Asus quietly introduced Zenfone 4.5 or Zenfone 4 A450CG in India today which will pose a better competition to Moto E and other domestic branded devices in the same league. Zenfone 4.5 is listed on flipkart but won’t be available for purchase on 12th July with the rest of Zenfone series. Let’s take a look at what makes Zenfone 4.5 a better option over Zenfone 4.

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Asus Zenfone 4.5 Quick Specs

  • Display Size: 4.5 Inch LCD, 854 x 480 resolution, 217 PPI, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Processor: 1.2  GHz dual Core Intel Atom Z2520 processor with PowerVRSGX 544 GPU clocked at 300 MHz
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Software Version: Android 4.4.2 KitKat (customized)
  • Camera: 8 MP
  • Secondary Camera: VGA
  • Internal Storage:  8 GB
  • External Storage: MicroSD support up to 64 GB
  • Battery: 1750 mAh, Non Removable
  • Dual SIM (Both MicroSIM)

Asus Zenfone 4.5 Hands on, Quick Review, Price, Features, Camera, Software and Overview HD


Design, Build and Display

The design and build remains the same as other phones in the Zenfone series. The speaker grill which was shifted next to camera sensor in Zenfone 4 is back down on the rear side. Another visible difference on the soft touch back is the addition of LED Flash. MicroSD port is also back at the bottom unlike Zenfone 4 which had it on the side. Overall, we like the metallic keys, design, punchy colors, sturdiness and the metallic trim below navigation buttons in Zenfone 4.5

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The display panel is not IPS LCD and thus viewing angles tend to suffer a bit. The display is similar to Zenfone 4 in terms of quality. It has more pixels with FWVGA resolution but the pixel density is slightly less due to larger display size. The display is not the highlight of Zenfone 4.5 but it is very useable.

Processor and RAM

Chipset remains same as the one on Zenfone 4. You get 32 nm Process technology based 1.2 GHz dual core Intel Atom Z2520 dual core with each core capable of executing two threads at a time. The chipset is based on CISC structure which isn’t as performance efficient as RISC used in Snapdragon 200 MSM82xx that we are seeing in budget Tier one manufacturer devices

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The chipset contains powerful 300 MHz PowerVR SGX 544 MP2 GPU. RAM capacity is 1 GB andout of this 550 MB is free which is again impressive. Considering the price tag, the chipset doesn’t seem disappointing. We will comment more on the performance after our full review.

Camera and Internal Storage

The rear camera now incorporates an 8 MP camera which brings noticeable improvement in photography. We liked the images that we clicked in our initial review, in low light conditions and it was among the top 8 MP camera units that we have seen. LED flash is also present for low light photography.

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Camera software with ASUS Pixelmaster technology seems to work fine. Camera UI is also rich with bust mode and several other options. You can record 1080p and 720P videos from the rear camera.

The internal storage is 8 GB (4.5 GB User available)and can be further extended to 64 GB using Micro SD card support. The storage option is also the best you can get in this price range. Most phones are still stuck on paltry 4 GB storage model.

User Interface and Battery

This is the only Zenfone which will come with latest Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. Other Zenfone devices are expected to receive OTA upgrade sometime later. The Android 4.4 KitKat is covered by Zen UI, which is not very heavily customized. It’s neat and simple to use.

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Battery capacity has been bumped up to 1750 mAh as compared to Zenfone 4. We don’t have stats for how long this will last but you can expect it to last one day with moderate usage.

Asus Zenfone 4.5 Photo Gallery

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Conclusion

The Zenfone 4.5 is a very good budget smartphone price at 6,999 INR. It will cost you 1K more than Zenfone 4, but the extra cost will be worth it. Those who didn’t want to buy Moto E because of its dismal fixed focus camera can definitely consider Zenfone 4.5 with a good camera and great value for money features.

33 COMMENTS

    • You might be checking Zenfone 4 A450CG has flash, Zenfone 4 A400CG aka Zenfone 4.5 Does not. You can check the video in the article.

      • The 450CG model is 4.5 inches aka ZenFone 4.5 and it does have a flash. The 400CG is only 4 inches and does not have flash. You got that wrong in your reply to Yash. I’ll take it to be a typo.

        Also, in your “Quick Specs” section early in the piece, the camera is said to be 5MP and in your “Camera and internal storage” section, it says extendable by 8GB. You may want to correct those.

        Here’s a crazy idea – Proof Reading! 😛

  1. So both zenfone 5 and 4.5 have a 8mp camera. But are they exactly same? i.e, both give same photo quality ?

  2. Zenfone 4 and 4.5 both don’t have a secondary microphone for noise canc. so how is the audio capturing during video or just normal audio recording?

  3. shockingly the asus zenfone A450CG is currently not to be seen on flipkart ???!! how did this happen could i get some positive feedback.!

  4. Great value for money!

    The Zenfone 4.5 is a very
    good budget smartphone priced at 6,999 INR. Those who didn’t want to buy Moto E
    because of its dismal fixed focus camera can definitely consider Zenfone 4.5
    with a good camera and great value for money features.

    Display: With a 4.5 inched screen having resolution of 854 x 480 pixels,
    this device comes with the Corning gorilla glass 3 protection as well. It has 3G
    HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS are a part of standard features.
    In terms of memory, this device comes with the 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal memory
    which can be expanded up to 64GB with the help of external SD Card slot.

    Build: The phone has metallic keys,
    design, punchy colors, sturdiness and the metallic trim below navigation
    buttons. The build is smart and suave with the looks of a high-end smartphone.

    Camera: The rear camera incorporates an
    8 MP camera which brings noticeable improvement in photography. LED flash is
    also present for low light photography. Along with the 8MP of rear facing
    camera, this device also comes with front facing `VGA camera of 0.3 MP.

    Processor:

    Powered with 1.2GHz of
    Dual Core Intel Atom Z2520 processor, this device also comes with the Dual Sim
    card slot and the Dual Stand by capability having micro sim slot.

    Features: The internal storage is 8 GB (4.5
    GB User available) and can be further extended to 64 GB using Micro SD card
    support. The storage option is also the best you can get in this price range.
    Most phones are still stuck on paltry 4 GB storage model. T his is the only
    Zenfone which comes with latest Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. The Android
    4.4 KitKat is covered by Zen UI, which is not very heavily customized. It’s
    neat and simple to use.

    Battery: Battery capacity has been bumped
    up to 1750 mAh as compared to Zenfone 4. This lasts for more than one day with
    moderate usage.

    Verdict: Zenfone 4.5 comes with good processor, and
    latest OS. Being an inexpensive phone,still it is well equipped with impressive features,
    good quality camera ,display and battery. Overall, I recommend this phonje with
    a big yes!

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