ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Lite Hands-On Review

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ASUS has added another smartphone to its roster of ZenFones in the form of the ZenFone 4 Selfie lite bearing 13-megapixel cameras on both of its sides. Here’s a quick look of the device.

You’ve seen a quick unboxing when we did a livestream on our Facebook page the other day, and here’s a recap: Inside the box are pretty much the same content you’ll be getting with other ASUS ZenFones — there’s a pair of on-ear headphones, a microUSB cable, a charging port, a jelly case for protection, a SIM tray ejector, a few papers for manuals and other ASUS-related stuff, and the phone itself.

As with the other Zenfones released this year, the Selfie Lite also carries the new design of the ZenFone 4 series. At the front is a 5.5-inch IPS display, your usual front sensors, a 13-megapixel front camera, and its dedicated LED flash that sits right beside the call speaker grill.

Two capacitive buttons at the bottom are for a multitasking/option switch and the back button, as well as the rounded rectangular home button that also doubles as the phone’s fingerprint scanner. The 2.5D curved glass at the front gives the phone a distinct look with a more seamless operation especially when you move your fingers from the sides to navigate on the display.

The top part has the 3.5mm audio port and the noise-cancelling microphone, while the microUSB port and two sets of holes for the main microphone and loudspeaker.

Separating the front panel with the rest of the device is a polycarbonate unibody reminiscent of the previous Zenfone 4 smartphones we’ve already reviewed. The right side has the volume rocker and the power/lock button. ASUS opted to put its signature concentric ring design only on the smaller key contrary to the volume rockers that follows the color of the unibody shell.

The left side, on the other hand, houses the SIM tray. We’re glad to know that the phone supports two nano SIM cards and a dedicated microSD card slot given the measly 16GB internal storage.

Flipping the device on its back, we have the 13-megapixel Pixelmaster camera with an accompanying single LED Flash at its side, housed in a more rounded body with a Deepsea Black color: a black hue that has mineral shine finish and oftentimes resemble a navy blue color when lighted.

Both 13-megapixel cameras produced decent photos as we tried them out in the first run, and the front camera works really well on a lot of scenarios. Here are some first shots we’ve taken from the device:

Selfie – Normal Photo

Selfie – Portrait Mode

Selfie – Low Light

Selfie – Beauty Master

Real camera

ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Lite specs:

  • 5.5-inch IPS display
  • 2.5D curved glass display
  • 1.4GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 425
  • Adreno 308 GPU
  • 2GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • expandable via microSD up to 1TB (dedicated)
  • 13MP PixelMaster rear camera with LED Flash
  • 13MP f/2.0 PixelMaster front camera with soft light LED Flash
  • LTE Cat.4 (UL 50Mbps / DL 150Mbps)
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • ASUS ZenUI 4.0 (Android 7 Nougat)
  • 3000mAh battery

(yugatech.com, https://goo.gl/FuDoYe)

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