Asus ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5Q hands-on: hey there, good-looking!

The Asus ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5 Lite aren't the best smartphones ever, but they could be among the best in their respective price segments when they are released...
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37 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6768; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I don't get it why people keep on crying over the notch design. I used the Essential Phone for 10 days, and I would gladly take a notch over a phone with a forehead.

2. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1094; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

How was your experience with Essential Phone? How would it compare to let`s say Note8? Thanks in advance.

4. maherk

Posts: 6768; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Double post

5. maherk

Posts: 6768; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Great device, especially for the price. The camera is very good already, especially with the updates Essential keeps on pushing. But if you want a Pixel 2 like quality, root your phone and install the Gcam app, it will bring every Pixel 2 camera feature. Battery life was fantastic, the phone was fast, and ram management was fixed with the Oreo update. It's not as capable as the Note 8, but for half the price, it's a hell of a device. The only thing going wrong for the Essential Phone, is the terrible reputation it has based on the initial reviews of the phone, which were fair at that time due to the disastrous software it was released with.

23. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1094; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Thanks, man. I`m using an S8 Plus, which is my first ever Non-Rooted phone lol. It`s running Oreo with Feb security patch and with Samsung UX, there`s zero need to Root IMHO. That being said, I`ll definitely skip the S9+ and wait for either Note9 or next year`s Galaxy. Also, It`ll be interesting to see Essential`s next offering.

24. Sparkxster

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

How did you get Oreo on your s8 plus? I'm still stuck on nougat and Dec security patch.

26. maherk

Posts: 6768; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You can go and download it from sammobile, use Odin on your PC and flash it. It's just a one click mehod, doesn't brick your phone and also doesn't void your warranty.

28. Heisenberg

Posts: 373; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Does back up havs to be done before proceeding with it?

32. maherk

Posts: 6768; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

They usually recommend backing up your phone, but I never did and never ever had a problem when flashing a stock rom through Odin.

29. Sparkxster

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Thanks I might go and try it out.

27. maherk

Posts: 6768; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I might end up getting the S9 after all, but only because I would end up paying zero dollars on top of my Note 8, as Samsung are giving up a free tv here if you pre-order it, which can be easily sold for 250 dollars. And yeah, I'm also curious and excited about Essential's next phone, hopefully they'll go with OLED this time around.

11. midan

Posts: 2707; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Well you answered your own guestion, they haven't used one

14. Orion78

Posts: 183; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

You don't get it? Well it's simple.... because it's a horrible design? I mean if it doesn't bother you then cool but it would drive me insane.

18. midan

Posts: 2707; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

You won't even see the notch when you use the device, it's out of your field of vision when you actually look the screen.

31. RoyalMike unregistered

The notch is useless when all these phones come with a big bottom bezel.. It's never gonna look bezel-less so why sacrifice real screen estate. The S8 approach is by far the best, the very thin bezels added with curved displays make it a real bezel-less phone and the most beautiful too.. If someone can really live with that notch,, iphone x design is more practical than these cheap Chinese craps like Asus and essential

33. nodes

Posts: 1158; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

S9 forehead is quite thick, though. and for this year i think Samsung will be late into the even more bezel-less game(is that even a word lol). looking at those beautiful Mi Mix 2S leaks..

3. bucknassty

Posts: 1325; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

well... even though it has a notch... the 5Z is very, very interesting. i did not expect this from Asus

6. Trex95

Posts: 2380; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

There’s no comparison between Zenfone before and now lot of improvement in desgain.

9. bucknassty

Posts: 1325; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

yeah, and look how much they stuffed inside 500 dollars... hard to deny this may possibly be the best in show at MWC

16. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Agreed. The biggest surprise didn't come from Samsung or Sony, but from Asus! If it only had IP68...

19. bucknassty

Posts: 1325; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

its a very compelling device.... IP68 would be nice... and why hasn't anyone else incorporated samsungs MST for payments? its so nice

36. Sparkxster

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I believe LG is going to launch LG pay which will have MST support.

37. Furbal unregistered

Love the design of the back. Always liked Asus sunburst type effect on their laptops.

7. Cat97

Posts: 1858; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Behold...the notch copycat era has officially begun ! :)

8. Trex95

Posts: 2380; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Yup, but still a lot better desgin than old ugly zenfone lol.

30. Sparkxster

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

True that a whole lot better looking.

10. Chaise unregistered

Wow, iPhone hardware with Samsung theme software!

12. midan

Posts: 2707; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Another notch, difficult times for Android users :)

13. Diego!

Posts: 866; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Asus ZenFone 5Z I'm considering getting you

15. gamehead unregistered

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