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ASUS Zenfone 4 Selfie Unboxing and First Impressions

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Launched last August 19, 2017, ASUS Zenfone 4 Selfie is just one of the Zenfone 4 line-up packed with a dual-front cameras.

The ZenFone 4 Selfie is ideal for taking self-portrait photos “selfies” or group portrait photos “wefies”

It has two front-facing cameras with – each with its own special lens, so you get the best looking selfies in any situation, alone or with friends.

What’s inside the box:

  • ASUS Zenfone 4 Selfie unit
  • wall adopter
  • data/charging cable
  • free jelly case
  • SIM tray ejector
  • earphone, plus extra silicone ear cap
  • manuals

ASUS Zenfone 4 Selfie Specs:

  • 5.5 inches, HD IPS LCD, 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
  • Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU
  • Adreno 505 GPU
  • Android 7.0 (Nougat), ASUS ZenUI 4.0
  • 16 MP rear, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 20 MP + 8 MP dual-front, LED flash
  • 64 GB, 4 GB RAM, microSD up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
  • Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • Non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth 4.1, A2DP, LE
  • GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • Price: P13,995.00

 

HARDWARE AND DESIGN

The ZenFone 4 Selfie features a lightweight, beautifully slim, polycarbonate shell that has a metallic finish and a unibody construction. Its display’s glass features “2.5D” contouring at the edges which blends it perfectly into the chassis and provides a comfortable grip. It also has one of the slimmest bezels of any smartphone at only 1.65mm, giving it one of the highest screen-to-body ratios too 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. Although the ZenFone 4 Selfie has dual front cameras, it is only 7.85mm thick and weighs only 147 grams.

Ports and Buttons:

  • Right – Volume rockers, Power button
  • Left – SIM card and microSD card tray
  • Top – 3.5mm headset jack and microphone
  • Bottom – USB port and speaker grills

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You might also noticed that it now has a capacitive home button which also serves as a fingerprint scanner.

 

DISPLAY AND SOFTWARE

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It has a 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD display with 400 nits brightness for excellent outdoor readability.

Simpler, faster and even smarter than ever, the latest world renowned ASUS ZenUI 4.0 features an entirely new visual design with a minimalist layout that highlights only the most used and essential apps to help you navigate life.

 

CAMERA

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Like other ZenFone 4 models, the ZenFone 4 Selfie has two cameras on one side. This is similar to how professional photographers use separate fixed focal length lenses with their DSLR cameras for the best possible quality, and to allow them to compose photos with different perspectives.

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The rear camera has a class leading 16-megapixel resolution; provides extremely fast autofocusing with its phase detection autofocus (PDAF) system, Full HD (1920 x 1080) video recording and can perfectly illuminate subjects in low light with a gentle LED “RealTone” flash.

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The main selfie camera on ZenFone 4 Selfie features a very high 20 megapixel resolution, allowing users to shoot the most detailed selfies. Compared to typical front facing smartphone cameras that are about 8 megapixels (3264 x 2448), the 20 megapixel (5140 x 3860) main front camera of the ZenFone 4 Selfie produces photos that look much clearer and detailed on high resolution devices like monitors, and when printed on photo paper as large as A3 size.

The ZenFone 4 Selfie’s second front facing, 120-degree wide angle camera allows you to capture photos and videos that fit more of your environment into the frame, so you can include a scenic background in your shot or gather even more friends together and have fun taking wefies – without needing to use an inconvenient selfie stick!

You will also noticed that the camera UI has been changed, allowing you to change different camera settings on the top corner and switch modes by just swiping at the left side.

 

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The ASUS Zenfone 4 Selfie is a good choice for selfie lovers. It has a massive 20 MP + 8 MP front cameras that works perfectly for your selfie and wefie habits. Its front cameras are placed separately on left and right sides that’s why you might be confused where to look after switching to wide-angle mode. In addition, Asus has also added multiple camera features that you might enjoy, like the Selfie Master app which allows you to enable Beauty Mode during taking photo, shooting video, and doing live video on social medias. For now, the only downside that we see is on the display quality. Compared to all Zenfone 4 line-up, the Zenfone 4 Selfie has the lowest screen quality which makes its color reproduction a little bit pale in the eyes. Never-the-less, there are more things to explore with the device as we round it up for our final review.