Asus ZenFone 5z

8.3/10 AVG.
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8.3/10
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The Asus ZenFone 5z currently has an Informr score of 8.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 28 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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Verdict

The ZenFone 5z goes toe-to-toe with many flagship offerings at a fraction of the price. Unless you need a waterproof phone or the absolute best camera available, the phone checks all the boxes and offers a great value.

What's good

  • Colorful, sharp display
  • Snappy performance
  • Stereo speakers
  • Dual SIM variant available
  • Plenty of storage
  • All-day battery life

What's bad

  • Slippery glass back
  • No waterproofing
  • Complex settings menu

While Asus has yet to become a mainstream contender in the mobile market, they are developing a reputation for high-end performance at mid-tier prices. Their latest release, the Asus ZenFone 5z, looks to contend with the best phones of 2018. But with low prices often comes compromises hidden in the specifications. 

Looking at the phone, it takes cues from the current mobile trends. The aluminum and glass chassis impressed reviewers with its rounded corners and crisp edges. Unfortunately, the glass back is both fingerprint-prone and slippery. So you’ll want to use the case included with the phone to prevent any damage should you drop it. 

The back of the phone features minimal branding or flair, with a circular fingerprint scanner in the middle. Reviewers found the fingerprint scanner responsive -- though a few had the occasional delay that would require them to scan twice to unlock the phone.

Heading around front, you’re greeted by a 6.2-inch 1080-by-2246 pixel IPS display with the controversial notch at the top trending in 2018. Reviewers raved about the display, with many comparing it to AMOLED displays in terms of brightness, clarity, and color reproduction. With a 90% screen-to-body ratio, bezels are minimal with just a tiny chin on the bottom and the notch at the top. Should you wish to hide the notch, Asus includes options to enable a black bar at the top of the screen.

Powered by the same chip used in many of this year’s flagship releases, the 2.8Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 845 processor keeps things humming along with zero lag or stuttering. Variants with 4 to 8GB of RAM allow you to match pricing with your intended use. Regardless of your pick, multitasking is snappy. Reviewers also found the phone great for gaming -- though the phone warmed slightly during longer gaming sessions.

The phone ships with Android 8.0 Oreo and the ZenUI skin. Apart from a few gestures and graphical tweaks, the ZenUI offers a fairly stock Android experience. Bloat is minimal, leaving plenty of space for your apps, games, and media.

With 64 to 256GB of internal storage and microSD support up to 2TB, you won’t need to worry about running out of storage.

Cameras are one area where mid-tier phones often struggle. While the ZenFone 5z won’t keep up with the Google Pixel 2 or iPhone X, reviewers loved the image quality, low-light performance, and color balance of the phone’s dual-lens rear camera. 

It combines a 12MP main lens and an 8MP wide-angle lens to provide greater flexibility when shooting. While low-light performance wasn’t perfect, many reviewers complimented the phone for bringing out details while not adding tons of noise to shots. 

The 8MP front-facing lens received great reviews as well. Asus’ software-powered portrait mode offers creamy bokehs and the beauty mode adds a nice touch to selfies.

The phone’s 3300mAh battery with USB Type-C Quick Charge 3.0 support lasted through a full day for reviewers -- some even squeezed a second day of light use out of a single charge. Full top-ups take just over an hour. The phone also includes an AI feature that adjusts charging to match your schedule and prevent battery wear.

Audio lovers will find a lot to enjoy about the ZenFone 5z. It includes stereo speakers, DTS Headphone:X support, and Hi-Res Audio support. Whether you’re listening on your favorite headphones or cranking up the speakers, you’ll find rich audio that highlights mids and highs to help the speakers punch through ambient background noise.

