listening to music or watching videos in moderate use. Once the device is switched on, it gives a highly responsive and optimised touch experience.
The flat icons and clean layout of its user interface are easy on the eye. What’s Next is also a standout among the new features: Information, such as appointments and weather updates, are presented on the lock screen, home screen and in the notification drawer, making it easy to see what is going on at a glance.
The overall user interface is good and almost the same as any high-end mobile phone. Innovations such as PenTouch and GloveTouch technologies increase ZenFone 5’s display sensitivity, making it possible to use the device with any stylus or even a gloved hand—so frustrations about how and when users can interact become a thing of the past.
ZenFone 5 has a fast, energy-efficient Intel Atom Z2580 processor running at 2 GHz and also benefits from a brilliant 8-megapixel PixelMaster main camera with image stabilisation. This couples a backside-illumination (BSI) sensor and wide-aperture f/2.0 lens with exclusive Asus PixelMaster technology to capture digital photographs that more than match those snapped by many dedicated digital cameras. Its 2-megapixel front camera takes sharp selfies too.
PixelMaster’s Low-Light Mode measures the available light and intelligently adjusts the pixel size to increase light sensitivity by up to 400% —meaning ZenFone 5 snaps great low-lights shots and videos even without the built-in flash. The phone, which has an internal storage of 8G and a microSD card slot that can take up to 64 GB, also supports dual SIM cards.
Overall, the ZenFone 5 is a respectable budget smartphone worth considering. It is packed with interesting features and has the looks to go with it.
* Display: 5-inch, 1280 x 720 IPS Panel
* Processor: Intel Atom Dual-Core Z2560 1.6GHz
* Operating system: Android JellyBean 4.3 (will update to 4.4 KitKat)
* SIM type: Dual Micro SIM card
* RAM: 2 GB RAM
* Storage: 16/8 GB
* Camera: 8 MP (rear); 2 MP (front)
w Battery: 2110 mAh
* Estimated street price: Rs 9,999 (8 GB)