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ASUS Zenfone 5Q Got A Price Drop!

ASUS Philippines has also announced that they’re doing a price drop for the ASUS Zenfone 5Q, the company’s smartphone with quad-camera setup and also a Full View display.

The ASUS Zenfone 5Q features a 20MP+8MP dual selfie camera and also a 16MP+8MP dual rear camera. The ASUS Zenfone 5Q also features a Snapdragon 630 inside and also a 4GB of RAM.

The ASUS Zenfone 5Q is now available for Php14,995 from the former official SRP of the smartphone which is Php16,995. 

ASUS Zenfone 5Q Review + Contest


ASUS Zenfone 5 Now Available in Meteor Silver

The ASUS Zenfone 5 is the best smartphone that the Taiwanese company has ever released. The smartphone is not only powerful but the smartphone also features a really neat and solid design with a premium feel. The smartphone also packs a notched display which is a trend this year and also a dual lens rear camera that performs really well.

We reviewed the ASUS Zenfone 5 before and we were really amazed at it. And today, you can now get the ASUS Zenfone 5 in Meteor Silver. The smartphone will still have the same specs and price.

The ASUS Zenfone 5 is now available for Php19,995.

ASUS Zenfone 5 Specifications

  • 6.2-inch Full HD+ Super IPS+ Display with 19:9 display aspect ratio
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor with AI Boost
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB Internal Storage expandable via MicroSD
  • 12MP + 8MP 120-degree wide angle rear camera
  • 8MP front camera
  • Dual SIM
  • LTE
  • Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, WiFi
  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • Face Unlock
  • USB Type-C
  • 3300mAh Battery with Fast Charging

ASUS Zenfone 5 Review

ASUS wants to win back the hearts of consumers in the latest Zenfone 5 series smartphones. How? ASUS now offers a more affordable price for its hardware on the ASUS Zenfone 5. Not only that, It also has a premium design and notched display which can be mostly seen on high-midrange smartphones and also flagship smartphones. This is probably the most exciting ASUS Zenfone since the ASUS Zenfone 2.

Design and Hardware

The design and its build quality is probably the biggest asset of this smartphone. The smartphone has a combination of metal sides and of course, a glass back and front. And yes, this is the most elegant Zenfone ever. The ASUS Zenfone 5 is also a little bit heavier compared to the competition but that’s fine because it really adds to the solid and premium feel of the smartphone.

At the back is where you can find the fingerprint scanner of the smartphone along with the dual lens camera that is now sporting a vertical design and of course, the trademark concircular pattern design of ASUS is present at the back of the smartphone which adds a nice reflection to the smartphone.

The smartphone uses a USB Type-C and thankfully, we still have the 3.5mm headphone jack on this smartphone and then we also have the hybrid sim card tray on this one so yeah, you can only use one sim card if you want to use your MicroSD card.

The fingerprint scanner of the smartphone works well and it can unlock the smartphone really fast from sleep when used while the Face Unlock was a little problematic back in the ASUS Zenfone Max Plus M1 and still a little bit slow on the ASUS Zenfone 5Q, it has really improved on the ASUS Zenfone 5. It isn’t as fast compared to other smartphones but the face unlock of the ASUS Zenfone 5 will do.

The speaker of the ASUS Zenfone 5 does a fine job too and it’s loud and crisp and the smartphone will do just fine when you’re playing your Spotify playlist on your room. When it comes to connectivity, the smartphone does fine in calling, messaging, and mobile data. I’m not surprised since the ASUS Zenfone 5 comes with a Qualcomm Chipset inside

Display

The ASUS Zenfone 5 comes with a 6.2-inch Full HD+ Display with 19:9 Display aspect ratio. It has a notch just like the other smartphones this year and also a small chin. The rounded corners of the display that adds beauty to the looks of the smartphone. The notch isn’t as big as the one on the iPhone X but it isn’t the smallest one too that you can find on Android. Unfortunately, you can’t turn off the notch of the smartphone at the settings or you can’t individually turn off the notch on applications.

When it comes to quality, the display of the smartphone is vivid and really bright. It doesn’t actually feel and looks like an IPS Panel as the colors of the ASUS Zenfone 5’s display is really popping out. Viewing angles of the smartphone are great and it’s great for outdoor use.

