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Asus ZenFone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S4: first look

0. phoneArena 09 Jan 2014, 08:43 posted on

Can $150 buy you a decent Android phone from a brand you've actually heard of? Yup, we're totally getting there and Asus is one of the companies hard at work towards making that possible. In fact, the Taiwanese company already has an offering that aims to meet that description, namely the just-announced Asus ZenFone 5. It is a $150 mid-range device with a 5-inch screen, 8MP camera, and a dual-core processor of the Atom variety. That right there, looking at specs alone, is a pretty good value-for-money ratio. But as ambitious as it is, the ZenFone 5 is clearly no match for a high-end rival such as the Samsung Galaxy S4. Or is it? Well, let's put them side by side and find out...

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posted on 09 Jan 2014, 08:49 3

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8240; Member since: 14 May 2012)


S4. But Z5 is great for $150 unlocked.

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 08:57 2

2. jellmoo (Posts: 665; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Wow. That thing is huge for a 5 inch display. I guess tradeoffs need to be made to hit that price point, but something that big sacrifices 1 handed use and comfortable pocketability, without any of the benefits a larger screen bring.

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 08:58

3. hboy857 (Posts: 182; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


I just don't understand the point of comparing a $150phone with a $534 phone expect for showing that GS4 su*k.

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 09:38 2

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8240; Member since: 14 May 2012)


45+ million people around the world disagree.

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 11:18

8. hboy857 (Posts: 182; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


That's coming from a guy who said that he would buy a iphone if it has bigger screen. If you're so content with samsung experience why would you want to switch?

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 22:49

11. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2166; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I guess if you like oranges, you're not allowed to like apples too. Good job.

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 09:20

5. TheKookiemonster007 (Posts: 12; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


htc one v

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 09:57

7. Doakie (Posts: 1246; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Now the main question is: will any of the ZenFones be released in the USA? I bought a Fonepad off eBay previously and had it sent over from Taipei which seemed OK until the panic of a warranty question came up. Asus USA Customer Service would refer to the International Website and the the International Website would say contact the USA Customer Service. Needless to say I'm not making that mistake again.

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 21:33

9. alextheZowner (Posts: 33; Member since: 01 Jan 2014)


I will buy 4 zenfones for the price of a GS4 and have 32gb 4 GB RAM and 8ghz yeah boy hahaha zenfone beats GS4

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 22:39

10. bluescreen (Posts: 154; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)


150 is still more than i paid for my s4!

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 08:42

12. peterjohnson (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


One of the biggest difference between Asus Smartphone and S4 is that, S4's screen is sold at a much higher price as compared to Asus, even after it is broken down.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 16:35

13. clayton (Posts: 15; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)


Why do you compare these two phones? The two phones are aimed at two completely different market segments; the zenfone is for normal realistic people who are looking for a phone first, and are therefore happy with capable phones that offer value for money. The S4 on the other hand is for people who are happy to show off with recognized branded phones with features they hardly use, and pay so much (60% for the brand logo on the phone and 40% for the phone itself) for them. The S4 is almost four times the price of the Zenfone 5. Can anybody sincerely justify that? I think we should give credit where it's due. That phone for that price is simply amazing and I can't wait to have one. I am imagining the caliber of phone Samsung will produce for $150 in this present day. Please make your comparison with a $150 samsung phone.

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