Asus is yet to bring its mid-range Zenfone 5 smartphone to the Indian market, which is expected to change in the coming days. The smartphone, which went on for sale in some markets has now received an overall DxOMark score of 90. Breaking down, the Zenfone 5 scored 93 in the photo test and 86 in the video test. Notably, this is the first Asus smartphone to be tested by DxOMark. Also, the photography firm termed the device as an ‘Excellent mid-range option.’ The Zenfone 5 was launched at the MWC 2018 alongside the Asus Zenfone 5z flagship smartphone and the Zenfone 5 Lite. DxOMark also stated the Asus Zenfone 5 does very well for a device in its class with balanced performance in all shooting conditions, with good colour and exposure. It also noted that the image detail is not quite on the same level as the high-end devices, but it came to some of them out there.
The Asus Zenfone 5 sports dual camera setup at the back- a 12MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture, 1/2.55-inch sensor and an 8MP secondary camera with f/2.2 aperture and 1/4-inch sensor. The primary camera also offers Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), dual-pixel autofocus and dual-LED flash. The 8MP sensor on the rear has a wide-angle lens. To the front, there’s an 8MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture, 1/4-inch sensor, gyro EIS and offers 1080p video recording.
The smartphone offers 4K video recording at 30fps and 1080p recording at 30fps/60fps. In the video recording department, the Zenfone 5 scored 86 and was let down with loss of details in all light conditions and quite noticeable levels of luminance noise, especially in low light.
Specifications wise, the Zenfone 5 has a 6.2-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 2246 pixels and 18.7:9 aspect ratio. It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, clubbed with up to 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It’s backed by a 3300mAh battery and runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based ZenUI 5.0 on top.
Asus is expected to launch the Zenfone 5 smartphone in India next month at an aggressive price, same as the Zenfone Max Pro M1. If the rumours are believed to be correct, the base variant of the Zenfone 5 could retail at Rs 17,999. If that’s the case, the Zenfone 5 will give a tough fight to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro.
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