This is the second part of our review series on ASUS’ newest flagship class handset – the Zenfone 5Z. In the first part of this series, you read about the design aspects of the phone. The same article also gave you an idea as to what can be expected as far as the software on the device is concerned. As evident from the title of this article, we will talk about the display and the build quality of the handset in detail in this one.
ASUS Zenfone 5Z: Build quality
Like previous ASUS smartphones, the Zenfone 5Z has sturdy build quality and feels like something that is built to last. The glass-clad rear panel, however, seems to be the only weak link as it is susceptible to cracking and damage if you are not careful. Thankfully, ASUS does ship the phone with a rubber case. But I would suggest that you invest in a sturdier case just to be on the safer side. While the overall build quality and in-hand feel of the phone in excellent, what bothered me a bit was the sharp edges of the glass panel at the front. These edges were a bit too sharp for my liking and I would have preferred them to have curved gently. That said, when you use the phone with the supplied rubber case, you will not experience this issue since the sharp edges remain covered.
AMOLED Experience on an IPS Display
The display on the handset measures 6.28-inches across and typical of smartphones in its price range has a resolution of 2246 x 1080 pixels. The 19:9 aspect ratio of the display ensures that the device has a screen to body ratio of 90%. The display is an IPS LCD panel that supports DCI-P3 colour space and uses a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass for screen protection. The panel on the Zenfone 5z is among the better IPS LCD displays that I have used with extremely good blacks for an LCD panel. Primary colours look saturated and pop out giving it an AMOLED feel. Thanks to the ongoing monsoon, I could not check how the display fares in direct sunlight but with 550 nits of brightness, sunlight legibility shouldn’t be too bad. In case you do not like having the notch at the top, you can turn it off completely from within the display settings. If there is one thing about the display that I could nitpick about, it was the lack of always on display. This was, however, expected since this is an IPS LCD panel.
You can also customize the colour mode on the device. The options you get include Wide Color Gamut, the Standard Color mode, and a customized setting that lets you manually adjust the hue and saturation levels. You can, in all modes, change the colour temperature values. Expectedly, the phone gets a blue light filter that should be useful for folks who read a lot late into the night. Unless you prefer warmer colour tones, turn the auto colour mode off and reset the colour temperature settings for best results. If you prefer an AMOLED-like display experience, use the Wide Colour Gamut mode.
Now that we have talked about the display, our second article on the ASUS Zenfone 5Z is now complete. In the next article, we take a detailed look at the camera of the phone.