The past 12 months have been raining with budget smartphones. We have had the top-class budget smartphone race started by Motorola Moto G at the start of the year. The phone broke many records and it was a first for the Indian market when people actually bought a specific device online in huge numbers.
In a way, e-commerce and internet shopping came out on their own really well this year. People are no longer hesitant to shop online and the superb competition has drawn the prices even lower making affordable and good smartphones available for almost all people. Asus too launched its own phones this year in India and markets elsewhere.
The Zenfone 4, Zenfone 5, and Zenfone 6 were smartphones launched by Asus. Each Zenfone was made with a specific consumer segment in mind. The Zenfone 4 is aimed at those people who are on the lookout to buy their first Android smartphone for a relatively cheap price.
The Zenfone 6 is for people who are looking for a premium Android experience and the Zenfone 5 is the smartphone for people who want a balance of both performance and price. We got to spend more than a week with the awesome Zenfone 5 and got to know all of its strengths and weaknesses in detail.
So let’s discuss Asus Zenfone 5 specs and prices in India.
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Asus Zenfone 5 specs and price in India: Hardware specifications and details
- 2G Network:
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
- 3G Network:
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)
2014, January, available on Flipkart (currently out of stock, due to high demand!)
Available. Released 2014, April
- Body Dimensions:
148.2 x 72.8 x 5.5-10.3 (in millimeters)
145 g (5.11 oz)
- Display Type:
IPS capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- Display Size (resolution):
720 x 1280 pixels, 5.0 inches (~294 ppi pixel density)
- Multi-touch support:
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Sound Alert types:
Vibration, MP3 ringtones.
- 3.5mm jack:
- Memory Card slot:
microSD, up to 64 GB
- Internal storage:
8/16 GB, 1/2 GB RAM
- Data connectivity options:
- Speed of Connections:
HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
- WLAN (Wi-Fi and wireless features):
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
v4.0, A2DP, EDR.
micro USB v2.0
8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Geo-tagging, enhanced night mode for better low-light photography.
- Video quality:
- Secondary Camera:
Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.4.2 (KitKat)
Intel Atom Z2580/ Z2560
- CPU (Processor):
Dual-core 2 GHz (Z2580)/ 1.6 GHz (Z2560)
Accelerometer, proximity, compass.
- Messaging options:
SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM.
Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
Yes, via Java MIDP emulator.
Charcoal Black, Pearl White, Cherry Red, Champagne Gold, Twilight Purple.
– SNS integration- MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
– MP4/H.264/H.263 player
– Document viewer
– Photo viewer/editor
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input
- Battery specifications:
Non-removable Li-Po 2110 mAh battery
- Stand-by time for the battery:
Up to 353 h (3G)
- Talk time:
Up to 18 h 30 min (3G)
1.18 W/kg (head)
- SAR EU
0.53 W/kg (head)
Asus Zenfone 5 specs and price in India: The user experience
The Asus Zenfone 5 comes with Asus’ custom Zen UI. The Zen UI is a flat UI-inspired experience with custom icons and the goodness of Android. The Asus Zenfone 5 comes with Android 4.3 Jellybean out of the box but it is upgradeable to Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
In recent news, Asus has confirmed that the Zenfone would be getting an Android L update in the near future. Navigation between app screens is slick courtesy of the phone’s optimization and the phone comes with many features such as “Reading Mode” for enhanced reading at night or in dim light conditions.
The phone also has a memory optimization module and a slick interface. The phone comes with two sim slots, it has a non-removable battery as well a microSD slot for memory expansion up to 64 Gb.
Asus Zenfone 5 specs and price in India: Design
The Asus Zenfone 5 comes in five colors which are Pearl White, Charcoal Black, Sky Blue, Solar Yellow, and Cherry Red. The phone that we received for review was Charcoal black and gave a premium feel. The phone is easily usable with a single hand for people with normal-sized hands.
The phone has a concentric circle finish below the capacitive touch keys. The metallic volume keys and the power button are placed on the right side and are easy to press and feedback is good. The phone has a curved back and the back bears an Intel inside mark and Asus logo. The phone has a wide design and despite being a bar-style phone feels quite modern.
The speaker is on the back and gets miffed sometimes with the user’s hands or any surface on which it is kept. The phone has the 3.5 mm audio jack on top and the micro USB port is on the bottom of the phone. The camera as well as the LED flash are present at the back in the center.
Asus Zenfone 5 specs and price in India: Pricing and availability
The Zenfone 5 has two variants available which are categorized according to pricing and specs. It comes in the 8 GB and 16 GB versions. The former is INR 9,999 and the latter is INR 12,999 only.
The phone is available for sale on Flipkart and you can easily buy from the below link!
Asus Zenfone 5 specs and price in India: Hands-on and unboxing video.
Asus Zenfone 5 specs and price in India: Benchmarks
The scores of the Zenfone 5 in terms of different benchmarks like those of Antutu Benchmark, 3dMark Vantage, etc. are shown in the below image for those looking out for more technical details.
Asus Zenfone 5 specs and price in India: Camera quality test
Asus Zenfone 5 specs and price in India: Battery life in a real-world usage scenario
The Zenfone 5 falls behind in battery life when it comes to heavy or more than-average usage. I used the phone for around 7 days. The phone lasted a full day after a full charge when I used it moderately i.e. playing a song or two once every hour, receiving a few calls, and Wi-fi on for 10-15 minutes once every hour or so to check messages and notifications.
But on the second day of usage, I had to charge the phone twice a day when I kept the mobile data on the whole time and played a few 30-minute+ HD videos in between and also played hardware-intensive games for 2-3 hours.
For the average user who doesn’t use the phone too heavily, the phone would go through the day. But for enthusiastic teens who like connectivity, lots of music, and games in between their mobile experience the phone wouldn’t last as much as they would want to.
The Moto G 2014 edition surely is better in terms of battery life. But considering the fact that the Zenfone 5 gives so much for such a decent price the normal user can ignore the concern related to battery life.
If you want a custom Android experience and don’t want a stock experience like that of Motorola phones and the Android One range along with a decent camera and performance phone then Asus Zenfone 5 is the phone for you!
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