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Asus Zenfone V Review

Asus ZenFone V

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Interface and Performance

Quick and fluid performance are hallmarks of the SD820 and have become common with ZenUI, as well

As always, ZenUI offers a snappy experience with much customization. The Snapdragon 820 paired with 4 gigs of RAM doesn't disappoint. Moving through the OS feels light and responsive, despite the deep customization and tweaks offered by Asus; and there are plenty of tweaks. Verizon does neuter the experience a bit by taking away the theme store, among other Asus apps, but you can still change icon sizes, label colors, grid layouts, scrolling effects, and more.

Connectivity

USB-C in tow, but unfortunately no wireless charging

Thankfully, we have USB-C charging on the Zenfone V. Unfortunately, the bundled charging cable is USB-C to USB-C. No USB-C to USB-A adapter is included. This is fine for people with very new computers that likely have USB-C ports, but otherwise you'll need to buy an adapter to transfer your data. NFC is also on board alongside Bluetooth 4.2. Of course, this is a Verizon exclusive, and as such one should expect that the device will only be equipped to run on Big Red's network.

Camera

Inconsistently colored but highly detailed images in most lighting scenarios set us up for disappointment with its video quality

Asus Zenfone V Review

Asus loves to crank up the megapixels on their phones, but often the software delivers results just short of the mark. In the case of the Zenfone V, the 23-megapixel sensor captures excellent details, as it should. However, color reproduction wasn't nearly as consistent. Most of the time you'll capture accurate colors with the V, but a tendency to add a yellowish tinge is often evident. We also saw some scenes get pushed way over to the bluer end of the spectrum, though this was less common. Turning on HDR, rather than using the auto-HDR mode, usually corrects these issues – an alternative which thankfully doesn't add much of a delay between shots. The V's abilities in picking up detail and color in lower-light scenes while keeping noise to an absolute minimum should not be overlooked, though a higher adeptness with taming hotspots would be appreciated, even when HDR is enabled.

Asus’ Depth of Field mode makes a return on the Zenfone V. The resulting photos are unfortunately quite disappointing. Better at focusing objects than people, this mode remains largely useless, as even the best blur applications are spotty and wildly inconsistent. Tapping the object to focus is a necessity, though, and we found ourselves having to take a few taps to properly find the focus – a phenomenon we noticed in all shooting modes.

Camera interface - Asus Zenfone V Review
Camera interface - Asus Zenfone V Review

Camera interface



Video


The Zenfone V is capable of recording 4K video, but unfortunately lacks the proficiency in detail capture found in still images. Noise and artifacts can be seen even in well-lit scenarios. Colors and exposure are decent, and autofocus was usually quick and accurate, albeit a bit hit-and-miss at times. Image stabilization also plays a large role in the V's smooth video capture.



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PhoneArena rating:
7.2Good
Display5.2 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (424 ppi) AMOLED
Camera23 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 , Quad-core, 2150 MHz, Kryo processor
4 GB RAM
Size5.77 x 2.86 x 0.3 inches
(146.6 x 72.6 x 7.6 mm)
5.19 oz  (147 g)

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