It has not been very long since the price war has started in the smartphone category. I still remember that a 2GB RAM smartphone was never available below the price mark of 20,000 INR and now a 4GB smartphone is available at this price range. Asus has revolutionized the whole specification v/s price chart with their new device named as Asus Zenfone 5.
We all know that a 32-bit architecture based powerful processor can only support maximum of 4GB RAM and Asus is the only device which has been able to do that in the Indian Smartphone Market. Let us take a look at its review in detail and understand that what differentiates it from the rest of the devices in the market.
I have always been really pessimistic about the custom ROMs that various OEMs preinstall on the smartphones. The only reason I feel that because they make your smartphone laggy or slow. They tend to cache all the space available in your RAM memory thus making it really difficult for the common operations of the smartphone run smoothly.
But 4GB RAM with Zen UI tells you a completely different story. As soon as I unpacked the device I installed a full set of 120 applications and a Google Now Launcher. To be honest, I love the looks of stock android and hence Google Now Launched is a must for the all the Android smartphones that I use.
It has been 20 days since I have been using this device and this device has never lagged even once. I had Asphalt, Hay Day and Clash of Clans installed on my device. I tried playing these three at the same time by switching the games again and again. I just wanted to capture the lag, but I could not. This device has been amazing in terms of gaming.
This makes me believe that Intel Atom Z3580 has been nicely optimized with the series of software and Android ROM available over this device.
Built and Design
I will have to say that device looks really royal. The glass covering the display is stretched to the edges which makes it a lot shinny from the front. Its back has been curved and the volume rockers are located just below the lens.
It gets really sleek over the edges, making it really easy for one hand to use the whole phone at once (even with such a big screen size).
Display and Camera
These are the two parameters, which are frequently asked by the consumers. As far as display is concerned then Full HD on a 5.5 Inch screen offers you a really good display clarity and I have no complaints about it.
Now, coming on the strength of that display then I must say that Corning Gorilla Glass 3 did its job impeccably. I have been using this device pretty roughly throughout all these days. The screen never bore even one scratch and even if it did, then it never showed up unless you explicitly put the screen under a really bright light and look very carefully.
I also did a stress test of that device, buy letting it fall from my bed. I did it two times and the second screen broke but that screen split was so neat and that no one can realize it unless you incline it and keep it under a bright light.
Its 13 MP of primary camera is really good and captures the images with high clarity in low-light scenarios. Moving on the selfie camera, then again I will really appreciate its clarity. There is a beautification mode in the camera which further improves the quality of your selfie by adjusting the brightness and contrast at the required spots on your photo.
Believe me, this device made me like a fan of Instagram. To be really honest then PixelMaster the default camera app on the device can be replaced by the camera app of Google.
The camera has wide angle lens and it is able to capture crisp details. The Dual LED flash just adds more to it.
Battery and Other Connectivity Features
It has DUAL GSM micro SIM slots and both of them will support 4G LTE connectivity. If you are using the charging provided by Asus then you device will charge in no-time probably 40 minutes. While it is getting charged it will heat-up a little and this is the only time when it shows a little amount of lag. Though I would suggest that you should never play with the device when it is getting charged, try to leave that device away for few minutes.
Usually, while using the default cable and the charger you will see something called ‘Quick Charging’ mentioned under Settings, Under Battery. However, in case you are using any other cable or the adapter you won’t see that charging mode mentioned there.
Zen UI is something which has been popular with inception of these Zenfone devices, however it seems to be little unstable on this smartphone. It has been crashing and restarting again and again quite frequently. I suspect that was because of Google Now Launcher.
Another bug which I came across was the battery charging bug, now this is something might not be a software bug. After getting charged up to 65%, it used to show 100 % in the other instant. This is something which I tried to rectify by putting the phone on factory reset and it worked really well with that.
In all the device never lagged throughout the duration of my usage and let me tell you that I tried pretty hard to make it lag atleast one. In the price mark of 24,000 INR I would say that you will not be able to get anything better than this device. Let us know if you faced any problem while using this device.