Asus introduces the new ZenFone 5 Lite, ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5z

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Pricing details for the Zenfone 5 and the Zenfone 5 Lite has not been revealed yet.

The Asus Zenfone 5 comes with a full display front panel and the display has a notch at the top just like the iPhone X. The bottom bezel on the front panel is a bit thick but it is not too noticeable. The ZenFone 5Z can record video in stunning 4K UHD resolution, with smooth and steady videos assured by three-axis electronic image stabilization (EIS). It's not technically the same phone, but design-wise, there's no difference. Both the ZenFone 5 lineup smartphones more or less come with nearly the same specifications, apart from some hardware change here and there. The screen is expansive, bright and vibrant. Exact pricing details are now up in the air too, so we can't judge the Zenfone 5 too much yet.

Now, as far as audio is concerned, the ZenFone 5Z sports two 5-magnet speakers with dual NXP smart amplifiers. As explained to us, ASUS is used to fitting different spec configurations into the same chassis from its main business as a PC maker.

Within the software there's AI scene detection like we've seen on the Huawei Mate 10, which will notice if you're taking a photo of a dog or flowers for example and fiddle around with the settings to make the optimum photo. The phone will also come with a face unlock feature as well.

There is a dual rear camera set up of 12 MP and 8 MP sensors in its back.

AI Ringtone intelligently adjusts the ringer volume according to the ambient noise level, so users won't miss calls even on a busy street or in a noisy restaurant, and calls received in quieter environments won't disturb users or their surroundings. Calls in busy places will ring louder than calls in the middle of the night. Users can use their own voice, facial expressions and head movements. It will be live streamed on Asus' press website.

The 5Z won't be available until June but the best news is that it will start from a bargain £479 which will likely undercut affordable rivals such as OnePlus. ZenFone Max has a 5.5-inch full-view display and a huge 4000mAh battery. There is another version also with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.

In MobileSyrup's brief hands-on time, we noted how premium the mid-range device felt and were impressed by the responsive camera, as well as the vibrant, clear quality of the pictures we took.

The first thing I'll say, however, is that the Zenfone 5 would not be possible without Apple and Samsung's innovation.

Back in 2014, Asus kicked off its Zenfone journey in India with the Zenfone 5 which went on to become one of the highest selling budget smartphones.

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.

The phone comes in Midnight Blue and Meteor Silver colors. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm's current most powerful chipset - the Snapdragon 845 paired with Adreno 630 GPU and Artificial Intelligence Engine. Up front is a "120-degree wide-angle camera" and a 20MP camera with Sony IMX376 image sensor.

The rear-facing setup uses a 16-megapixel sensor with and another 6-pixel, 120-degree wide angle lens. With all these specs, the Zenfoen5 Lite is backed by a 3,300mAh non-removable battery with fast charging support via USB Type-C port.

For a smartphone with a 6.2-inch display, the ZenFone 5/5Z is fairly compact. Let's take a look at the specifications of all the three smartphones and the price and availability.

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