asus zenfone 4 family hands -on Review

Intro

Why bother battling the sharks for attention at IFA when you can hold your own private occasion and have the limelights all to on your own? That was Asus’ line of thought, obviously, which brought us to Rome last week for the European launch of the Zenfone 4. Or instead, the Zenfone fours. Yes, because they are fairly a great deal of them.

There’s a Zenfone 4 for every person, basically – also the vanilla Zenfone 4 includes a couple of chipsets, either the Snapdragon 630 or the 660. There’s also a double video camera arrangement with one dual-pixel 12MP shooter, thanks to Sony, as well as an additional ultra wide-angle one, LG style. But that’s before you get to the Pro version which loads the premium Snapdragon 835 as well as swaps the wide-angle cam for a tele one.

As well as we’re only simply getting started. Following comes the Zenfone Selfie 4 Pro which takes the rear cam duo of the Zenfone 4 appropriate, however puts it on the front – yes, 12 million 1.4-micron dual pixels checking out you, plus a wide-angle webcam for what Asus calls wefies – it resembles team selfies, yet you can’t just call them team selfies like a peasant. Replace the 12MP double pixel camera with a much less expensive, but higher-res 20MP one, move a notch down Qualcomm’s chipset ladder to the S430, and also there you have it – the Zenfone 4 Selfie (non-Pro).

You do not get the whole selfie trend, yet require a dependable phone to last you on long days? Indeed, Asus has you covered with the Zenfone 4 Max, though you still need to pick one of numerous. There’s a 5.2-inch one, as well as an option of 5.5-inchers, though of the 5.5-inchers we just took care of the 720p flavor, as well as a 1080p variation is out there someplace also. The Maxes pack a Snapdragon 425 or 430 chip, solitary cams front as well as back, as well as 4,100 mAh to 5,000 mAh batteries with power financial institution performance.

We got to play around on the place floor with every one of these Zenfone 4s, and we grabbed some preliminary impressions. For those, plus a healthy and balanced share of hands-on pictures, head over to the following number of web pages, or make use of the web links listed below for fast accessibility to the certain phone you’re most curious concerning.

Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro hands-on

If you intend to utilize a phone’s main video camera for selfies, you normally make use of a mirror. Not with the Zenfone Selfie 4 Pro, where the major cam is, in fact, on the front. Actually, two of them – the very same pair of 12MP +8 MP shooters you can locate on the Zenfone 4 (non-Pro), one dual pixel, the other – ultra wide-angle. There’s a front-facing flash, as well. It’s the Selfie Pro, duh.

With the Pro moniker, the AMOLED display comes – a 5.5-inch FullHD panel like on the Zenfone 4 Pro (non-Selfie). Here it’s covered in Gorilla Glass 3, as well as not 5. There’s no Gorilla Glass on the back, though, however it would certainly be strange to place glass on top of the light weight aluminum rear panel, truly.

The back has a satin do with the defacto additional cam between. There are antenna bands top as well as bottom, also – general a typical design, yet one you can not go wrong with. On the front, it’s practically like the remainder of the Zenfone 4s – bezels aplenty and also a large fingerprint sensor. Unfortunately there are no stereo speakers, simply the bottom-firing one.

Oh, as well as looking at the bottom, we might whine about the microUSB 2.0 port, let’s eliminate those currently.

The Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 625 as well as can be had with approximately 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage space. Battery ability is 3,000 mAh which should be great for the mix of an AMOLED display as well as an efficient 14nm chipset.

Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie hands-on

Go down the Pro title and also the AMOLED is gone, changed by an IPS screen. Resolution is also reduced – 720p versus the Pro’s 1080p. No more dual pixel on the front either, however there’s still a dual video camera – the key one remains in reality 20MP. The ultra wide-angle 8MP shooter is here too, and so is the front-facing flash.

In regards to design, the Zenfone 4 Selfie is clearly a participant of the same family members, but this one is plastic on the back. The impression of steel is preserved by the satin coating, though, and also it does not look or really feel affordable.

Among the very best bits regarding the Selfie is the three-way slot – there’s a specialized microSD port along with the two SIM ports.

Asus Zenfone 4 Max (ZC554KL) hands-on

Similar to most points Asus, the Zenfone 4 Max comes in a variety of various versions. We took care of a number of those, including the ZC554KL version. It’s obtained a 5.5-inch 720p screen, an IPS one. It lacks Gorilla Glass protection – that really did not make the budget.

