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ASUS Zenfone 5 Review: Killer Specs, Killer Price

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We review the Zenfone 5!

When ASUS launched their Zenfones in multiple SEA territories except ours, we were a bit peeved – the PH is still part of SEA, after all. We shouldn’t have been really, as ASUS PH managed to make up for that little snafu with extremely aggressive pricing for their Zenfone 5. ASUS PH’s Zenfone pricing is by far the lowest in the region, at just Php 6495 for the base 8GB version and Php 6,995 for the 16GB version. This makes the phone an extremely attractive one for people looking for a good deal.

ASUS Zenfone 5 specs

  • 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2560
  • 2GB RAM
  • 5-inch HD IPS display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection, 1280 x 720 resolution
  • 8GB/16GB storage, expandable via microSD
  • 8-megapixel f/2.0 PixelMaster Camera
  • 2-megapixel front camera
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Dual-SIM
  • 3G, HSPA+
  • 2110mAh, non-removable battery
  • Android 4.3 ( will update to 4.4 KitKat ) with ASUS ZenUI
  • Php 6495 8GB/ Php 6995 for 16GB

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Simple, clean and elegant design

As far as design goes, ASUS has proven itself as a company that can make elegant, beautiful products in any price range. From the beautiful Zen designs of their higher-end products to the simple but elegant approach to their more affordable tablet line, ASUS has shown it certainly has design chops. The Zenfone 5 is no different – the device has rounded edges and a softly curved back, with a nice matte finish in different colors. The Zenfone 5 also has small touches of the company’s Zen design language in the small strip of metal on the bottom of the phone, as well as on the volume rocker and power button located on the right side.

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Though it may look not be apparent at first glance, the Zenfone 5 has a removable plastic back that allows you access to the two SIM card slots and the microSD slot, though you’re not going to be able to touch that 2110mAh battery.

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For people who have been following the announcement and eventual release of the Zenfone 5, you may have noticed that the internal specs of the device have changed a few times. ASUS actually released a 2GHz version of the Zenfone 5, as well as a model with just 1GB of RAM before finally settling on the model that they’re now selling in the PH market.

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A UI that improves on the Android experience

Since it’s an ASUS Android device, the Zenfone 5 has the company’s own Zen UI overlay on top of Android 4.3 (which can be updated to Android 4.4).

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The user experience is very good, with the UI sporting a nice, clean flat look, which is a bit similar to what Google is doing with Android L. It also gives you important reminders (like upcoming events) and gives you a heads-up of the weather, important especially if you live in the PH where the weather seems to have bipolar disorder.

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Hardware that gets the job done….most of the time

Unlike other manufacturers in the market, ASUS has equipped the Zenfone 5 with Intel’s Atom processor. It only makes sense – Intel has been a long-time partner of the Taiwanese manufacturer, and have been powering many of their tablets for a while now.

Unfortunately, Intel’s Atom SOC has had quite a number of growing pains, as evidenced by our experience with their SOC in other devices. Heat is a number one issue, which, if left unchecked, has a potential to ruin the device’s battery over time. That’s probably the reason why ASUS decided to go with the slower 1.6GHz Atom processor in newer models of the Zenfone 5 instead of the higher 2GHz clockspeed in earlier models. We were pleasantly surprised to note that the heat issues that plagued similar smartphones rocking the 2GHz processor were not present in the Zenfone 5. Yes, the phone still gets warm when it’s running under full load, but it’s not nearly as bad as the heat generated in earlier Intel Atom equipped devices.

While the Zenfone 5 managed to score decently in our synthetic benchmarks, we did notice that the device showed a bit of lag in some of the apps that we regularly use Facebook Messenger being one of them. And while the processor is capable of running intense Android games, it struggles a fair bit when they’re set on high graphical settings. Dead Trigger 2, for example, would lag in random locations once in a while when the graphics were turned up to maximum. We also noticed slower load times for Android games compared to MediaTek and Qualcomm equipped devices.

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Impressive camera performance, even in low-light

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ASUS’ 8-megapixel camera with Pixel Master technology has been bandied about by the company as one of the best in its class, and we’re inclined to believe them. While the Zenfone 5’s camera performs extremely well in bright, sunny environs (which is the case for most cameras anyway) it truly excels in low-light. All photos taken below were taken in either indoors with only artificial lighting, or in low-light.

