Asus' new ZenFone 5 lineup features impressive specs and ultra-slim bezels

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One look at the new Zenfone 5 models and it's not hard to mistake it for the iPhone X. The 5 and 5Z sports a 6.2-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of full HD+.

Asus has unveiled a trio of new ZenFone 5 handsets, promising that at least two will arrive in the United Kingdom this year.

The Zenfone 5 and 5Z even have a notch at the top of the nearly full screen display. The ZenFone 5 series is the one to watch out for here, as the company has chose to grant it a decidedly Apple-inspired look.

■ The ZenFone 5Z is one of the first smartphones to embrace Qualcomm's latest top of the line Snapdragon 845 chipset. Asus' AI based features for the Zenfone 5 lineup looks interesting. Asus also announced a new Zenfone 5 smartphone at the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 in Barcelona.

The least of these devices has the most confusing name, as it were: Zenfone Max M1.

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The newly launched Asus ZenFone 5Z comes packed with a 6.2-inch full-HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 19:9 along with a pixel resolution of 1080x2246.

Other brands have now adopted this choice of design and if leaked images are to be believed, some of their upcoming phones are expected to be borrowing the iPhone X's notch. There is also the Zenfone 5 Lite for those looking for an affordable option. To take on Samsung's Galaxy S9, the ZenFone 5Z offers a combination of powerful RAM and storage options: 6GB of RAM with 64GB of storage, 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage, and 8GB of RAM with 256GB of storage. The smartphone will be available in Midnight Blue and Meteor Silver color variants. The handset will hit the Indian shelves this year, the company revealed.

Leaked renders of the smartphone hinted at a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, along with a dual-camera setup positioned vertically. The softlight LED flash is just below the camera module and a fingerprint scanner besides it in the center. Talking about the cameras, there are total four camera sensors on this device.

Asus didn't say anything about battery life, but did note that all three Zenfone varieties have a 3300-mAh battery. Other rumored features include Android 8.0 Oreo running out-of-the-box and dual-SIM support. At first glance, it seems the ZenFone 5 will follow in the strong photography-focused footsteps of its predecessor.

As for the battery, both the Zenfone 5 and the 5Z use a 3300mAh battery.

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It will be interesting to see if they have adapted ZenUI to account for the notch in apps or whether it will remain intrusive until Google fixes it within Android. While it's good enough for the mid range ZenFone 5, it is a bit on the lower side compared to rivals in the premium segment.

Externally, the suffix-less Zenfone 5 is identical to its faster cousin.

Around back, the 5 Lite has a primary 16MP shooter with a secondary wide-angle lens.

The phone has a 6-inch 2,160x1,080 display, and an 80.3% screen-to-body ratio, which is commendable for a "lite" version.

Impressively it will run Android Oreo with ZenUI on top and will be available in Deepsea Black, Sunlight Gold and Ruby Red.

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As per reports another version of the phone with 3 GB RAM, Snapdragon 430 processor will also be launched. It packs 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Coming to the vertical dual camera setup at the back, It comes with a 12-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture and 83-degree field of view. It is powered by a 4000mAh battery, rated to deliver up to 36 hours of talk time on 3G, and 41 days of standby time on 4G.

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