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ASUS Zenfone 4 Selfie Hands On and First Impressions

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ASUS made a big announcement back in home country Taiwan and announced 6 new phones of the new ASUS Zenfone 4 series. And while we wait for the big Philippine launch tomorrow, we were given a chance to get a quick hands on to one of the Zenfones coming to our market – the ASUS Zenfone 4 Selfie. Let’s dig in, shall we?

ASUS Zenfone 4 Selfie:

  • 1.4GHz octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor
  • Adreno 505 graphics
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB internal memory expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
  • 16 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 20 + 8 megapixel front facing camera with LED flash
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Scanner
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat with ZenUI

As of this writing, we only had the ASUS Zenfone 4 Selfie for about 24 hours. So we will focus on the aesthetics and the cameras.

Its been a while since ASUS released another selfie centric smartphone. The last one was the ASUS Zenfone Selfie back in 2015 which we do love. Over the years, ASUS has improved its design language and has become similar to what we commonly see in the market.

But despite that, the ASUS Zenfone 4 Selfie has its design cues of its own just like the shiny antenna bands at the back. Instead of hiding it, ASUS made it part of the design. It looks elegant and gives contrast to its dark blue shell.

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Ports and buttons check:

  • Top – 3.5mm headset jack and noise cancelling microphone
  • Left – dual SIM card tray/ microSD card tray
  • Right – power button and volume rockers
  • Bottom – speaker grill, microphone, USB 2.0 charging port
  • Back – 16 megapixel rear camera with flash
  • Front – two capacitive buttons, 20 megapixel and 8 megapixel camera with LED flash, sensors, 5.5-inch display, physical non-clicky button that also serves as a fingerprint scanner
Initial Antutu Benchmark score

Digging in to the software, we are delighted to see the a refreshing new look of the ZenUI, ASUS’ own custom UI on top of Android. The company has ditched most of its bloatware and redundant apps in favor of Google own pre-installed apps like the calendar, SMS message app and Google Chrome as the default browser.

Since its a selfie smartphone, ASUS has included a selfie master app that adds beauty filter when taking selfies or for your livestream via Instagram, Facebook or You Tube. This feature was first seen on the ASUS Zenfone Live.

As for the camera, it takes surprisingly better photos compared to their past models. All photos were taken from the 16 megapixel rear facing camera. Here, take a look and judge for yourself.

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS

So far, we were left with good impressions with the ASUS Zenfone 4 Selfie. We will take it for a spin and test most of the phone’s capabilities for our full review. For now, everything we see here are fairly decent – hardware, display and camera.

We will check out all the prices of the Zenfone 4 series tomorrow. We will be there to cover the event. 🙂