Our Opinion

The Asus Zenfone 5Z (6GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone than the Huawei Honor 10, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Asus Zenfone 5Z (6GB RAM, 128GB)!

Asus Zenfone 5Z (6GB RAM, 128GB)  Huawei Honor 10 
Asus Zenfone 5Z Huawei Honor 10
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Excellence Score
86.1
78.5
Value for Money Score
91.5
88.0
Price ₹ 32,999 onwards ₹ 29,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2018 May, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 OreoExpected update to 9.0 P Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.2 inches 5.84 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2246 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 432 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Aluminosilicate Glass
Display Features Super IPS+, Bluelight filter, Smart Screen On IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.7 GHz 2.36 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Hisilicon Kirin 970
GPU Adreno 630 Mali-G72 MP12
RAM 6 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 12.0 MP 16.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features Dual Camera (12MP + 8MP) 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 24mm Focal Length; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4µm Pixel Size, 8MP: F/2.0 Aperture; 12mm Focal Length; 1/4" Sensor Size; 1.12µm Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS) Dual Camera (16MP + 24MP), 16MP: F/1.8 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face detection, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 8.0 MP 24.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 24mm Focal Length, 1/4" Sensor Size, 1.12µm Pixel Size, Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), Full HD Video Rec. F/2.0 Aperture
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 2 TB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.7 mm 7.7 mm
Weight 155 gm 153 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh 3400 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A 360 hrs
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A 18.00 hrs
Fast Charging Yes Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A Charging Time: upto 108 mins
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Face Unlock; NFC; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; DTS Headphone X; Hi-Res Audio; Google Drive: 100GB free space (1 year) NFC; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Beautiful, elegant, glass & metal design, with a 'notch' screen - quite similar to the iPhone X - and arguably the most beautifully designed phone in this price bracket
  • The power button and the volume rocker on the right have just the right amount of tactile give, and also the mid-frame has a smooth matte finish that ups both the premium quotient as well as the in-hand feel - the ZenFone 5Z feels like an expensive phone that isn't expensive at all
  • Build quality is rock solid too - the phone has considerable heft but not unbearably so - you'll feel the phone in your hands but you won't find it taking the better of you - it's just the right proportion
  • It's very pocketable too - boasting of an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 90 per cent - the phone is almost border-less, barring a notch up-top and a chin portion at the bottom
  • The tall, modern, 19:9 display is absolutely gorgeous - it can get really bright and produces rich and vibrant colours that look pleasing to the eyes - it has great viewing angles as well - again, this is arguably the best display in this price bracket, even better than the OnePlus 6, especially in terms of colour accuracy
  • Asus's ZenUI is a huge improvement over its previous, bloated versions - it's now much lighter and smoother, and adds tons of useful AI frameworks to make the core Android experience much better - the cameras use AI for scene detection and better shots, the battery uses AI to optimize charging, the processor uses AI to boost specific apps/games, and the display uses AI to remain on when you are looking at it!
  • Asus also makes probably the best use of the 'bunny ears' on the sides of the notch of any Android phone so far - the implementation is well thought-out - the bunny ears in the case of the ZenFone 5Z are interactive - they don't bombard you with icons and notifications - instead, everything is neatly arranged and there's even a tap to view more option - tapping on either side of the notch takes you to a small sub-head that gives you an expanded view of all the incoming notifications, without having you to pull them down all the way through - it's these little details in the software that really add to the experience of using the Zenfone 5Z
  • The hardware on the Zenfone 5Z is as top-end as it gets - it is the cheapest phone in India right now with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor under the hood - in short, it will fly through anything you throw at it - and will be as fast as other flagships (OnePlus, Galaxy S9 etc)
  • Excellent dual camera system at the rear - arguably the best at this price point, and not too much behind the best of the best like the Pixel 2 - photos clicked with it in good lighting come out well, with lots of detail and colours which are mostly true to source - dynamic range is also spot-on - the ZenFone 5Z is also capable of taking some good shots in tricky and low light conditions - the phone also comes with an in-built night mode that ups the detail (even further) and leads to brighter photos at the cost of resolution (4-megapixel)
  • Thanks to the 4-axis OIS, shake is minimal (or altogether absent) in videos and the 4K clips shot with the phone also look fantastic - the phone further comes with a 3 mic system that results in fairly crisp audio recording as well
  • The secondary 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor on the rear performs its job really well too - it gives you both a pretty amazing portrait mode, and a wide-angle shot option
  • The phone's front 8MP shooter is decent too (though not exceptional like the rear camera setup) - it takes some good selfies in good light
  • The stereo speakers can get really loud, and the phone also supports High-Resolution audio via compatible wired and wireless headphones
