High-end phones often don’t have room for gigantic capacity batteries (as slim design takes precedence) and they certainly prioritize the rear camera over the front one. Thus, affordable phone makers have always found it easy to market these two attributes – big battery and selfie – and over the last couple of years, the formula has turned out to be a runaway success.
Asus, the Taiwanese manufacturer accredited with the revolutionary Zenfone Selfie (2015), quite recently brought in its fourth generation Selfie trio in India right in time for the Diwali festival season. Out of the three, the Zenfone 4 Selfie pro is the flag bearer. It’s equipped with all requisite Selfie paraphernalia without compromising on what you’d expect of a premium Android phone in 2017.
Does it all add up fine? Let’s try and answer some Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro related questions to help you decide whether this is the selfie phone you should buy or not.
Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro Specifications
|Model||Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro|
|Display||5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD, AMOLED display, 2.5D curved glass display|
|Processor||2.0GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625|
|Internal Storage||64GB, expandable up to 256GB (dedicated slot)|
|Software||Android Nougat with Zen 4.0 UI on top|
|Primary Camera||16MP, dual tone flash, PDAF|
|Secondary Camera||24MP+5MP front camera, LED flash, f/1.8 aperture|
|Dimensions and weight||154.02 x 74.83 x 7mm; 145 grams|
|Others||4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS / GLONASS, Fingerprint sensor|
Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro Look and Feel
Question: How is the Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro design?
Answer: The first thing you’ll notice is Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro’s delightfully slim and light metallic body, that’s also complemented by a vibrant AMOLED display layered with the now customary 2.5D glass.
The bezels on either side of the screen are extremely narrow and right below it, you will find a fast and accurate fingerprint sensor. Things are pretty crowded up top, which is where you will find two selfie cameras, earpiece, notification LED, LED flash, and other essential sensors.
The back panel is prone to smudges and the rear camera bulges out a bit. And a simple case would fix both. Side edges are thin and sharp and dig into our palms while we hold it (feels like a refreshing change of pace, though).
The Zenfone 4 Selfie is quite comfortable to handle and we like the way it looks and feels in hands.
Question: How is the Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro build quality?
Answer: There are no flexes or creaks in the body. It’s a pretty solid phone.
Question: Is Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro Water resistant?
Answer: No, it’s not water or dust resistant.
Question: Does the Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro comes with back cover and tempered glass?
Answer: No. USB cable, Charger and a decent pair of headphones are bundled in the box.
Question: Does Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro have capacitive navigation buttons below the display? Are they backlit?
Answer: Yes, the navigation buttons are backlit. The back and recent apps key, however, cannot be swapped. Which is more of an issue because Asus already has them in the reverse order when compared to conventional standards.
Question: How is the Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro display?
Answer: The Zenfone 4 Pro has a good quality AMOLED display. The colors are noticeably oversaturated in the default mode, but you can switch to standard or custom mode to fix that.
The use of AMOLED screen also allows Asus to add ‘Always On’ display. The Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro allows you to choose between a few different designs too. This is something we find particularly handy.
Question: Does Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro have the option to switch between color modes?
Answer – Yes, it does.
Question: Does the Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro have a Bluelight filter?
Answer: Yes, and we have learned to keep it on (always)
Question: Does Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro has the option for automatic brightness?
Answer: Yes, the automatic brightness works well. Outdoor visibility is great too.
Question: Does the Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro display has Gorilla glass protection?
Answer: Yes, the display is protected by scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 5.
Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro Performance and Storage
Question: How much internal storage space is free on Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro?
Answer: Out of 64GB, around 52GB storage is available at the user end.
Question: Does Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro have a Hybrid dual SIM tray or a separate microSD card slot?
Answer: The SIM tray is hybrid. If you are using two SIM cards, you won’t have the option to use an SD card simultaneously.
Question: Does Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro has USB OTG support?
Answer: Yes, USB OTG is supported.
Question: Does Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro have a fingerprint sensor? How many fingerprints can you scan and store?
Answer: The fingerprint sensor is present on the front. You can scan and store up to 5 impressions.
Question: Does Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro support fingerprint sensor gestures?
Answer: Besides unlocking your phone, you can use it to receive calls.
Question: Is the fingerprint sensor on Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro fast and accurate? Is it always-on type?
Answer: The fingerprint sensor is extremely fast and accurate.
Question: How is the day-to-day or general performance? How is gaming performance of Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro?
Answer: The performance is similar to other Snapdragon 625 phones like Mi A1 and Moto G5s Plus. Heavy games run well and we didn’t face any issue with regular day-to-day usage or multitasking.
The horsepower should be enough for most people to just get by. With heavy usage, the gaps in performance do become discernible to trained eyes.
Question: Does Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro have heating issues?
