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Asus Zenfone 5 (8 GB) A501CG
- 5.0 inch IPS LCD display
- Android v4.3 (Jelly Bean) upgradable to 4.4 KitKat
- 8 MP back and 2 MP front camera with LED flash
- Dual-core 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2560 processor
- 2 GB RAM
- Dual Sim
Asus Zenfone 5 like its elder sibling Zenfone 6 has very good built quality and beautiful design. The phone has premium feel with its front protected by corning gorilla glass 3. It also features a metal strip at the front which adds to its elegance. The phone has 5 inch screen with a resolution of 1280x720p and a decent screen pixel density of 294. The screen quality is very good with good colour reproduction and accuracy.
Asus Zenfone 5 has Intel® Atom™ Dual-Core Z2560 Processor clocked in at 1.6 GHz with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology as a result of which android recognizes it as a quad core processor. The phones performance is a result very smooth and it is also very responsive. The phone comes with 2GB RAM, a first in its price range, making multitasking fun and lag free. The phone comes with PowerVR SGX 544 MP2 GPU which is decent GPU and will play all casual to high end games though few high end games did show some frame drops and GTA:SA refused to run due to some compatibility issue. Overall the gameplay was good and smooth.
Camera and Other features
Asus Zenfone 5 comes with a 8 MP primary camera with Asus own PixelMaster technology for better low light imaging. We tested the claims and the results were not as impressive as Asus Zenfone 6 But yeah it gave decent enough shots both in low light and Daylight. The phone supports 1080p video recording and has a 2MP front camera for video calling (and Selfie of course). The phone supports USB OTG and has dual SIM support.
Asus Zenfone 5 like Asus Zenfone 6 runs on Asus custom user interface ZenUI built over android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Asus have promised 4.4 KitKat update and is expected to be available in one or two weeks as we write. ZenUI is a very beautiful looking UI with lots of customization done to add various cool features and apps. Notification panel has similarities to iOS with the use of same beautiful round icons. The plus point of UI is while making your phone an admirable device it doesn’t eat into its performance and is incredibly light on system resources.
Why would you Love it?
Asus Zenfone 5 is very good and viable option at its current price tag and gives very good performance. It is a treat to use as it is very responsive and has beautiful ZenUI. The phone also possesses decent amount of style quotient due to its good looks.
Will I buy it?
The phone represents best value for money for a 10k mobile. Battery life is also very good and it easily lasts for a day with moderate usage. To sum it up it has all the ingredients for being successful. And yes I will buy it definitely.
- Smooth lag free performance
- Nice looking UI with loads of customization Features
- 2 GB RAM
- Good Battery Life
- Non Removable Battery
- Camera is Average