5 best ASUS smartphones

Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

If you think back to modern smartphone manufacturers, many names will come to mind. Among others, the Taiwanese company ASUS should be mentioned. She started producing smartphones back in the days of the operating system Windows Mobile. Later, the manufacturer made a bet on Android, not losing it at all. This is not to say that ASUS has any significant share in the smartphone market. But some buyers still love the products of this company. For what? Let's find out by getting to know the best ASUS smartphones.

Rating of the best smartphones Asus

Nomination a place Name of product price
Rating of the best smartphones Asus 1 ASUS ZenFone 5Z ZS620KL 6 / 64GB RUB 29,990
2 ASUS ZenFone 4 ZE554KL 6GB 16 370 rub.
3 ASUS Zenfone Max Pro (M2) ZB631KL 4 / 64GB RUB 17,990
4 ASUS ZenFone 5 Lite ZC600KL 4 / 64GB RUB 15,790
5 ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 ZB602KL 4/64 RUB 12,990

ASUS ZenFone 5Z ZS620KL 6 / 64GB

Rating: 4.9

ASUS ZenFone 5Z ZS620KL 6 / 64GB

One gets the impression that not a single smartphone manufacturer has done without the release of at least one model with the so-called monobrow. So ASUS introduced ZenFone 5Z some time ago. The front panel of this device houses a 6.2-inch IPS-display, at the top of which there is a curly cutout. Inside it there are not only all sorts of useful sensors with an earpiece, but also an 8-megapixel front camera. It is unlikely that she will amaze you with something. She just takes good pictures. It is also capable of providing high-quality video communication.

If you turn the camera over, you can see two lenses. Yes, the rear camera here is dual. Moreover, it is supplemented with artificial intelligence. According to the manufacturer, she will gradually learn to take more and more high-quality photos. It recognizes what is happening – as a result, some settings will be selected for snowy landscapes, others for macro photography, and others for portraits. By the way, there are no problems with blurring the background – it is to create such an effect that an auxiliary 8-megapixel matrix is ​​built in here. As for the main module, it includes a 12-megapixel sensor, f / 1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization. Well, the Snapdragon 845 processor is more than enough to record videos in 4K resolution. It is interesting that the very same artificial intelligence is able to recognize the arisen action scene, which will be filmed at an increased rate of up to 240 frames / s.

But this smartphone is not good for the camera alone. He has a variety of wireless modules at his disposal. And almost all of them support high-speed standards. This allows you to watch videos right on the street – even on YouTube, even in an online cinema. And the manufacturer has not forgotten about NFC. Therefore, the device can replace a bank card, paying for purchases using the contactless method.

The smartphone can easily cope with the launch of absolutely any modern games. And not only with the launch. You definitely won't have to lower your graphics level to get an acceptable FPS. And you will definitely have enough space for videos and photos. And if you run out of 64 GB, you can use a microSD card, the slot for which is combined with a slot for a second SIM card.

ZenFone 5Z is the best ASUS can do right now. Such a device will definitely not disappoint, since it has no serious drawbacks. The company has not even begun to abandon the 3.5 mm audio jack, which is now a trend. She also endowed her creation with support for fast charging technology. Connecting a network adapter, by the way, is carried out via the USB Type-C connector.

Advantages

  • There is a fingerprint scanner;
  • Capacious battery supports fast charging;
  • A USB Type-C port is used;
  • Large amount of memory;
  • Extremely powerful processor
  • Supports LTE-A networks and Wi-Fi 802.11ac;
  • There is NFC;
  • Built-in stereo speakers;
  • FM radio is not forgotten;
  • Wonderful dual camera;
  • Quite good front camera;
  • Good IPS display
  • Three body colors to choose from.

disadvantages

  • High price;
  • With active use, the charge dries up by the evening;
  • No moisture protection.

