ASUS went back to 5 as they announced the ZenFone 5 series last March in the Mobile World Congress 2018. This year’s version of the ZenFone 5 introduced three models, the ZenFone 5Z, the ZenFone 5, and the ZenFone 5Q. The last of which is the most affordable and what I was given the opportunity to experience for myself.
Don’t be swayed by it being the most affordable, it is still quite the phone and beautiful at that. If you missed the first impression article on the ASUS ZenFone 5Q, read it here.
2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 octa-core processor
Adreno 508 GPU16-megapixel rear primary camera (F/2.2) + 8-megapixel secondary camera 120 degree wide-angle rear camera (F/2.4), PDAF, 4K video recording
20-megapixel front primary camera (F/2.0) + 8-megapixel secondary camera 120 degree wide angle camera (F/2.4), softlight LED flash
4 GB Ram
64 GB internal storage
4G, LTE, NFC, Dual Sim, Expandable storage
Fingerprint scanner, Facial Recognition
3.5 audio jack
Android Nougat with ZenUI 4.5
The phone is an elegant looking 6-inch phone with a 18:9 aspect ratio screen with Full HD+ IPS display at 2160×1080 resolution. No, it doesn’t have the notch nor max out the phone like the ZenFone 5Z or the ZenFone 5 but the ZenFone 5Q still gives you enough screen to enjoy your media and games.
One thing that gives it its elegant look is the 2.5D glass in the front and back. Sure, glass sounds like a pretty slippery material, but it is the rounded metal sides that makes it pretty easy to hold on to with everyday use. The downside to the glass back is that it makes it quite slippery on a lot of textures and is an automatic fingerprint magnet. Don’t worry though, the retail box will reportedly include a jelly case to help with both.
Performance, performance, performance
The first thing I tested was its 3300mAh battery and it did well. With just internet, calling, texting, social media, and occasional videos, the phone lasted roughly a day. It was pretty crucial because the phone doesn’t have quick charging. For a regular work day, it will allow you to do your tasks without worrying about charging until further in the day.
However, when you include consuming videos and gaming, it holds up just enough. While I wasn’t able to try playing on the phone for one whole day, with a couple of games in Arena of Valor, Vain Glory, PUBG Mobile, and Free Fire, I had to at least charge two times in a day.
CPU score: 39191, GPU score: 19540, UX score: 22826, RAM score: 5462
While we’re on the topic of gaming, the ZenFone 5Q held its own and provided a smooth experience in the games that I mentioned, with PUBG Mobile running on lowest and the other games on high settings. Its design, while not going fully bezel-less makes for quite the comfortable gaming experience giving just enough room for me to rest my thumbs on the top and bottom bezels while waiting.
One thing that I struggled with is avoiding the speakers at the bottom of the phone while playing or watching videos. Although, the ZenFone 5Q has a 3.5mm audio jack, should you prefer to hear the in-game sounds more privately.
The Facial Recognition is one thing that needs more work but can be fixed with updates. I tended to use the fingerprint scanner almost all the time and more especially in lower light settings.
The ZenFone 5Q boasts a quad-camera setup with a dual camera in the front and back. Both of which having a wide-angle camera as a secondary camera.
The front facing main cam has good color despite a dim light setting. Portrait mode looks amazing as well.
The wide-angle clearly has more space for people to join in, but also struggles with color.
I’ve mostly used the wide-angle mode in the front as it allows more people in the frame. Quite useful for reunions or big get togethers.
The wide-angle is darker but has more in the frame
Better color but the side of the house and the car on the right is barely seen
The difference between the two cameras in the back is more pronounced. The wide-angle, while it allows more elements in the photo, it also made for a less detailed photo.
Here are more comparisons of the main camera vs. wide-angle back camera:
As a mid-tier phone, the ASUS ZenFone 5Q is up to par with its competitors. A sleek looking phone with a battery that’s enough to last you roughly a day. The cameras aren’t quite as perfect but offer good photos and the option of getting more elements and people in one shot.
Overall, the ZenFone 5Q is a good phone but without a price at this point in time, it’s still hard to determine the exact value compared to other models in the market.
Photos of the phone courtesy of Rianne Ronquillo
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