£149 SIM-freeKey features:
- 5-inch, 1,280 x 720 display
- Excellent design
- 8-megapixel camera with HDR
It’s not often that we come across a large-screened phone for less than £150, but the Asus Zenfone 5
is exactly that. It’s far better than the Zenfone 4 in every manner.
First of all it looks good, thanks to its curved, plastic body that comes in a range of bold colours, including red and purple. The soft-touch finish means it’s also easy to handle for quite a large mobile, and we like that the rear is removable.
Screen quality isn’t terrific but it’s not bad either. 1,280 x 720 over 5 inches translates to a pixel density of 294, which isn’t actually that far off the iPhone 6’s 326ppi. Brightness is great though, so you’ll have no problems playing with it on a sunny day. The 8-megapixel rear camera features HDR mode, which produces impressive results.
Intel’s dual-core Atom Z2580 processor, paired with 2GB of RAM, keeps things ticking over nicely, and the Zenfone is just about able to cope with high-end 3D games. The 2,110mAh battery will get you through a day of use too.