Battery Life

One of the things that I loved about the ASUS Zenfone 3 is that the smartphone has a pretty good battery life and with the ASUS Zenfone 5, you’ll still get a decent 3300mAh battery. In our test in PC Mark, we got a decent score of 8 hours and 4 minutes which is pretty decent. In our normal usage, the smartphone was actually able to last a whole day with some light gaming and mostly just browsing my Facebook Newsfeed.

Software

Then ASUS Zenfone 5 is now running on Android 8.0 with ZenUI 5.0. The smartphone’s UI is clean, fast and it rarely lags. There’s a dock now too at the app drawer of the smartphone in where it houses the suggested applications of the smartphone and whatever your page of the app drawer you’re in, the dock doesn’t change the applications. However, it would be pretty cool if ASUS can update that soon and lets the user change the apps on the dock.

The ASUS Zenfone 5 also comes with Zenimoji which acts similarly to iPhone X’s animoji. The Zenimoji lets you record 10-second videos that you can send to your friends as a video in chat apps. It isn’t polished and as good as the Animoji but it’s really cute and I’m happy to see this on the ASUS Zenfone 5 but I hope that ASUS can add more emojis and also fix the sluggishness of the app.

Performance

With AI Boost
Without AI Boost

The ASUS Zenfone 5 packs a Snapdragon 636 processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM and damn, the smartphone is powerful. We tried using Antutu on this smartphone and we got a pretty good score of 124972 without AI Boost. But with AI Boost, I can get a score of 138106.

AI Boost

One of the biggest features of the ASUS Zenfone 5 is its AI capabilities and its biggest one is the AI Boost. This feature can be accessed by just swiping down from the notifications and it will automatically boost the performance of your ASUS Zenfone 5 at the expense of the battery life. Does it work? Yes. Does it help in gaming? Not that much.

But if you’re into apps that needs CPU rendering and power then the AI Boost can really help you. We’ve checked at Antutu and the components that are being boosted with AI Boost are the speed up of the Multi-core processor, data processing and the ROM speed. Basically, you would immediately feel the AI Boost in some applications that load a lot of files but not so much on the gaming side as there was only a little boost in the GPU. But again, the AI Boost is still very helpful in your usage of the smartphone.

Gaming

When it comes to gaming, the ASUS Zenfone 5 will not disappoint you. It’s powerful and it can run all of the games without problems on the smartphone. I tried playing PUBG Mobile on the smartphone and it ran well even at high settings but I would set it at medium settings for a better experience. I also played NBA 2k18 on this one at high settings and I was still able to get the game at a really smooth framerates.

Camera

The ASUS Zenfone 5 got a dual-lens camera with a 12-megapixel camera as the main rear shooter paired with an 8-megapixel 120-degree wide angle lens. As expected, the wide-angle camera is inferior to the 12-megapixel one but it would be just fine if you want to take wide angle shots at well-lit conditions.

The 12-megapixel rear camera does a fine job in both lowlight and well-lit conditions and it’s even better than my ASUS Zenfone 4 Pro sometimes. The wide-angle camera, however, will only perform well under well-lit conditions but it will be a little bit grainy at lowlight. While the selfie camera is hit-and-miss. Check out my shots using the ASUS Zenfone 5 below:

But overall, I was pretty happy with its camera. It may not be perfect but it does a fine job for a mid-range smartphone.

Verdict

The ASUS Zenfone 5 is the best Zenfone that the Taiwanese company has ever released. The smartphone features a really solid build and quality and the performance of the smartphone is beast too for a midrange and it goes head to head with the Helio P60 processor.

The camera might have some flaws but it is still pretty well and also the battery life of the smartphone can last up to a day of use. This is the best ASUS Zenfone yet and I will recommend the ASUS Zenfone 5 if you’re gonna buy a smartphone at its price range along with the OPPO F7.

The ASUS Zenfone 5 is now available for Php19,995.

ASUS Zenfone 5 Camera Sample Gallery

The ASUS Zenfone 5 is the latest smartphone from the Taiwanese brand. It features 2-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture and an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera with f/2.0 aperture at the back. The smartphone also features an 8-megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture. The smartphone also boasts its AI prowess that can help the scene detection in the cameras which results to better results in camera shots. So if you aiming for the ASUS Zenfone 5 then you better check out the shots that we took using the smartphone below.

