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ASUS Zenfone 5 (2018), the best of the mid-range Android disguises itself as iPhone X

He has waited for the tranquility of the second day of the fair, away from the maelstrom of presentations of the last two days, but ASUS is one of those manufacturers who could not miss his appointment with the Mobile World Congress, where today has officially unveiled its new 2018 ASUS Zenfone 5.

Like most smartphones presented at this MWC 2018, it is a mid-range smartphone, but that categorization does not lead us to misunderstandings, and that is ASUS has raised the bar a lot for this mid-range. The new Zenfone 5 is a quality smartphone that also has a list of remarkable specifications, and will certainly look compete among the most compensated phones from the Android platform.

In addition, the ASUS Zenfone 5 of 2018 will not only come to the fight but It will do so in three flavors, well accompanied by the Zenfone 5 Lite and the Zenfone 5Z, which are placed one step behind the first, to make themselves more attractive, and one step ahead the second, seeking to attack directly the highest range.

The design of the iPhone X has penetrated the Android platform

A couple of weeks ago we told you that China had done it again, getting up to 11 clones of the iPhone X with Android in less than a month, and although it sounds strange coming from a recognized manufacturer like ASUS, the truth is that your new Zenfone 5 -at least the two top models- are almost identical to Apple's flagship. They do not lack even the hated , although ASUS has bragged that its notch is smaller.

In terms of construction, however, the Taiwanese manufacturer has left a good feeling, with a high-quality smartphone and a current design, , manufactured around a metallic unibody chassis where two beveled crystals with 2.5D technology are set for the front and the back. Come on, the usual build of all the latest phones .

There is no lack of the double camera, nor a fingerprint reader that goes to the rear, and also ASUS has allowed itself to innovate with a 19: 9 format in which for the moment it is going to be a pioneer and that stretches even a little 6.2 inch panel that, ASUS tells us, they have managed to integrate into the size of a 5.5-inch smartphone. Optimistic numbers? It may be, although the manufacturer itself announces a 90% frontal use for the screen, we do not know if taking into account the happy notch.

At least we have a system of face unlock, announced alongside the new customization ASUS Zen UI 5.0 already developed with the base of Android 8 Oreo, which promises to be the lightest customization in ASUS history and that integrates functionalities derived from artificial intelligence:

  • , a system that adjusts the terminal charge to protect the battery
  • , another autonomous system tasked with improving device performance
  • , a guardian angel who will try to ensure that you never miss a call by adjusting the speaker volume level based on ambient noise

Powerful hardware and choice almost à la carte

If we look inside, under the hood the ASUS Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 5Z show enough muscle not to pale in any comparison with the best terminals of the middle and high ranges of the Android catalog. Not in vain, the Taiwanese firm has wanted its new smartphones to lack anything.

The differences are minimal, rather the difference, and that is that only the chipset varies from one model to another, in addition to the memory configuration possibilities. But let's not stay in words, Let's see what the best of ASUS has to offer:

As you have seen it is about a considerable for some phones that will remain below the 500 euro barrier, even the model with Snapdragon 845, which makes it very difficult for us to find weak points.

In fact, the possibility of choose up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage It seems even more than enough **, and we can only find one SuperIPS screen resolution weakness, which remains at 1,080p compared to all the competition, moving already at 1,440p in the high range.

As positive notes, we find NFC, dual band Wi-Fi, active dual SIM LTE connectivity -although we must share the SIM2 slot with the memory expansion- and high quality sound with DTS and dual stereo speakers, accompanied by an NXP-signed amplifier and Hi-Res headphones.

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Artificial intelligence for an outstanding multimedia section

Not only good sound will the new ASUS Zenfone 5 live, and it is that the Taiwanese manufacturer has wanted join the double camera trend while also welcoming the hackneyed artificial intelligence, which reaches its multimedia section in the form of scene detector.

Both models, the Zenfone 5 and 5Z, have a rear camera system with two sensors, a next-generation Sony IMX363 with 12 megapixels, f / 1.8 aperture and 6-element lens, accompanied for the occasion by another 8-megapixel sensor with f / 2.2 aperture and 120-degree wide-angle lens. A dual module with optical stabilizer, auto-HDR, autofocus and an RGB sensor for color correction. On the front we have another 8 megapixel camera with f / 2.0 aperture, 83 degree wide angle lens and auto-HDR modes and panorama.

AI comes to ASUS cameras with the , which analyzes the shot, automatically detecting the most appropriate scene and varies the settings to achieve the optimal result. Taiwanese also speak , a machine learning system that will collect information about our use and will inform us about suggestions and configuration changes that we can make to improve our forums.

They could not be missing either, in a copy of an iPhone X, ASUS ‘own version of animojis, which are called Zenimojis and they use facial recognition systems to generate the three-dimensional emojis they love so much.

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ASUS Zenfone 5 (2018), launch and prices

Good news ASUS has given us in terms of prices, and that is that both devices, the Zenfone 5 and 5Z will be available for under 500 euros. However, perhaps this is a bit of a marketing strategy, as there is a little trick, and that is The Zenfone 5Z will arrive in summer when the rest of the high-end is already available and has lowered its prices after the reception of the .

In fact, the highest performance model will be available if ASUS delivers on its promises throughout the month of June, at a price of 479 euros for the version with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of ROM. There will be models with more memory and more price, but details have not been revealed yet except that the dates will surely coincide.

Of the Zenfone 5 that will attack the mid-range and it will take the sales, we know that will be available earlier in AprilBut the Taiwanese manufacturer has yet to provide specific pricing or dates. We will have to be vigilant.