- Analysis by KJ David
The Asus ZenFone 5Q (aka the ZenFone 5 Lite) is the lowest-specked ZenFone 5 variant unveiled by Asus during the 2018 Mobile World Congress, at least with hardware as the point of comparison, but it does try to offset its lapses in processing power by paying more attention to imaging than many similarly-specked smartphones.
Starting off with its cons, the ZenFone 5Q forgoes its siblings' flagship-class 6GB and 8GB RAM capacities for a milder 4GB . Its lack of an AI-injected processor is a notable absence as well, but the 14nm Snapdragon 630 eight-core 2.2GHz processor sitting inside its engine room is still respectable, considering that the roughy-2.5GHz clock rates reached by the fastest smartphones prior to its release was not that far off. For users who are not as demanding when it comes to performance as us, the ZenFone 5Q is offered in a lower version that runs on a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 430 engine and comes with only 3GB of RAM.
As mentioned earlier, the 5Q directs most of its attention to photography, rocking a rarely-seen (as of the MWC 2018) four-camera system that likely fastens it onto a spot in our list of the best imaging smartphones on the market . This is made up of a 16-megapixel primary rear-facing main camera and a 20-megapixel front-facing cam, both accompanied by their own 120-degree wide-angle subsidy cameras that are largely for scenic landscape shots or group selfies -- the resolutions of the wide-angle cams were unknown as we were reviewing the 5Q's pros and cons. All four of its cameras can be used individually (dual-lens systems usually limit the sub-cam to work in conjunction with the main cam for special effects), letting users experiment with their shots according to their preferences.
Its rear dual camera comes with 3-axis electronic image stabilization and flagship-tier UHD-2160p video-recording , while its dual selfie cam, whose 20-megapixel main cam resolution reminds us of the best selfie smartphones out there, is equipped with the ASUS SelfieMaster smart beautification technology and a softlight LED flash .
Up front, the ZenFone 5Q features a wide 6-inch 18:9 FHD+ (2160 x 1080) display that leaves room for a favorably-narrow 1.79mm-slim bezel . It is powered by a 3300mAh battery whose promising stress test scores include a 30-hour 3G talk time and up to 4 days (5960 minutes) of music playback . Sadly, its 64GB/32GB internal memory is not as reassuring, considering its inclination towards photography and film-making, but it does support mammoth 2TB microSD cards .
The 5Q's pros and cons are also joined by both fingerprint and facial recognition as well as back-to-back 2.5D-curved glass panels , both topping it off as a high-class wide-screen smartphone for techie mobile photographers.
** This phone is also known as: Asus ZenFone 5 Lite, Asus ZC600KL
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