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Asus Zenfone 5 A501CG

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1822 reviews of Asus Zenfone 5 A501CG. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviews about the design and price are on the whole positive. The performance and size also get good views. Some have doubts about the reception and sound.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Asus Zenfone 5 A501CG is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 user reviews of Asus Zenfone 5 A501CG from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Opinions about the durability and usability are generally positive. The size and screen also get good views. There are some negative opinions about the reliability and performance. Views are divided on the battery.

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79% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Asus Zenfone 5 A501CG 8GB 3G wifi - Unlocked Sim free Intel Atom 1.6GHz Android Phone (black)Asus Zenfone 5 A501CG 8GB 3G wifi - Unlocked Sim free Intel Atom 1.6GHz Android Phone (black)

Apr, 2017

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Asus Zenfone 5 A501CG


alaTest has collected and analyzed 78 user reviews of Asus Zenfone 5 A501CG from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on People really like the screen and design. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas reviews are divided on the battery. Some have doubts about the reliability.

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87% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: New Asus Zenfone 5 8GB Dual SIM (Unlocked) A501CG 3G 5" Intel Z2560 1.6GHz White - International Version No WarrantyNew Asus Zenfone 5 8GB Dual SIM (Unlocked) A501CG 3G 5" Intel Z2560 1.6GHz White - International Version No Warranty

Apr, 2017

Expert review by: Andrew Williams Mike Lowe (

Asus Zenfone 5 LTE review: Yin and yang


About two years ago cheap phones reeked of compromise; the gap between entry-level Android phones and top-end ones was massive. But that's all changed recently, with phones like the Asus Zenfone 5 and Motorola Moto G (2014) plugging the gap. Spend in...

Generally neat design, good value prospect

Screen brightness, limited battery, over-saturated camera results

The Asus Zenfone 5 offers much of the experience of a phone that, until recently, would have cost twice the price. However, its main competitor, the pocket-pleasing Moto G (2014), does make it tough for the Asus to truly stand out.

Jan, 2015

Expert review by: James Norton (

Asus ZenFone 5 review


Can this phone bring you a little zen?

Lovely bright screen ; Great performance ; Attractive UI

Below average battery ; Out of date Android version ; Future updates uncertain

Ratings in depth It feels like an awful long time ago that Jonney Shih, the Chairman of Asus, stood up at CES in Las Vegas and with no shortage of drama announced the new ZenFone range.

Oct, 2014

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Expert review by: Andrew Williams (

Asus Zenfone 5


The Asus Zenfone 5 comes alongside the smaller Zenfone 4 and the slightly larger Zenfone 6, and it's our pick of the bunch.

Great screen ; Decent camera for the price ; Excellent value

Battery life not great ; A few camera bugs to squish

May, 2015

Expert review by: Ashleigh Allsopp (

Asus ZenFone 5 review


The ZenFone 5 (A501CG) is available to pre-order from Asus now for £179.99, though we think it'll drop in price as third-party resellers begin to offer it after launch. The smartphone is set to be released in the UK on 20 October.

We really like the ZenFone 5. From its design and battery life to its software and price tag, this smartphone has got a lot going for it. However, it's well worth checking whether Motorola's Moto G is a better choice for you, as it could save you a bit...

Sep, 2014

Expert review by: Thomas Newton (

Asus Zenfone 5 Review: In Depth


Asus's Zenfone 5 rocks a compact, curvaceous body and an 8-megapixel camera, plus the slick ZenUI interface. But will it give you a Zen-like feeling?

Good overall performance ; Smart user interface ; Comfortable and well designed

Weak, non-replaceable battery ; Average camera

Oct, 2014


Expert review by: Dominic Moass (

Asus ZenFone 5 LTE Smartphone Review


Today we complete our look at the 2014 ZenFone range from ASUS. So far the other two handsets – 4 and 6-inch devices – have been very impressive and cost-effective. Will the 5-inch model, now available for under £190, continue this trend or will it...

Excellent camera ; Very responsive everyday performance ; Battery can comfortably last a day ; Good value after dropping in price ; User-friendly OS

Display doesn’t excite ; It’s a stretch to reach the on/off button

It seems the ZenFone 5 LTE is a great phone if you’re not looking to spend more than £200. It follows in the footsteps of the other phones in the ZenFone range which proved equally successful.

Apr, 2015

Expert review by: Bobby MacPherson (

Asus Zenfone 5


The Asus Zenfone 5 marks the debut of Asus' new range of smartphones. This handsome handset partners a 5in screen and Intel hardware and makes a bid to snatch the limelight from budget favourites such as the £100 Motorola Moto G and the £145 Moto G...

An affordable and attractive 5in smartphone, but the dim screen leaves it lagging behind its cheaper rivals

Sep, 2014

Expert review by: (

ASUS Zenfone 5 Review: Killer Specs, Killer Price


We review the Zenfone 5! When ASUS launched their Zenfones in multiple SEA territories except ours, we were a bit peeved – the PH is still part of SEA, after all. We shouldn't have been really, as ASUS PH managed to make up for that little snafu with...

Aug, 2014

Expert review by: Channel5 (

Asus Zenfone 5 review


For a phone that costs £150, the Zenfone 5 is a remarkable purchase. Its large size and lack of 4G on the standard model may prove to be problems for some buyers, but the sharp 5-inch screen and surprisingly robust processor make up for these...

