Here is Asus Zenfone 5z review. This handset competes with the Flagship killer the OnePlus 6. This review covers the handset performance, gaming, camera quality with samples and battery life. No doubt the 5Z is competing with the OnePlus 6, but does the features and the price make it a better option?

Build and finishing is really good, glass on the back and on the front does give the Asus Zenfone 5Z a premium look, feels good to hold too, but also makes it a bit slippery. There is hybrid slot you can use a micro SD card if need be.

Weight is 165 grams and thickness is 7.7mm. The 6.2 inch screen, a Super IPS display with 2246 x 1080 pixels looks great, quality is really good plus screen comes with Gorilla Glass Protection. Along with auto brightness there is also auto color temperature option that will adjust the color based on the ambience.

Inside the hood the Zenfone 5Z is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa core processor coupled with Adreno 630 GPU plus this one comes with AI Boost. As for RAM ROM the basic version starts with 6GB/64GB. Zenfone 5Z supports dual VoLTE.

zenfone 5z review

Coming to the camera there is 12MP + 8MP dual cameras on the back these are SONY IMX363 – 12MP and another 8MP wide angle lens. Front camera is 8MP. Rear camera aperture is f/1.8 and front camera is 2.0.

Handset can shoot 4K videos at 60fps, there is OIS and EIS for stable video shots and they work really well. You can also record slow motion videos at 240 fps in 1080p or in 720p resolution. The camera also makes use of AI, it can automatically detect the scene and adjust the camera settings accordingly. Both front and rear cameras can shoot in Bokeh mode.

Camera quality is awesome, looks great on the handset screen and on PC too. Edge detection is pretty good, impressive. There is 3 axis EIS for rear camera and there is also ZeniMoji Live Emoji option. You can shoot in Wide angle using front as well rear camera. To check the samples watch the video at the end.

Asus zenfone 5z

There are dual speakers (5 Magnet with dual NXP smart Amp). The notch on the screen if you don’t like you can hide it. There is LED notification, OTG is supported. Plus you also get face unlock and finger print unlock.

Battery performance is also pretty good as per premium smartphone standards, you get 1 day of battery life. It took me 1 hour 30 minutes to charge from 9% to 100%. Heatup is under control and this handset can play high end games with ease.

I got a score of 268K on Antutu. So this handset for the price and features will give a tough competition  to the OnePlus 6. As for which handset is better and which handset as better camera you will need to wait for the comparison video.

You can buy the Asus Zenfone 5Z from Flipkart from 9th for Rs. 29,999 plus get Rs. 3000 additional discount if you use ICICI bank credit or debit card.

Asus Zenfone 5Z Camera samples

 

Published by Gogi Rana

Founder and Chief Editor - gogi.in

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    1. I will suggest go to cheaper option Poco F1. In network connectivity and stability it thrashes 5z so badly that 5z looks below 5 k device. In camera also for normal user Poco is far superior in terms of ease and clarity. Asus 5z a phone to be avoided specially for very unstable and low class software for network. I call my Asus 5z beauty bar may come handy in self defense from rouge elements by cracking coconut ,:)

  1. Hi Gogi bro,

    I just got this device today. The whole display has yellowish tint. The screen color is not white. I even checked the splendid app and everything is set to default. Please let me know what I should do

    1. @gogi and every one else please check whether you also have same issue after July Ota update. Latest one

      1. Rajeev, can you please turn off auto brightness and check again? I’ve ordered it but cancelled it after reading your review.i hate yellow tint.

  2. Hi Gogi bro,

    I just got this device today. The whole display has yellowish tint. The screen color is not white. I even checked the splendid app and everything is set to default. Please let me know what I should do

    1. @gogi and every one else please check whether you also have same issue after July Ota update. Latest one

      1. Rajeev, can you please turn off auto brightness and check again? I’ve ordered it but cancelled it after reading your review.i hate yellow tint.

  3. Onepplus 6 or Asus zenfone 5Z? Confused gogi ji? Brand wise fan of OP but cost and features 5Z is better, can’t decide. Plz help.

  4. Onepplus 6 or Asus zenfone 5Z? Confused gogi ji? Brand wise fan of OP but cost and features 5Z is better, can’t decide. Plz help.

