Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer ASUS launched its Zenfone 5 smartphone back in 2014 when smartphones used to run Android Jelly Bean. It was a mid-range offering powered by an Intel processor and a PowerVR GPU. There hasn’t been a Zenfone 5 smartphone since 2014, but it looks like the device will be returning this year.
This claim is backed by a couple of images of the smartphone along with some of its specifications. According to Winfuture, their source is a manufacturer’s manual where the device is listed with model number ASUS X00PD. Also, the company has been sending out press invites with the tag “Back to 5” which clearly hints to the return of the Zenfone 5.
The smartphone images reveal the device to bear the series signature curves and feature a unibody design with rounded corners and exposed antenna lines. There is a fingerprint scanner added to the rear of the smartphone which is a big change. As per the report, the ASUS Zenfone 5 X00PD sports a 5.7-inch display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The bezels are smaller which is one of the reasons for the placement of fingerprint scanner to the rear. The top bezel includes the regular arrangement of a notification LED, camera, sensors, and the earpiece. It is speculated that the new Zenfone 5 will be powered by an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 clocked at 1.4 GHz coupled at least with 3 GB RAM and will run Android 8.0 Oreo.
Another big change in the smartphone is the design of the dual cameras in the rear. The Zenfone 5 came with a horizontal arrangement placed in the top left corner nut the new design places the dual cameras in a vertical position, similar to that of the iPhone X. The LED flash is placed on the camera setup. On the right side, there is the Power button and the volume rocker while the left side holds the SIM tray. Also, the device will include a micro-USB port at the bottom along with speaker grills and a 3.5 mm headphone jack at the top.
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From the timing and the invitation, the new Zenfone 5 series to be unveiled on 27th February at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018. This is quite early compared to last years Zenfone 4 series which was launched much later in Q3 2017. As of now, there is no other information regarding the new Zenfone 5 series.