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[Review] Asus Zenfone 5 specs and price in India

   

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 starting 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 it’s 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 it’s own phones this year in India and markets elsewhere. The Zenfone 4, Zenfone 5 and the Zenfone 6 were the smartphones launched by Asus. Each Zenfone was made for 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 the 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 it’s strengths and weaknesses in detail. So let’s discuss Asus Zenfone 5 specs and price in India.

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

• SIM:
Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)

• Announced:
2014, January, available on Flipkart (currently out of stock, due to high demand!)

• Status:
Available. Released 2014, April

• Body Dimensions:
148.2 x 72.8 x 5.5-10.3 (in millimeters)

• Weight:
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:
Yes

• Protection:
Corning Gorilla Glass 3

• Sound Alert types:
Vibration, MP3 ringtones.

• Loudspeaker:
Yes

• 3.5mm jack:
Yes

• Memory Card slot:
microSD, up to 64 GB

• Internal storage:
8/16 GB, 1/2 GB RAM

• Data connectivity options:
GPRS
Yes

EDGE
Yes

• 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

• Bluetooth:
v4.0, A2DP, EDR.

• USB:
microUSB v2.0

• Camera:
Primary camera:
8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

• Features:
Geo-tagging, enhanced night mode for better low light photography.

• Video quality:
[email protected]

• Secondary Camera:
2 MP

• Features:
OS:
Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.4.2 (KitKat)

• Chipset:
Intel Atom Z2580/ Z2560

• CPU (Processor):
Dual-core 2 GHz (Z2580)/ 1.6 GHz (Z2560)

• GPU:
PowerVR SGX544MP2

• Sensors:
Accelerometer, proximity, compass.

• Messaging options:
SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM.

• Browser:
HTML

• Radio:
FM radio

• GPS:
Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS

• Java:
Yes, via Java MIDP emulator.

• Colors:
Charcoal Black, Pearl White, Cherry Red, Champagne Gold, Twilight Purple.

– SNS integration- MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player

– MP4/H.264/H.263 player

– Organizer

– Document viewer

– Photo viewer/editor

– Voice memo/dial

– Predictive text input

• Battery specifications:

Non-removable Li-Po 2110 mAh battery

• Stand-by time for battery:
Up to 353 h (3G)

• Talk time:
Up to 18 h 30 min (3G)

• Miscellaneous:
SAR US
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 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 Android L update in the near future. Navigation between app screens is slick courtesy 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 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 of 9,999 and the latter of 12,999 only. The phone is available for sale on Flipkart and you can easily buy from the below link!

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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 specifications and price in india -benchmarks
ASUS zenfone 5 specifications and price in India : Antutu Benchmark and 3dMark scores.

Asus Zenfone 5 specs and price in India: Camera quality test.

Asus Zenfone 5 specs and price in India: Battery life in real world usage scenario.

The Zenfone 5 falls behind in the battery life when it comes to heavy or more than average usage. I used the phone for around 7 days. The phone lasted full day after full charge when I used it moderately i.e. playing a song or two once every hour, receiving a few calls, Wi-fi on for 10-15 minutes once every hour or so to check messages and notifications. But on 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 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.

Final Verdict: If you want a custom Android experience and don’t want a stock experience like that of Motorola phones and Android One range alongwith a decent camera and performance phone then Asus Zenfone 5 is the phone for you!

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Written by Aditya Nath Jha

Aditya Nath Jha is an Engineer from New Delhi, India. His areas of interest include Gadgets, WordPress, speed optimization & latest technology.
When he is not busy blogging he loves to write poetry, compose his own songs and has a taste for music! Find me on Facebook, Google +, Twitter, Linked in.
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