As usual with the budget flagship phone, there is always give and take, but this one are getting almost everything, just minus the stock camera apps quality, which is not flagship worthy compared to Samsung, Sony, LG, Huawei and HTC, which always have reputation to have best camera in the market. The problem is it's stock camera apps issue. Image quality significantly improved by using a proper Google Camera apps. (The GCam for S9+ can be installed on this phone)
The phone performance wise, it is phenomenal, given the SD845 SoC, everything just fast. It's ZenUI has been streamlined, not much bloat apps, everything just as functional.
128GB Kingston Micro SD card works without any issue. 3.5mm jack is there, it's supplied earphone is very good. It also has very good loud stereo speaker, great LCD screen despite not AMOLED, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, OTG, battery can last for 1 full day. Glass build quality is very good, but extra back and screen cover are always recommended protection.
VOLTE definitely no issue, 4G+ are supported. Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 definitely is sufficient.
The minor issue would be no IP rating, no support for type C to HDMI, no wireless charging, I know I am asking too much at this price, even the much more expensive Oneplus 6 doesn't even has these feature either.
For the given price, this is the most bang for bucks Android smartphone, definitely beat Oneplus 6 sold in my country (I don't know why the 128GB Oneplus 6 sold so much more expensive than this phone), and also beat Xiaomi Mi8, despite Mi8 sold a bit cheaper with 64GB, this ASUS priced close to 64GB Mi8 price with 128GB version. This is definitely the true flagship killer of the year.
As always, not every smartphone are people's cup of tea. Oneplus, Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony, Huawei, Google, OPPO, Vivo user will defend their choice. But this one definitely is the flagship worth buying, where finally at this launching price, Micro SD slot, good stereo speaker, OIS camera and FM radio are present.
Vonarian, 19 Aug 2018I'm gonna laugh about what did you say :))I won't laugh at what he said.
This is where the personal preference come in, and also the most important, manufacturer pushed spec and publicity.
Remember the 1st iPhone, everybody is condemning the non-removable battery, and non-Micro SD slot, and also the small 3.5", that slowly increased to what the size of minimum phone screen of today, and look at what of today manufacturer trend?
I would admit not everything manufacturer introduced are beneficial for consumer, but we only can just follow the trend, despite it is not useful. Sad truth right? We are not manufacturer.
Vonarian, 19 Aug 2018Hi bro. 1. w8 for more updates. 2. Wipe partition Cache. 3. reset factory.Did factory reset twice bro, but the problem still persists. :(
DrKrishna, 18 Aug 2018Facing an issue with recent apps which shows empty display always. any solution?Hi bro.
1. w8 for more updates.
2. Wipe partition Cache.
3. reset factory.
Facing an issue with recent apps which shows empty display always. any solution?
Javed Khan , 06 Aug 2018I received a system update of 54MB in my Zenfone 5Z a week back and my recent apps button just... moreI've got the same problem after the update. I factory reset once which fixed the issue. The phone updated by itself and the issue is back. I'm also curious how to fix it.
I think Xiaomi mix is better because it is rectangle. All new phones are more round which is lower functionality and quality.
Onodera Kosaki, 17 Aug 2018Can u give the link , i use gcam b4 but it was inferior to the stock 1https://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-s9-plus/themes/gcam-port-galaxy-s9-s9-t3763849/amp/
Because this Zenfone 5z doesn't enabling the Camera2Api, thus Gcam port won't work, it just use the default camera settings to capture image, which doesn't improve anything at all.
With this Gcam port, you can test capture the same scene using stock camera and Gcam apps, you will noticed the image detail is much better.
Can u give the link , i use gcam b4 but it was inferior to the stock 1
Finally found a working Google Camera port that works without issue. It is the S9+ Gcam, which can works without the needs to root and unlock bootloader.
Can search this version and download the apk to install.
Previously I tried, only the Arnova V6 works, where really is HDR+ process going on, but got white balance issue, resulting in wrong white balance color.
The Google Cam apps improve the low light camera peeformance and normal camera significantly.
Still, I believe the camera hardware for Zenfone 5z is very capable, but need proper camera apps for improving it's quality.
I know it is tedious, maybe in near future ASUS really can improve the stock camera apps for better image quality.
I have been using this for 2 weeks now.
Cpu: very fast. I run dolphin on a stable 30fps which previous flagship cant even do.
Screen: this is an lcd display but the wide color gamut makes the screen color on par with amoled display minus the black of course.
Speakers: pretty loud. You wont find any complains with the loud speakers. Headphone loudness volume is a little below average though.
Call quality: never had a drop call and very clear.
Bloatware: I wouldnt really say it as a bloatware because its pretty useful on my part (app mirror, webpage reader, AI, battery app). The only thing I consider bloatware is the zenemoji.
Charger: fast charging. 0-100 in less than 90 minutes.
Battery life: last me for a day with average 5-6 hours screen time.
Camera: main camera takes ok photos but subpar compare to other flagships. Wide angle is abysmal, grainy as hell. Dont buy 5z if camera is your priority.
DreamlineR, 07 Aug 2018The stock app for photo sucks..
Went around to take some shots today at Central Park..
Espec... moreYes, really, the stock camera apps sucks, but the Google Camera solve everything, resolve every lost detail especially in low light photography.
The camera itself is very capable, just the camera apps algorithm is not ok.
I am currently using with the Google Camera Arnova port, despite it just support legacy level, it's result image is just much better, almost as good as those high end smarthphone photo.
But that Super IPS Plus LCD has same quality and colors as OLED on OP6
and that 2.5D corning gorilla glass has same durability and strength as 5 version in OP6.
Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version) & IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen makes the price lesser than Oneplus 6..
Whasup... No review for this cheap and really good flagshipp gsmarena???
Some, 14 Aug 2018I don't know how to help you, but is this video call apps specific? (meaning Whatapps video ca... moreActually in 4G VOLTE enabled phones you can directly do a JIO Videocall without any software like whatsapp etc. you just dial the other JIO phone number and there should be an option - like your SIM1 or SIM2, similary, there should be VOICE CALL or VIDEO CALL. i have previously used ASUS ZENFONE MAX PRO M1, that had this feature. I am lacking that option here.