The camera of the ASUS Zenfone 5 has drastically improved over the previous generation. 12-megapixel rear camera is superior compared to the wide-angle lens camera of the smartphone. Lowlight isn’t the strongest suite of the ASUS Zenfone 5 but it can deliver sharp and great photos under well-lit conditions. The selfie camera of the smartphone performs well at well-lit conditions but not so much under lowlight.

Overall, the ASUS Zenfone 5 does have some flaws in the camera but it still performs well for a mid-range smartphone. The ASUS Zenfone 5 is now available for Php19,995.

ASUS Zenfone 5 Unboxing and Hands-On

ASUS has recently launched the ASUS Zenfone 5 Series in the Philippines and they’re really back in terms of pricing as the smartphone now has a great price for its hardware. ASUS Zenfone 5 is Php19,995 and it packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, 4GB RAM, a 12-megapixel + 8-megapixel dual rear lens camera, a notched display, and a really premium build.

The smartphone also focuses on different AI features that can help you in different functions of your smartphone but the AI Boost on the smartphone will be very helpful in improving the performance of the smartphone in exchange of shorter battery life and also in the scene detection of the camera of the smartphone.

Interested now? Check out what we think about the ASUS Zenfone 5 at our unboxing and hands-on of the smartphone below.

ASUS Launches the Zenfone 5 Series in the Philippines

ASUS has just launched the ASUS Zenfone 5 Series in the country and it is the most exciting smartphones from the company since the ASUS Zenfone 2. Why? Because the smartphones are priced competitively and the design and hardware of the smartphone is really beautiful and also powerful.

The ASUS Zenfone 5Q is the most affordable smartphone in the series. In other countries, the smartphone is called as the ASUS Zenfone 5 Lite or the ASUS Zenfone 5 Selfie. The ASUS Zenfone 5Q has a quad-camera setup with wide angle lens on both the front and back of the smartphone. The wide angle lens is perfect for taking photos of landscapes and also for taking group photos or wefies.

The ASUS Zenfone 5 and the Zenfone 5Z is basically the same when it comes to looks however, the Zenfone 5Z has a more powerful hardware inside. The ASUS Zenfone 5 now packs a 6.2-inch Full HD+ display with a notch and thanks to its Snapdragon 636 processor inside, the smartphone now has AI functionalities and deep learning.

ASUS Zenfone 5Q Specifications

  • 6.0-inch Full HD+ IPS Display with 18:9 display aspect ratio
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB Internal Storage expandable via MicroSD
  • 16MP + 5MP 120-degree wide angle rear camera
  • 20MP + 8MP 120-degree wide angle rear camera
  • Dual SIM
  • LTE
  • Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, WiFi
  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • Face Unlock
  • USB Type-C
  • 3300mAh Battery

ASUS Zenfone 5 Specifications

  • 6.2-inch Full HD+ Super IPS+ Display with 19:9 display aspect ratio
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor with AI Boost
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB Internal Storage expandable via MicroSD
  • 12MP + 8MP 120-degree wide angle rear camera
  • 8MP front camera
  • Dual SIM
  • LTE
  • Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, WiFi
  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • Face Unlock
  • USB Type-C
  • 3300mAh Battery with Fast Charging

ASUS Zenfone 5Z Specifications

  • 6.2-inch Full HD+ Super IPS+ Display with 19:9 display aspect ratio
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor with AI Boost
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB Internal Storage expandable via MicroSD
  • 12MP + 8MP 120-degree wide angle rear camera
  • 8MP front camera
  • Dual SIM
  • LTE
  • Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, WiFi
  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • Face Unlock
  • USB Type-C
  • 3300mAh Battery with Fast Charging

The ASUS Zenfone 5Q and Zenfone 5 are priced at Php16,995 and Php19,995 respectively and it is now available while the ASUS Zenfone 5Z will be available soon for Php29,995.

 

ASUS Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 5Q Available on April 14

The ASUS Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 5Q will be available on April 14 and in case you want to get the smartphone soon, you will be able to get it One Esplanade on April 14, 2018. Not only that, you’ll also be able to get some freebies worth Php10,293 when you get an ASUS Zenfone 5 and Php5,217 worth of freebies when you get an ASUS Zenfone 5Q.

The ASUS Zenfone 5Q will come with a JBL Clip 2, ZenPower slim 3000mAh, and a  Zenfone Pullover Hoodie. All of those items are worth Php5,217.

