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Asus Introduces the Zenfone 5 Lite Smartphone at MWC 2018

Asus Introduces the Zenfone 5 Lite Smartphone at MWC 2018

The phone will include dual rear cameras (13MP f/2.0 and a wide-angled secondary camera) and a dual front camera setup (13MP/8MP). The exact pricing and availability have yet to be confirmed, Asus will release the Zenfone 5 Lite next month. The second smartphone from Asus under the Zenfone 5 series is Asus Zenfone 5z.

The ZenFone Max M1 is Asus' entry-level phone but is still packing some decent specs in an attractive body.

The ZenFone 5 will also have a 6.2-inch display with a 19:9 aspect ratio.

The phone comes preloaded with Android Oreo and Asus' custom ZenUI 5.0 skin on top. It won't match the Quad HD panel on the Samsung Galaxy S9+ in sharpness, but it's almost on par with the Sony Xperia XZ2 and technically the iPhone X if we're going by raw pixel count. This helps the device come up with some of the ideal shots in an effortless manner, the ZenFone 5Z and the ZenFone 5 use big-data analysis to enhance the scene-detection algorithms and the performance only gets better with usage.

The phone is powered by Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Soc with Adreno 630 GPU. The phone will be made available in 4 GB RAM, 6 GB RAM and 8 GB RAM models with 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB storage respectively. The company didn't reveal the price of the other two models as of yet. They also didn't hesitate in mimicking the back of the iPhone X either, by precisely placing their dual camera setup in a vertical alignment at the top left corner. Android Oreo comes pre-installed on the phone, while ASUS ZenUI 5.0 skin comes included on top of it. Bluetooth 5.0 is also included in the package, as is a Type-C USB port which sits at the bottom of the phone. At the back, the Zenfone 5 Lite is likely to pack a pair of 20-megapixel sensors, while up front there will be a pair of 16-megapixel sensors.

Battery capacity on the Zenfone 5 is 3300mAh with BoostMaster (fast charging). The front will use an 8-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture and 84-degree FoV. There's a Zenfone 5 Lite, as the name suggests, is a low-end variant, and then there are Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 5S - the ultimate flagships by the Taiwanese smartphone maker.

The Zenfone 5 is powered by a newer midrange processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, with configurations of 4GB RAM/64GB storage and 6GB RAM/64GB of storage. The first variant come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of Internal Storage memory, the second variant come with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of Internal Storage Memory and the third variant come with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of Internal Storage Memory.

The phone comes in Midnight Blue and Meteor Silver colors.

Asus also announced a more compact 6-inch version of the ZenFone 5 called the ZenFone 5 Lite, although that won't be coming to the UK.

Asus' new lineup of ZenFone 5 smartphones bring devices with ultraslim bezels, face unlock and Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon processors. Asus claims that the device offers up to 26 hours on standby time, 26 hours of 3G talk time, up to 21 hours of web browsing on Wi-Fi, and up to 13 hours of video playback.

As far as security goes, Asus includes a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and facial recognition that, I guarantee, doesn't work as well as Face ID.


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