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Reviewed on 2015-02-12
The userfriendly ZenUI user interface, Several useful bonus apps, The practical functions of certain apps, Smoothness and responsiveness of overall system, DesignNo backlighting for touchsensitive buttons below the screen, Contrast could be better, Image capture is average for an 8 Megapixel camera
OVERVIEW It may not be a newbie in the mobile phone universe, but Asus has always been considered a "niche" manufacturer; its main feats to date being the Fonepad and PadFone phablets (smartphone-tablet hybrids). That being said, Asus seems to have been r
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Reviewed on 2014-12-16
Inexpensive, HD resolution, Scratchproof display, High build quality, LTE support, Current Android OS, Good camera, Powerful enough for current games, Low operating temperatures, Long battery runtimesDirtrepellant coating pretty useless, Only 3.7 GB storage for the user, Integrated battery, Small performance headroom for the next generation of games
It won the Red Dot Design Award 2014 in the category product design, but it is still an entry-level device and comparatively inexpensive: Even this combination makes the Asus Zenfone 5 A500KL an interesting smartphone with an recommended retail price of 2...
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Reviewed on 2014-12-16
When it comes to smartphones, there was a time when cheap really meant shitty. That's no longer true. But which cheap phones are worth buying? I found two.Like many of you, I used to be sucked into the endless black hole that was crazy expensive smartphon...
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Reviewed on 2014-12-06
Updated as on December 2014. Don't forget to bookmark this page, as we will be updating it regularly.‘ Always carry your camera with you, if you don't want to miss any moment .' This is a common advice given to photographers. However, it is not always pra...
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Reviewed on 2014-12-01
And finally the ASUS Zenfone 5 reached our lab, took a long while but as they say – “better late than never!”The Zenfone 5 comes with a 5″ 1280×720 HD IPS Display panel, powered by Intel Atom Z2560 1.6 GHz CPU and runs on Android OS. The screen is made of...
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Reviewed on 2014-12-01
Asus has never really hit the headlines with its handsets. That might be about to change with the new ZenFone 5 which is an excellent value for money choice.The ZenFone 5 supports 4G or 3G and comes with either 8GB or 16GB of RAM. The 16GB 4G version will...
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Reviewed on 2014-11-30
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Reviewed on 2014-11-10
Versatile, powerful and affordably priced, the ASUS ZenFone 5 (A501CG) is currently one of the most well-balanced and versatile smartphones in the Malaysian market. So, what more could you ask from ASUS? 4G LTE? A non-Intel processor? This is exactly what...
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Reviewed on 2014-10-26
Great screen; decent camera for the price; excellent valueFeels cheap
Really good budget phoneThe ASUS ZenFone 5 is the mid-market smartphone in the ZenFone range, which became available in the region in August this year.The three phones from the range - the ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 6 - all feature Intel Atom proces...
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Reviewed on 2014-10-16
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Reviewed on 2014-10-14
Good overall performance, Smart user interface, Comfortable and well designedWeak, nonreplaceable battery, Average camera
Asus's Zenfone 5 rocks a compact, curvaceous body and an 8-megapixel camera, plus the slick ZenUI interface. But will it give you a Zen-like feeling? Here's our full Zenfone 5 review.At £160 SIM-free for the 8GB version (£230 for the 16GB edition) the Zen...
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Reviewed on 2014-10-10
Lovely bright screen, Great performance, Attractive UIBelow average battery, Out of date Android version, Future updates uncertain
It feels like an awful long time ago that Jonney Shih, the Chairman of Asus, stood up at CES in Las Vegas and with no shortage of drama announced the new ZenFone range.And it is no surprise that it feels like an age has passed, since it has been eight who...
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Reviewed on 2014-10-10
Good screen quality; Solid general performance; Great value; Versatile camerasAndroid 4.3; 720p resolution lower than many phones this size; Middling battery life
The Zenfone 5 looks promising on paper. It ships with a 5in 720p display, is powered by a nippy Intel dual-core processor, has an 8-megapixel camera and 4G all for £200. But can it outdo the cheaper Moto G ? Of course Asus has cut a few corners to save m...
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Reviewed on 2014-10-09
Lovely bright screen, Great performance, Attractive UIBelow average battery, Out of date Android version, Future updates uncertain
It feels like an awful long time ago that Jonney Shih, the Chairman of Asus, stood up at CES in Las Vegas and with no shortage of drama announced the new ZenFone range.And it is no surprise that it feels like an age has passed, since it has been eight who...
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Reviewed on 2014-10-09
Strong build quality, Solid performance, Dual SIMNo 4G LTE support, Wobbly back, Images could be better
Last month saw the launch of a new line of Zenfones to compete with the mid-range line of smartphones from other companies. The one we have for review here, the Zenfone 5, utilizes an Intel processor – but will it match the Qualcomm Snapdragon in terms of...
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Reviewed on 2014-10-07
Expandable storage, ZenUI is decent, Large ScreenLow internal storage, Screen isn't 1080p, Battery is weak, Android 4.3 instead of 4.4
The resultant Zenfone range features a 4-inch, 5-inch and 6-inch offering, each appropriately named to reflect the size of their screens. There's different power under the hood of each handset too, with the subject of our review - the Intel-powered Zenfon...
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Reviewed on 2014-10-07
Design and ConstructionThe ASUS Zenfone 5 makes an impression right out of the box with its sleek display and red metallic-finished back cover. The dedicated buttons and concentric circle finish at the bottom of the display extends the length of the ZenFo...
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Reviewed on 2014-10-07
Asus has launched a rather nice range of smartphones , called ZenFones. There are three ZenFones to choose from, each with a different screen size, slightly different the specs and an adjusted price tag that reflects those various differences. See also : ...
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Reviewed on 2014-10-02
Generally neat design, good value prospectScreen brightness, limited battery, oversaturated camera results
About two years ago cheap phones reeked of compromise; the gap between entry-level Android phones and top-end ones was massive. But that's all changed recently, with phones like the Asus Zenfone 5 and Motorola Moto G (2014) plugging the gap. Spend in the...
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Reviewed on 2014-09-30
Asus has launched a series of smartphones that we have been pleasantly surprised by. The ZenFone 6 , ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 4 will appeal to a wide market because they come with good specs and nice design, particularly considering the price tags. Here, we'...
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Processor frequency

1.2 GHz

Processor family

Intel® Atom™

Processor model


Processor cores



Display diagonal

12.7 cm (5")

Display resolution

1280 x 720 pixels

Orientation sensor
Display type


Touch technology


Touchscreen type


Ports & interfaces

USB port
USB connector type


USB version


Weight & dimensions


145 g


7.28 cm


1.03 cm


14.8 cm


SIM card capability

Dual SIM

SIM card type


2G standards


3G standards


Wi-Fi standards

802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Bluetooth version


Bluetooth profiles


2G bands (primary SIM)

850,900,1800,1900 MHz

3G bands supported

850,900,1900,2100 MHz

Tethering (modem-mode)


Internal storage capacity

8 GB

Internal RAM

2048 MB

Compatible memory cards

MicroSD (TransFlash)

Maximum memory card size

64 GB


Assisted GPS (A-GPS)
GPS (satellite)
Electronic compass


Operating system installed


Operating system version



Rear camera resolution (numeric)

8 MP

Auto focus
Built-in flash
Front camera
Front camera resolution (numeric)

2 MP

Video recording
Flash type



Battery technology


Battery capacity

2110 mAh

Talk time (3G)

18.5 h

Standby time (3G)

353 h


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Colour of product



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