ASUS has renewed the family of smartphones Zenfone 4 bringing on the Italian market also two products designed for selfie. This Zenfone 4 selfie is cheaper than the two but still has some interesting cards to play with regard to the photographic sector.
Zenfone 4 selfie Pro is made of metal and is a fairly “common” design. The back is made up of a metal part interrupted only by two plastic lines for the antennae. Detail of making the edge between the rear shell and the side sharper than usual. It is a particular solution, although this does not help to make it more manageable and indeed could make it even a little more slippery. The physical keys of ignition and volume are positioned on the right side and are pressed well. In front of the design is quite anonymous and aligns with other products of the company and not only.
The hardware of this smartphone is that of a medium range. We have a Snapdragon processor 625 octa Core 2.0 GHz, a GPU reno 506 and 4GB RAM. The internal memory is 64 GB and you can expand it using a microSD, which will prevent you to use it with two Sims as the slot is shared. Connectivity is sufficient: LTE up to 300 Mbps, Wi-Fi b/g/n Monoband and Bluetooth 4.2. The NFC is missing. Overall maybe we would have expected something more from this compartment. The notification LED, the FM radio and the precise and quick front fingerprint reader are still present.
The main camera of this smartphone is a 16 megapixel with LED flash that in the practical act was not exciting although still more than enough. But do not expect results enjoyable with little light where the photos are in the worst case completely dark and in the best with a lot of digital noise. But this is because the camera that we really should consider as main in this Zenfone 4 selfie Pro is the front one. It is a 12 megapixel ƒ/1.8 with Flash led capable of shooting with a good amount of detail is more than enough even with less light. It can also take 24 megapixels using Dual Pixel technology. The real problem seems to be a non-effective application of HDR in Auto mode. In fact often the outdoor photos appear in pictures with the sky burnt. You can then choose to use the 8 megapixel secondary camera with a 120 ° range. Optimal if you have to make a selfie to a large group of people.
There is also the Blur mode that allows you to create an artificial blur to the background behind the main subject. The mode is not however accurate and also goes a little ‘ in trouble with more people, failing to properly handle the various planes staggered. The videos are only discreetly recorded with 4k resolution, from both cameras. Even here the automatic HDR (in theory also present in the videos) fails to do much against the strong light.
Zenfone 4 selfie Pro comes with a 5.5-inch Amoled display with Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels). The fidelity of the colors is discrete but the maximum brightness is not very high and with the automatic adjustment, even at maximum, can not be as bright as we would have liked and in some cases is a little ‘ off. Present the mode of display always on that will show time, missed calls and SMS received, but unfortunately not notifications of all other applications.
The software is obviously based on the ZenUI 4.0 that was built around Android 7.1.1 and that allows you to have the advanced features and graphics that ASUS has studied for us. This is once again an interface a bit ‘ cartoony and that can be customized with the themes, although we have not found anything particularly cared to convince us fully. However, the system is very enjoyable, quite fast in everyday use and with a number of special and interesting features, such as Mobile Management to personalize app permissions and network access or child mode, as well as Easy.
You can finally duplicate the social and messaging applications, use some features of the old ASUS browser inside Chrome thanks to Page Marker and take advantage of the Game Genie as you play to achieve better performance and not be disturbed during Your sessions.
The 3000 mAh battery guarantees a discrete autonomy, but it drops faster if we activate the functionality of always on. However it is possible to arrive at the end of the day even with an intense use that is still a good result. ASUS Zenfone 4 selfie Pro has an official price of €399, a price in line with the medium range, but a little higher than other devices similar to the same specs.