Asus, Zenfone 5z, review, hands-on, India, launch, price, specs
Asus Zenfone 5Z comes with vibrant and bright LCD panel.KVN Rohit/IBTimes India

Asus' latest phones—flagship Zenfone 5Z and the mid-range Zenfone Max Pro (M1)—are getting generous price cut in India but only for a limited time on Flipkart's Superr Sale.

The company is offering Rs 500 off on both -- 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage and 4 GB RAM + 64 GB  storage -- variants of the feature-rich Zenfone Max Pro (M1). This also comes with an additional 10 percent instant cash back on HDFC Bank debit/credit cards and EMI transactions. That's not all, users can now avail up to extra Rs 10,000 off in exchange for their old smartphone.

As far as ZenFone 5Z is concerned, consumers can bag an extra Rs 3,000 off via exchange offer and Rs 2000 off on select bank cards.

The Flipkart 'Superr Sale' is slated to go live on 25 August, however, Flipkart Plus members can avail early access starting at 9 PM on August 24.

Are Zenfone Max Pro M1 and the Zenfone 5Z worth buying?

The Zenfone Max Pro M1 and the Zenfone 5Z are two of the most cost-effective phones in the respective price segments in the Indian market.

I reviewed the two variants of the Zenfone Max Pro M1—4 GB RAM + 64 GB and 6 GB RAM + 64 GB— and are great mobile phones. I have to say that the latter has got a better camera hardware and it truly lives up to the expectations. Even the low-end storage model is really good for the price it commands. Except for the bump in the camera and the RAM capacity, everything else remains the same in both the models.

Asus, Zenfone Max Pro M1, launch, review,specs
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes with sound amplifier in the packageKVN Rohit/IBTimes India

For the uninitiated, Asus Zenfone Max Pro comes with a 5.99-inch full HD+ screen, pure Android Oreo, Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor, 3 GB/4 GB/6 GB RAM, 32 GB / 64 GB storage and a massive 5,000mAh battery. This is more than enough to keep the phone running for two days easily under regular usage.

As far as the camera is concerned, top-end Asus model houses advanced camera hardware: 16 MP +5 MP dual camera on the back and a 16 MP front snapper, when compared to generic models which come with 13 MP + 5 MP rear sensors and an 8 MP front shooter.

I had the chance to review the Zenfone 5Z and it impressed me a lot in terms of build quality, performance, battery life and the camera is also pretty good for its price.

It sports a 6.2-inch full HD + LCD screen on the front and premium blend of glass and metal on the back.

Under-the-hood, it comes packed with Snapdragon 845 octa-core, Qualcomm's most powerful and fastest processor to date and is backed by Adreno 630 graphics engine. It also has 4 GB / 6 GB / 8 GB RAM, 64 GB / 128 GB / 256 GB storage and a 3,300mAh battery, which is enough to keep the phone running for more than a day under regular usage. 

Asus Zenfone 5Z also boasts feature-rich 12 MP + 8 MP dual-camera with super 0.03-second Tri-tech autofocus, dual-tone LED flash and Artificial Intelligence(AI)-powered photography system with AI Scene Detection in 16 types. They are food, sky, green field, plant, ocean, sunset, snow, flower, stage, dog, cat, people, text, tripod, QR code, night view, AI photo learning for grouping albums, Real-time Portrait, real-time Beautification and more. Additionally, it boasts Pixel 3 Master system with Super Resolution (48 MP) image taking ability and more

On the front, it houses equally an impressive 8 MP sensor with F2.0 aperture, OV8856 sensor, 83-degree wide-angle lens, PixelMaster camera modes: Auto (with Night HDR and Portrait), Beauty, GIF, Animation, 8 various filters.

