Intro

This is the ASUS ZenFone 5 – not the ZenFone 5 back in 2014 that has Intel chipsets. With change of naming scheme from screen size to numerical increments for each generation after the first generation, it’s bound to go back to ZenFone 5 once again – and it’s happening here, today. ASUS even acknowledges this by making a hashtag #BackTo5 for its launch event at MWC2018.

All jokes aside – is the all-new ZenFone 5 worthy to take on the helm of what the ZenFone has built upon and known for? Let’s find out in this in-depth review.

In conjunction of the launch of the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1) on the same day, check out that review as well!

Unboxing

So here’s the thing – with every generation of ZenFone thus far, ASUS has redesigned how the box looks. ZenFone 2 was an ambitious one that had everything printed in landscape view. ZenFone 3 and the ZenFone 3 Zoom on the other hand, went for a classy look with a black box with the logos and texts debossed in gold. ZenFone 4 saw 2 different colors, but was generally the same style with debossed logo and texts.

ASUS ZenFone 5

As for the latest ZenFone 5, ASUS continued the same trend – debossed logo. This time, instead of gold color, ASUS chose to stick with a strictly blue hue throughout the box. For some reason, the box feels really heavy compared to other phones.

Here’s a short unboxing video that we have to show off the new, beautiful box that holds the beautiful ZenFone 5.

As for the contents, it’s the same as many other smartphones in the market – a charger, USB-C cable, and earphones with a 3 different sizes. The earphones that came with the ZenFone 5 is actually a ZenEar Pro that is certified for High-Res Audio.

ASUS included one extra – and that’s a TPU case. It shares the same dimpled insides like its Max brethren, the ZenFone Max Pro (M1).

ASUS ZenFone 5

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REVIEW OVERVIEW
Packaging
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Software
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Connectivity and ports
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Screen
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Specifications
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Camera
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Battery
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Value
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