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Of course there’s a trade-off. In this case – noise. The darker the environment, the greater the noise, which was especially obvious in the night street shot below. But considering that the only light sources were the street lamps, we’d wager most people would rather get a slightly noisy photo over no photo at all.

Meh battery life

The ASUS Zenfone 5 managed to record around a day’s worth of battery with moderate use. During our battery drain test (looping video, sound at 50%) it managed to record a battery life of around 5 hours and 24 minutes – which isn’t bad, though it isn’t great either.

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Verdict: Best budget smartphone from an international brand

ASUS definitely has a winner with the Zenfone 5. While it does suffer from its fair share of performance issues, it’s still a great Android smartphone. Starting at Php 6495, it’s definitely “sulit” considering its overall performance, build quality and Pixel Master camera. Well worth the price of admission.

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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133 Comments

  1. Ang nakakabuwiset lang yung mga naglipanang mapagsamantalang re-sellers sa LAZADA.
    Yung 16 gb Php8k! ta**na

    1. Hindi lang sa lazada, pati sa mga malls marami nagbebenta ng may tongpats.

      Kapag dumami na stocks nag Zenfone 5 at SRP, mawawala din yang mga !@#$% na yan.

  2. With the impending arrival of the Redmi 1S, may kalaban na ito. Yes it only has 1 gb of RAM but the Snapdragon 400 (Adreno 305) I believe is the better all-rounder of the two and I am willing to bet my house na di hamak na mas matagal din ang battery life nun.

    So mga peeps, paparating na si Redmi hehe

      1. Mganda ang z5
        And product pa sya ng asus
        cguro nman alam nyo na
        Kilala ang asus sa
        pagawa ng mga
        Pc pheripherals
        which is tlga nmang mganda
        ang product nila
        Lalo na kng gamer ka..
        So ano pa ang e expect mi sa z5

    1. magkano binayad sayo ng shomai? hahahaha srsly who are you to compare incomparable devices? are a tech genius? have you tried z5 and that phone you so proudly blurting here to compare them? bullshit ka pre hahaha

  3. I eagerly waited for it’s release here (6 months after it was introduced last January). I was choosing between this and Huawei Honor 3C. Then came the Xiaomi’s (announcement of) Redmi 1S and I included it in my choices. Since the Honor 3C was at priced 9K+ and Redmi 1s is still nowhere to be found, I opted for the Zenfone 5. The change of specs to 2GB of RAM and price of P6495 is what made me decided.

    No regrets so far. I’m about to buy a second unit for my wife.

    Sa akin, smooth naman perfomance ni Zenfone 5. 3 or 4 times na yata naglabas ng firmware update si Asus since naging available ito sa PH and many users are reporting positive changes. It makes me wonder kung ina-update kaya ng Unbox yung mga phones na nire-review nila.

    Anyway, FYI, USB OTG capable na po si Zenfone 5 after last firmware update. Yung mga low-powered devices lang gaya ng flash drive, mouse, etc lang kaya. Hindi nya kaya power up yung mga external HDD. You’ll need an external source of power para maread.

  4. Better get the Octa-Core Cherry Mobile Pulse. Daming issue nitong Zenfone 5:

    1. Poor battery life.
    2. Prone to overheating.
    3. Poor games compatibility. Maraming games ang hindi gumagana.
    4. Poor after sales support.
    5. Wifi constantly dropping.
    6. Poor call quality.

    1. Pero with pulse
      1.) Prone to overheating
      2.) Poor after sales support
      3.) Questionable durability
      Hindi ako hater ng CM, its just that its up to most people what they will decideto buy. 🙂

      1. promising din kasi ang nirerelease ng cherry mobile, but nadala na ako dun sa mga phones, since nung time pa ng basic phones nila na may dual at triple sim. sobrang affordable yet not durable up to this date, though smartphones nga nila are pretty bang for the buck for beginner users, magsettle pa din tayo sa magandang brand at maayos ang after sales.

    2. 1. 6 hours on HSPA+ isn’t bad, honestly. Better than a Moto G.
      2. Hasn’t overheated on me.
      3. People play Facebook games. Those work fine.
      4. Poor after sales support. I’m not expecting any for 6,450. It’s the kind of thing you throw away when it breaks.
      5. WiFi issue may be with your system. You may want to consider a Broadcomm based WiFi router.
      6. Poor call quality may be attributed to the person calling you or the network you’re using.

