Xiaomi Mi 8 vs Asus Zenfone 5z: Duel Smartphone Premium, Seductive Price

Phones with predicate flaghsip is usually present with a range of upscale specifications and a fairly high selling price. But if the funds so your constraints to woo a top smartphone, then Xiaomi Mi 8 or ASUS ZenFone 5z is certainly a decent device option included in your shopping list.

Set at a price range of Rp 6 million, both phones are equally present with the kitchen runway Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. Not just a specification, the design of both phones also look identical with the bangs on the top. In addition, these two handsets also participate wrapped with glass on the front and rear.

Although already announced going into the domestic market, ASUS ZenFone 5z in fact will not go on sale in July. While Xiaomi Mi 8 is still no clarity whether it will be brought to Indonesia. Unlike the Mi 8 which only has 6GB of RAM variant, ZenFone 5 appear confident with two choices of RAM each 6 and 8GB. Then when comparing the two specifications, which one is more suitable for you to take home? Check out the short review through the following article.


Xiaomi Mi 8: 154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6 mm / 175gram; Front / back glass (Gorilla Glass);

Asus Zenfone 5z: 153 x 75.7 x 7.9 mm / 155 gram; Front glass, aluminum body;

Let's start from the design side that is offered, both Mi 8 and ZenFone 5z both follow the pattern of full-screen phones that make the bezel thin as its main selling point. Packing aluminum 7000 series material, Xiaomi is clearly superior to the upper level of ZenFone 5z which adopts aluminum with unspecified series.

Then if you see the bangs are at the top, Mi 8 does look more elongated than ZenFone 5z which is more narrow. While at the bottom, the bezel is measured very thin that does not allow the fingerprint scanner. So naturally when you see these two phones put it on the back side.

More unique again, two embedded lenses are also arranged in a vertical position. The small difference lies in the LED flash which is on the Mi 8 is located in the middle. As for ZenFone 5z is located under the second sensor.

Screen and OS

Xiaomi Mi 8: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors; 6.21 inches, 97.1 cm2 (~ 83.8% screen-to-body ratio), 1080 x 2248 pixels, 19: 9 ratio (~ 402ppi density); 600 nits brigtness Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version); DCI-P3 coverage, HDR10 compliant

Asus Zenfone 5z: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors; 6.2 inches, 96.9 cm2 (~ 83.6% screen-to-body ratio); 1080 x 2246 pixels, 18.7: 9 ratio (~ 402 ppi density); 550 nits brigtness, Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version), 95% DCI-P3 coverage, ASUS ZenUI 5.0

Speaking of the screen, these two smartphones have their respective advantages. From the side of the panel used, Xiaomi Mi 8 slightly superior with a sharper Super AMOLED screen with a saturation that is high. Embedded technology also allows the panel to provide HDR content 10. While Zenfone 5z only has IPS LCD panel with the resolution and density of identical pixels, although not yet support HDR content 10. Brightness that can be emitted by the screen Mi 8 is also a level higher than the panel owned ZenFone 5z .

Bangs embedded in the Mi 8 is also measurable longer because it must accommodate also a special 3D camera Face Unlock separate from the camera used to immortalize selfie. Thus, the Mi 8 is the first Android smartphone that carries this technology. While ZenFone 5z with a narrower bangs are just crammed by the gap of the earpiece and the camera selfie only.

Switching to the platform used, users must have been aware that both have come with the latest Android operating system 8.0 Oreo. Xiaomi equip it with MIUI 9, while ASUS beautify it with Zen UI 5.0.

Interface affairs certainly returned to the tastes of each user. Moreover from the actual feature is not much different. Users can choose a myriad of themes that have been set up in their respective vendor's app store. In addition, the two top mobile phone is also equipped with gesture control feature (gesture) is very easy and intuitive for use.


Xiaomi Mi 8: Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845, Octa-core processor (4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver), GPU Adreno 630; 6GB RAM, 64/128 / 256GB internal memory, no microSD card slot; Non-removable Li-Po Battery 3400 mAh; Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 4.0+)

Asus Zenfone 5z: Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845, Octa-core processor (4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver), GPU Adreno 630; 6GB / 8GB RAM, 128/256 GB internal memory, microSD, up to 400 GB (uses SIM 2 slot); Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh Battery; Fast battery charging 9V / 2A 18W

In terms of performance both devices are equally pinned on a similar chipset, the difference lies in the support of RAM and internal memory embedded. Xiaomi Mi 8 does not include any other options on the RAM side, although the embedded internal memory is set up in three different options, namely 64, 128 and 256GB. Having a large enough storage, reasonable when the Chinese manufacturer is choosing not to adopt a microSD card slot. Meanwhile Asus comes with a choice of more with 2 different options that can be tailored to the needs of users. Although have a more spacious internal memory, in fact ASUS ZenFone 5z is equipped with a hybrid card slot that rides on SIM2.

From the capacity of the embedded battery, the Xiaomi Mi 8 has a battery capacity of 3400 mAh. While LG only pinned the battery capacity of 3300 mAh or just adrift about 100mAh. In terms of charging, ZenFone 5z has implemented AI charging technology that will learn the user's habits while charging for the embedded battery to have a more durable lifespan to double. Different things are applied to the Mi 8 with the fast charging feature of Quick Charge 4.0+ that supports a combination of voltage and current of 5V / 3A, 9V / 2A and 12V / 1.5A respectively.


