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ASUS Zenfone 5 Lite (A502CG) Unboxing: A More Affordable Zenfone 5

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We unbox the more affordable version of the Zenfone 5!

It’s an undeniable fact that ASUS PH has scored big with the Zenfone 5. It’s a phone that’s hard to buy nowadays, not because it’s a terrible phone – on the contrary, it’s such a great phone that it usually flys off the shelf even as ASUS PH furiously tries to keep it in stock. ASUS, always looking for ways to get the most of a good thing has released a downgraded version of the Zenfone 5 dubbed the Zenfone 5 Lite to capitalize on the popularity of the device, though as you’ll learn in our unboxing below, the lower price that you’ll pay for the device may not be worth the compromises you’re getting.

ASUS Zenfone 5 Lite specs

  • 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2520
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 5-inch qHD IPS display, 960 x 540 resolution
  • 8-megapixel rear PixelMaster camera with AF and LED flash
  • VGA front camera
  • Dual-SIM
  • 3G
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
  • 2500mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 KitKat with ZenUI

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Packaging and contents

The Zenfone 5 Lite comes in a box that’s not that different from the original. In fact, the only way you’ll be able to distinguish that the device is the Lite version is if you checked out the model number A502CG, as the “Lite” moniker is something that ASUS’ marketing people came up with to sell the downgraded version.

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As far as the contents of the Zenfone 5 Lite goes, you’re getting the unit itself, charger, USB cable, manuals and warranty card. You’re not getting a pair of headphones, unlike the Zenfone 5.

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Initial Impressions: downgraded hardware may not be worth the slightly lower price tag

Externally, the Zenfone 5 Lite is exactly the same as the regular Zenfone 5. You’re still getting the same removable plastic shell design as well as the aluminum chin with the Zen-inspired pattern.

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Like the Zenfone 5, the Zenfone 5 Lite uses a removable plastic shell that reveals the two dual-SIM slots and microSD expansion slot on the back. The battery is not removable, unfortunately.

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While the externals of the Zenfone 5 Lite is similar to the one in its older brother, inside is a whole different story. ASUS has put a slower clocked Intel Atom 1.2GHz processor in the Zenfone 5 paired with just 1GB of memory compared to the 2GB one in the original.

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The display has taken a hit too, sporting a 5-inch qHD display compared to the HD one on the original. The display has also shed its Gorilla Glass 3 protection in the process. On the upside, the Zenfone 5 Lite gains a few more mAh of battery, with its battery now at 2500mAh.

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Those downgrades really show in both AnTuTU and Geek Bench, as the already rather underwhelming Intel Atom processor gets a lower 1.2GHz clock compared to the 1.6GHz clockspeed on the original. The result is rather unimpressive benchmarks on both AnTuTu and Geek Bench.

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Probably the upside for all of this? Increased battery life. qHD displays aren’t known for sipping a lot of juice, and the higher battery rating means that the Zenfone 5 Light may last far longer than the original did. But at what cost?

The Zenfone 5 Lite retails for Php 5,595.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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      1. ok naman mayroon talagang mga apps na di compatible kagaya rin sa isang phone ko xperia play.. ganyan tlga pg.android sa dami b naman ng brands iba ibang soc pa ang gamit di lahat ng apps sa google play kayang e optimize.

      2. Most of the people who spread the FUD about compatibility problems in Intel’s SoC probably don’t know that the Android SDK (the software used in developing Android Apps) is now optimized for Intel’s x86 architecture. Heck, even an old Android app I bought during the days of Gingerbread still works fine with the Intel Atom.

  1. Just bought the Zenfone 5 Lite over the Zenfone 5 last week mainly because I want to have a phone that lasts long in a single charge. No regrets.

    Zenfone 5 Lite for long battery life vs Zenfone 5 for performance. You decide.

    1. Medyo na assure ako sa mga posts mo. Saka pala nakita ko sa kung saan man na di gumagana yung nokia here maps sa zf5 nila.

      ps. What are your other phones? Thanks.

      1. Tried loading Nokia Here Maps on my Nexus 5 and Motorola Moto G and I have encountered some random crashes. Take note that the Nokia Here Maps is Nokia’s second app to get published in Play Store and it’s possible that they still don’t know how to optimize it for other phones.

      1. Sa mga SM or kahit local malls lang meron. From 5495-5990. Dunno why.

        Yung ibang box walang LITE na nakatatak so beware.

        Yung sealed batt na lang problema ko dito.

        1. ok po thanks.last time i check, sa sm manila wala daw eh.
          diba nsa ilalim ng box kung A502CG – yung variant for z5 lite?

          1. Di ko nakita yung box. Tinanong ko lang yung nagbebenta bat ang layo ng price gap nung dalawang ZF5 na magkatabi. Sabi sakin lite daw yung isa. Alam na siguro nila.

            Sealed batt na lang bumabagabag sakin. Wait ako till next year kung may better deal kesa dito.

          2. Oo nga, alam na din nman nila. 🙂
            I just bought Z5Lite yesterday, di ko pa masyado maassess kasi bago plang sakin.
            Pero maganda yung User Interface.

    1. It’s all about giving consumers more choices to choose from. What’s so wrong on giving consumers more choices, eh?

    1. It has hyperthreading and LED Notifications but sadly, the Gorilla Glass 3 present in the regular version of Zenfone 5 is replaced with Soda Lime glass so be prepared to slap some screen protector on if you’re too paranoid about getting a scratch.

  2. I just bought the Zenfone 5 Lite. The performance is good enough. It’s even comparable if not better than the cheap quad core phones. The display os not bad at all and I solved the non-Gorilla Glass screen by slapping on an Alibaba tempered glass screen protector.

  3. Just bought my zenfone 5 lite a week ago. You say it comes with a 2500mah battery. Eh bakit di umaabot ng maghapon itong phone ko? Mas matagal pa battery life ng zenfone 5 ko dati. How to i fix this?

    1. akin man. bkt ganun. mas matagal pa battery life ng zenfone 5 ko. kesa sa lite. kakainis. bumili me kala ko 2500mah battery. mukang di nmn. nasa 1 hour lang screentime. samantalang ung zenfone 5 ko nasa 2 hours. kainis .kala q matagal bago malowbat. tapos pag di full charge at di ginamit ng 12 hours nasa 80% nlng

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