It was a shock for just about everyone when Asus finally unveiled the first of the Zenfone 5 series. It wasn’t groundbreaking new technology, no. Rather it was the pocket-friendly price with bang-for-buck specs we have all come to love Asus for. Hailing from the Selfie line, Asus decided on a rebrand to make is simpler for consumers to decide on their 2018 refresh of the phone lineup with just three phones under the Zenfone 5 line.
Enter the Zenfone 5Q where the Q here may stand for the system having a true quad-camera experience. More on that later.
Taking cues from the latest flagship designs of competition, the Zenfone 5 line will be an all glass build with a metal frame to hold everything together. Expect all the standard button and fingerprint scanner placements where each should be. The camera bump at the back is a bit of a bummer, though.
The Zenfone 5Q feels boxy and very edgy as if thick and heavy with some weight on the top of the phone. It’s comfortable enough to be held by one hand but the top of the screen wll need finger gymnastics if you need to reach for camera settings or a drop down menu from an app, for example.
The first obvious change from the 2017 Zenfone 4 Selfie, Selfie Lite, and Selfie Pro will be the screen size stretched to 18:9 ration to allow for better grip and overall aesthetics. No notch here.
The screen itself is not the brightest nor the best in class with pale colors as well as a saturated overall motif. The Full HD+ LCD panel does well but may struggle a touch under direct sunlight.
It is such a refreshing change for Asus to be able to remove a bunch of Asus and Zen bloatware that provides a near stock Android experience that boasts speed through whatever you might want to use this phone for.
Coming with Android Oreo out-of-the-box, expect clean and simple experience all throughout with some minor tweaks like being able to mask icons with your desired icon pack from the stock launcher itself. Nifty.
The fingerprint scan is fast and can recognize about 9 out of 10 tries on a regular basis. Just make sure you fingers are dry when doing so. Sweaty tips will lead to about 4 out of 10 tries in opening the phone through this feature.
A face scan is also available as an unlock feature though the process is only via 2D image reproduction that will require just the right amount of light. Expect to skip on this feature in the dark, however or those in lowlight scenarios.
That is, as much as the Snapdragon 430 can muster with the 4GB of RAM.
Overall daily tests went by without a hitch for casual and regularly used apps. It’s not as fluid as flagship devices which is understandable considering what you’re getting.
The 5Q will be able to support 2 SIM cards as well as a separate slot for microSD card up to 2TB of memory; considering the largest available to date is at 512GB.
It will still be the microUSB for charging, unfortunately, powering the 3,300mAh battery that got a decent 4-5 hours of screen on time or longer with frugal usage at about 6-7 hours.
Both the rear and front facing cameras sport a main camera paired with a wide-angle lens right beside it for creative shots as well as to include more of your friends into the frame.
The rear cameras work well in dimly lit areas with some noise creeping in to the frame. The lower spec’d wide angle camera will do a lot worse in the same scenario. The Pro mode will aid in this department but very steady hands or a tripod will be required to make shots work.
The same goes for the front facing cameras. Effects will change, however, as the software often touches up on selfies and wefies and will need turning off coming out of the box.
It’s mostly a standard Asus affair with decent specs overall for a reasonable price as we are all used to by now.
If camera is a main focus for you then the Asus Zenfone 5Q is a great choice for Php16,995 or $320 USD specially for those under a budget. The 5Q will come in Midnight Black, Rouge Red, Moonlight White
What do you think of the Zenfone 5Q?
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ASUS ZenFone 5Q (ZC600KL) specs, price, availability, Philippines:
|ASUS ZENFONE 5Q|
|Operating System||Android 8.0 Oreo
|Display||6-inch FHD+ IPS
2160 x 1080 resolution
18:9 aspect ratio
|Processor||2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 octa-core|
|Video Card||Adreno 508|
expandable via microSD up to 2TB
|Front Camera||20-megapixel (f/2.0)+
8-megapixel (120-degree wide-angle)
|Rear Camera||16-megapixel (f/2.2) +
8-megapixel (120-degree wide-angle)
WiFI 802.11 ac, dual-band
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
|Dimensions||160.52 x 76.06 x 7.75mm|
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