  5. I’m struggling to take selfie comfortable on this phone, since it’s 6.2 inches, I expect Asus will support selfie snaps using finger print sensor, but this feature is not yet enabled in this phone
    Gogi, Any thoughts on this

  6. I’m struggling to take selfie comfortable on this phone, since it’s 6.2 inches, I expect Asus will support selfie snaps using finger print sensor, but this feature is not yet enabled in this phone
    Gogi, Any thoughts on this

  7. Bought this today mainly because it advertised that it was capable of taking RAW format photos but it doesn’t but it boldly advertised that it does. I think this is almost criminal because this ability to take Raw photos is important to many serious photographers. The rest of the photo is ok but it’s online services like web storage and support is horrible. It lacks the finesse and class of other phones and their services like those from Apple or Google.

    1. RAW support will be available after Asus rolls out an camera update in few weeks. it’s not available right now.

  8. Bought this today mainly because it advertised that it was capable of taking RAW format photos but it doesn’t but it boldly advertised that it does. I think this is almost criminal because this ability to take Raw photos is important to many serious photographers. The rest of the photo is ok but it’s online services like web storage and support is horrible. It lacks the finesse and class of other phones and their services like those from Apple or Google.

    1. RAW support will be available after Asus rolls out an camera update in few weeks. it’s not available right now.

  9. Gogi bro, battery performance is not in detail, like during gaming how much battery dropped in that particular time period etc.

    ? please don’t ignore, i do value your this part of review too.

    Regards.

    (we love you bro)

  10. Gogi bro, battery performance is not in detail, like during gaming how much battery dropped in that particular time period etc.

    👉 please don’t ignore, i do value your this part of review too.

    Regards.

    (we love you bro)

  11. Not much impressed with camera.
    But if battery charges in 1.5hr then its awesome. My Redmi Note 5 Pro is taking >3 hrs after Oreo update.

  12. Hi Gogi, what all sensors are present in this phone ? Does it have an IR for Infra Red Remote thing?

  13. Not much impressed with camera.
    But if battery charges in 1.5hr then its awesome. My Redmi Note 5 Pro is taking >3 hrs after Oreo update.

  14. Hi Gogi, what all sensors are present in this phone ? Does it have an IR for Infra Red Remote thing?

  15. I ordered the mobile on 9th ,but Flipkart had cancelled my order automatically ,send the message due to high demand we cancelled the order,very bad service from flipkart

  16. I ordered the mobile on 9th ,but Flipkart had cancelled my order automatically ,send the message due to high demand we cancelled the order,very bad service from flipkart

  17. See and compare the eighth image and the rest 9,10,11,12 images. Eighth image is bit dark. Doesn’t give the actual clarity. What do you say Gogi ji!

    1. looks like some images were shot in overcast condition…(rainy season). because of that it may have come out bit dark.

  18. Gogi sir,
    of topic question, which one is better Zaap Aqua Magnetoor Meizu EP52. Sir, u had reviewed Meizu EP52. Which is better, this one or Meizu EP52. As offer is going on gearbest pl.reply.
    Thanks.

  19. See and compare the eighth image and the rest 9,10,11,12 images. Eighth image is bit dark. Doesn’t give the actual clarity. What do you say Gogi ji!

    1. looks like some images were shot in overcast condition…(rainy season). because of that it may have come out bit dark.

  20. Gogi sir,
    of topic question, which one is better Zaap Aqua Magnetoor Meizu EP52. Sir, u had reviewed Meizu EP52. Which is better, this one or Meizu EP52. As offer is going on gearbest pl.reply.
    Thanks.

  21. Hi Gogi…how accurate is the face unlock, especially in the night? Does it have a dedicated IR sensor for face unlock in the night?

  22. Hi Gogi…how accurate is the face unlock, especially in the night? Does it have a dedicated IR sensor for face unlock in the night?

  23. but recently there are lot of issues in one plus 6
    camera, oil painted pics.
    and
    Gogi where are the sample pics of Asus 5Z.
    iam unable to see here.

    1. I will add, will be concentrating more on Youtube, also limiting the reviews size.

  24. One plus 6 is better .I don’t think people have 30k budget will go for asus over one plus 6.
    Honestly I am a asus ZenFone 3 user . There is goldish rounds appeared on my mobile screen after 3 months which is quite annoying I feel. My friend is also facing service issues with ASUS ZenFone.
    So personally I won’t support asus.

    1. I’m using the Zenfone 3 since August 2017. I haven’t faced a single issue so far. And the rear camera takes awesome pictures. A very reliable phone. I’ll go for any Zenfone model by Asus any day. I’ll never choose any other brand. Except Blackberry, for the physical keyboard.

