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After the global launch of the new Zenfone 4 series, we managed to test one of the variants that is designed for selfie lovers, the Zenfone 4 Selfie. 

ASUS has finally joined the likes of OPPO and VIVO in having an entry-level smartphone with dual-camera setup. Not only that, we also got a glimpse on the revamped ZenUI 4.0 skin which according to ASUS, is up 63% lighter compared to its previous version. Read on below for our quick review:

Zenfone 4 Selfie ZD553KL
Zenfone 4 Selfie ZD553KL

Design and Construction

Design-wise, the Zenfone 4 Selfie does have some slight changes compared to its previous version (Zenfone Selfie), the fingerprint placement is moved in-front right below the screen, side bezels are now thinner and has a dual camera setup for selfies. The body is coated entirely of plastic which makes it lighter to hold (144 grams) despite of having a huge 5.5-inch screen. On the right side is where you can see its volume rocker and power button while on the left is the sim card tray that supports dual NANO sim cards and micro SD card for memory expansion. Its 3.5mm audio jack is located at the top while the entire speakers are placed at the bottom. Overall, it does have a decent look for its price-point, I didn’t expect the premium build on this device because having a dual camera is already a bit pricey for the manufacturers.

Inside the Box:

  • Zenfone 4 Selfie
  • Micro USB cable
  • Charging adapter
  • Transparent Jelly case
  • Warranty Card and Quick Guide

Display

For the screen resolution, it has an old 1280×720 IPS HD display which is a big letdown for me. With the rise of TV streaming apps, having this kind of display on a huge 5.5-screen allows you to notice its low pixel count. But on the bright side, IPS screen gives it good viewing angles, brightness nits are okay and the large viewing area are perfect for those who wants a big and affordable smartphone.

Camera

ASUS finally joined the dual camera selfies with their Zenfone 4 Selfie. It has a huge 20-megapixel and 8-megapixel front camera that can take selfies with ‘bokeh’ effect and groufies too with its wide angle lens.

Taking selfies with ”bokeh effect’ is easy with this device. With just one tap on the screen, it can already separate the subject from the background very quickly which for me is pretty impressive.

Selfie with bokeh effect
Selfie with bokeh effect

Other Camera Samples (Click to Zoom):

ZenUI 4.0 and Performance

Out of the box, it has a Android Nougat 7.0.1 underneath the new ZenUI 4.0. I’m really glad ASUS ditched the annoying bloatware from its previous versions because it eats up a lot of memory. With the ZenUI 4.0 I just saw around 2-4 unnecessary apps which you can uninstall if you chose to. I like the redesigned app drawer, it really looks different compared to my Zenfone 3. The good news is all of the Zenfone 4 models (Selfie,Pro and Max)and Zenfone 3 models (Deluxe, Max, 5.2 and 5.5) are eligible for Android O upgrade by the 1st half of 2018.

Zenfone 3 and Zenfone 4 UI comparison
Zenfone 3 and Zenfone 4 UI comparison

Inside the Zenfone 4 Selfie is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Octa-Core processor at 1.4 GHz with Adreno 505 GPU. You can play most of the Android games with this device provided you put it in low settings in high-demanding games.

Benchmark Score
Benchmark Score

 

Multitasking is okay with no signs of lags at all thanks to large 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

Zenfone 4 Selfie ZD553KL
Zenfone 4 Selfie ZD553KL

Overall, the Zenfone 4 Selfie is a great device for low-tier segments. For the price of just P13,995 (Guesstimate) you can already get a large 5.5-inch screen, dual selfie camera, 4GB of RAM and huge expandable storage, not to mention its 3,000mAh battery that can last up to 9 hours per day.

Zenfone 4 Selfie ZD553KL Specs:
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor at 1.4Ghz.
GPU Adreno 505
RAM 4GB LPDDR3L
Display 1280 x 720 HD IPS Display
Storage 64GB internal storage, expandable up to 200GB via microSD card
OS Androio Nougat 7.0.1 + Zen UI 4.0
Battery 3000 mAh non-removable Li-Ion
Rear Camera 16-Megapixel, dual LED flash
Front Camera 20-Megapixel + 8-Megapixel