We saw the Asus ZenFone 5 at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona and talked to Asus about the new features. However, one major detail remained unknown – its price.
Netherlands-based retailer Belsimpel 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 seeing as the first delivery is set for 2 weeks from now, other retailers will likely open up their pre-orders soon.
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. Its dual camera module is a 12MP + 8MP offering while the selfie shooter is an 8MP lens.
The battery has a capacity of 3,300 mAh but will last much longer than the capacity suggests thanks to the AI making sure the phone gets the most out of each charging cycle.
“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.
At this price point, what more could you ask for? The ZenFone 5 is a truly powerful mid-ranger.