The design is where differences between the handsets begin to creep in. The first thing to note is the handset colour. Ours came with a yellow back, which, despite being unconventional – isn’t unappealing. The back is replaceable so you can swap out the yellow for black, white or red.
We think the colours are aimed to appeal for those who may like the bright design of the iPhone 5C.
The bezel is also quite large – not hugely, just bigger than we have come to expect with modern day smartphones. This means that the ZenFone has a 59.6% screen-to-body ratio, which is among the lowest. It’s no deal breaker, just a reminder that for a budget phone you don’t get the sleek and slim design of flagships five times the price.
The ZenFone also features a headphone socket at the top of the phone, whilst a microUSB port is on the left side. The touch-sensitive home buttons – which aren’t part of the display – remain from the ZenFone 6.