High-end ZenFone 5Z shows up on Asus' US website next to a crazy price
First announced back in February at MWC 2018, the ZenFone 5Z is the most advanced Asus smartphone to date, so it's understandable that it can't be cheap. But how much do you think the phone will cost in the US? Well, if you're visiting the official Asus US website in search for info about the ZenFone 5Z, you may have a shock.
Asus currently says that ZenFone 5Z prices will start at $1,999. Yes, that's one thousand and 999 bucks. Needless to say, this is a crazy price - not just for the new ZenFone, but for pretty much any other smartphone out there. The only sane explanation for such a price listing is that this is an error that will be fixed soon.
Update: Asus told us that the ZenFone 5Z will be released in August and the $1,999 price was listed by mistake.
The real price of the Asus ZenFone 5Z should start at around $500. The smartphone will be sold unlocked stateside, but there's no word on exactly when it's going to be available. Meanwhile, the handset can be bought in Europe starting at €500. We'll reach out to Asus and see if the company can share more details on the US release and price of the 5Z.
Running Android 8 Oreo out of the box, the Asus ZenFone 5Z sports a 6.2-inch display with 1080 x 2246 pixels and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. Other features include a dual 12 MP rear camera, dual speakers, a 3300 mAh battery, up to 8 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of storage space. Our Asus ZenFone 5Z hands-on will let you take a closer look at the device.
Another new Asus smartphone, the ZenFone 5Q, is already available in the US. This is a mid-range device that doesn't have the appeal of the ZenFone 5Z, but that's why it's sold for only $299 (unlocked).