First Impressions: ASUS Zenfone 5Q

Lite and oh so right!

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The ASUS Zenfone 5 has been making waves within the community since it got announced during the Mobile World Congress! We even made a First Impressions article for the ASUS Zenfone 5. Recently, we’ve been playing around with the ASUS Zenfone 5Q – the lite version of the Zenfone 5. Let’s check it out!



Just like Khaleesi’s once baby dragons, the Zenfone 5Q may be “lite” but, damn, does it pack quite the punch! But before we get deep, let’s look at surface level for now. This phone looks sleek and classy! It’s body consists of a metal frame put in between two (2) 2.5D glass panels. You may notice that it doesn’t rock the “all-screen display” that the Zenfone 5 has but this baby still rocks an 18:9 6-inch display and has 4 cameras (2 front, 2 back). 

I will say though, the feel is a bit weird. The feel of the glass panels is something that needs getting used to but is something that you’ll be accustomed to after a few uses. It does kind of make one-handing this a bit difficult but still doable.



Then you have the display. It’s pretty clear and crisp given that the Zenfone 5Q features a 6-inch Full HD + IPS Display. What that means its that you get an awesome and colorful viewing experience even when viewing it from an angle. Brightness was a bit lacking though especially under direct sunlight.

Outdoor shot


Now, let’s talk photography! As mentioned, the Zenfone 5Q rocks a quad cam allowing you to take awesome pics and selfies! For the best results though, you’ll still want good lighting for your pics. It will still deliver share-ready photos during the night but you can really tell the difference when your subject is adequately lit (fam).


Wanna see the phone’s cameras in action? Here are some of the pics I took with the Zenfone 5Q!

Taken while in motion during a car ride in SLEX. Everything looks still!


We’ll be releasing a full review soon but for now, these are our first impressions of the ASUS Zenfone 5Q. In case you’re curious, here’s the specs rundown:

  • 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 octa-core processor
  • Adreno 508 GPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB of expandable storage
  • 6-inch Full HD+IPS display; 18:9 aspect ratio, 2160×1080 resolution
  • 16-megapixel primary at f/2.2 aperture + 8-megapixel secondary wide-angle rear camera f/2.4, PDAF, EIS, LED Flash
  • 20-megapixel primary at f/2.0 aperture + 8-megapixel wide-angle secondary front cameras f/2.4, EIS, LED Flash
  • 4G, LTE
  • Dual SIM
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Facial Recognition
  • 3300mAh battery
  • Android Nougat 7.1.1 with ZenUI 4.5


Stay tuned for our full review!