The dual-SIM (Nano) Asus ZenFone 5Z runs ZenUI 5.0 on top of Android 8.0 Oreo, and sports a 6.2-inch full-HD+ (1080x2246 pixels) LCD display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. With so many different aspect ratios prevalent in the market, it will become harder for content creators to cater to everyone's needs. Asus seems poised to take on OnePlus and we therefore expect them to undercut OnePlus prices by a significant margin, making it one of the cheapest Snapdragon 845 phones around. The flagship chipset is coupled with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM.
ASUS is selling the ZenFone 5Z in two color options - Midnight Blue and Meteor Silver - and the base variant with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage will be available for ₹29,999 ($440), and a version with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage will retail for ₹32,999 ($480).
Furthermore, the higher-end models of the Zenfone 5Z with 8GB RAM+128GB storage and 8GB RAM+256GB storage will cost Rs. 32,999, and Rs. 36,999, respectively. The onboard storage will be expandable up to 2TB via a microSD card which will use up the second SIM slot.
Additionally, there are face unlock, rear fingerprint sensor and the integrated NFC features in the smartphone.
The company is also including Hi-Res Audio earphones within the package.
Asus Zenfone 5Z goes on sale from July 9 on Flipkart, which is the exclusive e-commerce partner for the same. The phone sports a 12MP primary shooter on the rear with f/1.8 aperture, dual-pixel PDAF, Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS) and Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS). While we've reviewed the OnePlus 6 in our office, we can vouch for its competitiveness and worthiness for the price, but the latest leaked pricing of the Zenfone 5Z could force us to revisit our recommendation. On the front, there's an 8MP snapper with f/2.0 aperture and 84-degree Field of View lens.
Asus is touting the cameras on the Zenfone 5Z a lot. In fact, it will be cheaper than the OnePlus 6 and the Honor 10 base variants.
Reliance Jio is also offering Rs. 2200 cashback and 100GB of additional data on the purchase of Asus Zenfone 5z flagship smartphone.