Here is our Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro Review, after 15 days of usage. Let’s see what this device got in it!
Asus launched its Selfie series in India in September 2017 with their three selfie-centric devices: Zenfone 4 Selfie( Single camera & Dual camera) and Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro which I am going to review today. As the name suggests, this device is launched for the selfie-lovers and socially active people.
We saw a lot of smartphones in 2017 focusing on their cameras as there is a selfie-trend all over the world. Nowadays, every people want a better camera performance in their smartphones to capture their exciting moments. Let’s see how this Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro performs in day to day life in terms of Camera as well as the overall performance.
How the Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro looks?
The moment you first hold the device, it just feels quite pleasant in your hand. The Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie pro is a very well built device with a metal unibody design. The device is quite thin with the thickness of just 7mm. It weighs around 145gm and feels very light as compared to its size. The back of the device has a matte finish. Two horizontal antenna lines are present on the rear surface at the top and the bottom.
Around the edges, you have the power and the volume rocker buttons on the right-hand side. Coming to the left-hand side, you have a hybrid dual sim-card slot. At the bottom edge, you can see a 3.5mm audio jack, microphone, USB 2.0 slot for charging and the speaker(which is pretty loud).
On the front, there is a capacitive touch Home-button, which doubles as a fingerprint scanner with the backlit ‘Recent Apps’ and ‘Back’ keys surrounding it. At the top, you have the earpiece speaker, dual selfie cameras and the ambient light and proximity sensors.
The Display of Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro
The first thing I liked about this device is its display. The Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro comes with the 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED display. The display quality is amazing. The overall imagery is sharp. The colors are vibrant as well. The screen is protected by a 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass.
You can customize the screen color according to your need from the customization menu. The menu provides four screen color modes according to your need: Super Color, Bluelight Filter, Standard, and Customized. You can choose from either one of them which suits your need.
In the sunlight, the display is not that much bright which is not a great experience though.
The New ZenUI 4.0
The 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.
ZenUI features include the redesigned Gallery app that now has powerful AI and facial recognition technology to automatically tag friends and organize your photos.
Safeguard to help protect your personal safety and bring you peace of mind by enabling you to contact emergency services with the push of a button and broadcast your location to predefined contacts.
Game Genie enables easy live game streaming. Twin Apps lets you install two copies of an app to keep different accounts such as work and personal logged in simultaneously. Additionally, a new Page Marker features save articles and web pages for reading later.
Performance and Features of Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro
The Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro performs very decent in terms of day to day usage. The device is powered by Snapdragon 625 chipset with Adreno 506 GPU, clocked at 2GHz and coupled with 4GB of RAM. The internal storage is of 64GB of which around 50 GB is available for the user.
If you want you can expand the storage up to 2TB with a micro-SD card. The fingerprint sensor is pretty fast. In terms of connectivity, there is support for Wi-Fi b/g/n. Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v4.1 LE, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS, and FM Radio. This device is totally a powerpack device.
As you can see the processor is not that much powerful but the device performs very well in every aspect. The browsing is too smooth, animations are very fluid. When playing large games, the device optimizes it very well. There wasn’t any noticeable lag and it doesn’t heat up that much after long hours of playing. So overall, it justifies the ‘Pro’ in its name.
The call quality is good. The speakers are loud enough to hear anything clearly. This device also supports Hi-Res audio which you can experience if you have compatible headphones.
There is an Audio wizard function with which you can tweak the music settings as per your need.
Is the Camera really worth its name?
Now talking about the main highlight of the device for which it is known, its Camera. Without it, our Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro review is incomplete. So let’s start with its Primary camera.
The device features a 16MP primary camera with a Sony IMX351 image sensor and ASUS SuperPixel™ Engine, which do the image processing for both front and rear cameras. There is a Phase-detection autofocus(PDAF) for still shots.
Also, 4K UHD video recording and electronic image stabilization (EIS) lets you shoot crisp, blur-free videos. The built-in camera app also comes with the new design. There are various modes available which are: Beauty Mode, Pro Mode, Super Resolution Mode, GIF Animation Mode, Portrait Mode and also Time-Lapse and Slow Motion modes.
ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro offers the freedom to shoot photos in RAW format, which saves the full data of the photo captured by the camera’s sensor and is ideal for enhancement with editing software.
Selfie Camera: The Highlight of this device
Now talking about the main highlight of the device which is its selfie camera. There is a dual selfie camera setup on the front.The main selfie camera features a Sony IMX362 sensor with Duopixel camera technology. Well, what it actually does is to employ two photodiodes in each pixel for a large 24MP selfie. But it takes a lot of time for processing, more than an HDR shot.
But overall this 12MP camera performs decently. The details are good but since there is a lack of optical image stabilization (OIS), you have to remain steady to get a clear shot.
Talking about the Portrait mode, well it is not that much realistic as compared to the other high-end devices. But still, it can manage to apply a non-realistic blur around your subject. But, the bad part is that it only works if it detects a human face. That means you can’t take some artistic shots with it.
The other selfie camera is a wide-angle 5MP shooter on the front. It produces warm and pleasing colors. This secondary 120° FOV camera lets you shoot superwide angle selfies.
Now, talking about the 4K UHD selfie video which can be shot with this device from its main 12MP selfie camera. The detailing it provides is good but through the surroundings, the exposure can be seen easily.
In low light, you can see the noise as well but overall it performs well. Surely, there is a lot of work to be done on the software processing of both the cameras. The camera can do much better with some software enhancements.
The Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro has a 3,000mAh Li-ion battery and I must say that I really loved its battery backup. Either you are playing games or doing any photoshoot, the device will provide you enough charge for the whole day.
Conclusion and Price in India
Well, the Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie pro is a very good device in terms of overall performance. It has launched in India at the Price of Rs.23,999, which seems a bit high than the competition. This device is basically for Selfie lovers or for those who want to shoot vlogs and at this price as per its overall performance, the Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro is a good buy. However, there are some flaws as well but there isn’t any device on the market which is totally perfect. You can Buy this device from Flipkart or any Asus retail stores.
So at last, If you are looking for any selfie-centric device then must go for it. The device’s performance is fluid thanks to its new ZenUI 4.0 atop the Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Well, there are a lot of other alternatives as well but it depends on your choice that which type of device you want.
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