    3. Na try mo na bang i-update yan? Kasi daming newer updates ang phone, 3rd update is for the Battery issue at yung last update is for the USB OTG na pwede mo magamitan ng flash drives.

    4. Hindi yan magiging issues kung nag updates k…CM FANBOY SPOTTED…ako dala n ako sa CM..mas okie pa ang MP at SM sa totoo lang..not updated ata ung FW nito nong nereview…ahahah..

    5. Haha loko to tinapat no pa si CM mong bulok haha nahiya naman asus sayo hahhaha potek im a proud owner of cherry mobile haha kakahiya

    6. JEJEMON NA FAN NG CHERRY MOBILE HOY ANONG SULOK NA SMOKEY MOUNTAIN KA NAKATIRA LOKO TO MAKABENTA KA LANG SIGURO NG CHIPIPAY MONG CHERRY MOBILE NANINIRA KA PA NG IBA HAHHA SKWATER ALIS 😀

      1. Puru specs kase CM. Octacore nga pero tignan mo muna mismong design ng processor. Not a hater. Just saying 😀

    7. Are you kidding? cherry mobile sucks kahit na ilang octa octa core pa yan. try visiting the cherry mobile service center brod, nakalinya ang customer complains hahaha! cherry mobile phones are mostly rebranded. at mga hardware hindi balanced kay ang performance hindi rin balanced.

    8. i have tried using a cherry mobile android phone, and i must say that i will NEVER buy their product again. very POOR aftersales support. 3 months pa lang ang unit ko, di na gumana ang cam :(. walang kwenta ang service centers nila, ginagawa nilang tanga ang mga customers nila. i’m happy with my asus z5 now. and i’m planning to buy another one for my fiance for her birhday

  5. Killer No Stock. So everybody should still be peeved. It’s a farce. Asus just want to generate interests. So they price it low but no stock. Clever.

    1. what they’re doing here is a marketing tactic, pinapainit nila ung mga consumers para manggigil bumili, pero wag nila masyadong patagalin at baka mawala ung steam

  6. Bulok ang after sales support ng Asus. Daming mga Nexus and Memopad ang may issues sa screen and aabot ng 7k ang repair kahit under warranty pa.

    1. Sa akin wla nman issue , I have memo pad 7 me176cx & it runs so smooth no regrets that I bought this….killer all the way……yahooooooo…cheers asus users…..

      1. Do u have asus before? Did you experience it?..I just hope it will be smooth for 2 years…but for now I’ll enjoy it a lot… no lags on HD games & very smooth on browsing…..tnx

  7. @ lazada P7999 na 16gb..6999 namn 8gb..sobra naman patong nito, sa memoexpress din nman sila kumukuha.Maganda na mura pa , wala naman available stocks.

  8. agree ako sa sinbi nung isa ilng buwan lng sa user nyan lilitaw ang baho nyan sa pag kapangit
    kahit ako kung gagawa ng quallity gaya ng spec n yan xempre tataasan ko ang price…..wala yan pag nasira batt nyan tapon n yan sa ilog im sure walng quality yan

  9. Naglipana mga squatter fanboys ng CHERRY MOBILE hahahaa jeje !K4w !@nG z4PaT nUhH baka di pa kau nag eextend ah mga cm fanboys bayad bayad muna sa comshop haha

  10. Nice try Asus. Huwag po tayo papaloko. Dual core Intel SOC lang gamit nito na untested pa and maraming games and apps ang may issues. Bili na lang ng Cherry Mobile Flare 3 ang phablet ng bayan or ng Cherry Mobile Pulse and octa core ng bayan.

    1. dont underestimate the INTEL Atom dual core with hyperthreading. Im.using a zenfone 4 with 1.2ghz. mas mabilis pa sya kesa CM Skyfire 2.0 with qualcomm 1.2ghz quadcore.ok CM pero pangit sound quality.

    2. bs detected hahaha, kung ang zenfone 5 ay may 6 hours usage, 2 hours lang sa kahit anong flare, yes ive used all of them. cherry mobile phones issues also include bloated/dead batteries in just few months.

    3. LOL at those who just first heard of ASUS and the processor of the Zenfone.

      “Ay, dual-core lang pala, eh eto nga akin quad-core na” (takes out a CM/MP/SM or whatever local brand quad-core unit).

