Asus – a Taiwan based smartphone brand unveiled Asus Zenfone 5 Lite at the Mobile World Congress 2018 held in February this year. However, the company has now launched the same handset in its hometown but dubbed as Asus Zenfone 5Q. The newly launched smartphone is considered to be an affordable offering as compared to its high end variants of Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 5Z.
Asus Zenfone 5Q – Features
Unlike it elder siblings having 6.2-inch notched display, the Zenfone 5Q comes with a bit smaller display of 6-inch in size and that too without a notch. The handset runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with ZenUI 5.0 on top.
Asus embeds a Snapdragon 630 chipset under the hood to power up the device along with a memory combo of 4GB RAM and 64GB native storage. However, a dedicated microSD card slot is there to increase storage up to 512GB.
The Zenfone 5Q comes with dual camera setup on both sides as the prominent selling feature. The rear facing camera setup comprises of a 16MP primary sensor with 80-degree field of view and another lens of the same resolution as the secondary sensor.
On the other hand, the front facing camera setup features a 20MP Sony IMX376 sensor with 85.5-degree field of view as the main sensor and another 16MP lens with 120-degree field of view as the secondary senor.
A 3,300 mAh battery unit is there to keep the lights on for a moderate daily use of the handset. Other features include rear-mounted fingerprint reader, facial recognition, microUSB, NFC, GPS, Bluetooth, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi and dual-SIM support.
Asus Zenfone 5Q – Pricing and Availability
As said earlier, Asus has started taking pre-orders for the Zenfone 5Q in Korea with price tag of NT$ 9,900 (~$340, PKR 37,500) in two color options to choose from Starry Black and Moonlight White. Whereas shipping of the handset is set to start from March 22nd. Asus has also offered a ZenPower 10050 power bank with every single pre-order.
Asus is aiming to release the ZenFone 5 series in over 10 markets across the world in Q3 this year. The Taiwanese company expects that its smartphone division will start making profits from the same quarter.