The Asus Zenfone 5Z phone is now available for preorder and will be available at retailers on August 6th. Asus’ latest flagship-level Android 8.0 Oreo smartphone sits at a competitive price point of $499, but it touts a high-end Snapdragon 845 chip, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a large 6.2-inch screen. A launch was originally pegged for June, so Asus has been tardy with releasing the 5Z.
The Taiwanese tech company is employing two Sony IMX363 camera sensors for the Zeonfone 5Z’s imaging system. One of the sensors has a 120-degree wide-angle lens, while the primary camera sensor contains 12 megapixels, f/1.8 aperture, and an 83 degree field of view. There’s also support for 4K video recording at 60 fps or 1080p HD recording at 30 / 60 fps.
Asus is taking a page out of the current smartphone market trend — fullscreen displays — and adapting it for the Zenfone 5Z. A 6.2-inch full HD+ IPS screen means you’re a getting a 19:9 screen ratio, which is a purported 90 percent screen-to-body ratio with a notch at the top (albeit a small one).
Some of the Zenfone 5Z’s other notable features include support for dual 4G LTE SIM cards (in case you’re traveling to multiple places, or you like having multiple numbers), an AI-assisted portrait mode, and Zenmoji (yes, customizable animated avatars). Asus also boasts that the Zenfone 5Z’s face unlock feature can unlock the 5Z in 0.1 seconds, but it’s only slightly faster than the 0.3 seconds it takes to unlock with the fingerprint sensor on the back.
The Asus Zenfone 5Z is available for preorder starting today in midnight blue and meteor silver at Amazon.