    4. Ulol alis dto skwater na user ng CM octacore ka pa tanga! Pang hakot buyers lang yanng octa octa nio mediatek lNg naman yan inamo lakas dn ng loob mong icomment yan hayup ka

    5. di kasi porket dual core mabagal na, bakit ang chipset ng iPhone, dual core lang pero mas mabilis pa kesa sa Cherry Mobile na octacores niyo pweeeeh

  11. Bwisit…Nawala na tuloy gana ko bumili ng Zenfone 5 or flare 3 for 2nd phone ko..ano ba talaga madali ba talaga g masira CM? And marami ba talagang issue ang zen5.. Pls comment naman yung gumagamit na….peace…

    1. Boss, mag Zen5 ka nalang..hindi mo namn mapapansin mga issues ng zen5..ganda ng screen,camera,audio,.for a midrange user..i recomend this phone..ok to sa akin..

  12. Mukha naman siya worth it and I’m planning to buy it. How’s the front cam mga sir? does it look like ba parang sa CM or My phone or O+? yung pang jejemon na camera and other people na mas okay daw bilihin yung hongmi red mi 1s?

    WHICH SHOULD I BUY REDMI 1S or Zenphone 5?
    I NEED YOUR OPINIONS PLEASE!

  13. Zenfone 5 user here. Using it now, no issues at all. Great phone. Using it on a daily basis. Fast and reliable. If youre a CM or MP user, ZenUI is an eye opener compared to stock Android 4.3. Easy to use. If you know the specs of CM or MP, may compromise lagi… low end screen, kulang sa RAM or octacore nga screen naman di corning gorilla glass grade or skimping on the other components. Zenfone 5 feels and looks like walang compromise. San ka makakahap ng good overall spec with 2GB ram in a mid level phone at the price of 6995 at 16 GB? Name one…

  14. sa mga nag.hahanap ng stock sa cmk po..
    o i search nyo zenfone 5 cmk stores kahit sa goggle lalabas yan..
    kung anu ang totoong price yun din sa kanila..
    ta*na lazada o.p sH*T..

  15. Sa mga naghahanap kung san nkakabili, got mine last Oct.1, sa Memo Xpress MOA, also sa SM Sta Rosa may kiosk ang asus dun.

  16. The very affordable price for a high end smartphone and the best specs i’ve ever seen. 🙂 About the re-sellers why double the srp? Especially lazada. Bad! :p . I hope I can find a shop near laguna or muntinlupa that offers the srp of 6,495 or for 16 gb the 6,995.

  17. Zenfone 5 user here.

    Phone is for SMS/Mobile Internet/calling/ photos/ light gaming/ panghabol sa mga series while on the go

    + Great screen quality
    + Suwabe ang transitions and animations

    > YMMV sa screen size in relation sa kamay. Medyo mahaba daliri ko so no problems.

    – mabilis magdrop ang battery level, pero since nasa harap ako ng PC 80% of the time, charging is no issue. dala lang ng powerbank pag nalabas just to be on the safe side.
    – May heating issue, lalo na pag ginamit ang camera o binabad sa 3g.
    -JB 4.3 so far ang OS ko. Alangan ako sa Kitkat so baka di ko din iupdate.

  18. hi guys! gusto ko lang itanong bibili na kasi sana ako ng Zenphone 5. then na discourage ako dun sa sales lady sabi nya maganda daw ang zenphone 5 pero pag dating sa hardware mga 3 months or more pwede na sya masira lalo na at intel atom ung ginagamit na processor hindi daw kakayanin ng hardware? ano pong masasabi nyo?

    1. okay naman ang zenfone 5 kaso pag may update na ginagawa nagkakaproblem. for ex. sa messaging after update hindi na mapalitan ng ringtone so i used go sms na lang. then the last software update 4.4 kitkat oct.17 hindi na matouch kaya hindi ko na nagamit. dinala ko sa service center nila, hindi naman maestemate how long it will take. pag nag check ka ng status wala namang response, kaya nakakadisappoint talaga.

    2. Ang maasbi ko lang, mukang ewan ung saleslady, she’s totally not doing her job. Which is supposed to be, well, sell the phone.. It’s good that she’s being honest though, but overall terrible saleslady.

    1. iba yung asus zenfone 5, phone model ito.

      yung asus zen UI naman ito ang custom Android OS (operating system) ng ASUS.

      you may see asus zen ui na parang windows 7 naman sa pc / laptops.