While the ASUS Zenfone 5 will come with a JBL Flip 4 Speaker, JBL T450 Headset, and Zenfone Pullover hoodie worth Php10,293.

The prices of the ASUS Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 5Q prices are expected to be unveiled on the launch itself.

You can check out the ASUS Zenfone 5 Event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/681205575593278/?ti=icl

ASUS Zenfone 5Q Review + Contest

This year, The ASUS Zenfone 5 Series has come back to its Zenfone roots. Instead of offering smartphones with gimmicky features, they opted for what the consumers want. A non-expensive smartphone with a powerful hardware inside and also a beautiful design. And today, we will review the latest smartphone and the most affordable from the ASUS Zenfone 5 Series, the ASUS Zenfone 5Q.

Design and Hardware

The ASUS Zenfone 5Q’s design reminds me of the ASUS Zenfone 4. It’s all glass on the front and the back and then there are the rounded sides of the smartphone. The smartphone isn’t really handy as this one has a flat black. I strongly suggest that you guys use a phone case for this one as it might slip in your hand.

Surely, the smartphone feels really premium to the hand because of the glass. The volume rocker and the power button are placed at the right hand of the smartphone while the fingerprint scanner is placed at the back which is accessible despite its tall build. Unfortunately, the smartphone still uses a micro USB port instead of USB Type-C. Also, there’s no fast-charging on the smartphone too.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t that satisfied with the speaker of the smartphone as it wasn’t that loud. Thankfully, there’s a headphone jack on the ASUS Zenfone 5Q. The fingerprint scanner of the smartphone works well and it was really fast however the face unlock of the smartphone is still disappointing in my use.

Display

The ASUS Zenfone 5Q has a 6.0-inch Full HD+ IPS display with rounded corners. And damn, I love the display of the smartphone. The color reproduction were really good on this one and the screen of the smartphone was just bright.

Since we have an 18:9 display on the smartphone, this one is perfect for browsing feeds on portrait mode and also on gaming on landscape mode as it offers wider view on the display. Overall, the display of the ASUS Zenfone 5Q is really good.

Software

The ASUS Zenfone 5Q that we’ve reviewed runs on Android 7.1.1 with ZenUI 4.5. The smartphone is expected to be updated soon to Android Oreo with Zen UI 5.0. Well, the smartphone does have a good UI. Yes, it isn’t vanilla but opening apps and also browsing thru your phone is snappy and smooth.

As expected, the smartphone does have some bloatware but most of the apps are just useful and don’t worry too much about it because the ASUS Zenfone 5Q does have a large 64GB storage inside.

Performance

The ASUS Zenfone 5Q’s Snapdragon 630 chipset is probably the most interesting hardware inside the smartphone. The smartphone’s chipset is powerful enough to run all games on the Play store. It also packs 4GB of RAM for multi-tasking and opening memory hog apps.

Speaking of performance, the ASUS Zenfone 5Q didn’t fail to impress me. The chipset was pretty good and it doesn’t overheat when playing 3D heavy games. I’ve played NBA 2k18 at medium settings and I was able to play the game smoothly and without problems. I’ve also tried PUBG Mobile at medium settings and I was really happy with its performance as the phone didn’t heat up that much and there were NO drastic drop in frames after a long playtime.

Thanks to its 18:9 FHD+ display and the Snapdragon 630 inside the smartphone, the ASUS Zenfone 5Q makes it one of the pretty good mid-range gaming smartphone.

Battery

The ASUS Zenfone 5Q got a 3300mAh battery inside and in my use, I was pretty happy with it as I was able to get a day of normal usage of the smartphone including some light gaming. I was able to use this smartphone for 14 hours on average use. That’s pretty good you know. It will run on a single work day for most of us.

Camera

The ASUS Zenfone 5Q got a Quad-camera setup. Two cameras on the front and two cameras at the back. The smartphone packs a wide angle lens on both sides which can be used for Wefies or group photos or taking wider shots.

Using the portrait mode of the ASUS Zenfone 5Q was good, it has really improved from last year but I noticed that all of the cameras are a hit and miss. Let’s talk about the rear cameras of the smartphone first.

Here are the shots that I took using the selfie camera of the smartphone:

Overall, the camera of the ASUS Zenfone 5Q is a little bit of a hit and miss. Sometimes you get a good shot, sometimes not.

