It’s been weeks since we got our Asus Zenfone Selfie, and in a recent island trip in Port Barton, I brought it to test its full capability – beneath the moon and under the sun. But before that, let’s see first what’s in the box:
- 5.5-inch Zenfone Selfie
- Wall charger
- microUSB cable
Asus Zenfone Selfie Specs
- 5.5-inch full HD IPS display @ 1920 x 1080 resolution, 403ppi
- Corning Gorilla Glass 4
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor
- Adreno 405 GPU
- 3GB LPDDR3 RAM
- 32GB internal storage Expandable up to 64GB via microSD
- 13MP rear camera with dual-tone flash with laser auto-focus
- 13MP front camera with dual-tone flash, 88-degree wide-angle lens, and f/2.2 aperture
- 3G, 4G FDD-LTE Dual-SIM, Dual standby
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Android 5.0 Lollipop
- 3,000mAh Li-Po battery
- 170 grams (weight)
Display and Design
Zenfone Selfie boasts a relatively large screen, larger than the original Zenfone 2 and the famous Zenfone Laser. The 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display has a pixel density of 403ppi and is protected by the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 4, the handset also boasts TruVivid technology for increased visual clarity.
It has semi-rounded corners. The capacitive Home, Back and Recent buttons are placed at the lower end of the screen. The power button is on the top edge along with the 3.5mm audio port and a microphone.
Sides are plain clear, while the bottom edge houses the microUSB port and another microphone.
Camera and Sample Shots
The Asus Zenfone Selfie prime factor is the 13 megapixel camera, that’s for both front and back. The front camera has a dual-colored real tone flash and beautification feature producing the best selfie picture quality you could ever have.
Digging more details, the Zenfone Selfie packs an f/2.0 aperture lens on the rear and an f/2.2 aperture for the front sensor as well as laser auto flash for quick snapping.
Hitting the settings gear will reveal a few quick settings that you should know about. In this menu you can toggle exposure value, optimization, time stamp, touch shutter as well as select video and photo quality.
You’ll likely want to select the highest possible resolution for your photos, you can choose between 2MP(2048×1152 to 13MP (4096×3072). Video recording is at 1080p (Full HD) by default. It has video stabilization feature as well as options like video preference for performance and quality.
Zenfone Selfie is also equipped with the Asus’ best camera asset, the Pixel Master 2.0. Overall, the shots I took outdoors are strikingly great. I got them with real and decent detail of color and sharpness. Photos taken indoors and even at night time also came out pretty upright, the LED flash works well to provide enough lighting.
Camera “Miniature” Feature
Selfie Shot with beautification feature ON
Processor and RAM
Asus Zenfone Selfie is powered by a 64-bit octa-core (1.7GHz quad-core and 1GHz quad-core) Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor with Adreno 405 GPU for graphics. Spreading the load over eight cores means MSM8939 runs even the most demanding Android apps without breaking a sweat. The phone runs Android 5.0 Lollipop along with the Zen UI on top of it. The Asus’ proprietary Zen UI is fluid and with customization offerings such as Themes and Colors, and I couldn’t really ask for more.
It also comes equipped with 3GB RAM, more than enough to run multiple applications at the same time, there’s also Adreno 405 GPU clocked at 550MHz. Zenfone Selfie scored 34323 on Antutu Benchmark, it also got a high grade in Nenamark graphics performance test, and the score is 59.6.
Aside from Selfie lovers, gamers will surely rejoice with its gaming capabilities, the phone can deliver premium gaming performance. It’s awesome on that category!
Asus Zenfone Selfie is a quad band 2G/3G, with hepta band LTE. Local connectivity is plenty fast with Wi-Fi b/g/n/. The Wi-Fi capabilities also include Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi Hotspot. Wi-Fi Direct is a technology, which lets devices connect to each other without the need for a Wi-Fi hotspot.
There’s also Bluetooth 4.0 LE support for short-distance connectivity. With this new version of Bluetooth, everything is optimized for lowest power consumption. It utilizes low-power protocols that will drastically improve the stamina of Bluetooth-enabled devices.
The 3000mAh battery puts on a very good show as the device ran for nearly two days with Wi-Fi permanently on and automatic display brightness. The battery life will be lesser when both SIMs are active as well as in 4G mode, but even so, I think you should easily be able to pull off around 16-hours of actual usage.
Summing it up, I would say that everything for me seems to be remarkable. The front and back camera is a real deal, its best asset, and it’s good inside out – from the camera features to actual photos it produces, you can really count on it. For a price of Php 11,495, you get almost everything you look for in a smartphone – speed, design, solid quality of photos, gaming performance and of course the number of hours this device makes you stay up. Undoubtedly, if you’re looking for a good-looking device with topnotch performance combo and of course the best camera feature, this Asus Zenfone Selfie is highly recommended. #taragis