Asus Zenfone 5Z is going to be launched in India on July 4, and the phone's leaked pricing on Flipkart has made it clear that Asus is going after the OnePlus 6 and all smartphones in the sub-Rs 40,000 price range. The phone comes with UFS 2.1 storage and the "Z" in the Zenfone 5Z, according to Asus is the faster boot time. There is also support for face unlock as well as some AI features baked into the camera.
In all comparisons, Asus Zenfone 5Z trumps OnePlus 6. The smartphone was first unveiled back at the MWC 2018 event, and the specifications of the handset did not change a bit for the Indian market. In the camera department, it has a 12MP + 8MP dual camera setup with OIS on the rear and a 8MP front camera. For selfies, there is a front facing 8MP camera with an aperture of f/2.0 and 84 degree field of view. OnePlus had a special Marvel Avengers edition with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage available in India for a limited period and it was priced at Rs 44,999 and it recently launched the high-end variant in Midnight Black at Rs 43,999.
One of the highlights of the Zenfone 5Z is the ZenUI 5.0, which is built on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. The Asus Zenfone 5Z is armed with a 3300mAh battery, and it has a USB Type-C port. Connectivity options in the Zenfone 5Z include Dual 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, FM Radio and Cat.12 3CA for making full use of the Carrier Aggregation speeds on Jio and Airtel networks. The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer will be retailing the smartphone in India exclusively via Flipkart.
Under the hood, there's a 3,300mAh battery that comes with AI-backed fast charging technology, which we are keen to test. The phone is expected to be launched with 6/8GB RAM and 64/128/256GB storage options.
ICICI Bank credit and debit card users will get Rs 3,000 instant off, which will further bring down the price to Rs 26,999 for the base variant, Rs 29,999 for mid variant, and Rs 33,999 for the top end variant. It goes without saying that Asus might just announce discounted, one-off introductory pricing at the launch event.
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