Verdict

The ASUS Zenfone 5Q is the device that we’re expecting from ASUS. The smartphone got a quad-camera setup that is not just a gimmick because having a wide-angle lens camera at the back is really useful. The ASUS Zenfone 5Q also got a premium body with its glass construction on the front and back, an 18:9 FullView Display, and also powerful chipset inside. The battery wasn’t disappointing on the smartphone too.

Despite that, you should also take note of its camera is a hit and miss and also the face unlocks which is still disappointing. I do hope that ASUS can really fix those issues in the future.

Overall, the ASUS Zenfone 5Q is still a good smartphone from the Taiwanese company. If you are into mid-rangers and you want a smartphone with a good battery life, powerful performance and a sleek design then you might want to check the ASUS Zenfone 5Q.

The ASUS Zenfone 5Q doesn’t have a price yet but expect the launch and pricing of this smartphone this April 2018.

WE’RE HAVING A RAFFLE!

Yes folks, we’ll be raffling off a (1) one ZenPower Slim 6000 and also 1 VIP Seat to the #BackTo5 Launch. How? It’s easy! Just follow these steps:

  1. Share the review article on Facebook in Public
  2. The caption must answer “What makes them excited for the ASUS Zenfone 5Q?”
  3. The caption must tag ASUS Philippines and Jam Online Facebook Page with the hashtags #Zenfone5Q, #WeLovePhoto, and #Backto5PH
  4. 1 winner will be chosen at random by April 3, 2018

ASUS Zenfone 5 Launching this April in the Philippines

ASUS Fans! here’s a good news for you guys. The ASUS Zenfone 5 Family will finally arrive in the Philippines this April 14. It is expected that we get to see the whole ASUS Zenfone family at the launch — the ASUS Zenfone 5Q, Zenfone 5, & the Zenfone 5Z.

The ASUS Zenfone 5Q is the most affordable in the family and it is the Taiwanese brand’s first smartphone to sport a quad-camera setup. The ASUS Zenfone 5 and the Zenfone 5Z has a similar design however, the Zenfone 5 features a Snapdragon 636 processor while the Zenfone 5Z sports the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor.

The prices and availability of these smartphones are expected to be revealed this April 14.

ASUS Zenfone 5Q Camera Sample Gallery

We’ve been using the ASUS Zenfone 5Q for days now and in case you’re following my website, we have posted our unboxing and first impressions of the ASUS Zenfone 5Q or the Zenfone 5 Lite. The smartphone is currently the most affordable in the series and it packs a quad-camera setup in where both the front and the back camera of the smartphone sports a wide-angle lens for shooting images with wider field of view.

The selfie camera of the smartphone is a 20-megapixel IMX376 sensor with f/2.0 aperture along with the 120-degree wide-angle 8-megapixel OV/8856 sensor with f/2.4 aperture. The rear camera of the smartphone is a 16-megapixel OV/16880-GA5A sensor with f/2.2 aperture along with the 8-megapixel wide-angle OV/8856 sensor with F/2.4 aperture.. So how does the smartphone camera fare? Check it out on our camera sample gallery below

Using the wide-angle rear camera. The colors are good and details were ok in this shot.
Using the rear wide-angle camera. The dynamic range is pretty terrible in this shot.
Using the front wide-angle camera. The colors are a little bit pale.
Using the rear wide-angle lens. The colors and the details were really good here.
Using the 16-megapixel rear camera. The shot produced good colors and fine details
Using the front wide-angle camera. Overall, the shot here is pretty good.
Using the rear wide-angle camera. The colors are a little bit over-saturated but the details were good.
A shot of the tree using the 16-megapixel rear camera of the smartphone
Using the rear 16-megapixel camera. Dynamic range of the smartphone is pretty bad.
A close-up shot of a flower using the 16-megapixel rear camera of the smartphone
Using the front 20-megapixel camera of the smartphone. The shot is pretty good on this one.
Portrait mode using the 20-megapixel front camera of the Zenfone 5Q

Overall, the ASUS Zenfone 5Q’s camera is a hit and miss but I notice that both wide-angle lens camera of the smartphone has a pretty bad dynamic range however, the 16-megapixel front camera and the 20-megapixel front camera of the smartphone still does its job well in some cases. The portrait mode of the smartphone has noticeably been better compared to the previous generation of Zenfones.

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