ASUS ZenFone 5 Gaming Performance, Our Verdict + Award
Gaming Performance – 3DMark
We tested the ZenFone 5’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.
|Ice Storm Unlimited||Samsung Galaxy S9||Honor 10||ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1||ASUS ZenFone 5|
|Graphics Test 1||267.9 fps||206.2 fps||113.5 fps||113.0 fps|
|Graphics Test 2||157.2 fps||119.5 fps||74.6 fps||72.7 fps|
|Physics Test||86.1 fps||68.0 fps||54.0 fps||55.0 fps|
The Qualcomm Adreno 509 GPU is reasonably fast in games, but certainly does not offer flagship-class gaming performance.
It boasts a larger, brighter 6.2″ display with Gorilla Glass protection in a smaller, thinner and lighter form factor; with the full LTE and WiFi capabilities of the Snapdragon X12 modem. To top it off, it has a really good Sony IMX363 main camera with fast f/1.8 lens and 4-axis optical image stabilisation.
We can see why the main camera scored a DXOmark score of 93. ASUS basically put a flagship-class camera into this midrange smartphone. Best of all, they did not cripple it to protect their flagship ZenFone 5Z – you can record 4K video with no restrictions!
It also has surprisingly good audio recording quality, and very good optical image stabilisation performance. If you want to record silky-smooth video without using a gimbal, the ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) is a great choice.
It’s not perfect, to be sure. Its excellent video recording capability is marred by overblown highlights; and its camera has trouble focusing on objects in close proximity. But seriously – did you even expect to find a flagship-class camera at this price point?
That brings us to deal closer – its unbelievable launch price of RM 1,299 / US$ 326. For a fraction of what you would pay for any flagship device, you get a great combination of good performance, great display, and an excellent camera with optical image stabilisation.
For those reasons, the ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) deserves our Editor’s Choice Award! Great work, ASUS!
Price + Availability
Here is the official announcement on the Malaysian price and offers for the ASUS ZenFone 5 and ZenFone Max Pro M1 smartphones.
Here’s a summary of the recommended retail prices :
- ASUS ZenFone 5 (4 GB + 64 GB) : RM 1,299 / ~US$ 326
- ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (6 GB + 64 GB) : RM 999 / ~US$ 251
- ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (4 GB + 64 GB) : RM 849 / ~US$ 213
- ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (3 GB + 32 GB) : RM 699 / ~US$ 176
Here’s a summary of the offers :
- ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (4 GB + 64 GB) Lazada Pre-Order (2 and 3 June) : RM 799 / ~US$ 221
- ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (3 GB + 32 GB) Lazada Flash Sales (3, 10, 17, 24, 31 July) : RM 599 / ~US$ 151
If you are in the US, here are some purchase links :
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