Till the date of writing this article, In India, Asus has launched three variants under Zenfone 4 Series. Which are Zenfone 4 Selfie, Zenfone 4 Selfie Dual Camera and Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro. In this article, I’m reviewing the Zenfone 4 Selfie Dual Camera Variant. Let’s get to the review.
Build, Design and Display
The Zenfone 4 Selfie dual cam has a metallic finish and a unibody construction. The display’s glass features ‘2.5D’ contouring at the edges which blends it perfectly into the chassis and provides a comfortable grip. It has bezels of 1.65mm, giving it the screen-to-body ratios at 74.2%. The frame around the rear camera lens has an engraved detailing that shimmers with a radiant luster when viewed from different angles. Though the Zenfone 4 Selfie has dual front cameras, it is only 7.85mm thick and weighs 144 grams. The phone looks sexy from every angle. Because of 144 grams weight, the phone is easy to hold.
The display provided in this variant is 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with resolution of 1280×720 pixels. The brightness is enough to operate the device in outdoor conditions and in the night, you can enable the Bluelight Filter. Viewing angles were also good.
The one thing I would again say this time, there are three buttons below the screen, the back button, the home button which is equipped with Fingerprint Sensor, the recent apps one. Sadly the buttons are not backlight. Asus, you should either switch to soft navigation buttons or at least now, give us the backlight buttons.
Performance, Battery Life and Storage
Zenfone 4 Selfie dual cam features Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Octa-core processor and an Adreno 505 GPU. It has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 2TB via a microSD card. Storage available out of the box from 64GB is approximately 51GB.
The device supports dual SIM cards, both can work on 2G / 3G / 4G. The good thing about this device is, it comes with triple slots, means two SIM slots and one dedicated slot for microSD card. The device runs on Android 7.1 Nougat on top of Asus’ ZenUI 4.0. Asus has improved the ZenUI a lot since the inception of it, there are some features introduced in ZenUI 4.0 like Smart Gallery which is equipped with powerful AI tools that can organize your photos using facial recognition. Create your preferred groups of friends or family members, and Gallery will swiftly sort all group photos of the selected individuals into your predefined groups. Everything is done right on your device, without the need to upload your images to a cloud service.
Zenfone 4 Selfie dual cam performs well while doing regular tasks. There were only 2-3% hiccups while multitasking. I’ve played Real Racing 3, it was able to run smoothly. The fingerprint sensor is located at the front below the screen, which is very fast and accurate most of the time. Speaker does produce loud and quality sound. Battery backup was good for me, I was even able to get more than 5 hours of Screen-On-Time on VoLTE. For charging, it took me 3 hours to charge from 11% to 100% via provided charger.
Device sports 2 front cameras, the main camera is of 20MP with f/2.0 aperture, the wide-angle camera is of 8MP with 120-degree field of view and f/2.4 aperture. There is an LED flash in the front side too which is definitely a good thing to have. The rear camera is of 16MP with f/2.0 aperture and LED Flash. The device features many camera modes, to name a few, Beautification, Portrait, Super Resolution etc.
Artistic Selfie Filters – The device allows selfie photos to be enhanced with a choice of eight Instagram-like filters: Greyscale, Warm, Hipster, Retro, Faded, Nostalgic, Vibrant and Blush. To activate them simply swipe left from the interface of any of the front facing selfie cameras.
Rear camera experience: Pictures taken in outdoor conditions and enough light, were good. Manual mode works great when used correctly. There is still a space for improvement in very low light conditions. Front camera experience: This time, I’ve to say that both the front cameras work greatly. The main camera produces good images and wide-angle works great too. The Portrait feature produces good images with blurry background but sometimes blur out the area which needs to be focused on. But I think at INR 15K, this feature is definitely a good to have. Sample Full HD video recorded from Zenfone 4 Selfie Dual Cam is here. I’ve uploaded some sample shots below.
Pricing of Zenfone 4 Selfie Dual Camera
This device is mainly focused on the Selfie camera, though the performance of Rear camera is good. So for those who take good amounts of Selfie and for those too, who would like to have Portrait mode in less budget, this device is for you. In case you’re a heavy user and capable of spending more, you should go for Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro.