Many manufacturers continue to use plastic because it’s cheap, but some phones really look cheap. It’s hard to find a balance, to create a beautiful phone with non-premium materials, but it’s possible and Asus and LG proved that they’re capable to make impressive and affordable devices. We’ll compare two of their phones, the Zenfone 2 and the Nexus 5X, which was created for Google, and which comes loaded with the latest Android version, 6.0 Marshmallow.
Designs and Displays
The Zenfone 2 doesn’t have a brushed metal body. The shell is actually made of plastic and painted to look like metal, but the effect is realistic. Some real metal you’ll find on the front panel, because below the three capacitive buttons located under the screen was placed an aluminum band. The back has curved edges and the rocker switch for the volume sits below the rear camera, only that Asus hasn’t fully copied LG’s G3 model, placing the power button on top of the device. The physical dimensions of the Zenfone 2 are 152.5×77.2×10.9mm, but the phone has an average weight of 170 grams. Its screen is quite large, measuring 5.5-inch and it’s an IPS with a Full HD resolution which gives a pixel density of 401ppi.
The Nexus 5X
This phone is the successor of the Nexus 5 2013, but that model had a floating arc design (the top and bottom sides were curved) and its rear camera was positioned in the upper left corner. The new device has a rectangular body which measures 147×72.6×7.9mm, it’s taller than the predecessor, meaning that the screen size has been increased as well, and now it has a diagonal of 5.2-inch, but the resolution is also Full HD, resulting in a pixel density of 424ppi. The rear camera is located in the top center and has a fingerprint scanner below it.
The Zenfone 2 phone that we’re describing is the top-of-the-line model and has high-tier specs than the other devices, featuring two variants of Intel Atom quad core processors. The faster one is the Z3580 model clocked at 2.3GHz, which is backed by 4GB of RAM, while the other processor is a Z3560 clocked at 1.8GHz, but this configuration contains 2GB of RAM. The Zenfone 2 has two variants of internal memories expandable up to 64GB and their capacities are 64GB, but you can also get the third variant with exactly 64GB of storage.
The Nexus 5X is not as powerful as the Nexus 6P, but the good news is that its Qualcomm processor doesn’t heat up badly. LG used the Snapdragon 808 chipset, which houses a quad core processor clocked at 1.44GHz and a dual-core processor running at 1.82GHz, and which are coupled with 2GB of RAM. LG hasn’t provided a microSD card slot, so the internal memory is limited and available in variants of 16GB and 32GB.
Cameras and Batteries
The rear camera of the Zenfone 2 has a resolution of 13MP, but the features are standard, found on many other mid-range devices, such as autofocus or dual-LED flash, but the video recording capabilities are limited to 1080p@30fps. The front camera is identical to that of the Nexus 5X, supporting 5MP. However, the Nexus 5X uses a 12.3MP Sony sensor and the features include a laser autofocus, dual-LED flash and superior video recording capabilities of 2160p@30fps.
The Zenfone 2 has a larger battery of 3000mAh, but it’s charged via a normal USB port, while the Nexus 5X comes with the new microUSB Type-C reversible connector, which is used to charge the 2700mAh battery.