ASUS has just launched its ZenFone 5 and Max Pro Android smartphones, both promising to provide consumers with choices that have good performance and value.
First showcased in this year’s Mobile World Congress, the ZenFone 5 comes with a 6.2-inch body revealed to house an AI aided dual rear camera. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset and a Sony IMX363 sensor for its main rear camera, the ZenFone 5 combines capable performance with excellent photo-taking quality. It has ultra-thin bezels and a display with a notch, as well as support for DCI-P3 colour space and Hi-Res Audio.
Besides the Sony IMX363 sensor, the rear also has a wide-angle secondary camera that’s great for landscapes. More importantly, the ZenFone 5’s many AI-related features will help casual photographers get better pictures on the phone. Of course, the Pro mode is retained, providing users with finer controls over the camera and capability of shooting in RAW. With a score of 93 awarded by DxOMark, it’s easily one of the best camera phones you can get at its price range.
Those who are fine with something a bit more modest, but still has great camera capabilities, should consider the ZenFone Max Pro. This smartphone has similar features to the ZenFone 5, but really excels in the battery department. To put it in simple words, you can expect amazing bang-for-buck when it comes to the Max Pro.
Built solid with a metal body, the Max Pro is also a slim device with a nearly no bezels on its display. This model has a 6-inch (1080 x 2160 resolution) 18:9 display, with high brightness levels (450 cd/m2), contrast ratio (1500:1) and 85% NTSC colour gamut.
Its camera system is also impressive, with a dual-rear camera comprising of a 16MP main camera and a Bokeh depth sensor. The front camera also has 16MP and both sides have a Softlight LED flash, so that low-light shots look better.
On top of that, it’s a rare device that’s using a completely stock Android 8.1 OS, which combines with its humongous 5,000 mAh battery for amazing battery stamina. This translates to 42 hours of 3G talk time, 28 hours of web browsing, 20 hours of YouTube videos, and up to 45 rounds of Mobile Legends – a popular mobile online game.
Those who are interested would be thrilled to find out that the ZenFone 5 costs a modest price of RM1,299 (4GB RAM, 64GB storage). The ZenFone Max Pro comes in three variants that are each priced at RM999 (6GB RAM, 64GB storage), RM849 (4GB RAM, 64GB storage), and RM699 (3GB RAM, 32GB storage), respectively.