The Asus Zenfone 5Z is a flagship offering from Asus that was unveiled at MWC 2018. Now, the device is finally coming to India. Asus partnered with Flipkart to sell its smartphones at a competitive price like the recently launched Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 to compete with the likes of Xiaomi and Honor.
Yesterday, Flipkart teased the launch of the Asus Zenfone 5Z and now Flipkart has confirmed the device and its launch date. The Asus Zenfone 5Z is scheduled for launch in India on July 4 at 12 noon, as a Flipkart exclusive. The device will directly compete with other flagships in similar price bracket including the OnePlus 6 and the Honor 10.
We were expecting Asus to launch the Zenfone 5 as well but then there is no mention for the same, indicating its late arrival.
Asus Zenfone 5Z Specifications
The Zenfone 5Z is the top end variant in the Zenfone 5 series which comprises of Zenfone 5 and 5 Lite as well. It comes with a 6.2-inch full HD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a notch on top. Under the hood, it is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of onboard storage.
In the optics department, the device comes with a Dual Rear Camera setup featuring an optically stabilized f/1.8 12MP primary sensor with 1.4-micron pixels, and an 8MP secondary shooter for 120-degree wide angle shots. An 8MP shooter is present at the front for selfies.
The device runs on ZenUI based on Android Oreo that packs some nifty AI features, backed by a 3300mAh battery that supports QuickCharge 3.0.
Given the fact that the 5Z already retails in few markets for around $558 (roughly Rs.38,000), it is expected to be priced similar in India, against the Oneplus 6 and Honor 10. Let’s see at what price it comes on July 4. Till then, Stay tuned.
ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2 gets December 11 as launch date in Indonesia
Recently famous tipster Roland Quandt posted the specifications of the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2. Now, ASUS Indonesia announced that the smartphone would be launched on December 11. Interestingly, the company added that it will be a gaming smartphone and will be the successor to the ZenFone Max Pro M1 that was launched this year.
Zenny lagi seneng banget, karena pada 11 Desember 2018 akan ada hanphone gaming baru yang akan hadir di indonesia.
Jangan lupa simak live streamingnya tanggal 11 Desember 2018!
Aduh, kucingnya ke injek!😂#ZenFoneMaxProM2ID #FreedoM2Play #LebihMendingZenFone #NextGenerationGaming pic.twitter.com/yCF42jolvD
— ASUS Indonesia (@ASUS_Indonesia) November 16, 2018
The Indonesian market will be the first stage of launch for the handset, and the event will be live streamed as well. Furthermore, the device is going to give a tough competition the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro (coming to India on Nov 22), and if reports are to be believed, the Max Pro M2 will have a slight edge over it.
Quandt revealed in his twitter handle @rquandt that the Zenfone Max Pro M2 with mode number ZB631KL will feature a 6.3″ inch FHD+ display and will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB/128GB internal space. It will have triple camera setup at the rear while offering a 13MP camera on the front. He further claimed that the Indian variant of the smartphone would bear the model number ZB634KL.
As for its gaming powers, there is not much information about it; however, with the SD 660, the Taiwanese manufacturer could combine with a new performance-boosting mode like Huawei’s GPU Turbo and OPPO’s Hyper Boost. The complete specification and the price of the device will likely be announced at the launch. The availability of the smartphone in other countries like India may also be confirmed during the launch. With that being said, let’s wait for the future leaks and reports to reveal more about the phone. Till then, stay tuned.
Note: The device in featured image is Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, not Pro M2
Xiaomi to launch Redmi Note 6 Pro in India on November 22
The Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi has today confirmed that it would be launching the all-new Redmi Note 6 Pro in India on 22nd of November.
The confirmation comes from the Xiaomi India’s official social media pages where it has teased the upcoming Note with the quote “The New Note Rises” along with the date it’ll be coming in the country. The teaser also shows off multiple camera lenses bunched together which further hints the arrival of Redmi Note 6 Pro as it has a total of four cameras.
In the meanwhile, Xiaomi Global’s VP and India’s MD Manu Kumar Jain confirmed on Twitter that the device is indeed the Redmi Note 6 Pro itself. The Note 5 Pro successor has already been launched in certain markets globally including Thailand, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia. Moreover, the phone will go on sale the next day after launch, i.e. on Black Friday (23rd Nov).
Mi fans! Today's first #Super3 announcement is here for you:
Pumped up to announce that #RedmiNote6Pro is coming to India! 🤘 The new Note rises on 22.11.2018.
Join us on the countdown now: https://t.co/xNckxFtDXp
— Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) November 15, 2018
As for the specs, the Redmi Note 6 Pro sports a 6.26-inch full-HD+ IPS LCD panel with a 19:9 aspect ratio, 86 per cent screen-to-body ratio thanks to the notch on top, and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. Under the hood, it is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, coupled with an Adreno 509 GPU, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of inbuilt storage for the base variant, same as its predecessor.
For photography, the device gets a total of four cameras, including a 12-megapixel primary sensor with 1.4um pixels and PDAF along with a 2-megapixel secondary depth sensor at the rear, while the front bears a 20-megapixel primary selfie shooter paired with a 2-megapixel shooter for portraits, further equipped with 4-in-1 super pixel and AI face unlock capabilities.
On the software front, it runs on MIUI based on Android 8.1 Oreo and is backed by a 4000mAh battery. Looking at the prices in other regions, the Redmi Note 6 Pro is expected to land in India for a price tag of around Rs.15,000, similar to the Note 5 Pro. Anyways, the company also posted on Twitter a teaser for three more incoming news, one scheduled for today, another for tomorrow, followed by the next one for Tuesday, and hence we can also expect a few more smartphones/ products from the brand.
Vivo Y81i to Launch Soon in India.To Come with Helio P22 & Notched Display
Vivo is preparing to unveil their latest offering in it’s Y series, the ivo y81i in India soon. The reports suggesting the Indian launch of Y81i comes shortly after Vivo has announced the Vivo Y95 earlier this month in Vietnam. According to a report, the Vivo Y81i could hit the Indian market in a few weeks. The Vivo Y81i was first announced in Malaysia, and there was a different but similar phone, Vivo Y81 which was launched earlier in Vietnam.
Coming to the design, the Vivo Y81i comes with a notched display. The overall design looks similar to the Vivo Y81. While it comes with a notched FullView display, there is no dual camera offering on the Vivo Y81i, indicating that Vivo will be placing it as an entry level smartphone.
In the display department, the Vivo Y81i features a 6.22-inch FullView HD+ display with a resolution of 1520×720 pixels. By using the FullView display, Vivo has managed to achieve 87.9 percent screen to body ratio in the Y81i. As usual with Vivo, the smartphone comes with a Mediatek SoC. It is powered by the Mediatek MT6761 processor, which is infact a toned down version of the MT6762 Helio P22 SoC. It comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which is less by today’s standards.
The Vivo Y81i sports a 13MP shooter in the back and a 5MP shooter in the front for taking selfies. The front camera comes with a f/2.2 aperture and AI Face Beautifying. As there is no fingerprint sensor onboard the Y81i, the front camera comes ready with face unlock. It draws juice from a 3260mAh battery similar to the Y81.
It runs on FunTouch OS 4.0, based on Android 8.1 Oreo. The Vivo Y81i will be available in Red Black and Blue color options. While there is no official reports about the pricing of the Vivo Y81i, reports suggest that it will be priced anywhere below the 10K INR mark.
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