At the Mobile World Congress this year, ASUS introduced its first 2018 flagship smartphone, the ZenFone 5Z. Featuring an iPhone X-style notch, the ZenFone 5Z recently started shipping and is currently available only in a select few markets. India could soon join the list of countries where the ZenFone 5z is available. Leading India e-commerce player, Flipkart has started teasing the launch of the handset in India, which basically confirms it is going to be the exclusive online retail partner for the ZenFone 5z in the country.
ZenFone 5Z: India Launch Set for Tomorrow
According to the teaser page on Flipkart, the ASUS ZenFone 5Z will be launched in India tomorrow, i.e. June 26th at 8:45 PM. The 8:45 PM time clearly hints at the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, which runs under the hood of the ZenFone 5z.
ZenFone 5Z: Expected Price in India
In Europe, where the ZenFone 5Z went on sale recently, the smartphone is priced lower than the OnePlus 6, making it the most affordable Snapdragon 845-powered flagship smartphone. While we cannot be sure about the handset’s pricing in India, we expect it to be priced competitively against rivals like the OnePlus 6 and the Honor 10. While the OnePlus 6 starts at Rs.34,999 in India, the Honor 10 is priced at Rs.32,999. The ‘flagship redefined’ tagline on the teaser page does give us hope that the ZenFone 5Z will indeed be aggressively priced in India. ASUS managed to surprise everyone with the pricing of the ZenFone Max Pro M1, so we are expecting something very similar with the ZenFone 5Z.
ZenFone 5Z: Specifications, Features
The ASUS ZenFone 5Z features a 6.2-inch IPS LCD display with 1080 x 2246 resolution Full HD+ display and an 18.7:9 aspect ratio with a notch at the top. Protecting the display is a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass, although the company hasn’t specified the exact version. Powering the ZenFone 5Z is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor clocked at 2.7 GHz with an Adreno 630 GPU. In terms of memory, the smartphone comes in 6GB and 8GB RAM variants with up to 256GB of onboard storage. The flagship smartphone does support memory expansion, although it uses a Hybrid Dual-SIM slot configuration instead of triple slots.
At the rear is a 12MP + 8MP dual-camera setup with phase-detection autofocus and 4K video capture support. The primary sensor is coupled with an f/1.8 aperture lens, while the secondary lens has been coupled with an f/2.0 aperture. For selfies and video calls, the ZenFone 5Z has an 8MP selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture and 1.12um pixel size.
Connectivity features include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, NFC, FM radio, USB Type-C port, and 4G VoLTE. The fingerprint sensor on the ZenFone 5Z is mounted on the back, just like most other ASUS smartphones. Keeping the lights on is a 3300mAh capacity non-removable battery with 18W fast charging support. The ASUS ZenFone 5Z also comes with dual speakers, Hi-Fi audio, and DTS Headphone X. In terms of dimensions, the flagship ASUS smartphone measures 153 x 75.7 x 7.9mm and weighs in at 155 grams. As far as the software is concerned, the ZenFone 5Z will ship with the Android 8.0 Oreo-based ZenUI 5.0 out of the box. It comes in just two colors – Midnight Blue and Meteor Silver.