Asus unveiled its new phones — the Zenphone 5, ZenFone 5z, and ZenFone 5 lite 0151 — at the MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. But the only phones that caught people's attention were Zenphone 5 and 5z because of a controversial "Notch" in its Design.

Back in November, when Apple revealed iPhone X, Android users laughed at it because of that annoying "notch" at the top, covering more than half of the status bar. Now it seems like Asus is one of the first big brands to copy the design for its Android-powered devices.

Asus knows that notched screens have a wide appeal these days, but not everyone is able to afford the high-end flagship-class devices.

The notch on Asus' devices is narrower than that of iPhone X and doesn't differ much from typical smartphone devices due to its large 6.2" screen when compared to iPhone X's 5.8" screen.


Most of the time, it's what's on the inside is what matters. ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5z carry a whopping 6GB and 8GB RAM, respectively. Both the phones have dual rear cameras with the primary camera sporting a 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 sensor and f/1.8 aperture, while the secondary camera has an 8-megapixel sensor and 120-degree wide field of view.

When it comes to storage the ZenFone 5 has 64GB of internal storage space, while the ZenFone 5Z comes with 64GB of storage in the base model. There is also 128GB inbuilt storage model and the 256GB model for those who want more storage space, not to mention the dedicated microSD card slot, through which users can expand the storage up to 400GB.

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Both the phones have stock Android 8.0 (Oreo) OS out-of-the-box, non-removable Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery, and are powered by octa-core CPUs and Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets.

The new ZenFone 5 and 5z have bezel-less design and the screen has a 19:9 ratio, larger than the standard 18:9, and thus its notch does not obscure videos when played in full screen.

Even though the phones use IPS LED display, its 2246 by 1080 display are still more colorful and vibrant as compared to other phones which use OLED displays.

When people asked about the phone's similarity to iPhone X, Asus CEO Marcel Campus was very honest with his answer. "Some people will say it's copying Apple," he told reporters, "but we cannot get away from what users want. You have to follow the trends."

Well, it's about time that Apple's rivals started copying the trend from them, and this isn't the first time that one smartphone company was inspired by another smartphone company. Some people follow the trend while others look for high-end smartphones with all the latest features for a reasonable price.

Asus' new ZenFone 5 and 5z comes at almost half the price than iPhone X and still has a headphone jack.