Asus Zenfone 5 Lite packs four cameras, two of them wide-angle

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The original was launched in 2014. Asus uses something called AI Display to keep the screen on while you're looking at it and to adjust its color temperature based on the lighting in whatever environment you're in. While the ZenFone 5Z will start at €479 (approximately Rs38,121), the price of the mid range variant has not been released yet.

Next up is the Zenfone 5 which is strikingly like the iPhone X and the announcer wasn't shy about making comparisons.

Asus has worked on the speakers too.

Asus has a point.

In line with the current trend, the Zenfone 5 will also come with a dual camera, a 12MP and an 8MP wide-angle camera in the back. The sides of the screen extend to the edges of the phone, which definitely gives it a striking look.

When the status bar is black, the notch becomes effectively invisible, but it eats up some of the space normally used to display notifications and status icons. But from what I saw, the IPS screen is still pretty darned impressive. Sony Xperia XZ2 has a single 19-megapixel camera with f/2.0 but it supports 4K HDR recording, which is a first in smartphone cameras. At this stage pricing and availability are unknown but expect it to be priced alongside other entry- level phones. Asus makes it up with the use of either 4 or 6 GB RAM, which is more than many flagships. It also tops out at 6 GB of memory and 64 GB of storage.

Asus ZenFone 5Z sports a 6.2 Inch full HD+ display with 1080×2246 Pixels of Screen Resolution. Asus has swapped the sensors out for Sony's newer IMX363 this time around, and added dual-pixel PDAF for quicker focusing.

Under the hood is a 3,300mAh battery. The phone supports both FDD-LTE and TD-LTE bands, and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac. The phone will be powered by a 3300mAh battery with "BoostMaster" and "AI Charging". The face unlock feature, however, was quite inconsistent and didn't work unless we stared at it from a specific angle.

ZenFone 5 has a dual-camera system and is powered by the latest Snapdragon 636 mobile platform. On the front, you get an 8-megapixel sensor for clicking selfies and video calling. The secondary camera has a 200-degree field of view.

Asus has made a decision to go with a dual SIM and microSD card slot for the phone and has placed a 20MP Sony IMX 376 sensor coupled with a 120-degree wide-angle lens and the front comes with a 16MP sensor and a 120 degrees wide-angle camera as well. The software running the cameras includes "AI" automatic scene detection, a portrait mode, and a pro mode that lets users fiddle with most optical settings. The reason we are saying this is because ZenFone 5 is equipped with an all-glass chassis.

Oppo is also rumored to be launching two new phones with a near bezel-less display and a notch. That distinction goes to its heavy use of the term "AI", as an empty buzzword.

The Zenfone 5 Lite is the cheapest smartphone launched in this series.

You will find some actual AI features in the photography department, though. At the back, the device also features Fingerprint Scanner. The handset will be known as the ZenFone 5Q in the US. This isn't anything new at the top end of the market, but it's an innovation that's yet to appear in the mid-range that the ZenFone 5 is targeting.

The ZenFone 5 Lite is all about photography.

As for the optics, ZenFone Max Plus (M1) sports a dual camera setup at the rear and it comprises of a 16-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture and an 8-megapixel lens which is a 120-degree wide-angle camera.

The phone comes preloaded with Android Oreo and Asus' custom ZenUI 5.0 skin on top.

The ZenFone 5 arrives in April, while the ZenFone 5Z will show up in June. Now moving on to the things we do know about the new flagships.

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