Asus introduces the new ZenFone 5 Lite, ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5z

Asus ZenFone 5, ZenFone 5 Lite and ZenFone 5Z launched at MWC 2018

PC MAKER Asus has become the latest Android OEM to shamelessly embrace the iPhone X's "notch" with its Zenfone 5 and 5Z smartphones.

The ZenFone Max M1 is the big battery-toting phone of the lineup, with a 4,000mAh battery inside.

The Zenfone 5 Lite has a 2160x1080 pixel screen resolution filling its 6-inch screen, which has an 80.3 percent screen-to-body ratio. The device runs on the latest Android Oreo with ZenUI 5.0 laid on top. The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset with Artificial Intelligence Engine (AIE) and Adreno 630 GPU. This is aided by the 8GB RAM that the device comes with, internal storage on the device is a massive 256GB and the ZenFone 5Z delivers the best in terms of accelerated AI experience using the SoC hardware acceleration.

MobileSyrup has reached out to Asus for Canadian pricing and availability and will update this article when it arrives. The company didn't reveal the price of the other two models as of yet. Asus says ZenFone 5Z has optical image stabilization (OIS), electronic image stabilization (EIS), and it can record 4K video.

But if you want more control there's also a pro mode, which lets you manually adjust most settings, and both phones have an 8MP f/2.0 front-facing camera. It does, however, stand out by having two selfie cameras (one of which has a 20-megapixel resolution), in addition to the two cameras on the back. The phone is backed by a 3300mAh battery. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (dual-band, 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth v4.0, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. ASUS says that the phone's fingerprint scanner can unlock the device in 0.3 seconds, while you also get facial recognition tech here, which uses the phone's front-facing camera.

The ZenFone 5Z is a truly exceptional smartphone on first impressions. The Zenfone 5 will feature a less-powered Snapdragon 636 processor, paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage.

Asus also announced a more compact 6-inch version of the ZenFone 5 called the ZenFone 5 Lite, although that won't be coming to the UK.

The iPhone X went on sale in early November, and was the best-selling iPhone every week up until the end of the year, Apple chief executive Tim Cook said during the company's most recent earning call earlier this month. It ships with Android Nougat and not Oreo as some might have been expecting.

Externally, the suffix-less Zenfone 5 is identical to its faster cousin. Now whether or not this will be the Asus Zenfone 5 Lite is something which remains to be seen. Furthermore, the display offers a high 18:9 screen ratio and 500 tits alongside full DCI-P3 coverage. As of yet there is no clear information on which model will hit the Indian shores.

The Asus ZenFone 5 Lite is quite different from the other two handsets.

As for the optics, ZenFone Max Plus (M1) sports a dual camera setup at the rear and it comprises of a 16-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture and an 8-megapixel lens which is a 120-degree wide-angle camera.

The Zenfone 5 Lite comes with four camera dual lens setup at the front and as well as the rear.

The glass back of the phone is pierced by the dual cameras and a fingerprint sensor.

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