The Best Asus Phones That You Can Buy

It was once ranked among the top 10 smartphone vendors in the world. Asus’ dominance has slowly been fading away thanks to the emergence of many other OEMs from East Asia actually. Still, the Taiwanese company boasts a really great smartphone lineup that we can happily recommend to our readers. Along with some of them coming in as recent as the MWC 2018. We are going to discuss the Best Asus Phones That You Can Buy.

If you want a high-end phone, be it a midrange handset that actually matches the current smartphone trends. Without even breaking the bank or are simply after a budget phone that basically handles all the basic tasks effectively. However, at the same time conforming to the latest standards, Asus has your back.

Best Asus Phones That You Can Buy

Well, we have pulled together the best Asus phones to buy in 2018. However, be warned that relying on where you are, getting hold of some of them might not be an easy task, but nothing is impossible right.

Device  USA  UK  India
Asus ROG Phone $899 (Amazon) NA NA
ZenFone 5Z $499 £440 INR 24,999
ZenFone 4 Pro $499 NA NA
ZenFone 5 NA £350 NA
ZenFone 5 Lite (ZenFone 5Q in the USA) $299 Pricing not available Pricing not available
ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro $200 £360 INR 15,990
ZenFone Max Pro M2 Pricing not available Pricing not available INR 12,999
ZenFone Max M2 Pricing not available Pricing not available INR 9,999
ZenFone Lite L1 NA NA INR 6,999
ZenFone Live L1 (Android Go Edition) $110 NA NA

Alternatively, to Samsung and Huawei, Asus has a flurry of devices that can at times be pretty confusing in terms of names. However, we are here to do the dirty work for you, the result of which is a slimmed-down list of the best Asus phones that money can actually buy right now. Beginning with the best flagship Asus phone down to the budget segment actually.

Asus ROG Phone

Specs
  • 6-inch 18:9 FHD+ AMOLED display
  • Speed-binned 2.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB or 512GB storage
  • Dual 12MP + 8MP main camera
  • 8MP front camera
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Extras: AirTrigger virtual shoulder buttons, Side USB-C port, 90Hz screen refresh rate, also ARCore support, Gaming HDR support, ROG Gaming X mode UI. Also ROG Gaming UI, vapor cooling, USB-C, Quick Charge 4+, rear-mounted FPS, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, 3.5mm audio jack, stereo speakers, water resistance, etc.

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This is the first under the company’s Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand, Asus ROG Phone has been around since June 2018. And as expected, it is actually a gaming-centric smartphone aimed at the Razer Phone, Xiaomi Black Shark, and many other gaming smartphones. Asus’ ROG division is basically known for its prowess with gaming hardware and indeed, this handset is no different, at least looking at the specifications on board as well.

Asus ZenFone 5Z

Specs
  • 6.2-inch 18.5:9 FHD+ LCD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • 4/6/8GB RAM and 64/128/256GB storage (expandable up to 400GB)
  • Dual 12MP + 8MP main camera and 8MP front camera
  • 3300mAh non-removable battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, dual speakers, rear-mounted scanner, also fast charging, NFC, etc.

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It was unveiled at the MWC 2018, the ZenFone 5Z is the latest flagship phone from Asus. That is actually coming in to take the place of the ZenFone 4 Pro unveiled in October 2017. The ZenFone 5Z actually mimics Apple’s iPhone X design. That is including a near-fullscreen display along with a notch at the top and under the hood. You get top-level hardware that includes more than8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.

Asus ZenFone 4 Pro

Specs
  • 5.5-inch 16:9 FHD AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 6GB RAM and 64/128GB storage (expandable up to 256GB)
  • Dual 12MP + 16MP main camera and 8MP front camera
  • 3600mAh non-removable battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat, upgradable to Oreo
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, dual speakers, front-mounted scanner, fast charging, NFC, etc.

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Well, the ZenFone 5Z is the successor to the ZenFone 4 Pro, a phone that has been around for almost half a year. Even though the ZenFone 4 Pro brings all the bells and also whistles expected on any premium Android phone. It basically comes from the era of bezels. This means that you’ will get a device that is bigger in size than the 5Z yet has a smaller display screen as well.

Asus ZenFone 5

Specs
  • 6.2-inch 18.5:9 FHD+ LCD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor
  • 4/6GB RAM and 64GB storage (expandable up to 400GB)
  • Dual 12MP + 8MP main camera and 8MP front camera
  • 3300mAh non-removable battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, dual speakers, rear-mounted scanner, fast charging, NFC, etc.

The one reason in order to consider the ZenFone 4 Pro over the premium ZenFone 5Z is the price. However, what if you still want a 5Z-style Asus phone yet that you can’t afford the asking price of the flagship phone? Well, your answer still lies in the standard Asus ZenFone 5.

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That is featuring a 5.5-inch 1080p display screen, you also get a powerful Snapdragon 660 (Snapdragon 630 on other variants). Also 4/6GB RAM, 64GB storage, a dual 12MP + 8MP back camera, 8MP selfie shooter. And a 3300mAh battery that you can charge through a USB-C port and supports fast charging.

