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7.1/10
Informr score
The Asus ZenFone 5 A502CG currently has an Informr score of 7.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 13 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Crisp and detailed photos
  • Decent performance during standard use
  • Great build quality
  • Good color reproduction, viewing angles and contrast

What's bad

  • Slow shutter speed
  • Mediocre battery life
  • Frame rate drops during graphics-intensive games

The Zenfone 5 is the middle child of Asus' budget smartphone line. Like its siblings, it has rounded edges and, besides the metal band on the bottom of the phone, is made entirely of plastic. Despite the fairly budget materials, reviewers compliment the build quality and premium feel of the device.

Front and center of the Zenfone 5 is its 5-inch, 720 pixel resolution display. While its 294ppi pixel density might lag behind that of flagship phones, Techspot adds, "…it's a challenge to distinguish individual pixels and generally images and text look great." For an entry level device, critics were fairly impressed with the quality of the display as it offers good viewing angles, decent contrast and good color accuracy and quality.

Specs-wise, the phone comes with a dual-core 1.6GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and up to 16GB of internal storage. When compared to other phones in benchmark tests, the Zenfone 5 performed around the same as the Sony Xperia T3 and worse than the Nexus 5. Still, when tested under normal conditions, experts did not detect any lag during light operations. Under more strenuous circumstances, such as playing 3D games, Trusted Reviews states, "…[it] over-stretches itself on some occasions…There are some frame rate drops…" As with the rest of the phone, the battery life didn't blow its competitors out of the water, but it did last reviewers around 10 hours with light usage. However, when 3G and another SIM are added to the mix, battery life dropped to around 8 hours.

Around the back is the Zenfone 5's main 8MP camera, which comes with Asus' PixelMaster technology. According to Asus, PixelMaster combines software, hardware and optical design for better quality images. When put to the test, most critics agree that the photos were crisp with a good amount of detail. Unfortunately, they also noticed that the shutter speed was fairly slow and many images tended to be overexposed. Still, NDTV notes, "the Zenfone 5 features an excellent camera for the price, but don't expect it to match the quality for more expensive phones…"

Despite a couple qualms reviewers had with the phone, overall they consider it a great value phone. Android Authority states, "For a budget smartphone, it's got a lot of good things going for it…"


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.6 GHz
Screen Size
5"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TrustedReviews

There are a couple of little bits to tweak in the Asus Zenfone 5, but the value on offer here is fantastic. Other 5-inch phones at the price don’t get you screens anywhere near as good as this.

- Andrew Williams, TrustedReviews
Digital Versus

It may not be free from fault, but the Asus ZenFone 5 4G manages to distinguish itself from most of its similarly-priced competitors thanks to an impressive user interface and numerous practical functions. Its smoothness and responsiveness are enough to make it a steadfast daily companion. That the...

- Sofian Nouira, Digital Versus
Notebookcheck

The Zenfone 5 is a new powerful 5-inch entry-level device in Asus’ smartphone portfolio, which offers quite a lot of features for the comparatively low price. Highlights of the smartphone are the current Android 4.4.2 including ZenUI extension, LTE module, HD display with 1,280 x 720 pixels an...

- Manuel Masiero, Notebookcheck
Recombu

The Asus Zenfone 5 is nicely-designed budget phone with a cool user interface, a plethora of storage options and a reasonable price to boot.However our enthusiasm is hobbled by the fact that the battery is rubbish - and it’s not replaceable, a cardinal sin.The camera too isn’t much to wr...

- Thomas Newton, Recombu
TechRadar

If you are not concerned about 4G or being a version behind on the software, the ZenFone 5 is very easy to recommend. It is a very compelling package having a great screen, decent camera, good performance and a nice software skin. The only device that comes close is the Moto G.Asus should have relea...

- James Norton, TechRadar


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Common Questions


Asus released the ZenFone 5 A502CG on April 11, 2014.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Asus ZenFone 5 A502CG user manual here.


Asus backs up the ZenFone 5 A502CG with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
5"

The Asus ZenFone 5 A502CG's screen size is 5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.6 GHz

There is a Intel Atom Z2560 Dual core 1.6 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.4 KitKat) operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
8/16 GB

Internal memory is 8/16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2110mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2110 mAh battery. Asus's performance ratings are 1110 minutes, 540 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

ZenFone 5 A502CG Specs

Overview
Release date April 11, 2014
Regions available United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+
SIM card size
Yes
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.4 KitKat)

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Processor Intel Atom Z2560 Dual core 1.6 GHz
Internal Storage 8/16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.397 W/kg
Body: 0.367 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Headset
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2110 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 400 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 540 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1110 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 14.7 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Charcoal Black, Pearl White, Cherry Red, Twilight Purple, Champagne Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.8 x 7.3 x 1 cm (5.8 x 2.9 x 0.4 in)
Weight 145 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 294 pixels
Size 5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, Burst shot, Exposure value, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Asus A502CG

Also available with 2 GB RAM.

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