    2. bro.. brand value wise oneplus is nowhere nearer to Asus.. i have used Asus zenfone 5
      ( old one ) for around 3 years ( switched to infinix zero 5 four months back ) & still using it as
      secondary one. up to last year Asus’s pricing strategy was disappoing. but now with max pro m1 & 5z Asus gonna hit d market by storm for sure. if i have 30000 , i will definetley go with Asus 5Z instead of oneplus & honor 10. Reviews r saying that audio quality is also awesome in the 5Z over other in dis price segment. (even we have to spend 6000 more for oneplus )

    3. I m proud owner of Zenfone 3 64gb variant. All I can Say is Asus Phones make their owners Satisfied. As for Service Centre got my issue solved with in 48 hrs. Guarantee Oneplus service is worst than Asus. Hope this helps you.

    4. Asus is more premium. My Zenphone 5 still going great since almost 4 years. Bought 3s Max 6 months back, it’s also flawless.

  25. but recently there are lot of issues in one plus 6
    camera, oil painted pics.
    and
    Gogi where are the sample pics of Asus 5Z.
    iam unable to see here.

    1. I will add, will be concentrating more on Youtube, also limiting the reviews size.

  26. One plus 6 is better .I don’t think people have 30k budget will go for asus over one plus 6.
    Honestly I am a asus ZenFone 3 user . There is goldish rounds appeared on my mobile screen after 3 months which is quite annoying I feel. My friend is also facing service issues with ASUS ZenFone.
    So personally I won’t support asus.

    1. I’m using the Zenfone 3 since August 2017. I haven’t faced a single issue so far. And the rear camera takes awesome pictures. A very reliable phone. I’ll go for any Zenfone model by Asus any day. I’ll never choose any other brand. Except Blackberry, for the physical keyboard.

    2. bro.. brand value wise oneplus is nowhere nearer to Asus.. i have used Asus zenfone 5
      ( old one ) for around 3 years ( switched to infinix zero 5 four months back ) & still using it as
      secondary one. up to last year Asus’s pricing strategy was disappoing. but now with max pro m1 & 5z Asus gonna hit d market by storm for sure. if i have 30000 , i will definetley go with Asus 5Z instead of oneplus & honor 10. Reviews r saying that audio quality is also awesome in the 5Z over other in dis price segment. (even we have to spend 6000 more for oneplus )

    3. I m proud owner of Zenfone 3 64gb variant. All I can Say is Asus Phones make their owners Satisfied. As for Service Centre got my issue solved with in 48 hrs. Guarantee Oneplus service is worst than Asus. Hope this helps you.

    4. Asus is more premium. My Zenphone 5 still going great since almost 4 years. Bought 3s Max 6 months back, it’s also flawless.

  27. Hello Gogi, what all applications are user removable or in other words how much hard-coded bloatware is preinstalled please.

  28. Hope camera is better than one plus 6. atleast in mid range flagship phone we have option for not using Chinese phone. please buy asus zenphone 5z over one plus 6. please not buy Chinese phone.

    1. Even Asus is half Chinese. Many countries don’t recognize Taiwan as separate country.

  29. Does this handset supports native video calling through Jio sim(from dialer)?

  30. Can we change home buttons layout & what about double tab to on/off function?

  31. No mention of SAR, gorilla glass and also screen ontime and as per company no where mentioned regarding water proof..

    1. SAR value not mentioned in review its 1.29 head and for screen on time, my test results are based on usage with screen on. Screen on time is a useless parameter, as it does not count when screen not in use, like when you are listing to music and in call. As for waterproof no it is not and Gorilla glass search or read this article.

  32. Hello Gogi, what all applications are user removable or in other words how much hard-coded bloatware is preinstalled please.

  33. Hope camera is better than one plus 6. atleast in mid range flagship phone we have option for not using Chinese phone. please buy asus zenphone 5z over one plus 6. please not buy Chinese phone.

    1. Even Asus is half Chinese. Many countries don’t recognize Taiwan as separate country.

  34. Can we change home buttons layout & what about double tab to on/off function?

  35. No mention of SAR, gorilla glass and also screen ontime and as per company no where mentioned regarding water proof..

    1. SAR value not mentioned in review its 1.29 head and for screen on time, my test results are based on usage with screen on. Screen on time is a useless parameter, as it does not count when screen not in use, like when you are listing to music and in call. As for waterproof no it is not and Gorilla glass search or read this article.