There used to be a time when people used to carry digital cameras every time they were out but smartphone cameras have evolved a lot over the years and this means that there is no need for the average Joe to carry a digital camera or a DSLR.
You couldn’t agree more when I say that the world is obsessed with self-portraits (probably you, too) or more popularly called “selfies”. Phone manufacturers have started to incorporate better and better front cameras. There was a time when front cameras were meant for just video calling but since then the purpose of front cameras on smartphones has evolved and brought in the selfie revolution.
Asus Zenfone Selfie Review
A lot of smartphone manufacturers have started launching camera-centric or particularly selfie-centric smartphones. One of the latest entrants in the selfie-centric smartphone crowd is Asus, with its Zenfone Selfie. Asus was the first to bring the world’s first 4 GB RAM phone. While it turned a lot of heads, Asus has been constantly expanding its smartphone portfolio with more and more addition to its Zenfone series, now Asus has tried its luck at a selfie-centric smartphone, did it succeed? Let’s find out.
Build and Design
The Zenfone Selfie continues the legacy design of the Zenfone 2. It has a matte plastic back. The volume keys are mounted at the back with the 13 MP camera, laser auto focus module and the flash. The Display is a 5.5” 1080p panel which has great viewing angles and I have been used to phones around 5.5” size so it doesn’t gigantic to me but for most people it is a two handed device.
The Asus Zenfone Selfie is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC along with 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of flash storage with MicroSD expansion. There is another variant with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage. It comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop with Asus’s custom skin called Zen UI. With 3 GB of RAM and a powerful CPU, the Zenfone Selfie has no major lags. The Zen UI is a feature-rich skin which provides a great user experience as well as useful features like Glove mode, one-handed mode, display contrast adjustment, gestures and much more. Regular browsing, social media and multitasking have no issues and offers good gaming performance. The Asus Zenfone Selfie not only takes great selfies but also is a great performer.
The phone supports Dual SIMs and both the sim slots support 4G LTE networks. Call Quality and signal reception is solid and consistent.
The speaker grill at the back is big, but the speaker itself is tiny and the audio output is weak but the output from the headphones is decent.
It comes equipped with a removable 3000 mAh battery which is average. It gives me around 4-5 hours of Screen on time (SOT) with normal usage of social media with a bit of Youtube video streaming. For the average person, it will last them one full day considering their usage is mostly social media and calling.
The Asus Zenfone Selfie has two 13 Megapixel cameras – on the front and on the back. Both are equipped with T4K37 CMOS camera sensor from Toshiba that has a five-element Largan lenses on both the cameras. The rear camera has an f/2.0 aperture, while the front camera has f/2.2 aperture along with an 88-degree wide angle view. There are dual-tone LED flashes on both the sides.
The rear camera also has laser-assisted auto focus and images are sharp and capture great details in the shots in outdoor lighting while it produces average results in artificial lighting. The laser autofocus system, just like the Zenfone 2 Laser, is quick and accurate and ensures properly focused subjects most of the time.
It is the ‘selfie’ camera that stands out in this smartphone. The front camera is really great and is one of the best out there. The front flash is really helpful in some low light conditions. The camera app offers a lot of modes and has a neat sliding self-timer which is helpful in taking selfies. Notable camera modes are the auto mode, manual mode, panorama, time lapse, slow motion, GIF animation and much more. The Zenfone Selfie takes perfect self-portraits in optimum lighting conditions.
At INR 16,999, there is not a lot wrong with the Asus Zenfone Selfie. It takes great selfies indeed, which is a stand out feature. Performance is smooth but battery life is average. There is no fingerprint scanner, which is becoming common in the mid-range devices and there are new contenders in the market which offer much more value for money and provide high quality build materials, from the likes of LeEco, Lenovo and Huawei.
If selfies are a big priority to you, then you should definitely consider this smartphone.