News & Reviews: ASUS ZenFone 5
Jun 13, 2014
ASUS Malaysia has managed to bring in the 2GB version of the ASUS ZenFone 5 smartphone for Malaysia at the same price of RM599. Previously, the ASUS ZenFone 5 smartphone slated for Malaysia was the version with 1GB RAM and a lower speed processor but after some wrangling with ASUS HQ, ASUS Malaysia managed to get the higher-end version to us. At RM599, the new ZenFone 5 brings a faster 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 processor and 2GB of RAM to users while other high-end tech specs and features like the 8MP PixelMaster rear camera, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protected display and 5-element lens remains the same. For more information on where you can get your new ASUS ZenFone 5 smartphone, please contact the ASUS Malaysia Facebook page. ASUS Malaysia are now working on getting the ASUS ZenFone 6 to market soon and we're waiting for the review unit for the new ASUS ZenFone 5, but for now, do check out our ASUS ZenFone 4 review.
Jun 13, 2014
Affordably priced smartphones usually don't come with good tech specs and features but the Huawei Honor 3C is not only priced below RM500, but it also packs in 2GB of RAM, a 5-inch 720p display, 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera all in one compact package. Does it live up to the hype? Is it actually a good value smartphone? Read on and find out how good we really think it is in our review of the Huawei Honor 3C.
Jun 04, 2014
ASUS has recently announced the global release for the ASUS PadFone X, which was earlier tied to AT&T in the US. Looking much like a PadFone Infinity, the PadFone X has tech specs which include a 5-inch smartphone combo with an 8.9-inch tablet. Other tech specs for the PadFone X include a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, full HD display resolution, microSD support, a 13MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 1MP front camera for the tablet and 2300 mAh battery. The tablet gets a 4990 mAh battery while the smartphone can also support certain 3G and 4G LTE bands.
Jun 03, 2014
Most cameraphones offer users a number of features that aren't available to standard smartphones that have cameras. This includes fast focus, better quality lenses and better resulting images or videos. Quite often, you won't find such features in an entry-level smartphone much less one going for below RM300, which is why we were quite impressed with the performance shown by the ASUS ZenFone 4, the company's entry-level offering for their new range of ZenFone smartphones. How exactly does the ASUS ZenFone 4 impress and does it offer more than just cameraphone capabilities? Check out our full review of the ASUS ZenFone 4 below to find out.
May 28, 2014
The rumour mill continues as some chinese sites are suggesting that there could soon be LTE and customizable versions for the new ASUS ZenFone smartphones. According to them, this could be called the ASUS ZenFone 5 LTE and ASUS ZenFone DIY. This jives with what we have heard from our ASUS contacts and we could see the ZenFone 5 LTE come in Q2 of 2014. While some sites are suggesting that this 4G LTE enabled version could be powered by a Qualcomm processor and not the current Intel Atom processors, we think that the ZenFone 5 LTE could still be powered by an Intel Atom processor and SoC as Intel announced their Intel LTE for Atom chipsets back in February 2014 at the Mobile World Congress expo.
May 15, 2014
While many users are impatiently waiting for the delayed ASUS ZenFone smartphones, ASUS Malaysia has spoken up. According to their Facebook page, they said that stock for the ASUS ZenFone 4 would be coming in before the end of May 2014. According to them it could be even earlier, however, there still is no word yet on the ASUS ZenFone 5 or ZenFone 6 smartphones just yet. The Intel powered smartphones offer a number of interesting tech specs and features which many users would like to try out, but the recent delay has caused many to look elsewhere. Pricing for the ZenFone 4 looks to remain at RM299 for now. Hopefully, this latest announcement will be true so do stay tuned for more developments.
May 08, 2014
It isn't a big secret that the new range of ASUS ZenFone smartphones are powered by Intel processors, but what most users in Malaysia are asking is "when will the ASUS ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 6 arrive in Malaysia?". After the regional launch in Jakarta about a month back, the entry-level to midrange smartphone market in Malaysia has erupted into what appears to be the beginnings of a price war, while the ASUS ZenFone's appear to have been delayed. Intel Malaysia has since teased the ASUS ZenFone's low-light capabilities on their Facebook page, hinting as well that they should arrive on 10 May 2014. We think that such features are certainly worth waiting for, so stay tuned for more developments.
Apr 25, 2014
The ASUS ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 6 were recently announced for South East Asia, including Malaysia. One of the most notable features of the ASUS ZenFone smartphones is the PixelMaster Camera Technology. While each of the ASUS ZenFone smartphones are competitively priced below RM1000 (RM299 for the ASUS ZenFone 4, RM599 for the ASUS ZenFone 5 and RM899 for the ASUS ZenFone 6), ASUS spared no expense for the camera components. This includes a 5-element Largan lens, high quality camera sensors from Sony and Panasonic and some really awesome camera filter algorithms.
Apr 15, 2014
The ASUS ZenFone smartphone range caught our attention when it was first announced at CES 2014 due to it's design, price and performance. Now ASUS already have several smartphone devices in the market, but the ASUS ZenFone smartphone range look to be the first to seriously target the entry-level to midrange market with it's focus on price and performance. Rather than go for a Malaysia launch, ASUS Malaysia were kind enough to invite us for the ASUS Regional launch where the ASUS ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 6 smartphones were announced each for below RM1000. Check out the tech specs below for a refresher of the ASUS ZenFone 4, ASUS ZenFone 5 and ASUS ZenFone 6:
- ASUS ZenFone 4
- 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2520 processor
- 1GB RAM
- 4GB storage + microSD
- 4-inch TN TFT
- 5MP rear camera
- 124.4 x 61.4 x 11.2mm | 115g
- supports Dual-SIM, 3G, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, MicroUSB
- 1170 mAh battery
Apr 08, 2014
Testing out the ASUS ZenFone 5 engineering sample, we found that the Intel powered smartphone offers better than average performance. On AnTuTu alone we managed to get a score of 23120, placing the ZenFone 5 in the upper range of midrange devices. For a reference point, the HTC One (M7) scores around 24000 and above on the same AnTuTu benchmark. We also ran 3DMark's Ice Storm Unlimited for a similarly better than average 7186 score. Check out the benchmarks for yourself in this article.