ASUS Zenfone 5 Series Launched
ASUS has unveiled its new ZenFone 5 Series at MWC 2018 in Barcelona and they are the first models to use the power of AI and screen displays with a 90% screen-to-body ratio.
The ZenFone 5Z is billed as a ‘next-generation’ 6.2-inch, dual-camera smartphone that comes with a Snapdragon 845 processor, featuring a 3rd Generation AI platform that includes the Hexagon 685 Vector DSP, Adreno 630 Graphics, and Kryo 385 CPU. ZenFone 5Z also has the Snapdragon X20 Gigabit LTE modem, promising speeds that surpass the gigabit barrier for a 'wireless fiber' experience, as well as integrated 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5 for ultra-low-power wireless earbuds. The ZenFone 5Z comes with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB ROM so, all in all, it’s a bit of a spec monster for the money (it starts at 479 euro). The Zenfone 5 has a Snapdragon 636, which is the major difference.
Both the ZenFone 5Z and ZenFone 5 feature intelligent dual-camera systems that ‘adapt and learn’, and are equipped with the Sony IMX363 sensor with large 1.4µm pixels, an f/1.8 wide-aperture lens,120° wide-angle secondary camera, four-axis optical image stabilization (OIS) and AI-enhanced camera features – including AI Scene Detection for 16 different scenes and objects, AI Photo Learning, Real-time Portrait and Real-time Beautification – ZenFone 5Z and ZenFone 5 encourage creativity and free the user to concentrate on the subject rather than the camera.
“We embarked on the ZenFone project four years ago with the idea to create empowering luxury for everyone to enjoy,” said Mr. Shen. “Today, the ZenFone 5 Series is the most intelligent ZenFone series ever, utilizing advanced AI algorithms and big-data analytics to provide users with a unique slate of intelligent camera, communication and convenience features.”
Joining Mr. Shen on-stage for the announcement, Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon commented, “We are excited to continue to work with ASUS to bring the latest advancements in mobile to consumers with the ZenFone 5 Series. Powered by powerful Snapdragon Mobile Platforms, ZenFone 5Z (Snapdragon 845 with the AIE) and ZenFone 5 (Snapdragon 636) will support superior user experiences that include dual cameras and artificial intelligence.”
In addition to the products unveiled on stage, the brand-new ZenFone Max (M1) smartphone and ASUS NovaGo always-connected laptop were also showcased in the demo area.
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