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What’s new on the Android 9 Pie update on the ASUS Zenfone 5?

Android 9.0 Pie has been out for a while and one of the smartphones that you can get right now that runs on this latest version of Android is the ASUS Zenfone 5. The smartphone might be almost a year old now but we still get updates on the smartphone and recently, the Taiwanese company has released the Android 9.0 Pie update on the smartphone. So what can we expect from the smartphone? Check it out below.

Faster Zenfone 5

The ASUS Zenfone 5 is powered by a Snapdragon 636 chipset which is still capable until now. Well, we loved the performance of the Snapdragon 636 even until today and with the Android P update on the ASUS Zenfone 5, we noticed that navigating on the smartphone is smoother and it is a lot faster than before. While the benchmarks are the same on the smartphone but the ASUS Zenfone 5 is definitely faster after the update.

Better management

Another updated features for the ASUS Zenfone 5 is the better management of battery and display. With Android Pie, the smartphone now learns your battery usage and prioritizes everything for a better allocation of energy and you can notice that the ASUS Zenfone 5 has definitely improved on that segment while the adaptive brightness lets you have automatic brightness which is according to your usage. You might not notice the latter but it is definitely helpful.

A new way to navigate

Another thing that is really noticeable on the Android P update on the ASUS Zenfone 5 is the redesign navigation system. But of course, you could still use the classic navigation bar but if you want something new and if you found it more productive you can use the new navigation system in where you can swipe up to home button, swipe up to middle for the recent apps or just slide right to check out the whole apps and of course, there’s the back button.

Personally, I find it more convenient and also more productive to have this this kind of navigation system on the smartphone.

So there we go. Those are just some of the improvements that are made available for the ASUS Zenfone 5 Android P update. So if you want to update your ASUS Zenfone 5, head over to Settings>System>System update or you can manually update your ASUS Zenfone 5 by downloading the Android P update here — https://www.asus.com/Phone/ZenFone-5-ZE620KL/HelpDesk_BIOS/

ASUS Zenfone 5 Android 9.0 Pie Update Now Out

ASUS has recently updated their mid-range smartphone — the ASUS Zenfone 5. And yes, you can now experience Android Pie on your smartphone. These are some updates that are included in the Android Pie update on the ASUS Zenfone 5.

  1. Better Application Management – the OS that learns your preferences on the go, which should allow for smoother operations
    • Adaptive Battery – learns the battery usage and prioritizes the allocation of the energy
    • Adaptive Brightness – automatic brightness adjustment according to your usage
    • App Actions
  2. Intuitive Navigations – redesign of the navigation system, simpler to use for faster switching of apps
  3. Performance Improvements – provides better user experience, support for the latest OpenGL and Vulkan APIs for better gaming and heavy-app performance

If you want to update your ASUS Zenfone 5 manually, you can access it at this link: https://www.asus.com/Phone/ZenFone-5-ZE620KL/HelpDesk_BIOS/

To check out the full features that you can get from Android 9.0 Pie, head over to this link: https://www.android.com/versions/pie-9-0/

ASUS Zenfone 5 long-term review

The ASUS Zenfone 5 is definitely one of the hottest mid-range smartphones this year. It was unveiled this year and in our review, we definitely loved the smartphone as it features a premium design and a hardware that is perfectly matched for a mid-range smartphone. But after a few months? Is it still a good smartphone?

It’s a tough one

When I held the ASUS Zenfone 5, the first thing that came to my mind is that the smartphone is that the smartphone’s glass build would break easily. But no, I was dead wrong because I dropped the smartphone more than 3x and there were no cracks or big dents on the smartphone. The glass and the frame of the smartphone is really solid and tough and I love it.

The upgrades

There were a lot of updates for the ASUS Zenofne 5 after our review and it has definitely improved our experience on the smartphone but let’s focus first on the minor features on the smartphone that were added over time after our review of the smartphone.

Right now, the ASUS Zenfone 5 now features a raise to wake the phone which is a big thing for me as I don’t have to press the power button anymore and since it’s already awake when it’s raised, the smartphone would automatically use the face unlock to unlock the smartphone. Pretty helpful added feature if you ask me.

And speaking of face unlock, we previously told in our review that the ASUS Zenfone 5’s face unlock was pretty terrible and thankfully, ASUS has improved it over time, however, the smartphone still isn’t the best one or the fastest one that you can find on a mid-range smartphone.

The Zenimoji on the smartphone isn’t really new but it has definitely improved over a few updates. The ASUS Zenfone 5’s Zenimoji has added more features and you can now do Zenimojis replacing your face using the camera. Really cool.

Another added feature that a lot of you might appreciate is that the smartphone can now hide its notch. Yep, that feature wasn’t able available when the Zenfone 5 came out in the market.

Same performance

The ASUS Zenfone 5 is powered by a Snapdragon 636 processor with 4GB of RAM. The smartphone also features an AI boost which basically boosts up your smartphone and in our usage of the smartphone after a few months, the performance is still pretty much the same and yes, the SD636 processor is still capable of most apps and games however, not as powerful as other smartphones in the mid-range market right now.

The battery life is pretty much the same however, some people might have a different opinion over it as the battery really degrades on pretty much every device that we have.

Better camera

One of the biggest upgrades that ASUS has done for the Zenfone 5 is the camera. When we reviewed the smartphone, we were impressed with its camera but not the best one in its price range. There are two cameras and one of them is wide-angle lens camera. Today, the ASUS Zenfone 5’s camera has really improved whether that’s selfies or the rear cameras. However, don’t expect too much from its wide-angle lens camera at the back but still, the colors, contrast, and almost everything have improved on the smartphone. Check out the shots that we took using the smartphone.

Verdict

The ASUS Zenfone 5 is still a good smartphone after a few months. While it isn’t the best one in its price range when it comes to hardware but we were impressed with its improvements over time. One of the things that I really like about it is the build quality and the improvement in its camera and over the 6 months of use, I’m still pretty happy with it.

It may not be the best smartphone when it comes to specifications but if you’re looking at a smartphone with a solid build quality and jack of all trades of almost everything then you might want to take a look at the ASUS Zenfone 5 that is now priced Php17,995.

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

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