We’ve already reviewed the ASUS ZenFone 5 and now it’s time to check out the ASUS ZenFone 5z flagship. It’s the highest end ASUS phone from 2018 and it started selling in June in Europe. Priced at around $500, to $550 tops, the device has one of the best prices for a Snapdragon 845 machine. Let’s see it unboxed.

It looks like a ZenFone 5, feels like a ZenFone 5 and it actually is one, with an improved CPU and more RAM. It has the same design, screen, camera, format and storage. Inside its box we find a metal key used to access the slots, the manual, USB Type-C cable and charger with Fast Charge.

There’s also a case in the mix and a pair or premium headphones. It’s available in hues like Meteor Silver and Midnight Blue. Just like the ZenFone 5, it has a glass back, with a nice way of catching light, in circular patterns. It measures 7.7 mm in thickness and weighs 165 grams, pretty much the same size as the Huawei P20 Pro.

It also uses a 6.2 inch Full HD+ screen with a 19:9 aspect and 6 GB of RAM. There’s also an 8 GB RAM version out there, plus 64, 128 or 256 GB of storage, as well as microSD card slot. We also find a 3300 mAh battery here and the bundled charger is a 9V/2A 18W one.

The selling point is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, which aids with running Android 8.0 Oreo with Zen UI 5 on top. The screen has a notch, which hides the front 8 MP camera, sensors and earpiece. The device also does face unlock, has a fingerprint scanner and dual speakers.

Its main camera is very similar to the ZenFone 5 one, with a 12 MP main shooter combined with a wide angle 120 degree 8 MP sensor. AI is a big deal here, from what I understood, since there are about 5 functions making use of it, including the likes of camera, ringtone and a gaming boost.

We’ll be back with a full review soon and you can get the phone here in the meantime.