Asus, earlier this month, has launched its latest flagship offering, the Asus Zenfone 5Z which goes head-on against the OnePlus 6. Both the phones come with many similarities like the almost identical notch display, high-end hardware and similar pricing. With the coming of this new phone, people have been confused about whether to opt for the OnePlus 6 or to save on some money by buying the Asus Zenfone 5Z. Also, Asus has attempted a hijack on OnePlus 6 fans because the same 6GB+64GB variant which costs Rs 34,999 for OnePlus 6 buyers is available for Rs 29,999 for someone opting for the Asus Zenfone 5Z.
Below we compare why the OnePlus 6, the first and most popular flagship killer remains the winner in this competition despite being costlier by Rs 5,000. Read ahead to see how in areas like camera, performance and others the OnePlus 6 fares better than the Asus Zenfone 5Z.
AMOLED Display and Better Screen Protection
The display quality is one area where the OnePlus 6 wins by a mile owing to its AMOLED screen. The Asus Zenfone 5Z, on the other hand, comes with a standard IPS LCD which fails to render images which are comparable, but not as crisp as they are on the OnePlus 6. It is also noteworthy, that the OnePlus 6 sports the Corning Gorilla Glass 5, which offers better screen protection compared to Asus Zenfone 5Z’s Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
Here again, the OnePlus 6 justifies the price difference between its competitor as the phone comes with a 16MP+20MP dual rear setup which remains ahead of the 12MP+8MP shooters which we get to see on the back side of the Asus Zenfone 5Z. The OnePlus 6 also sports dual LED flash, while the Asus Zenfone 5Z sports a single LED flash.
A similar pattern is seen for the front camera as well, where the OnePlus 6 again makes a win by sporting a 16MP camera for selfies accompanied by a LED flash. The Asus Zenfone 5Z still lags behind with its 8MP camera with the LED flash missing.
More Colour Options to Choose From
Although this might not be a deciding factor for a lot of people some buyers are choosy about when it comes to the colour of their phones, and this is where OnePlus shines again with its three colour options of Mirror Black, Midnight Blue and Silk White with a Lava Red variant in the pipeline. This is in contrast to only two-colour variants which the Asus Zenfone 5Z comes in – Meteor Silver and Midnight Blue.
The Difference on the Inside – Software
Another contrast between the two contenders is the software. While the OnePlus boots the latest Android Oreo 8.1 out of the box, the Asus Zenfone 5Z still runs the older Android Oreo 8.0. Also, the OnePlus 6 allows you the freedom to try the latest Beta version of Android P on your phone, while the Asus Zenfone 5Z does not allow you to that.
Apart from more significant differences, the devil is really in the details for the OnePlus 6 as the phone allows you to toggle extensively with the UI. The OnePlus 6 gives the reins of these settings entirely to the users like hiding the navigation buttons, using gesture control, touch and button features, hiding the notch etc. The Asus Zenfone 5Z takes a severe hit in this regard, as the phone doesn’t allow the users to customise the UI as per their need like users entirely can do for the OnePlus 6.
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