Asus is continuing to expand its smartphone lineup in India with the Zenfone 4 Selfie and Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro being the latest addition. Recently it had launched its Zenfone 4 series which includes six different models. However, in India, the Taiwanese company launched only three of them. The devices that are unveiled are- the Zenfone 4 Selfie in two variants and the Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro.
We got our hands on the Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro. As suggested by the name, ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro is a selfie camera centric phone. It comes with dual front cameras. Moreover, it offers premium design and comes in 3 gorgeous colors.
Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro Specifications
|Key Specifications||Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro|
|Screen Resolution||1920 x 1080 pixels|
|Operating System||Android 7.0 Nougat based Zen UI 4.0|
|Processor||Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625|
|Expandable Storage||Up to 2TB via microSD card|
|Primary Camera||16 MP autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash|
|Secondary Camera||dual 12MP, Soft selfie flash, EIS|
|Video Recording||4K UHD (3840×2160) @30fps, 1080p@30/60fps|
|Sim Card Type||Dual Nano Sim + microSD Card|
|Dimension||154 x 74.8 x 7 mm|
First talking about the build, the Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro looks really premium and comes with a metal unibody design. It is good to hold with sleek design measuring just 7mm.
At the front, you get a 5.5 inch AMOLED display with dual camera sensors and soft flash on top. On-screen navigation buttons are at the bottom of the display. A fingerprint sensor is integrated inside the home button.
At the back, you get a rear camera with a minor bump, accompanied by a flash. This camera module sits to the top of the device and the Asus branding is carved beneath it.
Coming to the sides, you get Volume Rockers and the power/lock button on the right side.
The SIM card tray has been placed on the left side. You can use two Nano SIM cards or a SIM card along with a memory card.
The Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro features a 3.5mm audio jack, a micro USB port, and a speaker grille at the bottom.
The Zenfone 4 Selfie pro comes with a bright 500nits 5.5 inch AMOLED display. It offers full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and a pixel density of ~401 PPI. The display is crisp and the viewing angles are great.
The display of ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro makes photos, videos, and all your other content look vibrant and rich as real life. Daylight view of the screen is also quite good.
Zenfone Selfie Pro is a selfie camera focused device. Asus has added the 24MP DuoPixel technology with 2 x 12MP selfie cameras with soft flash. In addition to its dual selfie cameras, the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro features a rear 16MP camera with a Sony IMX351 image sensor. The camera performed well in our testing both in outdoor and indoor conditions.
The 16MP primary camera seems to do a good job in different lighting conditions. Camera UI is little complexed and it also sees some lag while capturing. However, it is easy to focus and has good exposure balance. In low light, it struggles a little with focus and the detailing is also lower in comparison to daylight. The overall camera experience is good. It also has a Portrait mode which enables a depth-of-field effect by blurring the background.
Coming to the selfie camera, the main camera features a Sony IMX362 dual-pixel image sensor with DuoPixel technology and a wide f/1.8 aperture to capture 24MP (2x12MP) shots. It features a secondary 120° wide-angle lens that lets you shoot group selfies.
The front camera features a soft light LED flash for low light selfies. The ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro lets you shoot astonishingly detailed 4K UHD selfie videos and also has EIS as well.
Moreover, it has a selfie master app that lets you apply beautification effects to make your selfies even more beautiful. Overall, the front camera of the device is able to capture good images.
Hardware and Performance
The phone packs a powerful 64-bit 2.0GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with Adreno 506 GPU, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The 14nm FinFET process in the chipset delivers maximum performance while reducing power consumption.
We did not experience any lag on the device even while gaming on it. Interestingly, there is a game mode feature that you can find useful while gaming. During extensive gaming, the device heats up a little and the battery drain is considerable.
On the software front, the Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro runs on Android 7.1 Nougat topped with ZenUI 4.0. ASUS ZenUI 4.0 features a new visual design and keeps only the essential apps including auto face tagging in Gallery, Safeguard, Page Marker which helps you bookmark web pages etc.
A front-mounted fingerprint reader quickly unlocks the phone. You can unlock the device within 0.2 seconds. The benchmarking tests on the Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro give the following scores:
Pricing and Availability
Asus has priced Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro at Rs. 23,999 and the device will be coming in Rouge Red, Sunlight Gold, and Deepsea Black color options. The device will be exclusively available on Flipkart, starting September 23.
The latest smartphone from Asus is basically designed for selfie lovers. However, the camera-centric device has some letdowns that may give you a reason not to spend money on it. The camera lag, battery performance and heating issue can be some of the reasons. Although there are features that definitely deserve some appreciation. The camera, device performance and the premium and sleek design are the features for which you can consider the device.