      1. Zen UI is a user interface. ZEN UI nga e no. Di siya operating system. Android and OS brad. Though I agree with you na Zen UI is used by Asus for android phones and tablet computers.

  19. My Asus Zenfone 5 also bends. I think dahil sa overheating issue. Hindi na flat screen kapag nilapag ko siya sa table ng face down. umuuga na. Hay.. Dadalhin ko siya sa binagbilhan ko at sana covered ng warranty. 1 month old pa lang to sa akin.

  20. i just bought my zf5 last oct4 nung una it was okay, running smooth, it was my first time to use/buy other phone brands maka iphone at samsung kase ako before, but because of the price and specs ng zenfone 5 sinubukan ko, pero just after 2 weeks of use nagka problem na sya, yung on/off button is not working properly, pag short press to turn off the back light nag automatic shutoff sya, then pag long press minsan ayaw n magbukas, kaya dinala ko sa memoxpress kung san ko sya nabili, dahil hindi nmn na papalitan ung unit, sa service center na siya dinala, and until now wala pa din 🙁

  21. Binasa ko Lahat ng Comment mula una hanggang Huli nsan na ung mga Defenders ng Zenfone5 dyan d na ata umimik nung dumadami na ang mga complaints nga mga buyer. buyer na mismo yan buti na lng d pa ko bumibili ng zenfone ok sana kasi Intel atom kaso ung quality pala parang medyo sablay kasi halos lahat ng nsisiraan pag dinala sa memoxpress d pa nila nkukuha hnggang ngyon pero gsto ko tlga tong zenfone5 anu kya bago ko bilhin ipaupdate ko muna lahat ng dpat iupdate pra mlaman ko kung anu mgging deffects

  22. hay naku. bbli p naman sana ako s lazada this nov.11 kc 50% off kya lng nkkdiscourage ung mga nbbsa ko s mga users mismo. wg n lng cguro.

  23. kng bbli k naman ng high-end phones masyadong mahal. and hnd ko din majustify kng bbli k ng mahal kc s bilis ng technology ngayon, wala pang 1year, laos na ang specs ng phones. at least pag mura, madaling palitan, madaling ibenta.

  24. im using a zenfone 5,its already upgraded to kitkat..and works perfect. smooth,no issues, OTG supported ni din. at malinaw tlaga ang camera even in low light.vivid colors in day shot. i think zenfone 5 is 1 of the best mid-range smartphones on its price range.

  25. I bought ny zenfone 5 last October 13. Just wanna say sa mga nagsasabi na better daw CM pulse sa zf5. Tunay naman yun in terms of gaming but the rest sa zf5 na. 23k score ng zf5 sa antutu vs 33k ng CM pulse PERO isang part lang yun. May camera pa, multitasking, build quality at yung OTA updates. May lollipop pa ang CM? Di ba wala? masisira yang cm phones na stock os.Zenfone 5 is way better compared to any other brands local man o international basta SAME PRICE POINTS. 2Gb ram, 16gb internal. San ka pa? Superb camera. 13mp DAW yung cm pulse. Wala yun sa megapixels ng cam nasa sensors yun yung 8mp pixelmaster ng zf5 can compete to those phones with higher mp lalo na sa gabi baka yung CM wala ng makita kahit inight mode pa. 🙂

  26. Sa mga gustong bumili ng asus zenfone 4,5,6 – try to visit nlng po ang villman 4th floor cyberzone sm megamall kung ano po yung price ng asus yun talaga price sa kanila., at sa mga nag aalangan dahil dual core lang, ‘wag mag alala dahil based on my test quad core po sya nadedetect ng android kung gusto nyo po ng patunay try nyo po idownload ang CPU-Z sa playstore at i-run nyo hindi kc ordinary ang intel with hyperthreading unlike sa iba processor, kaya ang mga hardcore games like modern combat 3,4,5 nfs hot pusuit, asphalt 7 etc., kayang-kaya based on my experience. Or much better try nyo panuorin sa youtube mga review about zenfone search nyo lang channel ni greekyranjit napaka useful ng mgareview nya. Thanks share lang mga guys..

  27. I bought Zenfone 5 and updated to Kitkat, so far so good with this brand. Tried most games I usually play with my other phone and they worked fine. Don’t know why so many issues here on this site.