Overall, reviewers had no issue recommending Asus’ latest release. Phone Arena says, “... The ZenFone 5Z is a device you won’t regret buying -- especially considering how much you can save in buying a phone of such capability with the few shortcomings it has.” BGR India heaped on equal praise, saying, “... Thanks to top-notch specifications and fine-tuned software, you get the best flagship experience on [a] budget.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.8 GHz
Screen Size
6.2"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Mobile Syrup

I was quite impressed by the phone's snappiness and would argue that the days of Asus' underwhelming flagships are over.

- Dean Daley, Mobile Syrup
GSMArena

The Asus ZenFone 5z may just be one of the most underappreciated phones around. It's built well, it has an excellent display, it performs like a bat out of hell and has more software features than you can count. We wish the primary camera quality was better (although the wide-angle secondary camera...

- GSMArena
Tom's Guide

This is a great bargain, but not the best. The ZenFone 5Z is a very good phone for less than $500, thanks to its lightning-fast performance. But if you can afford to spend the extra $30, spring for the OnePlus 6, which has a nicer display and better software.

- Adam Ismail, Tom's Guide
Android Police

While it's Asus' best phone ever, it's not quite up to par with the greatest from OnePlus or Xiaomi. It's good, don't get me wrong, but just not good enough. Luckily, most of its problems could be addressed with future software updates. But here in the U.S., you can get a OnePlus 6, which provides a...

- Jordan Palmer, Android Police
Android Authority

The Asus Zenfone 5Z has all the elements of a flagship smartphone — there’s top-of-the-line specifications sheet, pretty good camera, interesting software additions, as well as a neat looking chassis — and all that at almost a steal.

- Abhishek Baxi, Android Authority


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Common Questions


Asus released the ZenFone 5z on June 13, 2018.


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


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


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Screen Size
6.2"

The Asus ZenFone 5z's screen size is 6.2 inches with 1080 x 2246 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.8 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octa core 2.8 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64/128/256 GB

Internal memory is 64/128/ 256 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3300mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3300 mAh battery.

ZenFone 5z Specs

Overview
Release date June 13, 2018
Regions available USA, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octa core 2.8 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 64/128/ 256 GB
RAM 4/6/8 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.160 W/kg
Body: 0.890 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 625 minutes
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Midnight Blue, Meteor Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.3 x 7.565 x 0.785 cm (6 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 155 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2246 pixels
Pixel density 402 pixels
Size 6.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen. Corning Gorilla Glass
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
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 Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
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, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Time lapse, Slow motion recording (1080p at 120 fps / 720p at 240 fps)
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Effects, Panorama, f/2.0, HDR
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
More
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Asus ZS620KL

  • 64 GB of storage variant comes with 4 GB of RAM
  • 128 GB of storage variant comes with 6 GB of RAM
  • 256 GB of storage variant comes with 8 GB of RAM
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Critic Reviews


Mobile Syrup

Great, but not for everyone

from Mobile Syrup

I was quite impressed by the phone's snappiness and would argue that the days of Asus' underwhelming flagships are over.

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I was quite impressed by the phone's snappiness and would argue that the days of Asus' underwhelming flagships are over.

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GSMArena

An excellent all-round package

The Asus ZenFone 5z may just be one of the most underappreciated phones around. It's built well, it has an excellent display, it performs like a bat out of hell and has more software features than you can count. We wish the primary camera quality was better (although the wide-angle secondary came...More

The Asus ZenFone 5z may just be one of the most underappreciated phones around. It's built well, it has an excellent display, it performs like a bat out of hell and has more software features than you can count. We wish the primary camera quality was better (although the wide-angle secondary camera is much appreciated) and Asus isn't really known for keeping up with the latest Android updates.

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Tom's Guide

The next great Android bargain is here

from Tom's Guide

This is a great bargain, but not the best. The ZenFone 5Z is a very good phone for less than $500, thanks to its lightning-fast performance. But if you can afford to spend the extra $30, spring for the OnePlus 6, which has a nicer display and better software.

Read full review

This is a great bargain, but not the best. The ZenFone 5Z is a very good phone for less than $500, thanks to its lightning-fast performance. But if you can afford to spend the extra $30, spring for the OnePlus 6, which has a nicer display and better software.

