We saw the Asus Zenfone 5 at MWC 2018 in Barcelona and talked to Asus about the new features but one major detail remained unknown – its price.
Netherlands-based retailer Belsimpel took the initiative and opened preorders for the Zenfone 5, revealing that the unlocked, SIM-free version of the handset will cost 399€ (around $475). This is the first retailer to start accepting orders for the new Zenfone but others will follow in its footsteps very soon, as the first delivery will take place 2 weeks from now.
The Zenfone 5 features a generous 6.2-inch 1080 x 2246 px screen with a notch. Under the hood, there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset and 4 GB of RAM. Of course, the dual rear camera – a must this year – is present, also. The module is a 12MP + 8MP offering, while the selfie shooter is an 8MP lens.
The battery comes at 3,300 mAh but will definitely last much longer than you’re used to, as Asus really invested in AI in order to get the most out of charging cycles.
“The phone knows when you are sleeping and it knows when you’re going to wake up so […] it can charge to 80% during the night and not allow it to go over 80%, so it won’t lose the capability to retain power. Fifteen, twenty minutes before you wake up it starts to charge again to 100%,” explained Marcel Campos, Head of Global Marketing Operations at Asus.
What more can you ask for this price point? Maybe that more retailers took a page from Belsimpel’s book and opened pre-orders. Fingers crossed!