Expert review by: Manuel Masiero (

Asus Zenfone 5 Smartphone Review


Piece of art. Awarded with a design prize, available for a low price as an entry-level device and also really comfortable in the hands: The 5-inch Asus Zenfone 5 checks many of the right boxes in our review and only reveals a few drawbacks.

Inexpensive, HD resolution, Scratch-proof display, High build quality, LTE support, Current Android OS, Good camera, Powerful enough for current games, Low operating temperatures, Long battery runtimes

Dirt-repellant coating pretty useless, Only 3.7 GB storage for the user, Integrated battery, Small performance headroom for the next generation of games

The Zenfone 5 is a new powerful 5-inch entry-level device in Asus’ smartphone portfolio, which offers quite a lot of features for the comparatively low price. Highlights of the smartphone are the current Android 4.4.2 including ZenUI extension, LTE...

Oct, 2014

Product Specifications


Battery Capacity:2110 / 2500
Battery technology:Lithium / Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Standby time (2G):192
Standby time (3G):353 / 360 / 395
Talk time (2G):10 / 28
Talk time (3G):18.5 / 20.6

Call management

Call blocking: Yes
Call divert: Yes
Call hold:Y / Yes
Call timer:Y / Yes
Call waiting:Y / Yes
Caller ID:Y / Yes
Conference call:Y / Yes
Image stabilizer: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Vibrating Alert:Y / Yes
Voice dialing: Yes


Auto Focus:Y / Yes
Built-in Flash:Y / Yes
Flash type:LED
Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):2
Image stabilizer: Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):8
Maximum frame rate:30 / 60
Rear camera resolution (numeric):8
Rear camera type:Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:1280x720@30fps, 1920x1080@30fps
Second Camera:Y / Yes
Second camera resolution:2
Sensor Type:BSI
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:1080p, 720p / 720p, 1080p


Colour of product:Black / Gold / Purple / Red / White
Curved Design:N / No
Form factor:Bar
Standard colour:Black / Purple


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:12.7 / 127
Display Resolution:1280 x 720 / 720 x 1280
Display Type:IPS
Orientation sensor:Y / Yes
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:N
Touch screen:Y / Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch sensitive screen:Y
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y / Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive


Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes


Internal RAM:1 / 2


Chat: Yes
E-mail:Y / Yes
Instant messaging (IM):Y / Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y / Yes
Short Message Service (SMS):Y / Yes


Audio formats supported:3GPP, AAC, MP3 / 3GPP2, MP2 / AAC, AAC+, MP3, WMV / AAC, MP3 / AAC, MP3, WMA, WMV / AAC, MP3, WMV
FM radio: Yes
Image formats supported:GIF, JPG, PNG / JPG / No
Supported video modes:1080p
Video compression formats:3GP, H.262, H.263, MPEG4, VP8
Video formats supported:3GP / 3GP, H.263, H.264, MPEG4, MPEG4-SP, VP8, VP9 / 3GP, H.263, H.264, MPEG4, VP8, VP9 / H.263, H.264, MPEG4 / MPEG4


Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
Electronic compass:Y / Yes
GPS:Y / Yes
GPS (satellite): Yes
Position location:Y / Yes


2G bands (primary SIM):850, 900, 1800, 1900 / 850,900,1800,1900
2G bands (secondary SIM):850, 900, 1800, 1900 / 850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:850, 900, 1900, 2100 / 850,900,1900,2100
4G:N / No / Yes
4G bands supported:700,800,850,900,1700,1800,1900,2100,2600
4G standard:LTE
4G standards:LTE
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.0 EDR
SIM card capability:Dual SIM / Single SIM
SIM card type:MicroSIM / MiniSIM
Tethering (modem-mode):Y / Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Battery pack:Y / Yes
Cables included:USB
Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Warranty card: Yes


Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Flight mode: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:4.3 / 4.4 / 5.0
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar
Personalization:Icons, Shortcuts, Themes, Widgets
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes
Subscription type:No subscription / Sim-lock free
Support for contact groups:Y / Yes
Video call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:MICRO-USB / Micro-USB B
USB port:Y / Yes
USB version:2.0


64-bit computing: Yes
Embedded options available: No
Idle States: Yes
Processor boost frequency:1.6
Processor cache:1
Processor cache type:L3
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:Intel Atom / Intel® Atom™ / Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:1.2 / 1.6
Processor lithography:32
Processor Model:MSM 8926 / Z2520 / Z2560
Processor package size:14 x 14
Processor threads:4
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Processor special features

Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Idle Technology: Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI): No


Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:4.3 / 4.4 / 5.0


Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC / MicroSD (TransFlash), SDHC
Internal RAM:1 / 1024 / 2 / 2048
Internal RAM type:LPDDR2
Internal storage capacity:16 / 8
Maximum memory card size:64
USB mass storage:Y / Yes


Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Google applications:Gmail


Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.03 / 1.09 / 10.34 / 14.8 / 148.2 / 7.15 / 7.28 / 72.8
Height :1.03 / 1.09 / 10.3 / 10.34 / 14.8 / 148.2
Weight:145 / 155
Width:14.8 / 148.2 / 7.15 / 7.28 / 72.8