lens they've gone it's a missed opportunity, but the 12 megapixel rear facing camera can take a really good Image, if you have a look at these samples here, of course, it does come with portrait mode where the dual sensors, you can get a blue background, the depth effect. They call it on both the front camera using AI to stitch around your face. It'S, not perfect. No one really gets this 100 perfect. I have seen better examples and I've also seen worse. It does apparently improve with the time it gets to learn, people's faces around here and things like that and stitch things out, a little better so for front facing camera performance. The 8 megapixel sensor can shoot only up to 1080p, but it does have good electronic image stabilization, as you can see so on the rear camera we get up to 4k 30 frames per second I've noticed that the focus is stable, no focus hunting issues and the Audio quality is good. The video quality as well is good now does have optical image stabilization. Unfortunately, electronic image stabilization is disabled, so you will see a bit of that OSI rocking around from time to time.
Alright, I feel for this price range kateri. It is good. I just hope that a future patch, as this will be able to add electronic image stabilization as well, so it comes with Android 8.0 it's, not quite the latest version. It does have a recent security patch level, however, which is good and there's any way that it has their own custom skin on here that logos, the icon, set that they've gone with, does look quite Samsung as she doesn't it. It looks a lot like same Suns and it's not really original there, but the speed of the UI at least is very quick, it's, very smooth chrome performance, very smooth, multitasking aside by side apps as well. If you wanted to do that or the absolute support it good performance and no complaints really with it at all, I do like it. It is fast. The animation speed is also very short making. It seem really quick to open things up and to move around RAM management as well as good and even the gallery performance very fast, with lots of photos on board here, and we never look at synthetic benchmarks. So this is the antutu score very high. This is what the AI booster mode on and what that is is a little bit of marketing, gimmick and well. It actually does work out to improve the performance it will boost up and hold the highest clocks it can on all of the cause.
As a result, it will true through the battery a little faster, but it will improve gaming performance and the overall, the fluidity of the UI and everything just seems to be slightly better there. Then we have a look at the internal storage speeds, it's using an emmc type of storage and not quite as fast, of course, as ufs storage, and i think for the price of phone. They should have gone with. Ufs 2.1 storage. 3G speeds Wireless speeds, GPS, everything. There is working perfectly fine, no issues with the signal strength either now the battery life. This surprises, I didn't, quite think I was going to get seven hours, but I managed to get over seven hours on screen time from the 3300 milliamp hour battery. And if you have a look at my use here, it's quite heavy. So I've done quite a bit of gaming, a few hours of gaming, some Chrome's and YouTube. I wouldn't exactly call it light use. This was continual use mostly on wireless about 20, 30 percent on data and overall, it held up really well so a great battery life there's going to be a 2 day better, each phone at least now charging times. I did run into a problem that it would stop charging at 84 and later at 94. 91. Sorry, it stopped the game charging. Now it could be just my unit, it may need and over the air update for this. So my charging times here you can see.
I don't know whether these are correct because it did stop there, and I was on top of it most of the time and I saw but expect quicker times, if you're not having this problem. So hopefully Azusa is going to address this. I will hold on to the phone and see if the charging issue that I have is going to be fixed so for gaming performance it is very smooth, so all of the games I tested will de tanks lineage 2 on high settings it's smooth its playable. You do see some loading lag, but this even happens for me on Snapdragon 845 Mobile's Pub G on the high settings, high frame rate, very playable, it's smooth and you do see a couple of little legs and stutters here and there to be expected. But overall, a great gaming experience from the zenfone 5. The zenfone 5 also has face unlocking and it will unlock really quick. I haven't had any problems with it. Do you just basically hold it up, look into it and within seconds, even not even seconds under half a second it's unlocked and ready to go now the fingerprint reader on the rear, very quick. It unlocks straightaway it's an always on fingerprint reader, so you don't have to wake the phone. You simply place your finger that you have already set up and straight away it unlocks and you're in the system, and it works ten out of ten times. Alright guys.
So is this a phone I can recommend well first off as erst need to lower the price, and that would make it a lot easier to recommend at the moment it's just overpriced for the chipset okay, it is a very fast phone. It feels as fast as a snapdragon 8 to 1, like a flagship phone it's, really hard to tell the difference like. If you handed this phone to someone – and you told them, it had a Snapdragon, eight four five in it. They would probably believe you of how it performs good. It has really quick the animations and just how the you, I feel so they've done an excellent job there, but things aren't 100 stable. Now they have been pushing out a lot of over the air updates, but I've run into two issues. The core quality issue will the fact that I couldn't hear that other end in some calls that's being fixed, so that's no longer an issue, but it was there, but the problem I have now charging so we're not charged to 100 in one go for me. It'S happened now twice no three times that I've tested it it'll either stop at 84 it'll stop at eighty late, 80s or even 91, or something like that. So that should not be happening. It should charge on one go so it's, either a problem with my unit or just a problem in general that hopefully they can fix with it over the air update now the camera they hyped it up with the camera as good as the Google pixel.
According to the DxO mark, now I don't believe you can trust those benchmarks anymore, because it seems whoever pays them to optimize or help optimize. The cameras gets a higher score, so it's a really a paid score now so completely untrustworthy and, as I saw of my comparison, make sure you check that video out by the way that even and much cheaper phone can beat this. The redmi note 5. In still shots at least not in low light, not in video but in stills, and that to me was a bit of a disappointment they're not to mean that this doesn't take a great photo. It does front facing camera as well. Is reasonable? We'Ve got electronic image stabilization, but not on for cable diss, but overall as a package, it is a good phone. I like it you're, either going to hate the notch and not buy it. For that reason, and the price of it will probably put you off so if they drop the price, this will be a good phone or what I almost forgot. Another big con is the wide angle lens camera super disappointing. They missed that up a missed opportunity. It really is bad, so thank you for watching this review here. I hope you liked it if you're new to the channel – and you like this kind of style of review here, please subscribe and I will have what happen coming soon. Also check out my review of Shelby's redmi note 5 that's up here.