ASUS ZenFone 4 ZE554KL 6GB

Rating: 4.8

ASUS ZenFone 4 ZE554KL 6GB

This is a much more affordable device. For it in Russian stores they ask about 18 thousand rubles. This device has a standard appearance. That is, side frames are waiting for you, albeit not very wide. The areas above and below the display are also saved here. Several years ago, Samsung produced smartphones with the same design. The similarity in appearance is also felt by the physical home button, which also plays the role of a fingerprint scanner. I must say that it is most convenient to put your finger on the area under the display – a rare person will say otherwise.

The device is relatively small by modern standards. Its screen has a diagonal of 5.5 inches. At the same time, the resolution is 1920×1080 pixels, which makes watching videos as comfortable as possible. The display was created using IPS technology, which means that the buyer will have maximum viewing angles and soft color reproduction. The only pity is that such a screen cannot boast of low power consumption. And it also uses an eight-core processor, which is also capable of devouring energy with great appetite. As a result, even a 3300 mAh battery only lasts for a day. Subject to intensive use, of course. I am glad that there is a USB Type-C connector here, so the network adapter is connected the first time.

The manufacturer's official website says that the device is intended for fans of mobile photography. In fact, it is, of course, inferior to the flagships in this regard. But if we compare the device with competitors of similar cost, then the quality of shooting cannot but rejoice. Sony IMX362 camera is used here. It features a wide aperture (f / 1.8). And the camera is complemented by optical stabilization, which is perhaps the most useful for shooting in low light conditions. Finally, I got a module and an additional 8-megapixel matrix. It has wide-angle optics, thanks to which almost everything you see with your eyes fits into the frame until you turn your head. Switching to this camera happens instantly – in the corresponding application, a small button is responsible for this.

With the built-in camera here, you can not only take pictures, but also shoot 4K video. Of course, the frequency will be limited to 30 frames / s, but you should not worry about this – modern 4K TVs are able to 'finish painting' the missing frames. If we talk about the front camera, then it is limited by the standard Full HD. Reviews show that the capabilities of the 8-megapixel module are quite enough for selfies and video calls.

This smartphone sounds pretty good, which is due to the presence of stereo speakers. And it also has two SIM card slots, like the vast majority of smartphones sold in Russian stores. The second slot is combined with a place for a memory card. However, not everyone will need an external drive, since the amount of built-in storage reaches an impressive 64 GB. The product has also received numerous wireless modules that support the latest high-speed standards. There is even Bluetooth of the latest generation here! The NFC chip is not forgotten, which allows you to pay for purchases.

Please note there are two versions of this model. They differ from each other in the processor used. We recommend looking for a variant with Snapdragon 660. However, we must admit that the Snapdragon 630 is not too different in its processing power.

Advantages

  • There is a fingerprint scanner;
  • Implemented support for fast charging technology;
  • A USB Type-C connector is used;
  • Large amount of memory;
  • Extremely powerful processor;
  • Supports LTE-A and Wi-Fi 802.11ac standards;
  • You can pay for purchases using the contactless method;
  • Wonderful dual cameras with wide-angle optics;
  • Decent display
  • Dimensions and weight are not huge;
  • There are stereo speakers;
  • Added FM radio.

disadvantages

  • Not the most recent version of the operating system;
  • Slippery body;
  • The battery power is consumed quickly enough.

ASUS Zenfone Max Pro (M2) ZB631KL 4 / 64GB

Rating: 4.7

ASUS Zenfone Max Pro (M2) ZB631KL 4 / 64GB

As its name implies, this representative of our rating has a noticeably larger screen. This is already a full-fledged phablet, approaching in size to small tablet computers. The diagonal of the built-in display here reaches an impressive 6.3 inches. If not for the very thin side frames, it would be inconvenient to use the device in everyday life.

The large size of the device allowed the manufacturer to introduce a capacious battery. We can safely say that 5000 mAh will be enough for one and a half to two days in the measure of active use. Another advantage of a smartphone is its durability. The fact is that this is a rare device equipped with a protective Corning Gorilla Glass 6. It is much more difficult to break it than the analog of the fifth generation. And you can completely forget about scratches! Also, the smartphone got into our rating thanks to the Snapdragon 660 processor installed here. This eight-core chipset is made using a 14-nanometer process technology, and its power is enough to run many modern games at the maximum level of graphics. There are exceptions, but they are very rare.

