Performance & Gaming

When it comes to performance, it’s a funny thing. It has the same chipset as the ZenFone Max Pro (M1) that we reviewed here, but comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Let’s first talk about its core specs.

  • 6.2-inch 19:9 aspect ratio IPS LCD display with 2246×1080 resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset with 14nm FinFET technology
    • 4x 1.6GHz Kryo 260 LP + 4x 1.8GHz Kryo 26 HP
  • Adreno 509 GPU
    • 96 ALUs
  • 4GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • 64GB storage
  • 3,400mAh battery

ASUS has really put a lot of effort in improving the software side of things when it comes to gaming optimizations. Bringing down the notifications panel reveals a brand new button called “AI Boost”.

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ASUS ZenFone 5 AI Boost notification panel

ASUS is really trying hard to make everything intelligent here, but does the AI Boost really work? Let’s take a look at the charts.

Review - ASUS ZenFone 5: New Phone, New Tech, Much Lower Price 1 ASUS ZenFone 5 3DMark benchmark ASUS ZenFone 5 Antutu benchmark

Clearly, the AI Boost works. By comparing the ZenFone 5 itself with and without AI Boost, a clear distinction can be seen. There’s also a big leap when it comes to CPU performance but not so much in terms of 3D graphics as shown in 3DMark benchmark.

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1) and ZenFone 5 Antutu CPU and GPU difference

In terms of gaming performance, it’s very similar if not identical to the ZenFone Max Pro (M1), as I can play Honkai Impact 3 with the same graphic settings. Everything is turned on and at 60FPS, but with the resolution at medium. It ran at or close to 60FPS with no stuttering at all. Great job.

Other games such as Injustice 2, Tekken, and Transformers: Forged To Fight ran smoothly with zero hiccups.

Turning on AI Boost for Honkai Impact 3 yields no difference, in case you’re wondering.


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