A look at Asus ZenFone 5Q ZC


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There’s never been more choice when it comes to smartphones. Whether you prefer Apple or Android, you can get all kinds of features you want, and many you didn’t know you wanted.

Computer maker ASUS has the ZenFone 5Q, a sleek and shiny 6.2″ Android smartphone. I’ve never reviewed an Asus handset before, so I’m looking forward to seeing what features set it apart. The ZenFone 5 has been around in various iterations since about 2014 so it should be in its prime right about now.

Asus ZenFone 5Q: Android OS

The ZenFone 5Q (ZC600) uses the Android operating system, Android 7.1.1 Oreo with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor with 4GB RAM. That’s a bit weird, since Android’s OS is already up to 9 (Pie). It seems like a bit of a strange decision to give it an outdated OS…

Looks & styling on Asus ZenFone 5Q

The phone is a nice looking handset. The screen is bright and vibrant, and the back is sleek and shiny in the navy (Midnight Blue) hue I’ve been loaned. The phone feels thin and light, though it does have a weird lip or edge on the front and back that really stands out. It’s not like it’s there for grip, it’s almost like it’s just a mismatched piece. A case would cover it well enough, so it’s probably not a big deal.

There’s a fingerprint scanner on the back and it’s actually located in a  good spot for easy access.asus zenfone 5

Asus ZenFone 5Q Screen

The screen on the ZenFone is gorgeous and vibrant. Asus says that’s thanks to technology they call Super Vivid, which improves overall colour and viewing angles.

I compared it side by side to my Apple iPhone X, the Blackberry Key2, and the Google Pixel XL and I can say that it definitely is clear, bright, vibrant and colourful. Probably more so than any of the other phones I have in hand right now.

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Pixel3 XL, iPhone X, ZenFone 5

Camera/Photo quality on ZenFone 5Q

A lot of folks these days are choosing phones at least in part because of the camera performance. The ZenFone 5Q has an ultra wide-view lens on it, plus 20MP dual Front & 16MP dual Rear Cameras.

Overall photo quality was generally good in bright daylight, but I found the phone really struggled with night time shots or low light, as well as motion.

A feature I was really looking to try out is the 4K UHD video capabilities. Most phones today are HD so gaining a huge leap in resolution will definitely make your videos stand out. The 4K videos looked absolutely great on the phone, but sadly I didn’t have a 4K TV to play them back on so I couldn’t examine them up close on a bigger screen.

Dual SIM is handy

I’ve only recently come around to the usefulness of the dual SIM card, and it’s available on the ZenFone. This feature is infinitely handy if you travel. Dual SIM allows you to keep one SIM from your home country in the phone and one for an area you travel to frequently and the phone automatically switches between them.

Expandable Memory also handy

Along the lines of customization, there’s the option of adding a Micro SD memory card to expand storage on the phone up to 2TB. Great for folks who take a lot of photos or videos, or for those of you who hold onto your phones for years.

The card tray lets you install the two SIMs and a microSD card all in one place.

Battery Life and charging on Asus ZenFone 5Q

asus zenfoneKind of annoyingly, this phone uses a Micro USB for charging instead of the newer USB-C. That meant I was constantly having to dig out a charger, instead of just connecting it to the USB-C that already charges nearly every gadget in the test kitchen.

It also doesn’t play nicely with other chargers, taking longer to juice up the phone than with the one that’s included.

Overall thoughts on Asus ZenFone 5Q

This is a good looking phone, no doubt about it. It’s light and the screen is bright and vibrant. I love the option of 4K video, but was a bit disappointed with the camera’s low light performance.

it’s a very inexpensive, even a budget option at $449CAD, so if you’re looking for a reasonably well rounded Android smartphone, the Asus ZenFone 5Q could be a good choice for you.

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