Verizon quietly announced a new ASUS phone that’s exclusive to its customers. While it’s great to see the Taiwanese company getting onto a massive U.S. carrier’s lineup, the ZenFone V isn’t exactly a 2017 flagship. The design and specifications are dated. And that’s a shame considering ASUS had the opportunity to show America what it can do.
The ZenFone V features a 5.2-inch Full HD AMOLED display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 23MP rear camera with optical image stabilization, a 3000mAh battery, and Android 7.0 Nougat with ZenUI. It’s not bad, but those are specifications you could get in 2016 flagships. We would’ve expected the Snapdragon 835 for the ZenFone V’s processor at the very least.
Maybe you can deal with the aged processor, but chances are the design will bother you.
ASUS didn’t care to follow a trend that started in 2017. The ZenFone V’s forehead and chin are big, and the side bezels aren’t exactly thin. Fans of capacitive buttons for home, multitasking, and back will appreciate the phone, though. Just don’t try bragging to anyone familiar with the Apple iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S8, or LG G6.
Only one model is available. Verizon is selling the phone in Sapphire Black, which looks like navy blue.
Pricing for the ZenFone V is attractive if you’re looking for a high-end phone to use on Verizon’s network but don’t want to throw down more than a couple hundred dollars. The carrier has the ASUS-made device set at $16/mo for 24 months or $384 outright.