New ASUS Phones Echo Screen, Biometric Mobile Trends

“…the ZenFone 5Q offers a direct response to the iPhone X’s biometric security with a device unlocking system based on facial recognition.”

A suite of new smartphones from ASUS bring cutting-edge mobile trends to a lower range of the price spectrum.New ASUS Phones Echo Screen, Biometric Mobile Trends

Two of the new flagship devices, the ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5Z, carry on the full-size display design approach seen in smartphones like the iPhone X and the Galaxy S9, and in a statement announcing the devices, ASUS emphasized their AI underlying their imaging capabilities, asserting that they feature “AI Scene Detection for 16 different scenes and objects, AI Photo Learning, Real-time Portrait and Real-time Beautification.”

Meanwhile, the ZenFone 5Q offers a direct response to the iPhone X’s biometric security with a device unlocking system based on facial recognition. In its announcement, ASUS did not explain the technology in detail. Still, it’s packaged together with fingerprint recognition, a feature absent from the iPhone X, giving the ZenFone 5Q the advantage of multimodality.

Biometric security also figures into the ZenFone Max M1, the latest entry in ASUS’s line of big-battery phones, which sports a fingerprint sensor; and its ASUS NovaGo laptop, which supports Gigabit LTE connectivity, supports the Windows Hello biometric authentication platform, though ASUS hasn’t offered specifics as to which modality or modalities are supported by the laptop.

The new devices were launched at this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which concludes on Thursday, March 1st.