Asus ZenFone 5


A few days ago, we had a preview of one of ASUS ‘new smartphones that will soon be marketed in Indonesia, namely ZenFone 5 (ZE620KL). As a family member of the latest generation of ASUS smartphones, ZenFone 5 is of course equipped with a variety of things, including new things, which makes it offer advantages when compared to its predecessor, the ZenFone 4 family. This time, we will provide more complete reviews related the new smartphone, in this review article!

Design :

ASUS offers this “modern” design on ZenFone 5 (ZE620KL), with a 6.2 “18.7: 9 ratio which has a” notch “at the top. This design has been adopted quite a lot by smartphone manufacturers for their middle and upper class new products. ZenFone 5 itself is not the first ASUS smartphone to come to Indonesia which carries a modern screen design with a ratio of 18: 9 and above. Previously, ASUS had also offered the ZenFone Max Pro M1, with an 18: 9 screen, but without “notch”.

The overall dimensions of this ZenFone 5 are 153 mm x 75.7 mm x 7.9 mm. When compared to the front side cross section, this smartphone screen offers a screen-to-body ratio of around 84%. Not the highest, but it is fairly good for today’s smartphone class.

The use of a screen with a large size makes ASUS feel no need to include the physical navigation buttons on this ZenFone 5. They only include on-screen virtual navigation buttons. Interestingly, ASUS provides the option to place buttons, back left and all apps on the right; or back on the right and all apps on the left. This virtual navigation button can also be hidden, so that users can use the screen for full viewing, and can be displayed easily again, by making the gesture swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

Regarding the physical button, ASUS only includes the “standard” button for today’s smartphones, namely power and volume +/-. Both buttons are placed on the right side of the smartphone. While using this ZenFone 5 smartphone, we feel the button position is too low, so that reflexively, when we want to press the power button, we press the volume button several times. However, this is not something that makes it difficult to use this smartphone as a whole, because by getting used to it, after a few days we no longer press the volume button – when you want to press the power button.

The USB Type C connector is present on ZenFone 5. This indicates that ASUS has used these connectors in their top-class 3-generation ZenFone, starting from ZenFone 3, ZenFone 4, and now also on ZenFone 5. ASUS places the connector on the bottom-center of the smartphone, close to the 3.5 “audio connector .

SIM Card Tray is placed on the left side of this smartphone. ASUS only includes a hybrid tray for ZenFone 5, which means users have to choose between using two Nano SIMs or one Nano SIM and one Micro SD. This could be a little inconvenient if the user feels that the internal storage on this smartphone is less large, but also requires two SIM cards.

As mentioned before, ZenFone 5 comes with a “notch” at the top of the screen. ASUS places a selfie camera sensor on the part, next to the earpiece. There are also several sensors supporting the use of smartphones, including proximity sensors, in that section.

Switch to the back side. On the back side there is a dual-camera system for the main camera that is placed in the upper left area. There is also a fingerprint scanner with a round shape that is placed in the middle, slightly upwards. When the smartphone is held, the fingerprint scanner’s position feels quite easy to reach by the index finger. However, because of its position on the back side, the user must certainly hold or lift this smartphone before using it.

The ZenFone 5 body is built from metal, with a metallic color layer. Overall, this smartphone body is fairly sturdy, making it feel great when held. Even so, the rear design makes it feel a bit slippery, and also makes it easy to get dirty because of the user’s fingerprint.

Sales Package :

This ZenFone 5 (ZE620KL) smartphone is present in the lab. Our test is accompanied by a complete sales package that is packed in a box with a dark gray-blue color. The design of the ZenFone 5’s sales package box looks minimalist, far from the ZenFone 4 family box design (ZenFone 4 Max Pro, ZenFone 4 Selfie, ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro, etc.) that looks pretty colorful, or also the design of several other new ASUS smartphone boxes. , like ZenFone Max Pro M1 and ZenFone Live. In the package of the sales package, in addition to the ZenFone 5 smartphone unit, there are also supporting equipment, such as:

  • Jelly Case
  • Pin/Tray Ejector
  • Headset (dengan 3 opsi eartip)
  • Adaptor/Charger 5V 2A
  • Kabel USB to USB Type C
  • Document Package

The equipment that ASUS includes in the ZenFone 5 sales package can be said to be a common set for middle-class smartphones today. In general, the equipment included can support the daily use of this smartphone. Indeed, this sales package cannot be said to be very complete, but it includes equipment that will be needed a lot, including jelly cases.

Jelly case, or other types of smartphone cases, indeed lately more and more are included in a smartphone sales package, to help protect the smartphone when in use, as well as on some smartphones with bodies that are easily dirty by fingerprints, including ZenFone 5, avoid spotting fingerprints attached to the smartphone body. In general, the quality of the Jelly Case’s default sales package is fairly good, but we feel less comfortable when pressing the volume up / down button in case the case is installed. This is because the case material is too thick, while the hole for the +/- volume button is too narrow, so the button looks like “sinking” in the case.




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