Of course, such an inexpensive device could not get a perfect camera. However, the manufacturer has given it some intellectual support. This means that the camera most often correctly recognizes the type of scene being filmed, setting the ideal settings. The Sony IMX486 module is used here, which is double. The main sensor has a 12-megapixel resolution, and light penetrates into it through an f / 1.8 aperture. A 5-megapixel sensor is allocated to help her – it is designed to recognize the background, which can be blurred. Unfortunately, there is no optical stabilization here – picture jitter is compensated only electronically.

The front camera also shows itself worthy. She 'sees' the world with a 13-megapixel sensor and f / 2.0 aperture. The shooting result is impressive. It should be noted that the software component is endowed with the function of improving the portrait – when applied, the skin is smoothed, and all its defects almost completely disappear. The LED flash, which is located next to the front camera lens, can also help in creating the perfect photo.

It's surprising that ASUS smartphones are not insanely popular. ASUS Zenfone Max Pro (M2) has several advantages over the competition. For example, the memory card slot is not aligned here with the space for the second SIM card. Also, the manufacturer did not save on the NFC chip, so this representative of our rating works with the Android Pay system without any problems. And what a built-in fingerprint sensor is! Not only does it work quickly, it can also recognize wet fingers! You can also use face unlock here.

It's nice that recently ASUS has given up its proprietary shell, which consumes a significant amount of RAM. Instead, stock Android 8.0 is installed here. To access the Internet, LTE networks and Wi-Fi 802.11n are used. Perhaps not the fastest Wi-Fi is the only serious drawback. However, it will not be noticed by the vast majority of buyers. There is one more drawback – the manufacturer decided to save on the connector by integrating an obsolete micro-USB here. Again, this is quite okay.

Advantages

  • 64 GB of permanent and 4 GB of RAM;
  • Gorilla Glass 6 is used;
  • There is a fingerprint scanner;
  • Capacious battery with fast charging support;
  • A very powerful processor is built in;
  • There is an LTE module and an NFC chip;
  • Excellent rear camera, reducing background blur
  • Good front camera
  • There is an FM radio;
  • Decent IPS display
  • The price tag cannot be called very high.

disadvantages

  • Built-in micro-USB connector;
  • Not super fast Wi-Fi;
  • Only one speaker;
  • The back panel is easily scratched.

ASUS ZenFone 5 Lite ZC600KL 4 / 64GB

Rating: 4.7

ASUS ZenFone 5 Lite ZC600KL 4 / 64GB

Around a couple of years ago, many Chinese companies threw themselves into experiments, launching smartphones with dual dual cameras. Now the Taiwanese company ASUS, whose products are in question in this rating, has picked up the baton. In particular, both cameras are dual cameras in the phone dubbed the ASUS ZenFone 5 Lite. This allows us to hope that the device will appeal to both selfie-shooting lovers and those who most often shoot with the rear camera.

In this case, the manufacturer did not create a device with a monobrow. And since there is enough space above the screen, the introduction of a dual camera was not difficult. The main lens hides a 20-megapixel matrix underneath. It also includes an f / 2.0 aperture – not bad for a front camera. An auxiliary sensor helps in blurring the background. However, in the first place, it still serves a different purpose. The fact is that the second lens has a wider angle of view – this allows a whole group of friends to be photographed with the front camera. And above the display, you can see a flash giving out diffused light.

As for the rear camera, its main matrix has a resolution of 16 megapixels. When shooting video, electronic stabilization is used – it's better than nothing. However, this rule is valid for shooting in resolution Full HD. If you switch to 4K resolution, the stabilization is completely disabled – this is due to the fact that the picture begins to be read from the entire area of ​​the matrix. Well, the second lens here is also wide-angle. This allows you to shoot a very beautiful landscape if necessary, keeping as much space in the frame as possible.

