After being unveiled at MWC 2018 back in February, the Asus ZenFone 5 has officially launched and is now available to pre-order. 

The ZenFone 5 is actually a mid-range device, with a flagship 5Z due for launch later this year, but that's by no means any reason to disregard it. Asus has employed some clever tech within the phone, which sports a 6.2-inch notched Full HD+ display. The overall size of the phone is similar to those with 5.5-inch screens, and that's because Asus has managed to achieve a 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio.

Inside there's a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor - the flagship 5Z will get the SD845 - with 4GB RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. You also get Bluetooth 5 with aptX, NFC for Google Pay and USB-C charging. 

But the main selling point Asus is keen to advertise is AI, the buzzword of 2018 it seems. AI technology comes into effect when using the dual-lens rear camera (comprising a 12-megapixel Sony sensor and a 120-degree wide-angle lens) which is able to detect the type of scene you're trying to take a picture of and adjust the settings accordingly. A front-facing camera lets you use a Face Unlock feature, but there's also a fingerprint sensor on the back as a fail safe option. 

We've been able to spend some time with the ZenFone 5 and we liked it a lot. For a and mid-range phone, we think the design is excellent and from our time with it, it performed more than admirably. 

You can pre-order the Asus ZenFone 5 now from the Asus eStore. It will have a normal selling price of £400, but pre-orders before 8 July will receive a £50 discount, the phone will then ship from 9 July. - PAY MONTHLY PHONES The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is now available on EE who have been awarded the UK’s best network for the fifth year running. RootMetrics tested the four UK networks and EE was faster and more reliable than all of them, with better data performance. Their network has come a long way since they launched in 2012. Back then they had 11 UK cities covered by 4G. Today they cover most of the UK’s land mass, thanks to 19,000 state-of-the-art 4G sites. They’ve got faster, too – from 50Mbps to a maximum speed of 400Mbps. And they’re soon to experience even greater possibilities with the launch of 5G.

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