The ASUS ZenFone 5 was theoretically expected to come at Computex, maybe at IFA 2018, but a MWC 2018 arrival seemed premature. Premature but real, as the confirmation has just come in: it’s happening next month, at MWC 2017, on February 27th. That’s when the device is expected to come up.
We’ve got teasers and invitations popping up, with the same “We Love Photo” logo that was associated to the ZenFone 4. Over the past weeks several leaks of the ZenFone 5 Lite and ZenFone 5 Max lead us to believe that something new was indeed brewing. Interestingly, LG, HTC and Huawei chose to skip flagship launches at MWC 2018, but Xiaomi, Sony and Samsung will be there with goodies. ASUS too…
Samsung shows off the Galaxy S9 on February 25th, Sony on the 26th and ASUS goes crazy with innovation on the 27th. They have the event scheduled with the tagline “#Backto5”. We could see handsets with an 18:9 aspect, which was already promoted by the latest ZenFone Max Plus (M1). The flagship will be a ZenFone 5 Pro with a Snapdragon 845 CPU, dual camera and 6 or 8 GB of RAM.
The core ZenFone 5 may use a Snapdragon 670 chipset or some other high midrange chipset. Android 8.0 Oreo is pretty much a given, as well as some AI tweaks.