WHAT’S INSIDE THE BOX?
- The unit
- usb charging cable (the usual android one)
- ZenEar (earphone)
- manuals and the warranty card
The body is made of aluminum and made of glass for the front and back. The phone is 6’0” and following the trend of Samsung going on the edge to edge display and a curved edges also.
The Volume rocker is on the right side of the phone and on the left side is the sim tray with 3 slots for sd card and 2 sim cards.
The ZenFone5Q is still using the normal android charger. You can also see infront the two cameras which features a 20MP f/2.0 Sony IMX376 + 8MP f/2.4 OV8856 with 120-degree wide-angle lens and soft light LED flash. At the top you’ll see the ZenEar jack. At the back you’ll see the finger sensor and the two cameras with 16MP f/2.2 OV16880 + 8MP f/2.4 OV8856 with PDAF, 120-degree wide-angle lens, EIS, and LED flash.
OS, UI AND APPS
I thought the new ASUS ZenFone 5Q will be running in the OREO os but its still in Nougat 7.1.1. It also houses the ZenUI 5.0 which is a clean and simpleUI than the previous versions. Apps can be access with a simple swipe of your fingers. There are pre-installed apps like Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Messenger, Selfie Master and some Google Apps.
BENCHMARKING AND PERFORMANCE
The new ASUS ZenFone 5Q runs on the new Android OS Nougat 7.1.1 with Andreon 508 for its graphic processor, Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, octa-core 2200MHz, 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory.
Adreno 308 graphics processor, 2GB RAM coupled with 16G/32GB eMCP expandable internal storage. We checked the benchmarking of ASUS ZenFone 5Q and here are the results:
Geekbench: 854(single core) 4110(multi core)
GFX: 294.9 frames
Benchmark Comparisons: 10366
Multi touch score: 10/10
- 6-inch18:9 Full HD+ IPS display @ 2160 x 1080px
- 2.5D curved glass
- 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 octa-core
- Adreno 508
- 64GB internal storage
- 4GB RAM
- Dual-SIM card slot (nano)
- expandable up to 400GB
- dedicated microSD card slot
- 20MP + 8MP 120-degree wide-angle rear cameras
16MP + 8MP 120-degree wide-angle rear cameras w/ LED flash
- Micro USB 2.0
- Face Unlock, Fingerprint Scanner
- Android 7.1.1 Nougat (ASUS ZenUI 5.0)
- 3,300mAh battery
The new ASUS ZenFone is priced at P16,995.
The New Asus ZenFone 5Q is packed with 3300 mAh non-removable lithium-ion battery. Which can last up to 3-4 days on standby.
We did a battery test using Antutu Battery testing app. We started the test around 10:10 PM with 62% battery life and ended around 1:43 AM with 15% of battery life. The test makes sure to do non stop browsing, internet, videos and other heavy kind of usage you can do to the phone.
Asus ZenFone 5Q sports a quad camera (2 in front and 2 in the rear). The front camera have 20MP + 8MP 120-degree wide-angle, while the rear camera have 16MP + 8MP 120-degree wide-angle with LED flash.
The rear camera of Asus ZenFone 5Q use the 120 degree wide-angle camera for a better shooting of scenic views. The front camera have two options also you can choose the wide angle or the regular angle. The wide angle looks like you are using a fisheye lens. The front and back camera both have bokeh effect, you just need to click the portrait mode.
What I’ve notice is that the rear camera is very slow when capturing a scene you wanted maybe I need to update the OS to make it more stable. Wish they have sticker also so kids and kids at heart can enjoy and be funny, specially people like me who’s not into selfies.
Here are some sample photos from the ZenFone 5Q:
(photos have a minimum tweaking using Adobe Lightroom)
THE ZENFONE 5Q EXPERIENCE
It has been more than a two weeks experience with the new Asus ZenFone 5Q and it feels like reminiscing the old Asus ZenFone 3. With its super sleek design, I think Asus maintains how they design their smartphones. The cameras (front and rear) needs a little tweaking as the rear camera is slow in capturing photos, the front camera is also a little bit slow when you capture and I am too fresh and my skin looks to smooth even if I remove the beautification effect. I think this phone challenges me to take good photos even if I have a hard time using it. I love that they maintain to have a PRO option in their camera. We also installed Tekken to check the phone’s ability for gaming and its not lagging through out the game which is good for little gamers like my son.
I think overall its a good phone, but I think it needs a little updating on the camera. Can’t wait to check it when back after I have updated the phone. Wish to review the Asus ZenFone 5 as it is priced at 19,995 so we can decide if price wise the ZenFone 5Q is a must or just go for the new ZenFone 5 with the notch.