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Primarily known for PCs, laptops and tablets, Asus has recently joined the smartphone market.
Being the “new guy” in the playfield, the company had to go for the “cheap phones with great specs” approach. Does that approach guarantees anything? And how does the Zenfone 5 compare to other budget smartphones out there? One of the biggest competitors in the field surely is the Galaxy Core from Samsung. Let’s compare them.
Design and Display
One look at the Zenfone 5 and you notice it is a huge device. The handset is larger than other 5 inch smartphones on the market and the reason is in the design. There is just too much unnecessary space, which is the result of a pronounced bezel both below and above the screen. You get the feeling you’re holding a 5.5 inch device, when in reality you operate a 5 inch handset. And it is not like the larger size offers some premium design, it is purely plastic. The Galaxy Core is also a plastic build phone, and has a pronounced bezel as well, but at least the extra space is used for a home button and other two standard buttons. And the design is much more stylish. Compared to other 5 inch devices, the Zenfone 5 doesn’t offer better resolution, since it delivers only 720×1280 pixels and a density of 294ppi. However, compared to the Core, it is a lot more. Samsung’s device features a 4.3 inch display with a resolution of 480×800 and a density of 217ppi. One of the good things about the Zenfone 5 is the versatility it offers in the color section. The handset is available in red, white, black, purple and gold versions.
Hardware and Operating System
In comparison between the two devices, the hardware options are decent. They would not cut it against the field, but in this comparison, they are slightly similar. The Zenfone 5 does offer more power, with its dual core processor clocked at 1.6GHz. Add the 2 GB of RAM memory, and multi tasking is much better and smooth on the Zenfone 5. The Galaxy Core is powered by a dual core processor clocked at 1.2GHz and has only 1GB of RAM memory. Both devices suffer from low internal storage. With just 8GB memory, 5 of which are available to the user, the storage is filled quickly. Thankfully, users can add more space with a microSD card, with the cap set at 64GB. And when it comes to OS, the Zenfone 5 is head and shoulders above the Core. Samsung’s device is still stuck to the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Zenfone 5, on the other hand, comes with an Android 4.3 version installed, and the Zen UI skin on top of it. A nifty feature of the ZEN UI skin is the option to display next calendar events on the home screen.
This is another section where the Zenfone 5 is superior. Not by much, but the device has a clear advantage, nonetheless. The rear camera is an 8-MP shooter, while the front one is a 2-MP sensor. The Galaxy Core has only a 5-MP camera on the back, and a VGA 0.3-MP on the front of the device.
This is where Samsung’s device serves as the more reliable device. Even though the battery capacity is smaller, set at 1800 mAh, the phone delivers more talk time and standby. The battery found in the Zenfone 5, which is a 2110 mAh battery, is not powerful enough to provide life for a 5 inch device.
The difference in price is very small. The Core is priced at $170, while the price for the Zenfone 5 is set at $160. This is where the optional dual SIM in the Galaxy Core might serve as the deal breaker.