Our Opinion

The Asus Zenfone 5Z (6GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone, but the Xiaomi Mi A2 is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But from a pure value perspective, we recommend the Asus Zenfone 5Z (6GB RAM, 64GB).

Asus Zenfone 5Z (6GB RAM, 64GB)  Xiaomi Mi A2 
Asus Zenfone 5Z Xiaomi Mi A2
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Excellence Score
76.1
53.0
Value for Money Score
84.9
87.2
Price ₹ 29,999 onwards ₹ 15,074 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2018 Aug, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 PieAndroid One series
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)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Features Super IPS+, Bluelight filter, Smart Screen On LTPS IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.7 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Ranked #4 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #14 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
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
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 12MP + 8MP 12MP + 20MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 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) 12MP: F/1.7.5 Aperture; 1/2.9" Sensor Size; 1.25µm Pixel Size; Sony IMX486 Sensor, 20MP: F/1.75 Aperture, 1/2.8" Sensor Size, 2.0um Pixel Size; Sony IMX376 Sensor, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 2x Optical Zoom, Portrait Mode, Burst mode, Face recognition, AI Beautify, Group selfie, Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face detection, HDR, Panorama, Slow Motion Video
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 20.0MP
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. SONY IMX376 Sensor, 2.0um Pixel Size, F/2.2 Aperture, AI Beautify, AI Portrait Mode, HDR, Selfie Flash, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Group selfie
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 2 TB
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
Thickness 7.7 mm 7.3 mm
Weight 155 gm 168 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack USB-C
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh 3010 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 Yes, Quick Charge 4.0
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; DTS Headphone X; Hi-Res Audio; Google Drive: 100GB free space (1 year) 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)
  • Very good dual camera system at the rear - arguably the best at this price point, competing virtually head-to-head with the OnePlus 6, and 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
  • Good battery life - the 3300mAh battery inside the ZenFone 5Z is similar to the OnePlus 6 - you will comfortably get a day of use
  • 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 is the first (and only) phone in the market right now that should make OnePlus nervous, and will give some very serious competition to the excellent OnePlus 6 - it is arguably a bit better than the OnePlus 6 in a couple of areas (overall looks, speakers), and arguably a bit behind in a couple (software, water resistance), but overall, these 2 phones are pretty much neck-and-neck - which is saying something since the Zenfone 5z is significantly cheaper!
  • Very well built, and well designed
  • The fingerprint reader on the back is in a natural position to comfortably unlock with either index finger
  • Contemporary, tall 18:9 display, brings the Mi Android One series up to modern standards
  • One of the best parts about the phone is of course the fact that it is part of the Android One series, which should mean guaranteed Android updates for at least 2 years + a stock, simple version of Android, with no unnecessary bloat
  • Butter smooth performance backed by a powerful Snapdragon 660 chipset, hardly seen at this low a price bracket
  • Stellar set of dual cameras on the rear - arguably the joint best at this price point, at par with the excellent Redmi Note 5 Pro - take nice photos in good and low light alike, and the bokeh shots too come out well
  • Very good selfie camera, with good bokeh shots - overall one of the best selfie cameras in this price bracket
  • Very loud loudspeaker, one of the best in this price bracket
  • Fast charging support
  • On the whole, the Mi A2 is a good, solid phone in this price bracket and you won't go wrong with it - it will compete strongly against the likes of Redmi Note 5 Pro (a bit cheaper, but doesn't have stock Android), and Honor Play (faster, better for gaming, but loses on the software)
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
  • Brightness levels for the display could have been better - it's not the easiest phone to use under sunlight
  • No 3.5mm jack, so if you want to use your existing standard-jack headphones, you will need to use an adapter (included in the box)
  • The battery life is decent but could have been a bit better - it will last you the day with moderate use, but it's not as good as the best of the competition
Expert Reviews
  1. One of the most underappreciated phones around...an excellent all-round package
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A device you won’t regret buying
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Asus has hit the ball right out of the park
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Exceptional value for money
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Makes the OnePlus 6 look like an expensive flagship in comparison
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. The ‘flagship killer’ killer
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Will surely send jitters to premium market leaders
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. A compelling alternative to the OnePlus 6
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. What makes it stand out from the crowd is the AI-centric features
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  16. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  20. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  22. bgr.in hands-on Read Review »
  23. alphr.com hands-on Read Review »
  24. expertreviews.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  1. Affordable as it may be, it wouldn't be our default choice in the midrange quite like the A1 was
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better deal on a device with pure Android
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. If you can't do without stock Android and want good cameras without paying too much, then the Mi A2 should check all your boxes
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Has all the elements of success
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Quite easy to recommend
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. A phone that punches way above its weight....impressive stuff from Xiaomi
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The immense value on offer makes the A2 an easy recommendation
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. A good option if you are looking for a phone with no bloatware and premium design
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Perfect mid-range camera phone
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. Go for the Mi A2 if and only if you want a Xiaomi phone with stock Android OS
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  18. beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  20. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
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