What did make the budget plan, even though limit is no Selfie, is the front encountering flash. Below, it goes along with a solitary selfie webcam, an 8MP one. There are a couple of cams on the back, nonetheless – a 13MP key one as well as the familiar 120-degree ultra wide-angle one – obviously, a phone has to have 3 or even more cams these days.

It’s not about the cameras with the Zenfone 4 Max, though – it’s battery life. The ZC554KL design comes with a 5,000 mAh power pack, which it can show various other devices – you can utilize it to bill your smartwatch, wireless earphones, 2nd phone, auto battery … Okay, not that last one.

Asus Zenfone 4 Max (ZC520KL) hands-on

There’s a smaller Max too, also if the name indicates a superlative top quality. The ZC520KL, as you may have currently discovered to translate from the version number, packs a 5.2-inch display screen, 720p again. It keeps the majority of its huge bro’s equipment, electronic cameras consisted of, but has a smaller sized battery – 4,100 mAh. The capacity to charge various other electronics remains.

A feature shared by both Maxes is the committed microSD port – like the Selfie Pro you can have two SIMs and microSD card inside the phone, all 3 together. There are finger print readers on both, you can’t not have a finger print reader anymore. Unless you’re an apple iphone X, of course.

Final words

We really did not have all that much time and there were a lot of Zenfones to experiment with, yet we can still value Asus’ initiatives to cater to as wide a target market as feasible. There’s the high-end Zenfone 4 Pro that’s furnished to challenge the big guns, the vanilla Zenfone 4 a notch down the rankings with an ultra wide-angle webcam and top mid-tier internals, the Selfies with a focus on front-facing cameras, and also the Max lineup for those who value battery life most. There’s rarely an usage case that isn’t covered. We’ll offer the Zenfone 4 specifically a much more comprehensive search in the weeks ahead, so remain tuned.

Network
  • Technology: GSM / HSPA / LTE
  • 2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
  • 3G bands: HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1800 / 1900 / 2100
  • 4G bands: LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 17(700), 19(800), 20(800), 28(700), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) – Global, Taiwan
  • LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 26(850), 28(700), 29(700), 30(2300), 38(2600), 39(1900), 41(2500) – US, Canada, Brazil
  • LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 26(850), 28(700), 29(700), 30(2300), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) – India
  • Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat12 600/150 or 100 Mbps
  • GPRS: Yes
  • EDGE: Yes
  • Launch
  • Announced: 2017, August
  • Status: Available. Released 2017, October
  • Body
  • Dimensions: 156.9 x 75.6 x 7.6 mm (6.18 x 2.98 x 0.30 in)
  • Weight: 175 g (6.17 oz)
  • Build: Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5) & aluminum frame
  • Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • Display
  • Type: AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size: 5.5 inches, 83.4 cm2 (~70.3% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~401 ppi density)
  • Multitouch: Yes, up to 10 fingers
  • Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • – Asus ZenUI 4.0
  • Platform
  • Android 7.1.1 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 (10 nm)
  • Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo)
  • Adreno 540
  • Memory
  • Card slot: microSD, up to 512 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • Internal: 64/128 GB, 6 GB RAM
  • Main Camera
  • Dual: 12 MP, f/1.7, 25mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4m, 4-axis OIS, dual pixel PDAF & laser AF
    16 MP, 50mm (telephoto), 1/3.1″, 1.0m, 2x optical zoom, AF
  • Features: LED flash, HDR, panorama
  • Video: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 1080p@120fps, 720p@240fps
  • Selfie camera
  • Single: 8 MP, f/1.9, 1/3.2″, 22mm (wide), 1.4m, PDAF
  • Features: HDR
  • Video: 1080p@30fps
  • Sound
  • Alert types: Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Loudspeaker: Yes, dual speakers
  • 3.5mm jack: Yes
  • – 24-bit/192kHz audio
    – DTS sound
    – Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Comms
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, EDR, LE, aptX
  • Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
  • Yes
  • Infrared port: Yes
  • Radio: FM radio
  • Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
  • Features
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, color spectrum
  • Messaging: SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
  • Browser: HTML5
  • – Fast battery charging: 50% in 32 min
    – MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
    – MP4/H.264 player
    – Document viewer
    – Photo/video editor
  • Battery
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3600 mAh battery
  • Talk time: Up to 27 h 30 min (3G)
  • Misc
  • Colors: Moonlight white, Pure Black
  • Price: About 390 EUR
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