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
- WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
- 2500mAh battery
- Android 4.4 KitKat with ZenUI
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.