Our Opinion

The Asus Zenfone 5Z (6GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone than the Nokia 7 Plus (Android One), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Asus Zenfone 5Z (6GB RAM, 64GB)!

Asus Zenfone 5Z (6GB RAM, 64GB)  Nokia 7 Plus (Android One) 
Asus Zenfone 5Z Nokia 7 Plus
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Excellence Score
83.7
64.2
Value for Money Score
91.7
83.0
Price ₹ 29,999 onwards ₹ 23,324 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2018 Apr, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 OreoExpected update to next Android version Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 P
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.2 inches 6 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2246 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch) 1080x2160 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features Super IPS+, Bluelight filter, Smart Screen On IPS LCD, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.7 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
GPU Adreno 630 Adreno 512
RAM 6 GB 4 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 12.0 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 (12MP + 13MP), 12MP: F/1.75 Aperture; 1.4µm Pixel Size, 13MP: F/2.6 Aperture; 1.0µm Pixel Size, Electronic Image Stabilisations (EIS), Dual Pixel Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 2x Optical Zoom, Carl Zeiss optics, Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face detection, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 8.0 MP 16.0 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, 1.0µm Pixel Size, Carl Zeiss optics, Full HD Video Rec.
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 2 TB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.7 mm 7.99 mm
Weight 155 gm N/A
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh 3800 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A 723 hrs
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A 19.00 hrs
Fast Charging Yes Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A Music Playback Time: Up to 126 hrs
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; Nokia OZO audio
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
  • Excellent build quality with a well-constructed metal (6000 series aluminium) unibody design - the phone definitely feels like it is built to last, and it looks great too
  • In order to make the Nokia 7 Plus look distinct, the company has also opted for some nice looking copper accents for the midframe, camera surround, fingerprint scanner, and its logo at the back
  • With an 18:9 display, the new 7 Plus is the first Nokia-branded smartphone to follow the 'minimal bezel' trend - the 6-inch IPS display is immersive, has good viewing angles and gets bright enough to be visible outdoors
  • The phone is also enrolled into Google’s Android One programme which means is that the phone comes with stock Android and no bloatware - with no significant customisations on the Nokia 7 Plus, the UI is snappy and easy to use - and it will also get guaranteed Android updates for a minimum of 2 years
  • It also comes with Project Treble supported, which should ensure faster updates
  • There are a few useful gesture shortcuts added, like the ability to double-click the power button to launch the camera, use the fingerprint scanner to pull down the notification shade, and lift to wake phone, among others - you also have the option to double-tap the display to wake the device up
  • The performance is great too with a a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor - it beats the likes of Moto X4, and Oppo F7 in benchmarks - the Nokia 7 Plus can handle your daily grind and deliver a smooth user experience without breaking into a sweat - heavy apps and games are handled well too, and there is no heating up
  • Good set of dual rear cameras - the phone is quick to focus and gets the exposure right most of the time - colour reproduction was quite good and most images appeared crisp - the telephoto lens offers a quick 2x optical zoom which comes in handy when you want to capture distant objects - and if you like taking portraits, you will enjoy the bokeh mode
  • The selfie camera is good too and captures detail quite well even when indoors
  • Video recording is decent too
  • There are also three microphones on board along with Nokia’s OZO Audio technology which lets you capture surround audio while recording video
  • Very good battery life - the phone will last you well over a day before needing to be plugged in, with moderate use - the phone manages to get the right balance of performance and efficiency - the processor is powerful, yet frugal enough
  • Fast charging support - the bundled charger is capable of filling it up to 100 percent in two hours
  • On the whole, Nokia seems to have a winner on its hands - the phone scores well all round, in design, performance and battery life - it’s beautiful, reliable and everything you’d expect from a Nokia phone - and it will give some tough competition to other phones in 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
  • A bit on the heavy side
  • No notification LED, The fingerprint scanner is positioned slightly too high on the back side
  • While the camera does pretty well with low light photos (better than the competition), you will have to have patience and a steady hand - the phone drops the shutter speed to capture more light which means a little movement leads to blurry shots
Expert Reviews
  1. Asus has hit the ball right out of the park
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  2. Exceptional value for money
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  3. Makes the OnePlus 6 look like an expensive flagship in comparison
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  4. What makes it stand out from the crowd is the AI-centric features
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  1. One of those quietly good all-rounders that don't get us all hyped-up and excited, but are the ones we recommend to a friend as the sensible option
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you are looking for an unpretentious metal handset with good battery life, the Nokia 7 Plus is currently one of your best bets
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. HMD Global has managed to get quite a few things right with the 7 Plus. It is up-to-date with an 18:9 display and feels like it is built to last.
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Nokia 7 Plus is the true comeback device for HMD Global. With a beautiful, but tough design, univisium display and pure stock Android, Nokia has a winner in its hands.
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. The perfect mid-range smartphone
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. In the Nokia 7 Plus, HMD Global has a really great smartphone at a price where there’s not a lot of competition, and the phone doesn’t fail to impress
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