The ASUS ZenFone 5 series made quite an impression at the 2018 Mobile World Congress back in February. Much of the hype was centered on how the ZenFone 5 ZE620KL gave the iPhone X-like experience at a fraction of the price. While not exactly accurate, it doesn't change that the ZenFone 5 ZE620KL and its accompanying line of phones are a fantastic set of products at a really competitive price. Now, the ZenFone 5 series has officially launched in the Philippines bringing the latest ASUS ZenFone 5 handsets to the local market.
The ZenFone 5 series was launched in the country at the One Esplanade in Pasay City. The phones launched at the event include the ZenFone 5 ZE620KL, the ZenFone Max (M1), the ZenFone 5Q ZC600KL, and the flagship ZenFone 5Z ZS620KL. ASUS is launching a promotion with the #BackTo5 hashtag and is a way of focusing the attention to the ZenFone 5 ZE620KL.
The vanilla ZenFone 5 ZE620KL is the front runner of the line and competes in the mid-range segment with the likes of the OPPO F7, the HUAWEI P20 Lite (nova 3e), and the Vivo V9. It sports a 6.2-inch notched display with a generous 83.62% screen-to-body ratio, and the curved glass display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass makes for easy holding. The resolution is FHD+ 2246 x 1080, which is on par for this segment. It's powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset, with options for 4GB to 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage, along with a 3,300mAh battery. It runs Android 8.0 Oreo.
The dual cameras on the rear are a 12-megapixel f/1.8 aperture main lens paired with an 8-megapixel f/2.0 wide angle lens. The cameras are quick to focus and take great, clean images, and it has AI support with the Snapdragon 636. The front camera on the notch is a simple 8-megapixel lens, unlike its rivals in this segment like the OPPO F7 and the Vivo V9 which focus on the selfies. The ZenFone 5 ZE620KL gives more attention to the rear camera and is the phone of choice for the generalist rather than those who are looking for a selfie-centric device.
It's a great option for those looking for a great-value mid-range smartphone, and is available in the country for PHP19,995. Those buying up until April 24 will also have PHP8,000 worth of freebies to go with it along with a raffle entry to win a Toyota Vios E AT.
ASUS ZenFone 5 ZE620KL Specifications
|Display Size||6.2 inches|
|Resolution||FHD+ 2246 x 1080 pixels|
|OS ver||ZenUI 5.0 (Android 8.0 Oreo)|
|CPU||Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636 Octa-core Kryo 260|
|External Storage||Up to 2TB|
|Main Camera||12MP + 8MP|
|Front Camera||8 MP|
|Battery||3300mAh with fast charging AI & scheduled charging for battery protection 5 minutes charge for 2 hours talk time 38 minutes charge to 60% capacity Up to 22 days 4G standby Up to 25 hours 3G talk time Up to 13 hours video playback Up to 17 hours Wi-Fi web browsing|
|Dimensions||153 x 75.65 x 7.85 mm|
|Color||Meteor Silver, Midnight Blue|
- Images from asus.com