Connectivity & Ports
ASUS has learned their lesson. For some reason, the ZenFone 4 series didn’t have AC-WiFi. I mean, for someone like me, I want to transfer large files via WiFi. Especially pictures. That’s where the 802.11ac WiFi comes in to the rescue. It’s not big of a deal to wait a little longer for the transfer, but it surely is something nice to have.
And hey – it has NFC too! We thought ASUS has forgotten about it!
Speaking of which, the ZenFone 5 comes with the usual SIM1 + combo slot. I’m guessing that ASUS wants the dedicated triple slots to be a ZenFone Max exclusive feature.
Instead of having a notification that it’s connected with an aptX-compatible wireless audio device like its predecessor, a notification appears in ZenUI 5.0. However, I can’t see what’s the battery level of my Bluetooth earphone as compared to the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1) which has the pure Android 8.1 Oreo experience.
For physical ports, the ASUS ZenFone 5 has a 3.5mm audio jack, a USB-C and a loudspeaker. Standard array of ports thus far but it has triple microphones. Yes – triple.
The standard microphone setup is one at the bottom and another one at the top. There is a benefit in having triple microphones – and that’s to further cut the environmental noise down and capture your sound better.
Keep in mind that this microphone setup is not meant to record stereo audio. The only one microphone that records voice is at the bottom, beside the USB-C port.
As for the speakers, ASUS also has another not-so-new trick up its sleeve. The earpiece functions as a loudspeaker as well – thus the ASUS Zenfone 5 technically has stereo speakers. The earpiece speaker is optimized for mids and highs. The bottom speaker is more towards the lows, but it can do lows, mids, and highs as well. More on this later on the software part.
There’s also something called AI Ringtone where it automatically adjusts the ringtone volume according to the environment noise level. Very cool feature to have.