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Comparison: Asus Zenfone 5 vs Moto G (2nd Gen)

Plenty of smartphones have recently crowded the market. This has confused the minds of the buyers With Motorola’s announcement of the successor to the popular Moto G in the form of the new Moto G(2nd Gen). Another phone that has been popular on the market is the Asus Zenfone 5 (A501CG), and so today I’m comparing the Moto G 2nd generation vs. Asus Zenfone 5

These Android phones are close in pricing so many buyers may be stacking these up against each other. I’ll highlight the key specs of both so that you can see what they have to offer, and hopefully, you’ll then be clearer about which would suit you best.


The much acclaimed Zenfone 5 comes with an Intel Atom Z2580/ Z2560 processor which is a Dual-core 2 GHz (Z2580)/ 1.6GHz (Z2560) and powerful Intel Chipset Processor. It is powered by a decent PowerVR SGX544MP2 graphical processor and the main and the much acclaimed and even the first time try of a 2GB RAM in a midrange smart phone.
Moto G2, on the other hand, is also running a decent Snapdragon 400 Qualcomm MSM8226 chipset which clocks a speed of 1.2 GHz with the help of a Quad-core Cortex A7 Processor. The graphics are supported by an Adreno 305 processor which is lesser power than the Zenfone’s VRSGX544 GPU.

With a powerful processor, the Asus Zenfone 5 outruns the Moto G2 in this segment.


Both Moto G2 and Zenfone 5 comes with a 16 M color Display where in the former is IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen and the latter is a IPS capacitive touchscreen.

Both the handsets come with a 5.0 inches screen which has the similar 720p x 1280p resolution which is really a par decent display resolution for this segment.Both headsets come with a similar PPI approximately 290+ and in this segment, both G2 and Zenfone 5 touched the win mark at the same time!Both are protected by a decent and the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The viewing angles are amazing and the Display is also quite crisp
So its a tie, in this segment.


The Moto G design comes with a decent Plastic body and it follows the same trend of its predecessor Moto G (1st Generation).There is not much up gradation on the new Moto G2 design, but still, the curves around the handset make it one of the few phones in the market which doesn’t look bad.
On the other hand, the Zenfone 5 comes with an aluminum outer body with colorful looks makes it the best design so far in the market in the mid-range smartphones in India.
The Moto G2 comes in a 141.5 x 70.7 x 11 mm dimension when compared to the Zenfone 5’s 148.2 x 72.8 x 5.5-10.3 size.
Compared to its size the Asus Zenfone 5(145gms)  is about 4gms lighter than the Moto G2(149gms)
The Zenfone 5 comes in the Pearl White, Cherry Red, Charcoal Black, Champagne Gold, Twilight Purple colours which are more wider cocolorption than the Moto G’s basic availability of just White and Black.Of course, you can buy a case to make it more eye catchy.


Both Zenfone 5 and Moto G2 comes in two memory ranges 8GB and 16GB, but eventually Moto G2 has launched the Indian Market with just its 16GB version.
Zenfone 5 has the external Card slot which is a microSD, and can be added the memory up to 64 GB.
On the other hand, Moto G2 has the external Card slot which is a microSD, and can be added the memory only up to 32 GB.
Of Course Yes the Zenfone’s 2GB RAM vs Moto G2 1 GB RAM makes a huge difference.

Operating System

The Zenfone comes with a Android Jellybean 4.3 which is upgradable to Android KitKat 4.4.2. It is skinned with the Zen UI.
Moto G2 comes with Android KitKat 4.4.4 and comes with an assured upgradable to Android L.Though it misses the customised feature offered by the Zen UI.It can be updated by the themes available in the Play Store.
Though both the phones will have similar OS running in the future, currently until the KitKat update is available for Zenfone, Moto G2 will be considered as the better with a pure Android OS.


Both Zenfone 5 and Moto G2 come with a 8MP Primary Camera and a 2MP front Camera. Both the handsets come with a 3264 x 2448 pixels resolution rear Camera with AutoFocus and LED Flash. When comes to the Video capturing, Zenfone5 astonishingly comes with a 1080p@30fps when compared to 720p@30fps of Moto G.
With a high Quality 5 Element , optical formula lens and the PixelMaster Technology Zenfone 5 performs slightly better than Moto G2 as a Camera.


The new Moto G has a 2070 mAh battery while the Zenfone 5 has a 2110 mAh battery. Both are non-removable.According to my observations the battery in the Moto G is much better than the Zenfone 5.
The Zenfone 5 has some minor issues with the battery life which could be resolved by a software update.


Both phones support 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPRS, EDGE and microUSB 2.0. The Moto G2 has an OTG support and the Zenfone 5 may get the update soon. The call quality in both phones is good. I’d prefer Zenfone 5 over Moto G in terms of call quality.
When considering the above specs it’s clear that there are many specs similarities between the new Moto G and the Zenfone 5, although there are a few differences. For example the Moto G has a quad-core processor and runs the latest version of Android. On the other hand the Zenfone 5 has a faster processor, more RAM and a higher level of expandable storage, 1080p video recording, and a slightly higher battery capacity.
Other factors to take into account are the features of the phones as well as design preference, and there are likely to be some potential buyers who simply favour the Motorola branding. It’s always good to hear from readers and I will really appreciate your comments. I’d like to know if your vote goes to the Moto G 2nd generation or the Asus Zenfone 5?
Bhavish Shah
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