Key specifications of Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) and Zenfone 5z:


Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1)

Asus Zenfone 5z


5.99-inch full HD+ (2160x1080p) IPS screen with 2.5D (front) curved glass

  • 1500:1 contrast ratio
  • 85% NTSC color gamut
  • Brightness: 450 nits
  • Aspect ratio: 18:8 full view

6.2-inch full HD+ (24460x1080p) 2.5D curved glass super IPS+ LCD screen with Corning Glass protection, glove touch support

  • Brightness: 550 nits
  • Colour Gamut: 95.4% NTSC, DCI-PC 3
  • Contrast ratio: 1500:1
  • Aspect ratio: 19:9
  • Screen-to-body ratio: 90%
  • Blue-light filter for eye care
  • Auto Colour Temperature
  • Smart Screen On

Capacitive touch panel with 10 points multi-touch (supports glove touch)


Android Oreo 8.1 OS

Android Oreo with ZenUI 5.0 (guaranteed to get Android P)


64-bit class 14nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 octa-core

10nm class 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core with AI Boost


Adreno 509

Adreno 630



4GB/6GB/ 8GB


32GB/64GB (eMCP) + expandable up to 1TB via microSD card

64GB/128GB/256GB, + up to 2TB via microSD


  • Main: 13MP (1.12µm,  F2.2 aperture)+ 5MP dedicated Bokeh camera (1.12µm,  F2.4 aperture), phase detection autofocus, LED flash, HDR, 9 filters, 9 scenes, beauty, portrait mode, Bokeh mode, 4K video recording, full HD video recording (30/60 fps), HD (30 fps)
  • 6GB RAM model: 16MP+5MP
  • Front: 8MP (1.0µm/ F2.2 aperture) with soft light LED flash, Bokeh mode, HDR, 9 filters, 9 scenes, beauty, portrait mode
  • 6GB model: 16MP with F2.0 aperture, a dedicated soft LED flash for superior selfies in any lighting condition
  • Main dual-cameras: 12MP (with Sony IMX363 sensor, 1.4µm pixel size, F1.8 aperture, 0.03s Tri-Tech auto-focus/dual-Pixel, Phase Shift Auto Focus (PDAF), 4-axis OIS Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS),  Electrical Image Stabilisation (EIS), Pro mode with RAW support) + 8MP (with OV8856 sensor, 120-degree wide-angle lens and F2.2 aperture), dual-tone LED flash with AI Photography: AI Scene Detection in 16 types: food, sky, green field, plant, ocean, sunset, snow, flower, stage, dog, cat, people, text, tripod, QR code, night view, AI Photo Learning, Real-time Portrait, Real-time Beautification, Pixel 3 Master (main camera) modes: Auto (with Night HDR and Portrait), Beauty, Super Resolution (48MP), GIF Animation, Time Lapse (with power saving mode), 8 various filters
  • Front: 8MP sensor with F2.0 aperture, OV8856 sensor, 83-degree wide-angle lens, PixelMaster camera modes: Auto (with Night HDR and Portrait), Beauty, GIF, Animation, 8 various filters



5,000mAh with fast charging capability

  • Up to 35 days of 4G standby
  • Up to 42 hours of 3G talk time
  • Up to 12 hours of gaming
  • Up to 199 hours of music playback
  • Up to 28 hours of Wi-Fi web browsing

3,300mAh battery with Asus BoostMaster fast charging and AI-charging


4G-LTE (Cat. 4)

4G-LTE Cat 12


Dual-SIM slots + dedicated microSD card, fingerprint sensor, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), micro USB port, 5-magnet loudspeaker, dual microphones, 2nd gen NXP SMART amplifier, A-GPS, GLONASS

Rear fingerprint sensor (0.3 seconds unlock, supports 5 fingerprints), Face recognition,, Dual-SIM slots (Type hybrid: SIM-1 + SIM 2 or microSD card), Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi (with 802.11 ac with 2x2 MIMO-DL 866mbps), Near Field Communication (NFC), A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, ASUS ZenEar Pro Hi-Res earphone with microphone will be part of package, Type C USB port (v2.0). 3.5 mm audio jack port,


159.0 x 76.0 x 8.46 mm

153 × 75.65 × 7.85 mm





Black/ Gray

Midnight blue and Meteor Silver


  • 3GB RAM + 32GB storage: Rs 10,999
  • 4GB RAM + 64GB storage: Rs 12,999
  • 6GB RAM + 64GB storage: Rs 14,999
  • 6GB RAM +64GB storage: Rs 29,999
  • 6GB RAM + 128GB storage: Rs 32,999
  • 8GB RAM+256GB storage: Rs 36,999

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