Asus Zenfone 5Z Review- Specifications, Features, Price and Comparison with One Plus 6

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As Day by day, the craze for the powerful smartphones is increasing the war of the affordable flagship smartphones has got more wild in India. The smartphone has the cheapest device running on Qualcomm’s flagship processor Snapdragon 845 in India. Until now, the OnePlus 6 held the crown as its base model priced at Rs 34,999. The Zenfone 5Z  which runs on the same processor and is priced at Rs 29,999 onwards. Other than the processor, it also shares some other key features with OnePlus 6

Until now in the flagship smartphone category, the OnePlus 6 (Review) has enjoyed unbeatable success in the market, just because it’s the most powerful Android phone at its price point. Having great cameras and superb build quality this phone has been unbeatable in its price category. There have been challenges like the  Honor 10 and the Vivo X21, but none have managed to beat the OnePlus 6 regarding value for money. However, that might be about to change with the release of Asus Zenfone 5z.

Asus has set a pre descendent phones the ZenFone Max Pro M1 with the low prices earlier in this year, and now with its flagship ZenFone 5Z, this Taiwanese company has managed to endanger the  OnePlus 6 with an incredibly aggressive price with the same features. The ZenFone 5Z starts at Rs. 29,999 of the base variant which costs Rs. 5,000 less than what the OnePlus 6 costs, for the same amount of RAM and storage.

Specifications

Asus Zenfone 5z has recently been launched in India and has pitched directly against one plus 6 as both fall in the same price segments and shares most of the specs. There is a considerable amount of difference in the prices of the phones. Asus Zenfone is a lot cheaper than the one plus 6, but only that can’t decide which is a better phone to buy.the specifications are compared below, just run your eyes through it once which would help you decide which is a better one.

Operating system:

Both the phones, Asus Zenfone f5 and Oneplus 6 run on android Oreo operating system. But For the software, the two companies have taken entirely different approaches to custom their UIs.  The one plus 6 runs on oxygen os, based on the Android operating system oreo 8.1.0  which offers features like customizations in the form of gestures and a reading mode, which switches to a monochrome color scheme. But on an average, the user interface of this phone quite resembles the stock android. While the Asus Zenfone f5 runs on 8.0 which is not a thing to worry as you will get Android updates later. To custom, its user interface Asus Zenfone runs on zen UI 5 which is based oreo 8.0 which offers you features that enable you to customize the look of ZenUI 5 to match your style. Also features like its smart face detection knows when you’re in front of the screen, and keeps the display turned on when you are using the phone. Many more features are there which are yet to discuss.

Display:

The size of the screen of both the phones is 6.2 inches and have the same full-HD+ (1080×2246 pixels) resolutions.both the phones have 19:9 sized aspect ratio and have a notch at the top. The panels of both the phones are different. The one plus has provided an AMOLED panel on the one plus 6 which has slightly deeper blacks. The Asus ZenFone 5Z has an IPS LCD screen. Both the phones have excellent viewing angles and saturated colors. Also both of the phones support the wider DCI-P3 colour gamut..there is a slight difference between the displays when looking side by side which is one of the advantages of the AMOLED panel offered in the one plus 6 . the corners of the screen on the ZenFone f5 are more rounded compared to those on the OnePlus 6 which stands as advantage for the Zenfone f5. Also, both of them have corning gorilla glass 5.

Chipset:

Both the phones run on the same powerful and efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC. So lagging games would no more be an issue for the gaming lovers. The Snapdragon 845 chews through even the most graphically intensive games.with this Qualcomm flagship chipset snapdragon 845 heating issues are also resolved even with the most stressful apps. With this chipset, multitasking performance is the best with both the phones.

Ram and storage:

Asus Zenfone f5 and one plus 6, both the phones have different variants to choose as per your use and choice. The base variants of both phones offer 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Both phones also offer an 8GB RAM and 256GB storage variant. But the OnePlus 6, also provide an 8GB of RAM if you choose the 128GB storage variant.

Battery:

Both the phones, Asus Zenfone 5z and the one plus 6,  have same 3300mAh battery capacity and has a similar runtime for the phones.