Asus ZenFone 5 Lite

Specs
  • 6.0-inch 18:9 FHD+ LCD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 630/430 processor
  • 3/4GB RAM and 32/64GB storage (expandable up to 400GB)
  • Dual 16MP + 8MP main camera and dual 20MP + 8MP front camera
  • 3300mAh non-removable battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Extras: Bluetooth 4.1, microUSB, 3.5mm audio jack, rear-mounted scanner, NFC, etc.

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Another Asus phone that also conforms to the latest design trends is the ZenFone 5 Lite. Although not similar to the ZenFone 5 and 5Z largely due to the missing notch, the Lite model. That is known as Asus ZenFone 5Q in the U.S., rocks a huge display screen along with a top-level midrange processor and to ice the cake, it boasts a quad-lens camera system actually.

Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro

Specs
  • 5.5-inch 16:9 FHD AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
  • 3/4GB RAM and 64GB storage (expandable up to 256GB)
  • 16MP main camera and dual 12MP + 8MP front camera
  • 3000mAh non-removable battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Extras: Bluetooth 4.2, micro USB, 3.5mm audio jack, front-mounted scanner, fast charging, etc.

zenfone 4 selfie pro

Just like the name suggests, the ZenFone 4 Selfie is tailored for selfie lovers. The phone ships in many variants: the normal ZenFone 4 Selfie, ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro, and also ZenFone 4 Selfie Lite. In this case, we’d definitely recommend the Pro version (ZD552KL) which, as you’d expect, packs more punch than the rest actually.

Well, the highlight of the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro is the dual-lens selfie camera, an AMOLED display screen. That is protected via Corning Gorilla Glass 5, and the powerful Snapdragon 625 chipset. Although it comes preinstalled along with Android Nougat, Asus is already upgrading the ZenFone 4 family to the newer Android 8.0 Oreo as well.

Asus ZenFone Max M2

Specs
  • 6.26-inch 19:9 HD+ LCD screen
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 SoC
  • 3GB or 4GB RAM
  • 32GB or 64GB expandable storage
  • Dual 13MP + 2MP main camera
  • 8MP front camera
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo, Pie update coming in Jan 2019
  • Extras: Bluetooth 4.2, micro USB, 3.5mm audio jack, rear-mounted scanner, etc.

zenfone max m2

Like many other 2019 phones, the ZenFone Max M2 brings the notched display to the budget segment alongside many other cool features. For example dual-lens camera, fingerprint scanning as well as stock Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. Although some may be disappointed because the Max M2 has Oreo out of the box, Asus has promised an update to Android 9 Pie in January 2019 as well.

At the moment, the availability of the ZenFone Max M2 in most markets remains a mystery. However, if you live in India, the phone starts selling on December 20 priced at INR 9,999 for the base model and INR 11,999 for the high-end variant actually. Most of the markets in Europe should be able to buy the Max M2 beginning in January 2019.

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2

Specs | Asus phones
  • 6.26-inch 19:9 FHD+ LCD screen
  • Snapdragon 660 SoC
  • 3GB, 4GB or 6GB RAM
  • 32GB or 64GB expandable storage
  • Dual 12MP + 5MP main camera
  • 13MP front camera
  • 5000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, micro USB port, Rear-mounted scanner, Face unlock, 3.5mm audio jack, 4G VoLTE, etc.

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The ZenFone Max Pro M1 was by far one of the best offerings not only in the debuting new ZenFone Max M series. However, also in the whole budget smartphone market. Similarly, the phone’s successor, the ZenFone Max Pro M2, does not really disappoint in any case. It also has a good number of impressive specifications that include the trending 19:9 display design with a notch, the powerful Snapdragon 660 chipset, a dual camera, and also a huge battery unit. However, what makes the ZenFone Max Pro M2 stand out in the crowd, like its predecessor, is the inclusion of pure Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box as well.

For these specifications, the ZenFone Max Pro M2 is without even doubt the best smartphone. You guys can also buy at this price point, where the base model goes for just INR 12,999.

Asus ZenFone Live L1

Specs | Asus phones
  • 5.5-inch 18:9 HD+ (1440×720) LCD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor
  • 1GB RAM and 16GB storage
  • 13MP back camera
  • 5MP front camera
  • Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition)
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Extras: Bluetooth 4.0, MicroUSB, 3.5mm audio jack, 4G LTE, Face Unlock, etc.

Well, Asus has not been left out of the new Android Go craze. In fact, the company was among the first in order to confirm that it has a device in the works and this device is also known as Asus ZenFone Live L1. Yeah, weird name, however, not strange coming from Asus.

zenfone live l1

The ZenFone Live L1 has already been unveiled in Malaysia and also the price starts at IDR 1.4 million. That basically translates to about $100. In the U.S., the ZenFone Live L1 can be had for $110.

For those in India, you guys can check out the ZenFone Lite (L1) handset that is actually a small upgrade over the Android Go-powered Live L1. You guys get a nearly identical 5.45-inch 18:9 HD+ display screen, a Snapdragon 430 chipset, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, a 3000mAh battery. And runs Android Oreo out of the box along with Asus ZenUI skin on top. In India, it also goes for just INR 6,999, which is under $100 actually.

Conclusion

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