ASUS ZenFone 5z Unboxed


Better late than never, I guess. It has been months since this flagship device from ASUS was released in the Philippines and it's only today that I am finally having a chance to play around with this ASUS ZenFone 5z smartphone. When locally released, this particular version is what I was most excited about to try simply because it is the most flagship of the ZenFone 5 series. So here it is and for that reason, I am sharing my quick unboxing of this device. If you are interested in knowing more about this phone through this blog, watch out for future posts about this one.

The ZenFone 5Z is the most premium and high end variant of the ZenFone 5 series. The other two are the ZenFone 5Q, of which I had the chance to use during ASUS Pixelmaster mobile photography workshop they had in Davao City during last year's Kadayawan Festival for a limited time, and of course the standard ZenFone 5 model. These two, if you are interested as well, they are currently heavily discounted since March 1 together with other select ZenFone devices. You can check out the list here.

What's in the Box? 


Inside each packaging we can find the usual suspects together with the smartphone itself such as the pair of in-ear headphones with its extra earbuds, silicon case and more. In the image above you can only see the wall charger but not the charging cable, this is because the unit I got was already opened which means someone already used this particular unit and for some reason the USB Type C cable was not included in the box before it was shipped to me. But of course in the actual retail version, it should have all of those accessories.

Thankfully I have an extra USB-C charging wire from another brand that perfectly works with this one as well, though it seems to charge the phone quite slower than I expect.

The ZenFone 5z

The ZenFone 5z comes with a huge 6GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage. That should be enough for most Android users but in case they would need extra storage inside the device, a microSD card of up to 2TB can be used with this phone. That if they are willing to sacrifice the SIM 2 slot. Both SIM slots, located on the left side of the device, can handle up to 4G LTE network connectivity.


On the front panel, as you can see in the images above, the ZenFone 5z sports a large 6.2-inch Full HD+ IPS display. And yes there is the notch, it's quite wide but not as wide as found on the iPhone X. The front's design is so 2018 you might say, and that's right as I mentioned above, it was initially unveiled in February, exactly a year ago, which at the time notched displays were not that common to the Android universe yet. But thankfully though based on my observation since I started using this smartphone, the notch is not visible all the time especially when I am playing a game or streaming content on YouTube and Netflix, the cutout seems to be automatically gets out of the picture for those scenarios, even when using the camera which is very very good.


As if that simple notch implementation I mentioned above is not already helpful enough in improving the user's viewing experience, there is even an option in the display settings to fully hide the notch. Just flip the switch and you won't see it again until you flip it back. I think this particular feature was not available during the phone's early release and was later added after the Android Pie update.

And speaking of its software, when I unboxed this phone, it was running on Android 8 Oreo version just like when it was initially released locally. Then I as soon as I connected the phone to the internet, I was immediately notified of two major software updates, the second one being the official Android 9 Pie update which of course I right away downloaded and installed.


At the very bottom of the phone are the 3.5mm audio jack, USB Type-C port, a microphone, and speakers. I must say that the speakers works really good and really loud even when used outdoor. On this part of the device, you will never have a problem sharing your playlist in a room with your friends or showing someone a video in your phone, thanks its 2nd generation dual NXP 9874 Smart Amp dual speakers providing the loud and clear audio without the aid of wireless speakers.

Then on the right side of the ZenFone 5z are the volume rocker and power/lock key. There are two more microphones on this device, one at the top and another on the left side. This is to provide users much improved noise cancellation feature.

Camera

The camera and its features are still big in the ZenFone 5 series. And this 5Z variant is definitely packed with camera functionalities that will surely provide users all their needs in capturing moment with great quality and ready for social media sharing right then and their. This is mainly due to the amount of AI (scene recognition) that ASUS embedded in its camera system enabling the phone to intelligently recognize the scene being captured and apply color adjustment to produce the best possible quality. The cameras were even improved after some updates that ASUS rolled out. You can see how it improved it was though this article shared by Unbox.ph showing us photo comparisons that were taken before and after that update.


On the technical side, we are talking about a dual rear camera setup here pegged at 12MP and 8MP combination. The main lens is powered by Sony IMX363 sensor with large 1.4um pixels together with the 6-element lens and 78-degree view angle lens. For photos, there is Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) to assist you in capturing blurry and shake-free images, while for video taking (up to 4K at 60fps) is an Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) to the rescue. The secondary rear camera, on the other hand, has f2.2 aperture, and 120-degree wide-angle and 5-element lens. For selfie needs, an 8MP camera with f2.0.


As for its camera modes, there is of course the Pro mode that packs most of the things we need to manually choose settings in capturing images that suit our style. In addition to the Auto mode, which most of the photos I share here are captured in, other features we can take advantage of on this phone are the Beauty, Super Resolution, GIF Animation, Panorama, Slow Motion, Time Lapse and there is even Google Lens. A dedicated Selfie Master app is also pre-loaded on this device for a much unique photo taking and video recording experience.

See below a few photos I have managed to capture so far since using this ASUS ZenFone 5Z. All these photos were taken in Auto mode and are unedited right out of the device.




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Wide angle

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Those images were taken in the first two days after unboxing the ZenFone 5Z. I will be sharing more as well as video samples in the future on my Instagram account (follow here), and in this blog as well. Stay tuned for that.

ASUS ZenFone 5z specs:
  • 6.2-inch Full HD+ IPS Display
  • 2246 x 1080 resolution
  • 19:9 aspect ratio
  • 2.5D curved glass (front and back)
  • Octa-core Snapdragon 845 processor with Qualcomm AI Engine
  • Adreno 630 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage
  • Supports microSD card
  • 12MP + 8MP dual rear cameras with Sony IMX363 sensor, f1.8 aperture, LED flash, OIS for photo, EIS for video, and AI tech
  • 8MP front camera with 120-degree wideangle lens and f2.0 aperture
  • Android 8.1 Oreo with ZenUI 5.0 (now upgradable to Android 9 Pie)
  • WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, GLONASS
  • 3 noise cancelling microphones
  • Dual SIM
  • 4G LTE
  • USB Type-C
  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • Face Unlock
  • 3.5mm audiojack
  • Midnight Blue, Meteor Silver
  • BoostMaster and AI Charging
  • 3300mAh battery 
  • Php29,995
The ZenFone 5z is still available in the Philippines for Php29,995.


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