  28. saan po ba ako makakabili ng Asus Zenfone 5 (16 GB) dito sa Cebu na sumusunod sa SRP?
    and do you know if ever may Available na LTE version na nito sa Pinas? bibili po sana kasi ako for upgrade. naka Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 po ako ngayon. tama po bang mag Z5 ako?

  29. Just an update, after more than a month hindi ko pa rin nakukuha ang zf5 ko sa repair center nila, kakafollowup ko lang yesterday and ang sabi ng Aikontech eh may prob daw sa board and papalitan i was asking the guy i talked to kase ang problem ko lang nmn is yung on/off button was not working properly, and he said na yun daw kase ang findings nung technician. And when i asked him if he could give me timeframe on how long will i wait again, he cannot give me an answer kase daw yung parts eh manggagaling sa ASUS, sana palitan na lang nila ng bago, haissst, its really a pain in the ass to keep waiting and waiting na hindi mo nmn alam kung kelan, sobrang nakakadissapoint… and 2 days pala before i called them i went to SST laptop center which is ung dropzone ng mga phones na may problem from ASUS, and may nakasabay ako nagfo-follow-up zf5 din ang phone nya yun lang sa kanya is totally black out daw and wala p din nyang 1 month nagagamit kaya dismayado din sya… 🙁 nakakainis talaga… i was thinking tuloy d kaya yung mga unang release nilang phones eh may problems talaga???? Sana naman ASUS will do something about this… 🙁

  30. Hello po, Gusto ko bumili ng ZF5. I know its worth it. 2gb ram and 16gb internal dba. Kaso andami reklamo dito. So I was wondering okay pa rin kaya bumili? Or is it nasa gumagamit? Nag search na ako dati, Na may problem daw ang Kitkat update. Wala na ba ung issue ngayon? Since nakita ko naman na may nag popost na ayos ang KitKat. Naano tuloy akong bilhin.

  31. Hi. Kakabili q lg ng z5. Wla aq msasabi sa performance kc mgnda kso ung problem q is ung battery, ang bilis ma.drain. konting kalikot lg, e.g. txting bumwbwas 1%. And tKe note, wla png 1minute un. Kala q una sa OS lg den sinubukn q n i.off lht ng apps or any n nakakdrain ng battry. Kso gnun p rn. Na.reset n still gnun p rn. Ay suggstion? Try q ibalik sa binilhn q kse und warrnty at nka.3days p lg skin ung fone.

  32. plano ko sanang bumili ng nitong Z5 🙁 Akala ko kasi ok talaga sya, peru ang rami palang mga reklamo about dito 🙁 HUHUHUH, anu ba talagang magandang Smartphone na Affordable? Help me guys. First Time ko pa pong magkaka Android phone, Nokia kasi gamit ko. Anu ba talaga? nalilito na tuloy ako -___-

  33. plano ko sanang bumili ng nitong Z5 🙁 Akala ko kasi ok talaga sya, peru ang rami palang mga reklamo about dito 🙁 HUHUHUH, anu ba talagang magandang Smartphone na Affordable? Help me guys. First Time ko pa pong magkaka Android phone, Nokia kasi gamit ko. Anu ba talaga? nalilito na tuloy ako kung bibili ba ako nito o hindi -____-

  34. Guys patulong may ngpadala saken zenfone 5, wla xang box and ang nakalagay sa phone model is asus t00k, zenfone 5 po b ito or zenfone lite?then ung power buttkn nya nasa baba ng vokume buttons.pls help me anu pong unit ito.

  35. May nagcomment , nabagsak daw tas nagkagasgas . Mag cherry mobile excalibur nlang kau . back 2 back scratch resistant .

  36. 2 months user ng ako ng z5, the best na phone para sa budget range nya, very satisfied ako sa performance tapos nasira na sya kagad sakin after 2 months nga. naging pink yung screen dahil ata sa over heating.
    tapos halos 2 months na sa service center di parin nababalik sakin. bulok service center ng zen 5. yun siguo pinaka downside ng phone na to

  37. FINALLY as IN FINALLY, nakuha ko na din ang zf5 ko lastmonth after exactly 2 months na dinala ko sa repair center nila, and guess what?? pinalitan nila ng bago ang fone ko, and to make sure na bago talaga i did checked the IMEI number, and magkaiba naman sila, so far no problem till now… I actually emailed ASUS a few weeks before ko makuha yung phone, i wrote on my email that I was really disappointed and I also asked them if they can just give my money back since it caused me so much trouble, I’m using my phone kase to work lalo na when I’m away from my desk or on vacation.. few days after that email, i got a call from AikonTech na for replacement na daw ang phone and will soon be delivered, and just in time before the holidays nakuha ko na din sya, and hopefully wala ng maging problema, so far so good naman, di ko pa nga lang inuupdate to kitkat kase madami ako nababasa na parang di maganda pag inupgrade to kitkat..the new update on ZEN UI is good too…sana magtagal sakin tong phone na to (cross-fingers)….

