Our Opinion

The Asus Zenfone 5Z (8GB RAM, 256GB) is a significantly better phone than the LG V30 Plus, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Asus Zenfone 5Z (8GB RAM, 256GB)!

Asus Zenfone 5Z (8GB RAM, 256GB)  LG V30 Plus 
Asus Zenfone 5Z LG V30
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Excellence Score
80.7
71.9
Value for Money Score
83.0
68.1
Price ₹ 36,999 onwards ₹ 33,750 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2018 Dec, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.2 inches 6 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2246 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch) 1440x2880 pixels (~ 537 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 P-OLED, Dolby Vision, HDR10 Compliant, Always-on Display, FullVision Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.7 GHz 2.45 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Ranked #5 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 835Ranked #8 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 630 Adreno 540
RAM 8 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 16MP + 13MP
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) 16 MP: F/1.6 Aperture; 71-degree Wide-angle Lens, 13 MP: F/1.9 Aperture; 120-degree Wide-angle Lens, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Laser Autofocus, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), HDR, Panorama, Stereo Sound Rec., HDR Video
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 5.0MP
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. N/A
Internal Memory 256 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 2 TB 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 7.4 mm
Weight 155 gm 158 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh 3300 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 3.0
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) Fast Battery Charging (Quick Charge 3.0); Wireless Charging; Military Certified; DLNA; NFC; Noise Filtration; Hi-Fi Quad DAC powered by B&O Play
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!
  • Beautiful, streamlined, flagship-grade aluminium and glass design
  • Full IPX8 waterproofing
  • Impressively light for what it has inside
  • Beautiful large, edge-to-edge OLED screen - with vibrant colors and deep blacks - pretty close in quality to Samsung's top-notch Super AMOLEDs
  • LG's Android UI looks decent and works well, although it's not really the best - that position is taken by the likes of OnePlus, and Samsung
  • Speedy, top-end processor - delivers top-drawer performance similar to other Snapdragon 835 phones
  • Very good dual rear cameras - capable of taking some excellent photos - they're crisp, full of life, and comparable to the excellent Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
  • In the daytime, the LG's second wide-angle camera is a special treat, letting you capture more of your surroundings in every frame - you just can't get these types of wide-angle photos with any other phone camera
  • LG also offers a dizzying array of additional camera modes which you will found genuinely useful - this includes an excellent manual mode
  • Video recording is excellent too, with powerful video features - 4K and 1080p/30fps videos out of the primary camera are top-notch
  • Decent front-facing camera too, particularly its wide-angle mode
  • The best headphone jack on a phone period - LG V30's "quad-DAC" (digital-to-analog converter) isn't just a marketing gimmick - it actually works - when you plug in good quality headphones into this phone's 3.5mm jack, your music lights up, growing richer, fuller and warmer - a treat for audiophiles - this is the best smartphone for audio today
  • The loudspeaker is pretty good too
  • Excellent battery life - will comfortably last the day even with heavy use - similar in overall life to the excellent Galaxy S8 Plus
  • Supports wireless charging
  • Supports quick charging - promises 50 percent charge in 30 minutes
  • On the whole, the phone is a content creator's dream, with particular focus on videographers (who can shoot pro-style Log format video) and audiophiles
  • On the whole, the LG V30 is a fantastic phone that nearly does it all - and a rock-solid alternative to Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Plus and the Google Pixel 2 XL - it is one of LG’s best in recent memory and as a result, it’s also one of 2017’s best smartphones
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 front facing camera, and overall low-light photography (of both front and rear cameras), while decent, aren’t industry-leading
  • Wireless charging works fine - but it's not particularly fast. The V30 only supports standard 5-watt Qi charging and a newer 8-watt standard - not the 15-watt Fast Charge variant supported by Samsung and some competitors
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 »
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  1. The V30 has turned out so remarkably well... it's got the most important boxes checked and we can see people running to the stores
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The LG V30 is a rock-solid alternative to Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Plus and the Google Pixel 2 XL....If it fits your hands and your photographic needs, you won't be disappointed.
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. LG has cooked up one of its most impressive smartphones ever
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. You won’t regret buying it
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
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  9. digit.in in-depth Read Review »
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  12. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
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  18. alphr.com in-depth Read Review »
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  20. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
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