Asus launches iPhone X clone ZenFone 5 - complete with notch

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ASUS will also offer a Snapdragon 845-powered ZenFone 5Z later this year for around $499, which preserves the design and nearly all of the regular 5's specs but ups the stakes to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

Asus will be shipping three variations of the Zenfone 5Z.

Asus Zenfone 5Z, Zenfone 5 and the Zenfone 5 Lite were revealed earlier today at the ongoing Mobile World Congress. Asus is one of the first few Android smartphone makers to draw inspiration from Apple's notch design, with the Zenfone 5Z and the Zenfone 5 embracing the notch.

The Zenfone 5 and 5Z even have a notch at the top of the nearly full screen display. Asus also introduced a new feature called Zenmoji, and as the name itself suggests, it's a rip off to iPhone X's Animoji feature. The ZenFone 5 uses Qualcomm's Snapdragon 636 processor and features up to 6GB of RAM.

This phone also brings a 3300 mAh battery along with a face unlock feature.

The new handset is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6750T processor which is paired with Mali T860 GPU and 3GB RAM. The ZenFone 5 Lite uses a 6-inch display with a 2160 x 1o80 pixel resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. The display achieves an aspect ratio of 19:9.

The ASUS ZenFone 5Z and the ZenFone 5 come with AI scene detection that harvests the power of AI to analyze the image and then compares it to one of 16 trained scene types to then optimize the camera settings for the best result. Confusingly there will be at least 2 versions one with Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, the other by the Snapdragon 630 RAM/storage options will be 3/32 or 4/64. However the specification is again a bit confusing as there are 3 models, the lowest will be 4GB Ram and 64GB storage.

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ASUS ZenFone 5Z (ZS620KL) will be available starting at $499 Dollars.

MobileSyrup has reached out to Asus for Canadian pricing and availability and will update this article when it arrives. Featuring a different physical design altogether, this particular device also comes with a rather peculiar camera setup. This variant has the 12MP Sony IMX363 sensor with 1.4µm pixel size and the other 12MP sensor is a 120-degree wide-angle camera. The front camera is another 8-megapixel, 83-degree field of view lens.

Asus was also very keen to show off the AI tech in the phones and there are dozens of implementations of this. The ZenFone Max Plus M1, for example, is backed by a 4130mAh battery and is claimed to deliver up to 26 hours on standby time and up to 13 hours of video playback. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

There is a dual rear camera set up of 12 MP and 8 MP sensors in its back. The AI-scene detection feature seen on the Zenfone 5Z's rear camera is also present on the Zenfone 5 variant.

And they both run on Google's Android OS, which is a rival to Apple's iOS software for the iPhone.

The ZenFone 5 will be available to buy in late summer in two shades: blue and silver.

The Asus ZenFone 5 is similar to the ZenFone 5Z. The Zenfone 5 Lite will come with up to 4 GB of memory and 64 GB of onboard storage, and like its cousins it supports microSD cards and dual-SIM functionality. A new ZenUI based on Android Oreo also comes pre-installed.


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