  38. My wife have zenfone 5, and it’s working great even after update to kitkat, the only downside is the battery, so need talagang my powerbank ka. I also bought zenfone 6 for myself and it’s working great for the price, medyo malaki nga lang sya kasi 6″ but the battery is 3300mah which is great for me since i’m always on the go and it lasts more than a day for normal usage. ung mga nagsasabing dual core “lang” compare to quadcore, compare it guys, it’s INTEL and INTEL has a very good reputation in making PROCESSORS. I compare the speed with my friends CM quadcore playing Dead Trigger 2 and guess what? nag lalaro na ako sakanya loading padin.. so don’t understimate intel’s processor.

  39. Best budget phone ever. Napakaraming Features ng Camera tulad ng Low Light mode,Depth of Field,HDR,etc. Sa gaming naman wala namang problema. Hindi naglalag yung COC at mga HD na laro. Hindi porket Dual Core lang mabagal na. Worth it ang bili ko dito. So far wala naman akong problemang na-eencounter. May power bank ako kaya hindi ko issue ang Battery.

  40. 3 day’s plang yung phone ko bkit hndi ko na sya ma open? pag press ko ng on/off botton nag vivibrate lng sya ayaw umilaw ng screen.. need advice kung ano nangyari sa phone ko.. thanks

  41. Sa tingin niyo guys, worth it ba kung bibili ako nito this month? Or should i wait sa ZF 2? May pa kasi lalabas naiinip na po ako. Di ba ko magsisisi kugn bibili ako nito ngayon?

    1. Pareho tau pre, hinihintay qdin zenfone 2. Sana bumaba price z5 pag nilabas z2.. Para kung mamahalan aq s z2 mag z5 aq na sana bumaba price para mas sulit 🙂
      Owner q nexus 7 1st and 2nd gen.. Malaki tiwala q s asus 🙂

  42. I have a 3 set of asus, z4,z5,z6.. the only negative side of this phone is the multitasking ability of the phone since it is just a dual-core processor, it gets lag when in multitasking..i hope they will developed a high level processor such as QUAD-core, OCta-core

  43. Poor ccg3, a drop from bed to floor (accidentally) i thought it will be fine. I was surprise when i check it and the damage was unimaginable because of the specs that they provided was Gorilla Glass 3 is up to three times more scratch-resistant than the previous version, with enhanced ability to resist deep scratches that typically weaken glass. The promotional material for Gorilla Glass 3 claims that it is 40% more scratch-resistant, in addition to being more flexible. The design of Gorilla Glass 3 was Corning’s first use of atomic-scale modeling before the material was melted in laboratories, with the prediction of the optimal composition attained through the application of rigidity theory. Hence the phone has flip cover jelly case, still the damage was amazing.

    And the repair cost half the price of the phone. ;(

  44. sa dami ng comments on the pros and cons ng asus at ng mga defenders of other phones, wala k ng mabibili.. hehe. minsan kasi nasa gumagamit nalang din yan. kayo na magdecide para sa sarili nyo ng hindi kau nalilito.. 🙂

  45. I know that this phone is already outdated. Nailabas na sya 2 years since today, i think. But up ’til now wala parin akong masabi.

    Bought this phone, last dec. 2014, and up til now, almost 1.5years ko na syang ginagamit ganun parin.

    Fyi, naihulog ko ng tong phone na to sa 2nd floor ng bahay namin, screen facing down ng pinulot (however. Nakatemepered glass, and slim armor). Nagkagasgas dun sa metallic brush nya sa baba, but aside from that walang sira internally.

    Para sakin, wala paring issue, well, aside pa rin sa battery nya na almost 8 to 12 hours parin sa normal usage,.

    To sum it up, hanggang ngayon, hindi ko pa din naiisip magpalit ng phone dahil naiibibigay parin sakin ng phone n to ang mga typical needs ng isang andrpid smartphone user.

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