The image is displayed here on a 6-inch display. Side frames are present. Although it must be admitted that they turned out to be rather narrow. The screen resolution is 2160×1080 pixels, which is ideal for watching videos and working with two applications at the same time. Some disappointment is caused only by the manufacturing technology – this is IPS. That is, the user does not expect ideal black colors, and such a display consumes energy with a decent appetite.

The body should also please the buyers. On both sides are glass panels with rounded edges. Also, the product has received a special optical coating, thanks to which the device shines beautifully. The disadvantage of the selected material is the possible slip out of the hand – because of this, many buyers will prefer to purchase a cover at the same time.

In today's ranking, many devices based on the 14nm Snapdragon 630 processor are considered. ASUS ZenFone 5 Lite is also one of these smartphones. This means that the user will be able to run any modern games – many of them will not require lower graphics levels. The device also includes 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of permanent memory. If the volume of the latter seems small, then a separate slot for microSD will come to the rescue. Also, the device is capable of boasting high-speed data transmission over LTE networks and Wi-Fi. NFC is not forgotten by the manufacturer – not every Russian will agree to buy a smartphone without such a chip.

Autonomous operation of this model is provided by a 3300 mAh battery. Unfortunately, charging is carried out via the micro-USB connector. If you agree to put up with such a shortcoming, then you will hardly be disappointed in this smartphone.

Advantages

  • Good 6-inch IPS display
  • Excellent rear camera capable of 4K video
  • Decent front camera, complemented by a wide-angle;
  • There is an FM radio;
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac and LTE networks are supported;
  • There is an NFC chip;
  • A sufficiently powerful processor is used;
  • Decent amount of memory;
  • Fingerprint scanner not forgotten.

disadvantages

  • Not the most recent version of the operating system;
  • Only one speaker;
  • The micro-USB jack is being used.

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 ZB602KL 4/64

Rating: 4.6

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 ZB602KL 4/64

Another smartphone in our ranking, which includes a very large amount of memory. 4 GB of “RAM” allows you to keep running in the background an almost infinite number of applications. Well, 64 GB of built-in storage is an ideal volume by today's standards, even for those people who are going to regularly do video.

If we are talking about the camera, then we need to talk about the fact that it is double. However, there is no wide-angle optics here. Instead, the sub module is solely for blurring the background. In this regard, we can safely say that a 5-megapixel matrix is ​​enough for it. As for the main module, it includes an f / 2 aperture and a 13 megapixel sensor. I am glad that the Snapdragon 636 processor is built in here, the power of which is more than enough to digest a picture with 4K resolution. The resulting video will delight you, especially when you watch it on a good TV.

The front panel of the smartphone is equipped with an IPS display with a diagonal of 6 inches and a resolution of 2160×1080 pixels. There is no curly cutout here, which will even delight someone. Above the screen is a good 8-megapixel front camera.

The device includes an FM radio – ASUS does not refuse it even when creating much more expensive smartphones. However, many people will listen to music in a different way. Its online playback is possible without any problems, especially via LTE networks. Well, the Wi-Fi module only experiences problems if you want to watch online 4K video – the 802.11n standard is not suitable for this purpose. Finishing the list of wireless modules, one cannot fail to mention Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC – they can not be found in every competitor with a similar price tag.

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 has a disadvantage familiar to devices of the Taiwanese company – it uses a micro-USB connector. It recharges the 5000 mAh battery.

Advantages

  • There is a fingerprint sensor;
  • Capacious battery with support for fast charging technology;
  • Large amount of memory;
  • A very powerful processor is built in;
  • NFC is not forgotten;
  • There is an FM radio;
  • Decent rear camera capable of 4K video
  • Good IPS display
  • A very affordable price tag.

disadvantages

  • Built-in micro-USB socket;
  • Not very fast Wi-Fi;
  • Only one speaker.

Conclusion

Now you understand that the smartphones released by the Taiwanese company ASUS deserve attention. They have balanced characteristics, and their cost is rarely prohibitive. If you buy one of the devices reviewed in this rating, you are unlikely to be disappointed in it.


Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

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