2018 is the year when mobile phone bangs become the most common fashion. iPhone X has boosted the trend by the end of 2017, its display being cut to the top to accommodate the Face ID biometric scanning system along with the front camera and the loudspeaker. Now other manufacturers are starting to draw inspiration from this design, which makes it possible to make phones with extremely thin edges around the display, and ZenFone 5 from ASUS seems to be the latest adherent
New information on the fifth series of ASUS smartphones reveals the design and some of the capabilities of ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5 Lite, which are scheduled to appear at the Mobile World Congress. While the first one will be a premium model, probably equipped with the top-of-the-line chipset, like the ZenFone 3 and 4 models of the past, with a ZenFone 5 Deluxe that could be equipped with the most powerful hardware on the market.
ZenFone 5 will benefit from a full-resolution 18: 9 Full HD + display that will be cut at the top to make room for the sensors, camera and speaker for calls. It will adopt the modern design with virtually unseen edges, which will be complemented by a dual-chamber vertical system on the back, a design that we have seen in the leaks on the new Huawei P20, both inspired by The iPhone X. Zenfone 5 also seems to have a fingerprint sensor on the back, USB Type-C connectivity and ... a headphone jack, something almost unheard of on the flagship of recent years
Finally, the ZenFone 5 Lite will adopt a different design with a 18: 9 5.5 or 5.6 "display, FullHD + resolution and dual camera systems on both sides (one with two 20 megapixel sensors and one with two 16 megapixel sensors). It seems to adopt an unibody aluminum design, while ZenFone 5 will already retain the classic glass-sandwich with aluminum in the middle. And the Lite has a fingerprint sensor on the back. Unfortunately, it will be equipped with a micro-USB plug
According to the leaks, these two devices will debut at the MWC alongside the ZenFone 5 Max and probably alongside a top-of-the-line version with more powerful hardware. One thing is certain: considering how many manufacturers are going to the bang design, and Google is already starting to consider official support for it on the next Android, it's a trend that will not disappear too soon