Answer: No, it runs cool most of the time. The metal body gets hot with heavy usage, but the temperature remains under control. You need not worry about heating issues on Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro.
Question: Does Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro support Google cardboard and other VR Apps? Does Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro have gyroscope sensor?
Answer: Gyroscope sensor is present on the phone. VR apps work fine.
Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro Benchmark Scores
|Geekbench single core, multi-core||815,3947|
|3D Mark slingshot||466|
Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro Camera
Question: How is the Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro camera quality?
Answer: The 16MP rear camera on Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro is supported by dual tone flash, PDAF, and EIS. The camera performance is pretty good too.
We preferred to keep HDR on auto and managed to click great shots with the rear snapper. Images have natural color tones and reliable metering. The engaging camera app has several modes to play with.
The rear camera can also record good quality 4K videos.
Question: How is the selfie camera on Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro?
Answer: On the front, the camera includes a 12MP and 8MP sensor with 25mm and 12mm lens (120-degree wide-angle view). By default, the camera shoots 12MP images, and if you turn on ‘DuoPixel’ mode from the settings, you can also get 24MP shots, just in case you want them printed on a billboard.
The two sensors can be combined for wide angle selfies (with slight distortion around edges), or you could use the single 12MP shooter for selfies.
There is a long list of things the two selfie cameras can accomplish. You can shoot 4K videos, shoot in Pro mode, click bokeh shots (portrait mode), or even beautify live feeds in third-party apps in real time.
Now about the selfie quality. Compared to other phones in this budget, the selfie camera is a great performer but don’t expect anything magical. The details are good but only in good lighting. Quality deteriorates a bit in wide angle or groupie mode.
Indoors and in low light, the selfie camera quality deteriorates steeply.
Question: Can the Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro shoot 4K videos?
Answer: Yes. You can shoot 4K videos using both the front and the rear camera.
Question: Can you record slow-motion videos on Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro?
Camera samples coming soon
Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro Software
Question: How is the software on the Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro?
Answer: The ZenUI 4.0 is a massive improvement over Zen UI 3.0 interface from last year. Asus has drastically reduced bloatware and other clutter from its software and the redesigned notification shade is a welcome change too. And as a result, the ZenUI is now bearable.
This is one of the complicated interfaces that integrates plenty customization options to keep you engaged. The interface is still buggy though, and Asus certainly need to iron out a few kinks. For instance, we have to unlock our phone before picking a call fingerprint sensor gesture is turned on. This shouldn’t be a problem, however, since Aus is known to be good with updates and software development.
Question: Does Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro have one hand mode or gesture support?
Answer: Yes. It does.
Question: Can you run dual apps or two apps with the same account on Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro?
Answer: Yes. Zen UI 4.0 allows you to keep twin apps (for selective few apps only).
Question: Will Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro get Android 8.0 Oreo update?
Answer: Yes, Asus has guaranteed Android Oreo update.
Question: What kind of SIM cards does Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro support?
Answer: It supports nano-SIM card on both slots. The SIM slot is hybrid.
Question: Does Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro support FM radio?
Answer: Yes, FM Radio is present and you can only access it from quick settings.
Question: Does Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro have IR blaster?
Answer: No, it does not.
Question: Does Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro have LED Notification light
Answer: Yes, it does.
Question: How is the call quality on Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro?
Answer: Call quality is very good.
Question: Does Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro support Reliance Jio SIM cards/ 4G VoLTE? Do both SIM slots support 4G VoLTE?
Answer: Yes, 4G VoLTE is supported on both SIM cards.
Question: Does Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro support native Jio Video calling or ViLTE?
Question: How is the Battery backup on Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro?
Answer: The battery backup is very good. The 3000mAh battery lasts longer than what we expected. Fast charging is supported. You can easily get one-day mileage with moderate to heavy usage.
Question: Does Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro support fast charging? Is fast charger bundled in the box?
Answer: Asus bundles a 10W charger in the box that can fully top up the battery in little more than 2 hours. Fast charging isn’t supported.
Question: What are the sensors present on Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro?
Answer: All major sensors are present on the phone including accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, gravity, Linear acceleration, rotation vector, step counter, Orientation, tilt, Ambient light, proximity, and pedometer.
Question: How loud is the loudspeaker on Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro?
Answer: The loudspeaker is very loud, but the audio output quality isn’t up to the mark
Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro Review – Should you buy it?
The Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro is a good phone, one that you will be excited to pick up and use. It’s selfie prowess counts as a pro, even when it isn’t exceptional in this regard, but what really works in its favor is the AMOLED display, decent rear camera, slim and light design, and reliable performance. Having said that, it feels a tad overpriced at 23,999 INR. You could probably wait for the first few price cuts.