The Selfie-centric smartphone market is evolving, and it is obviously evident by the sales of selfie smartphones. Chinese smartphone manufacturers like Oppo and Vivo already offer smartphones for the selfie-enthusiast with a feature of the dual front camera on board.
Asus also have selfie centric device like Zenfone Live, which allows live streaming on social network directly via phone’s camera app. Now to give a firm fight Asus has fired new smartphone “Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro” with the dual-camera setup at front with portrait and wide-angle selfies.
Let’s checkout ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro is good for selfie lovers in the review.
Look and Feel
It’s well designed and built. The metal body offers a reassuring grip and the phone is light and slim enough for daily use. But the selfie pro lacks the fancy bezel-less display that everyone opts these days.
The device sports a metal unibody design with prominent antenna bands on top and bottom of the back cover. The camera section occupies the top, while the Asus branding positioned center.
Volume rocker keys and the power button are on the right while a 3.5 mm headset jack along with speaker grille is present at the bottom of the device.
In the front top, you have the dual camera modules, earpiece, proximity sensor and an LED flash. Below, you get home button flanked by the capacitive Android navigation buttons for back and app switcher. The home button is integrated with a fingerprint sensor.
Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro sports a 5.5-inch (1080 x 1920 pixels) full HD AMOLED display. The full HD AMOLED display looks great and colors are nicely saturated without going overboard.
The device comes with 2.5 D Gorilla Glass which ensures the display surface is smudge proof. While brightness is more than adequate for indoor use the display washes off pretty badly under direct sunlight.
Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro performance is pretty good and it handles most high-end games like Asphalt Xtreme. The phone uses Qualcomm’s tried and tested Snapdragon 625 octa-core mobile SOC along with 4GB of RAM.
The Selfie Pro runs quite nice in our regular usage and There is no lang found in most daily tasks. While using heavy live lens effect using app like Snapchat also we didn’t find any issues.
The capacitive fingerprint sensor and the home button is quick for authentication. Call quality was excellent and the earpiece speaker loud enough to hear things properly.
The front cameras are the main highlight here. We have a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor for wide-angle selfies. You can switch between the two with a toggle button in the camera app.
The image quality with the main selfie sensor is very good in daylight, thanks to the large aperture and pixel size. The secondary sensor with the wide-angle lens delivers average quality photos even under good lighting.
If you’re looking for higher resolution selfie that’s where the 24-megapixel dual pixel mode comes in. Once enabled the main selfie camera takes two consecutive pictures of you and combines them. However, processing time is slow and image quality is often not good in details and isn’t too accurate.
The front camera does have one more cool feature which is its ability to record 4k video.
The 16MP rear camera is pretty competent under good lighting but can’t keep up with dim lighting focusing is quick and the details are hazy in such lighting conditions.
The camera app offers plenty of shooting modes to keep you occupied.
User Interface (UI)
The device runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat with Zen UI 4 on top. The ZenUI 4.0 looks quite clean when compared to the previous version of Zen UI.
The Asus ZenFone Selfie Pro also supports Twin apps which lets you have two instances of the same app. One of the good things is that Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro comes with a lot less bloatware when compared to the company’s previous devices.
The 3000 mAh battery lasted for an entire day with regular use which involves using regular WhatsApping, browsing facebook, light gaming and watching videos on youtube.
Asus Zenfone 4 selfie pro is a pretty feature-rich mid-range smartphone if you’re into vlogging or if you’re looking for selfie centric device with good performance. A mid-range phone with 4k selfie video is a nice feature to have – which makes this phone a better pick than the other selfie centric devices.
But what makes the phone a less viable option is the price-tag of Rs 23,999 which is expensive.
Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro
- 4K selfie videos
- Display washes out under sun light