ASUS sent out invites for its Mobile World Congress (2018) event in Barcelona on February 27th. Press invites with the slogan “Back To 5”, coyly suggesting a new lineup of ZenFone 5 smartphones. But we know that ASUS has been selling smartphones under the ZenFone 5 umbrella brand since the Android Jelly Bean days.
The ZenFone 5 phone revealed in the leaked manual, which bears the model number “ASUS X00PD”. The unibody design’s rounded corners and exposed antenna lines carry over to the back. where there appears to be a dual rear camera module like the arrangement of iPhone X or a Leaked case of Xiaomi Mi 6X with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.
The new ZenFone 5’s display has a 5.7-inch 18:9 aspect ratio, the corners of which are slightly curved, too. The bottom sports two cutouts for the speaker and the microphone, which flank a micro USB port, and on the top sits what looks to be a 3.5mm headphone port.
There’s some speculation that benchmarks for the ZenFone 5 were published on Geekbench earlier this year. If true, the upcoming X00PD will have a Qualcomm octa-core Snapdragon 430 system-on-chip clocked at 1.4GHz, at least 3GB of RAM, and will ship running Android 8.0 Oreo.