Xiaomi Mi 8: Rear Camera: Dual: 12 MP (f / 1.8, 1 / 2.55 ", 1.4μm, 4-axis OIS, dual-pixel PDAF) + 12 MP (f / 2.4, 1 / 3.4", 1.0μm) , 2x optical zoom, dual pixel phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama; Video: 2160p @ 60fps, 1080p @ 30 / 240fp; Front Camera: 20 MP (f / 2.0, 1.8μm), 1080p

Asus Zenfone 5z: Rear Camera: Dual: 12 MP (f / 1.8, 24mm, 1 / 2.55 ", 1.4μm, PDAF) + 8MP (f / 2.0, 12mm, 1/4", 1.12μm), phase detection autofocus , EIS gyro, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama; Video: 2160p @ 30fps, 1080p @ 30/60 / 120fps, 720p @ 240fps; Front Camera: 8 MP (f / 2.0, 24mm, 1/4 ", 1.12μm), EIS gyro, 1080p

Going into the realm of shooting, these two smartphones have a significant difference. Xiaomi Mi 8 has dual camera with 12MP main camera with support for features f / 1.8, 4-axis OIS (optical image stabilization), and dual-pixel PDAF. While the second sensor is embedded in the back also has a 12MP resolution which is a telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom capability, f / 2.4 aperture, and dual-pixel PDAF. Meanwhile, Asus Zenfone 5z which also comes with dual camera on the back has a main camera 12MP ber berdolusi f / 1.8 berdiafragma, and PDAF. The second camera embedded in the device is a 120-degree wide angle sensor with 8MP resolution as well as f / 2.0 lens openings, EIS gyro and PDAF.

Interestingly both devices have been equipped with AI feature to maximize its function. For Xiaomi Mi 8 already provides a variety of options to target ranging from human objects, animals, landscapes and others. On Xiaomi's mobile phone there are more than 200 objects that can be detected automatically, while in ZenFone 5z only able to recognize about 16 objects only. DxO Mark rewards Xiaomi Mi 8 with 99 for the overall quality of his camera, while ASUS ZenFone 5z does not have any testing done yet. But if you look at the results of the camera test on ZenFone 5 that produces 90 points, it is not excessive if Xiaomi Mi 8 is in a far superior position. For the record, dual cameras contained on ZenFone 5 with ZenFone 5z did not change from the side of the specification used.

Shifted to the embedded front camera, Mi 8 appears more fierce with 20MP resolution that carries the f / 2.0 lens openings. While Zenfone 5z has a resolution of only 8MP and lens openings are identical. In terms of embedded technology, Xiaomi has put the features of AI portrait selfies and AI Beautify. Signing in on the ZenFone 5z front camera, the embedded ZeniMoji lets users create animated animals based on facial expressions. All the shooting on ASUS ZenFone 5z either by using the front or rear camera has also been equipped with AI features that are ready to beautify the results. Unfortunately the settings used do not take into consideration the gender differences of users.

Additional Features

Xiaomi Mi 8: Dual Speakers, Dual GPS; 4G LTE, Fingerprint, 3D Face Unlock, Android 8.1 Oreo

Asus Zenfone 5z: Dual speakers, Hi-Res 192kHz / 24-bit audio, DTS X 3D Surround Sound, 4G LTE, Fingerprint, Face Unlock, Android 8.0 Oreo

As has been widely reported before, Xiaomi finally get rid of 3.5 mm audio port from Mi 8. However for the resulting sound is still quite jarring with the presence of dual speakers are prepared. As for ZenFone 5z still survive with the audio port, dual speakers and advanced audio technology DTS X 3D Surround Sound.

In terms of navigation, Xiaomi has set up a GPS that can connect to two frequencies at once in order to get more accurate location detection on the metropolitan area. In addition, you are also spoiled with the 3D Face Unlock security feature that allows scanning of faces in the dark. The use of separate selfie cameras with the Face Unlock 3D camera certainly makes the accuracy of the face scanner from Mi 8 far beyond the face scanner on ZenFone 5z which rely solely on the front camera which also functions as a selfie camera.


Xiaomi and ASUS strive to fill the premium mobile market by delivering a full-screen, ornate-looking device at the top that is very similar to the iPhone X. Offering powerful hardware support, both devices are ready to tempt you with a price tag that is not much different.

From the aspect of the camera, hardware and software offered by Xiaomi Mi 7 has surpassed Asus Zenfone 5z. Armed with artificial intelligence technology (Artificial Intelligence - AI), Xiaomi Mi 8 can detect up to more than 200 different image objects. Nevertheless, ZenFone 5z already provides ZeniMoji which will show animated animals with expression base or user voice, a gimmick that is not less interesting.

The problem is, Asus Zenfone 5z will be available in the market in July 2018 with a selling price of Rp 6.499.000 and Rp 7.499.000 respectively for variant RAM / ROM ie 6GB / 128GB and 8GB / 256GB. As for Xiaomi Mi 8, marketing schedule and price benchmark in the country is still uncertain. As always, this phone may only be visited the market through the distributor channels.

Happy Choosing.

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