Asus Zenfone 5 was launched in January 2014. The screen size has improved along with the resolution. The screen size has increased from 4” to 5” touchscreen with a resolution of 720×1280 pixels. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The latter having the resolution of 480×800 pixels. Zenfone 5 is powered by a 1.6 GHz Dual-core Atom Z2560 processor in place of 1.2 GHz Dual-core Atom Z2520 processor. The 1GB RAM got misplaced by a 2GB RAM. The internal storage space is same, it is 8 GB which can be expanded up to 64 GB. The camera just got better: the rear camera is of 8 MP which was 5 MP and the 0.3 MP front camera got replaced by a 2 MP camera for Selfies.
Asus Zenfone 5 runs on Android 4.3 JellyBean which can be upgraded to v5.0.2 Lollipop. Zenfone 5 is powered by a 2100 mAh non-removable battery in place of the 1600 mAh battery. There is a slight increase in weight, it currently weighs 145 grams. It supports Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and FM. It includes sensors like Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, and Accelerometer.
The price has increased to $89.06 to $148.44 with many improvements in features.
Pros of Asus Zenfone 5:
- Solid build quality
- Superior performance
- Improved battery life
- Affordable price
Cons of Asus Zenfone 5:
- Still running on Android JellyBean
- Camera lens is scratch prone
- Heating issues
Resurrection Remix ROM
Resurrection Remix ROM is based on CyanogenMod and Android v5.1.1 Lollipop. Resurrection ROM is a very popular ROM. It only includes the features of CM but also is a single ROM having the features of Google, Slim, Omni, AOKP, Paranoid Android, and the original Remix ROM. It aims at providing a mixture of powerful performance and tons of customization options. It brings power and features together to enhance the performance of the device. The ROM comes with a dark theme with different animations. The ROM gives you full access to customize everything in your device. It includes features like Halo, Active display, animations (ListView, Toast, and custom system animation), gestures anywhere, lock screen notifications, notification panel tweaks, application sidebar, camera mods, custom progress bar, etc. It has a clean UI and makes your Android experience truly wonderful.
You will get regular OTA Updates. This ROM is battery friendly. It is in development stage which means a few bugs may be present and there are some fixes too. Wi-Fi, OTG, baseband, etc. are working.
Features of RR ROM:
- Fully rooted
- Unlocked bootloader
- Pitch Black Theme
- Heads Up Notifications
- Interface customizations
- GPS is not working
- FM Radio is not working
Download: Resurrection remix ROM for Asus Zenfone 5
Omni is another popular ROM but with its own uniqueness. You will get varying features and customization options to choose from. It focuses on flexibility, innovation, power along with new features. It is based on AOSP and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. It is in beta stage still offers innovative features. The OmniSwitch feature allows you to switch between different applications easily and in no time. You get action buttons for more control over applications such as “kill all” or “switch to the last app”. The OpenDelta updates reduce the download size and you can frequently update it in easy and quick steps.
The developers of Omni ROM are planning to include a new feature known as “Custom Hotword”. This enables the user to create a custom hotword, which will setup a term to launch Chrome, camera or call any relative. This feature is very similar to “Ok Google” which opens Google Now but still different as you have to create your own favorite phrases. The battery backup is good.
- GPS and FM are not working
- Problem in Audio
- Problem in media
- Recents panel having issue
Details and Download: Omni ROM for Asus Zenfone 5
CyanoMixProject is based on CyanogenMod 12.1 and Android v5.1.1 Lollipop. Here, CyanogenMod needs no introduction. CyanogenMod is a very popular ROM, compatible with most of the Android devices. This ROM provides you the best and signature features of CM with numerous customization options. You will get an improved performance and battery backup. The audio is improved and loud. The responsiveness of touch and other sensors are improved with the improvements in camera or video quality. You get an improved 2D/3D performance with improved panorama quality. All the home launchers have an experimental support. You will get performance, new settings, new boot animation, viper4android, new setup wizard, and other new tweaks. It supports OTA updates along with updated system apps. The ROM has added L speed, ABS dark booster, advanced audio engines, OpenGapps, etc.
- GPS and FM do not work properly
- If you had activated airplane mode, the network does not work (you have to reboot the device)
Download: CyanoMixProject ROM for Asus Zenfone 5
Euphoria OS is another popular ROM for Asus Zenfone 5 still in the development stage. It is based on AOSP, CM, and Android v5.1.1 Lollipop. Euphoria has another name: Mahdi ROM. It has a clean and simple visual interface. Euphoria OS gives you a fast, stable and smooth experience. You get ample of additional features and customization options. It includes privacy guard, ADB tweaks, D2TW, LED Manager, Profiles, Hardware keys customization, etc.
You can easily switch between multiple running apps. There are a few fixes like RIL, MTP, touchscreen, image decoding, Webview, Wi-Fi, Houdini, etc. you get an improved camera and sensors.
Features of Euphoria OS:
- Advanced reboot
- Built-in Superuser
- CPU information overplays
- Status bar brightness control
- Displays battery percent
- Heads up Notifications
- GPS and FM are not working
- Problem in Audio
- Problem in media
Download: Euphoria OS for Asus Zenfone 5
Android Ice Cold Project
AICP is an unofficial custom ROM based on CM and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. It includes the features of CyanogenMod, SlimROMs, OmniROM, CarbonROM, LiquidSmooth ROM, and the original AICP.
Since AICP ROM is still in development stage, you may expect a few bugs and new features; the bugs will be dealt later. You will get an improved Ok Google feature with standby mode, Tap to Go, Ambient display, double-tap to wake, lock screen notifications, priority mode, guest mode, improved quick settings, LCD Density, gesture anywhere, App circle bar, ad blocker, privacy guard, etc.
You will get an enhanced user experience with performance tweaks, bug fixes, customization options, optimizations, and improved battery life.
Details and Download: AICP ROM for Asus Zenfone 5
How to install custom ROM in Asus Zenfone 5:
Step 1- Download the ROM .zip file and copy it to your microSD card.
Step 2- Turn off your device and boot into Recovery Mode.
Step 3- Perform a full data wipe and factory reset.
Step 4- Select to install the ROM .zip file from the SD card.
Step 5- After flashing the ROM, reboot your Zenfone.