Our Opinion

The Asus Zenfone 5Z (6GB RAM, 64GB) is a much better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (6GB RAM), and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Asus Zenfone 5Z (6GB RAM, 64GB)!

Asus Zenfone 5Z (6GB RAM, 64GB)  Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (6GB RAM) 
Asus Zenfone 5Z Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
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Excellence Score
83.7
57.6
Value for Money Score
91.7
87.3
Price ₹ 29,999 onwards ₹ 16,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2018 Feb, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 OreoExpected update to next Android version Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.2 inches 5.99 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2246 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch) 1080x2160 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features Super IPS+, Bluelight filter, Smart Screen On 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display, Sunlight mode, Night mode, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.7 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
GPU Adreno 630 Adreno 509
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 12.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
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 + 5MP), 1.12um Pixel Size, F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Enhanced low-light Photography, HDR, Panorama, Burst mode, Face recognition
Secondary Camera 8.0 MP 20.0 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. Soft Selfie-light, 1.0um Pixel Size, F/2.2 Aperture, Beautify 4.0, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 2 TB up to 128 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 8.05 mm
Weight 155 gm 181 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
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) Face Unlock; USB On-The-Go; Wi-Fi Direct; 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
  • Nice, utilitarian (though not exceptional) design and good build quality, as has been the case with the entire Redmi Note series
  • Nice looking, modern 5.99 inch 18:9 display, with minimal bezels - has good viewing angles, brightness levels, and colour reproduction - looks pleasing in day-to-day use
  • In spite of the large screen, the phone remains quite ergonomic because of the tall, minimal-bezel form factor
  • MIUI interface over Android is snappy, and offers some added features such as dual apps and second space - with dual apps, one can run separate accounts of the same service/app and the second space functionality provides separate user experiences for example for work and home
  • Stellar performance - the single most defining aspect for the Note 5 Pro may be the excellent new chip that powers it - the Snapdragon 636 - in short, in terms of both benchmarks, and real life use, it blows every other phone in the price bracket out of the water - be it the loading times for heavy games, opening multiple apps or just switching between multiple heavy apps and games - the phone simply sails through everything
  • The heat management is excellent too - the phone hardly gets warm even after playing games on the phone for an hour straight
  • Very good set of dual cameras at the rear - you have a 12MP primary camera (Sony IMX486) with a sensor size of 1.25um and an aperture of f/2.2 - the secondary 5MP camera is used for depth sensing only and has a sensor size of 1.12um with f/2.0 aperture - in ample lighting conditions, the camera captures a good amount of details and has a punchy colour reproduction - low light image capabilities are equally good and the camera has good dynamic range - even the portrait (bokeh) images look better than most of its competitors - they carry plenty of details and the background blur is also quite good
  • Overall, this is the arguably the best camera phone in this price bracket now, having a slight edge over the existing top camera phones in the bracket, like the Xiaomi Mi A1
  • Very good front camera too - takes good images in all kinds of lighting conditions - you also get software based portrait image, which lets you take that ‘Bokeh’ image with background blur and is decent
  • Good audio quality through both headphones, and the speaker
  • Good call quality
  • Stellar battery life - still runs for two days straight, continuing the tradition of the Redmi Note series
  • Decent (though not great) charging speed - takes a little over two hours to fully charge the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro’s 4, 000mAh battery
  • On the whole, Redmi Note 5 Pro offers everything you need from this price bracket - superior performance, excellent battery life and a good camera - simply put, this is almost a complete package when it comes to mid-range smartphone
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 design is simple and works, but is largely a continuation of the old Redmi Note design - it's not a gorgeous, stand out device by by any means
  • Still continues with the old micro USB standard, there is no modern USB Type-C support
  • While MIUI is one of the nicer Android UIs, it does have some bloat in terms of unneeded apps - and a lot of people still prefer a more stock Android approach
  • While the cameras are excellent in still photography, they are only average as far as video recording goes
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
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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. Without a doubt the top budget performer right now
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. There’s really no matching the Redmi Note 5 Pro in terms of performance and features at this price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Redmi Note 5 offers everything you need from a sub-15K phone today - superior performance, excellent battery life and a good camera.
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. It takes the title of our favorite mid-range smartphone of 2018
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  5. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
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  10. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
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