Asus Zenfone 5Z has a battery of 3300mAh and supports Qualcomm quick charge 3.0 and AI-based management system of the ZEN UI 5 which manages the battery usage of the phone. This feature enables the battery last for a whole day at a single charge.

One plus 6 supports the one plus dash charging which has an excellent charging speed.

Both the phones get charged around 50% in half an hour and last for a whole day at a single full charge.

Camera:

The OnePlus 6 provides you with a good set of cameras, 16MP Sony IMX519 with f/1.7 aperture + 20MP camera with f/1.7 aperture. OnePlus 6 has a higher 16MP front with f/2.0 aperture with EIS.

Asus Zenfone 5Z: 8MP with f/2.0 aperture with EIS and 84-degree FoV.

Also, both the phones have optical image stabilization (OIS)

Though the Asus Zenfone 5z has a12 megapixel resolution compared to 16 megapixels of the one plus 6, the Zenfone has slightly better details and colors in the landscape modes. Also, the ZenFone 5Z appear to have sharper edges, less grain, and better detail than the one plus 6 due to the larger pixels of the Zenfone 5z.

Both the phones, The OnePlus 6 and the ZenFone 5Z, support 4K video recording up to 60fps, as well as1080p 240fps for slow motion. Video quality is right under all lighting conditions, and both phones do excellent work with electronic stabilization even at 4K video recording.

The 16-megapixel selfie camera on the OnePlus 6  captures better details due to its high resolution, which is especially useful in low light. However, the ZenFone 5Z have punchier colors, even in low lights also.

The ZenFone 5Z has an advantage over the OnePlus 6 in this case that it doesn’t have any time limits of recording at 4K at 30 or 60fps while the one plus 6 has time limits. But the Zenfone 5z  gets considerable hot when shooting for more than 8-10 minutes.

Speakers:

Both the phones have excellent quality and offer the same volume level. But where the one plus 6 lacks is the stereo speakers. It is where the Asus Zenfone 5z has a definite plus point having stereo speakers.

Design:

Design and looks are crucial matters what a phone buyer looks for nowadays.both the phones have glass and metal bodies and have a very premium look. The one plus 6 has protection from light splashes of water while the Zenfone doesn’t.this is where the Zenfone lacks behind. Though why would you try to wet your phone? You need to be a little bit protective with the Zenfone.

Features: the one plus 6 has a slider switch for different ringing profiles.however the one plus 6 is available only in glossy black with the base variant. To buy the other color variants like the Silk White, Midnight Black, or the new Red Edition, you will have to buy the 128 GB or storage model . while the Asus Zenfone 5z is available in Meteor Silver and Midnight Blue options for all the variants.

Asus Zenfone 5z is lighter than the one plus 6 and a bit compact than the one plus 6 and provides a better hold.

Price:

The prices for the variants of both the phones are provided below. Also, the links for buying the phones are given by the side. 

OnePlus 6 (Mirror Black 6GB RAM + 64GB Memory)

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OnePlus 6 (Midnight Black 8GB RAM + 256GB Memory)

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OnePlus 6 (Mirror Black, 8GB RAM + 128GB Memory)

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Asus ZenFone 5Z (Midnight Blue, 64 GB)  (6 GB RAM)

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Asus ZenFone 5Z (Midnight Blue, 128 GB)  (6 GB RAM)

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Asus ZenFone 5Z (Meteor Silver, 256 GB)  (8 GB RAM)

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My Opinion?

Leaving a few things like water resistance and the latest Android updates, the Asus ZenFone 5Z can do everything that the OnePlus 6 can do, and in some cases,  can do it better. Asus Zenfone 5z is lighter, has stereo speakers and also ships with a high-quality headset. Also, this phone has a useful set of AI features with performs some outstanding jobs. Also, the phone has an excellent camera performance with a more useful secondary camera.

The most important thing to notice would be the prices of both the phones and its variants. Then why spend more when you get the same features and in some cases better features? Asus Zenfone 5z is a better option to consider when compared to one plus 6. It is noticeable that the base variants of the phones have a price difference of rs 5000 while the top variants of the phones differ by rs7000 with the same features.

The money you spend on your phone is yours, and we are no one to decide what you should buy. But we can suggest you a better option for the value of your money. The decision is ultimately yours but choose wisely. We hope our article would do help to select your phone wisely saving some money.

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