ASUS ZenFone 5 (ZE620KL) In-Depth Review

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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.

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 3DMark results

Ice Storm Unlimited Samsung Galaxy S9 Honor 10 ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 ASUS ZenFone 5
Gaming Score 39588 30560 19752 19591
Graphics 45577 34801 20707 20354
Physics 27116 21423 17008 17317
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
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The Qualcomm Adreno 509 GPU is reasonably fast in games, but certainly does not offer flagship-class gaming performance.

 

Our Verdict

If you think the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Price Check) was impressive, the ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) is even more so.

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!

ASUS ZenFone 5 ZE620KL in hand

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.

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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!

Tech ARP Editor's Choice Award

 

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 :

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  • 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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