  • Excellent battery life - the 3300mAh battery inside the ZenFone 5Z lasts significantly longer than the similarly sized battery inside the OnePlus 6 - you will comfortably get a day of use and then some
  • It even charges as fast as OnePlus' excellent Dash charger - you can top it off in some one hour fifteen minutes using the bundled 18W Qualcomm Quick Charger 3.0 charger
  • On the whole, the Asus ZenFone 5Z looks better, has arguably better cameras, has better battery life, and is as fast as the excellent OnePlus 6 - it is the first (and only) phone in the market right now that should make OnePlus nervous, and will give it some very tough competition
  • Absolutely dazzling glass design, identical to the much more expensive P20 Pro - this phone is a looker
  • Easy to use with one hand
  • The fingerprint sensor below the display is molded into the bezel itself - there's no depression where a home button would normally be, which gives the phone a neat, seamless look - the sensor also doubles as a touch-sensitive home button when the phone's in use
  • Very good, modern 19:9 tall display, with minimal bezels, and a 'notch' design, like the iPhone X - the display itself is sharp and bright
  • Packed with powerful top-end hardware - the phone runs the same top-end Kirin 970 chip found in Huawei's flagship (Huawei makes the chip itself) and gives almost identical performance - thus putting it in the league of the top-end flagship phones, at a much cheaper price - apps load quickly, photo editing is hassle-free and demanding games play very well
  • Good set of dual cameras on the back, enhanced by Huawei's AI tech - the camera uses artificial intelligence to detect what scene is being photographed and tweaks the image accordingly - and it works quite well - overall the cameras are only one notch below the best of the best like the Pixel 2 (which costs a lot more)
  • Good front camera too
  • Loud speaker
  • Good battery life - will last the day with moderate to heavy use
  • On the whole, the Honor 10 is a pretty solid phone, and delivers the same fast speeds and stylish colours as its flagship cousin the Huawei P20 Pro (although not quite the same superlative camera quality), at a much lower price, and has a standard headphone jack too - it's also a solid alternative to the excellent OnePlus 6, within this price bracket
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The shutter speed on the camera could have been slightly better - it's decent but not the best - it can sometimes get in the way when you're looking to take a quick shot, or clicking a moving subject
  • The glass gets slippery so you might want to use a case
  • The Honor 10's fingerprint sensor looks pretty seamless from the outside, but is somewhat hard to reach with one hand, and is can sometimes be slow and inaccurate - you might find yourself relying more on the face unlock in daily use
  • The EMUI Android skin is quite feature packed, but not the most light Android skin around
  • The phone has a little bit of a tendency to warm up when stressed during gaming and while using other heavy apps
Expert Reviews
  1. Asus has hit the ball right out of the park
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Exceptional value for money
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Makes the OnePlus 6 look like an expensive flagship in comparison
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. What makes it stand out from the crowd is the AI-centric features
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
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  8. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
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  11. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  12. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  15. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  16. bgr.in hands-on Read Review »
  17. alphr.com hands-on Read Review »
  18. expertreviews.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  1. The Honor 10 easily matches some of the best phones on the market in terms of looks, performance, camera, and yet it costs half of their price tags
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Honor 10 looks great and has plenty of power for its reasonable asking price
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. There's a lot to love about the Honor 10
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Undoubtedly the most capable smartphone that Huawei's sub-brand Honor has ever released in India
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. An impressive all-round package
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The Honor 10 is a beautiful phone with surprisingly good overall performance and impressive photography prowess
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Has a lot going in its favor...It comes with a stunning front and back glass design, compact form factor, and reliable AI-powered dual-camera setup
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. Outstanding quality at an enticingly low price
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Buy the Honor 10 for its camera. Love it for that kaleidoscopic glass back
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. If you liked the look of the Huawei P20 Pro, but didn’t fancy the price, then the Honor 10 is a solid alternative
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Comes with a great design and a superior camera
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Strong camera and design will compel buyers
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  13. Honor’s latest phone brings significant camera upgrades and looks stunning, too
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  14. It's the best camera phone that you can buy at its price point
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  15. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. alphr.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  20. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  22. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
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  26. news18.com hands-on Read Review »
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