Mobile Review: Asus Zenfone 5

We’ve been showing off plenty of budget smartphones lately and while they may be affordable, many of them come with obvious drawbacks like reduced resolutions and weak body cases. Thankfully, Asus has come to the rescue with it’s latest smartphone the Zenphone 5 which features both elegance and functionality without the hefty price-tags.

Launched at the start of the year, the Asus Zenfone 5 has since come to be regarded as a hidden gem in today’s thriving smartphone market. A simple glance at the phone is all you need to fall in love with its simple yet elegant design. The phone’s 5.0-inch display comes complete with a sleek metal finish and is protected by a solid matte plastic back.

Oh but it gets better, it’s 1280×720 IPS panel display provides natural looking colours and crisp sharp images with sufficient brightness when indoors. The visibility drops off a little outdoors but one can easily remedy that with the built in display calibration app which tweaks these settings to your liking.

But perhaps its best feature lies with its unique UI. The Zenfone 5 runs on the Asus exclusive ZenUI on top of the Android KitKat interface. This allows the use of one of the most beautiful custom skins which feature a minimal and flat design not unlike the UI for bigger brands like the HTC Sense 6 and even iOS 7.

Of course there are things that could still be improved like its rather limited battery life and its small storage space but it is still an excellent phone for those of you looking to pick up a phone under $200 (Estimated price $197USD).

Find out more about the Asus Zenfone 5 specs below:

Asus Zenfone 5