The ZenFone 5Z is a flagship device with all the best features from the company. The 6GB RAM variant of the smartphone with 64GB of onboard storage will be priced at Rs.29,999, which would make it the most affordable Snapdragon 845-powered flagship smartphone in India.
The ZenFone 5Z isn't the first device to feature the Snapdragon 845 in India - the OnePlus 6 has that distinction - but ASUS is effectively undercutting OnePlus by launching the ZenFone 5Z for ₹29,999 ($440).
We would be compelled to give OnePlus 6 a thumbs up on the camera and battery compartment, but the Zenfone 5Z would fair far behind in all the aspects, including the camera. The Mi 8 is also the first phone in the world with dual-band Global Positioning System (purported improved accuracy of 3 to 5 times). The front camera also supports Face Unlock feature.
The Asus ZenFone 5Z India launch event is slated to start at 12:30pm IST.
In the camera department, ASUS ZenFone 5Z boasts an AI dual-camera system on the back with a 12MP Sony IMX363 primary sensor and an 8MP secondary sensor.
For shutterbugs, the smartphone comes with a dual-camera setup at the back. It has a 6.59-inch amoled display giving it a screen to body ratio of 91%. For selfies, there is an 8MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture, 83-degree wide-angle lens, and EIS.
Asus Zenfone 5Z is available in India via Flipkart at a starting price of Rs 29,999 for the base variant featuring 6GB RAM and 64GB built-in storage.
Under the hood, there's a 3,300mAh battery that comes with AI-backed fast charging technology, which we are keen to test. The device will be running on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with Zen UI laid on top. The smartphone will be exclusively available on Flipkart starting from July 09, 2018. The phone comes in various storage options- 6GB RAM/64GB storage, 6GB RAM/128GB internal storage and 8GB RAM/256GB of internal storage.
Flipkart will also provide bank offers and no-cost EMI options. Flipkart has launched a dedicated page where one can opt to be notified of the device's availability by clicking on the "Notify Me" tab. There's also a deal for Jio users who are eligible for Rs 2,200 cashback and 100GBof additional data. It goes without saying that Asus might just announce discounted, one-off introductory pricing at the launch event.