Review: ASUS Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro

Double the Lens, Double the Fun!

Heavily promoted for its selfie taking capabilities, the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro comes with a 24-megapixel DuoPixel Front Camera at F1.8 with SuperPixel Tech. All that tech babble means you get some really good quality shots, especially when using the front camera. It even shoots video in 4K! The 120-degree wide-angle camera allows you to fit more people or scenery when taking photos with the front camera. Not forgetting ASUS’ famed beauty mode, giving you blemish-free photos ready for the ‘gram.

Low Light, No Problemo

The camera features a flagship Sony IMX362 image sensor with a large 1/2.55” size format and 1.4µm pixel size. Sony has been well known for its superb quality of camera sensors, providing excellent pictures even in low-light. On the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro, it lives up to that legacy, taking detailed photos, even at night with limited lighting.  While adjusting the brightness can be a bit fiddly, for a smartphone camera the UI is intuitive, and the quality is pretty good too.

Not Just the Front

Sure, the selfie camera gets a lot of attention – it is in its name after all! The rear camera isn’t shabby either. Similarly fitted with a Sony image sensor with ASUS SuperPixel Engine, the rear camera is a powerful 16-megapixels and performs just as well under low-light conditions. While the front camera’s quality might suffer slightly when using the wide-angle lens, the performance of the rear camera is consistently solid, giving clear photos even in low light settings.

Other than the Camera

Enough about the camera. The performance of the phone itself is very intuitive and quick. The upgraded ZenUI 4 comes with way less bloatware compared to its predecessors, only giving you useful apps, which is a very welcomed change. Besides that, the Snapdragon 625 provides a quick and smooth performance, without much lag or seizing up. The ZenUI also comes with some handy security features, including app locks.

Might Want Some Extra Juice

With a 3,000mAh battery, it’s by no means the largest. (Its sibling, the ZenFone 4 MaxPro boasts a 5,000mAh battery!) It can comfortably last a full day, but if you are a heavy user, especially when using the cameras and perhaps gaming, then you might want to bring a cable handy – just in case. On the plus side, it isn’t as prone to overheating compared to some others in the market. While overheating is still a slight issue, it cools quickly, with tools in the phone to help clear apps and processes.

 

Verdict:

As smartphones go, this is a wonder worker for its price range. Aside from the pretty impressive camera, the phone performs well even after heavy usage.

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