Asus ZenFone 5Z: Reasons not to buy the Zenfone 5Z
Asus launched their much-awaited flagship device the Asus Zenfone 5Z yesterday in India. The device is a direct competitor to the OnePlus 6 and the Honor 10, but is it any better or is it worse?
Asus ZenFone 5Z: Specification
The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset which is coupled with either 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM. The display on the device is a 6.2-inch IPS LCD display which has an aspect ratio of 18:7:9, the latest trend of the notch is still well and truly alive on the 5Z. On the camera front, the primary camera is a dual-camera setup featuring a 12-megapixel with an aperture f/1.8 primary sensor which is coupled with an 8-megapixel lens with an aperture of f/2.0, which is helped by AI. At the front, you get an 8-megapixel sensor with an aperture of f/2.0.
We will give you a few reasons why you should take a pass on this one:
1. The device is big and bulky
With these full view notch designs, you would think the devices will be smaller and easier to hold yet the 6.3-inch smartphones is just a little too big to hold, the device is not the slimmest and with a glass back design, you have to be quiet a responsible person to not drop this beautiful yet heavier than usual smartphone. The device is also quite slippery so a grippy cover must be your go-to *BUT*and that is a big but, these newly launched devices are so beautiful to look with the reflective glass back it’s almost a crime to put a cover on it.
Asus recently launched the Asus Zenfone Max pro m1, which was for the budget flagship segment and is one of our favorite devices in the segment, the device wasn’t an Android One product but still featured Stock Android experience, and call me a sucker for that clean Android experience, but the Zen UI never really made me excited ever. I would have rated the device so much higher if it ran the Stock Android or was launched under Android One. With their direct rivals, OnePlus 6 being among the first devices that will be running the Android P and Honor officially bring out a stock ROM on their forums, Asus have well and truly lost the battle of Software.
3. Not exciting enough
Off the top of my head, the only two main competitors of the Asus ZenFone 5Z are OnePlus 6 and the Honor 10, all of these smartphones fall in similar price bracket and have similar specs on paper. The Honor 10 was launched on 16th of May and the OnePlus 6 was launched on the 22nd of May, the Asus has reached the party a fair bit late to give any significant competition when we know OnePlus 6 has already had groundbreaking sales.
The Asus ZenFone 5Z doesn’t really offer anything exciting enough to make you want to buy it over the OnePlus 6 or for that matter the Honor 10. The design is old the fingerprint at the back is definitely not the cherry on the cake and to my eyes ruins the beautiful glass back just a little bit for me. OnePlus 6 and Honor 10 definitely are better designed.
For a little bit that we held the device just didn’t make us confident at all, would have really liked if the edges were rounded more and edge curved to make it feel more at home when in hand when holding a 6.3-inch device.
The camera AI tries a little bit too much for my liking, it’s absolutely determined to make me look better than I am but just make it looks, faker, than I am. The camera can take incredible photos, and I am sure the AI can be made better with updates, which we will have to look at in the future but it’s not that great yet. If you can use the Pro mode to the fullest of it’s potential the device will deliver, but for people who rely heavily on the Auto mode of the camera, it could be a little underwhelming when the company is selling the device with so much focus on Photography.
The Asus ZenFone 5Z is a solid smartphone from Asus but I feel it’s a bit little too late for the 5Z, and unless you are definitely looking for the 8GB RAM variant and running a little low on cash this might be the phone for you and don’t get us wrong you are definitely not settling but if you are a sucker for the feel and that clean Android experience you’ll just want to spend that little bit more.