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Asus Zenfone V Review

As Asus continues to roll out installments in its Zenfone 4 lineup, the company has taken a moment to release Verizon's very own, exclusive Zenfone: the Zenfone V. The V, of course, means “Verizon” and not the numeral “five,” as this is certainly neither part of the Zenfone 4 series, nor is it a jump to Zenfone 5. Instead, we have a sleek-looking phone constructed of aluminum and glass, packing 2016-level flagship components. These include a Snapdragon 820 with 4 gigabytes of RAM, a 1080p AMOLED display, and a 23-megapixel camera. Selling for $384, Asus looks to be taking a crack at the “affordable flagship” division with the Zenfone V, albeit a contender better suited for 2016, and thusly forfeiting such a distinction in 2017. Still, many 2016 phones can hang just fine with this year's newest breed. So, can the V hang too?

In the box:

  • Asus Zenfone V
  • USB-C to USB-C charging cable and wall adapter
  • SIM tool
  • Quick reference guides

Design

Glass in the front and back certainly help to class up the joint

Asus Zenfone V Review
Asus Zenfone V Review

In terms of design, the Zenfone V is a bit of a departure from most Asus phones. Gorilla Glass 5 sandwiches the device's black, aluminum frame. The sides have shiny tapered edges at the front which meet with the rounded matte finish in back. These angular cuts give the device some character, but they don't necessarily make it fit better in the hand as opposed to the smooth, rounded sides found on other handsets. Under the glass backing is Asus' familiar “Zen” concentric circle design, which looks quite nice. The camera, with its built-in OIS, does stick out and create a protrusion.


Asus ZenFone V

Asus ZenFone V

Dimensions

5.77 x 2.86 x 0.3 inches

146.6 x 72.6 x 7.6 mm

Weight

5.19 oz (147 g)

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7

Dimensions

5.61 x 2.74 x 0.31 inches

142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.36 oz (152 g)

Motorola Moto Z2 Play

Motorola Moto Z2 Play

Dimensions

6.15 x 3 x 0.24 inches

156.2 x 76.2 x 5.99 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

LG V20

LG V20

Dimensions

6.29 x 3.07 x 0.3 inches

159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6 mm

Weight

6.14 oz (174 g)

Asus ZenFone V

Asus ZenFone V

Dimensions

5.77 x 2.86 x 0.3 inches

146.6 x 72.6 x 7.6 mm

Weight

5.19 oz (147 g)

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7

Dimensions

5.61 x 2.74 x 0.31 inches

142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.36 oz (152 g)

Motorola Moto Z2 Play

Motorola Moto Z2 Play

Dimensions

6.15 x 3 x 0.24 inches

156.2 x 76.2 x 5.99 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

LG V20

LG V20

Dimensions

6.29 x 3.07 x 0.3 inches

159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6 mm

Weight

6.14 oz (174 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display

A 1080p AMOLED screen is nice to have at this size and price

We thoroughly enjoyed the perks of a 1080p display, even at the size of 5.2-inches, which is smaller than the average today. Producing 424 pixels per inch, on-screen content was clear and detailed. Colors air slightly on the bluish side, but enough tools for tweaking are found in the Settings menu to rectify this. Otherwise, the deep, rich colors of this AMOLED display were always pleasing to look at.

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5 Comments

Nicoglx

Posts: 14; Member since: Aug 23, 2017

So, this phone is way better than de Essential??? Mmmmm......

Todyo

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 20, 2017

All of ASUS reviews in PhoneArena are paid. Obvious.

drained

Posts: 25; Member since: May 01, 2017

inconsistent review process

Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

So this ugly pos is better than Nokia 8. Ok...

JosephE

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 24, 2018

For the price it's a good phone, remember it's a entry level smartphone. This phone was not designed to be used all the time. For the price you get 4Gb of ram and a good processor. Also the 23 megapixel camera is a plus. The camera sometimes needs to be adjusted in manual mode. For $230 price range it's a deal, it's in the same price range as the Galaxy J7 and LG stylo 2 but has better hardware. With electronics you do get what you pay for. But all in all it's not to bad of a phone. Ya it's got its problems but what entry level smartphone doesn't.
ZenFone V
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh

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