Read full review

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Android Police

As good as it is, buy a OnePlus 6 instead

from Android Police

While it's Asus' best phone ever, it's not quite up to par with the greatest from OnePlus or Xiaomi. It's good, don't get me wrong, but just not good enough. Luckily, most of its problems could be addressed with future software updates. But here in the U.S., you can get a OnePlus 6, which provide...More

While it's Asus' best phone ever, it's not quite up to par with the greatest from OnePlus or Xiaomi. It's good, don't get me wrong, but just not good enough. Luckily, most of its problems could be addressed with future software updates. But here in the U.S., you can get a OnePlus 6, which provides a better experience overall, for only $30 more.

Read full review

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Android Authority

The ‘flagship killer’ killer

from Android Authority

The Asus Zenfone 5Z has all the elements of a flagship smartphone — there’s top-of-the-line specifications sheet, pretty good camera, interesting software additions, as well as a neat looking chassis — and all that at almost a steal.

Read full review

The Asus Zenfone 5Z has all the elements of a flagship smartphone — there’s top-of-the-line specifications sheet, pretty good camera, interesting software additions, as well as a neat looking chassis — and all that at almost a steal.

Read full review

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Digital Trends

A $500 iPhone X imposter worth buying

from Digital Trends

The Asus Zenfone 5Z packs in a lot for the money. It’s fast and features a capable camera, but there are compromises lurking in the software.

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The Asus Zenfone 5Z packs in a lot for the money. It’s fast and features a capable camera, but there are compromises lurking in the software.

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GSM Dome

Great gaming device, 4K video machine

from GSM Dome

The ASUS ZenFone 5z is pretty closely related to the ROG Phone in specs and it could serve as a badass gaming phone. It’s got the strength, it’s got the streaming features, it doesn’t overheat and has a reasonable battery. Too bad it looks exactly like the cheaper ZenFone 5 and you can’t...More

The ASUS ZenFone 5z is pretty closely related to the ROG Phone in specs and it could serve as a badass gaming phone. It’s got the strength, it’s got the streaming features, it doesn’t overheat and has a reasonable battery. Too bad it looks exactly like the cheaper ZenFone 5 and you can’t tell which is which. I think that people paying a premium should get to enjoy a distinctive sign on their device.

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Android Headlines

The new “flagship killer”

from Android Headlines

The ASUS ZenFone 5Z may not be the first choice for many people when looking for a new smartphone. And that’s simply because ASUS hasn’t really been a big player in the smartphone space, particularly in North America. But it would be crazy to pass up the ZenFone 5Z. It is a great smartphone,...More

The ASUS ZenFone 5Z may not be the first choice for many people when looking for a new smartphone. And that’s simply because ASUS hasn’t really been a big player in the smartphone space, particularly in North America. But it would be crazy to pass up the ZenFone 5Z. It is a great smartphone, even without factoring in the price of the device, which makes it an even better option. The ZenFone 5Z checks pretty much every box. That includes incredible battery life, a great camera, and an excellent display at a low price.

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PhoneArena

Given its price, it’s a well-fought case

from PhoneArena

In totality, the sacrifices on this phone are mostly minimal; the ZenFone 5Z is a device you won’t regret buying – especially considering how much you can save in buying a phone of such capability with the few shortcomings it has.

Read full review

In totality, the sacrifices on this phone are mostly minimal; the ZenFone 5Z is a device you won’t regret buying – especially considering how much you can save in buying a phone of such capability with the few shortcomings it has.

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TechNave

All hail the new affordable AI-powered flagship killer

from TechNave

The ZenFone 5Z could well be the company’s answer to flagship-level gaming performance for the masses at a super affordable price tag.

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The ZenFone 5Z could well be the company’s answer to flagship-level gaming performance for the masses at a super affordable price tag.

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