For only P6,495, you get a phone with Android Jellybean 4.3 running on Intel Atom Z2560, a 5-inch HD IPS screen with Gorilla Glass, 2110mAH non-user replaceable battery, Dual SIM slots, 8GB of phone memory (expandable thru microSD), and 2GB of RAM. Don't worry, it's upgradable to Kitkat.
I bought a Gold Asus Zenphone 5 from Ambassador Greenhills an hour after Asus Philippines posted its "Where to Buy" on Facebook. The phone comes with its basic packaging and 1 year Asus warranty. It's "Rose Gold" color is perfect and elegant.
I'd like to note that the store is charging a lot for credit card purchase, even on straight payment (YES, straight payment, not installment). The phone is priced at P8,995 when bought using your credit card. That's a P2,500 mark-up compared to the phone's suggested retail price which I find ridiculous and against the law (See DTI practices). I asked why it's charged so high, and the sales lady said because P6,495 is the phone's "PROMO" price, but if I buy it in cash, I'll get it at P6,495. Hmmmm. (Alibi?)
If you plan to buy it using your credit card, I suggest you buy it in online at Lazada or at Memo Express. But, I think Memo Express is also adding charges for credit card purchases. Please confirm this by commenting below.
Going back, the package includes the phone, a USB cord, a headset, a 1.35A charger, and a warranty card. No extra battery or flip cover similar to other Asus Zenfone 5s from other regions.
Similar to most Android-powered devices, once you power it up, it will ask you to log-in using your Google account in order to sync your contacts and apps installed on your other/previous Android device(s). It will also ask you to sign-up for Asus services. I don't feel any lag from the home screen or switching between apps.
I am impressed with the phone build quality, and weight. It is surprisingly light, and I feel like I'm holding a phone worth more than P10,000. The front part of the phone looks premium, thanks to Gorilla Glass 3 and the metallic accent at the lower portion. The plastic used for its back cover has a matte finish which helps to make the phone less fingerprint-magnet. The screen displays accurate colors, and contrasts. The camera is really good, other phones in this price range doesn't come close. The speakers are not so loud though, and I also find the power button and volume rocker hard to press. I also noticed that the Android keys does not light-up.
Stay tuned for our "re-unboxing" video, and our full review which will be published within the week.
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