Asus Zenfone 5 Review – Perfect Premium Smartphone for the Budget Conscious

By Daniel Gubalane on Aug 07, 2014

If you’re looking for a premium smartphone from a trusted brand at an affordable price – pick the Intel powered Asus Zenfone 5 for ₱6,495.

After unboxing the Zenfone 5, I was immediately amazed by the build quality, unique user interface and smooth operation. However, there are also a few issues with the Asus Zenfone 5.

Asus Zenfone 5 comes with two micro SIM slots both with 3G connectivity. However, mobile internet speed heavily relies on your location. While in the city, I was able to download a 50MB file in 10 minutes but it’s another story at home.

Wi-Fi connection is fast and reliable as well as Bluetooth. I had a problem with the GPS though with the Zenfone 5 taking too long to pin point my exact location.

Zenfone 5 has Miracast wireless display but I haven’t tested this feature yet. It also has the Asus PC Link app which mirrors your phone’s display on a computer screen via a microUSB connection.

USB OTG isn’t supported yet but the upcoming Android 4.4 Kitkat update is said to have this feature

Asus Zenfone 5 Battery Life and After Sales Support

One feature of the Asus Zenfone 5 that might become its weakest point is the battery. The 2,100mAh non-removable Lithium-Polymer battery gave the Zenfone 5 an average uptime of 15 hours and 24 minutes.

Playing hard-core games shortens the battery life to just  little more than 5 hours. Watching movies results in 7-8 hours of uptime while using Wi-Fi or 3G and GPS at the same time gives 6-7 hours of battery life.

Asus Zenfone 5 Battery
Non-removable battery of the Zenfone 5.

When I leave the Zenfone 5 mostly idle though, it can stay without a re-charge for 18 to more than 20 hours. That’s sending texts, making occasional calls and snapping a few pictures.

Re-charging the Zenfone 5’s battery from zero percent to full capacity took an average time of 2 hours and 20 minutes.

It’s also worth noting that Asus has a very good support for the Zenfone 5. My unit already received several software updates to fix reported bugs and add new features.

I’m also confident that they’ll be able to fix any problematic Asus Zenfone 5 in the different Asus service centers throughout the country.

Asus Zenfone 5 Review Summary

Let’s first look at the specs of the Asus Zenfone 5:

  • 1.6GHz Dual Core Intel Atom Z2560 Processor
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS with Kitkat Update
  • Zen UI User Interface
  • 5.0-Inch HD IPS Display (720 x 1280 Pixels, 294 PPI)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Scratch Resistance
  • PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU
  • 8.0 Megapixel Autofocus Main Camera with LED Flash
  • 2.0 Megapixel Front Camera
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 8GB Internal Storage
  • Expandable up to 64GB via MicroSD
  • Dual SIM (Micro + Micro)
  • 3G HSPA+, 2G EDGE and GPRS Networks
  • Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
  • GPS with GLONASS and A-GPS
  • FM Radio
  • Micro USB
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyro
  • Proximity Sensor
  • E-Compass
  • 148.2 x 72.8 x 10.3 mm @ 145 grams
  • 2,110mAh Li-Po Battery (Non-removable)
  • ₱6,495.00 Official Suggested Retail Price

The Asus Zenfone 5 is a great choice for an affordable smartphone at ₱6,500 with these features and a trusted brand.

Asus Zenfone 5 Quick Settings
Asus Zenfone 5 Quick Settings

Pros:

  • Good design and build quality
  • Great user interface with the ZenUI
  • Very Smooth Performance
  • High quality pictures even in low light
  • Great after sales support

Cons:

  • Average battery life
  • Few design issues
  • Limited supply

Verdict: Pinoy Techno Guide highly recommends the Asus Zenfone 5.