- Display: 5.5 inch Full HD Display
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 @ 1.5GHz
- Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G, LTE
- Memory: 3GB
- Storage: 32GB, expandable via MicroSD
- Operating System: Android 5.0 Lollipop
- Camera: 13.0MP PixelMaster Camera x2
- Dimensions: 152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9 mm
- Weight: 170g
- Great camera
- Benchmark Results
- Antutu: 36,925 points
- 3DMark Ice Storm (Unlimited): 7,884 points
Selfies For Days
ASUS may have found themselves a great niche thanks to their latest barrage of ZenFone devices, and it appears that they’re looking to cater to the selfie-loving crowd as well, to go so far as to name one of their newest smartphones the ASUS ZenFone Selfie. In this review, we take a look at what the phone has to offer to its potential customers.
As far as looks go, the ZenFone Selfie looks exactly like the critically-acclaimed ASUS ZenFone 2, but it does have some differences, some more noticeable than others. For starters, it sports a 5.5 inch Full HD display, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, with 3GBs of LPDDR3 RAM and 32GBs of storage, which is expandable via a microSD card, running Android 5.0 Lollipop.
The ZenFone Selfie comes in three colours, including white, blue and pink. That said, the ZenFone Selfie’s main claim to fame is still the two 13MP f2.2 camera, that’s capable of taking some pretty wide angled shots, up to 140 degrees, in fact. Both cameras are engineered with five-prism Largan lenses and top-quality Toshiba sensors, and include dual-LED Real Tone flash technology for perfect illumination in any lighting conditions.
Besides the camera, ASUS has also fitted the ZenFone Selfie with software optimisation such as the PixelMaster 2.0, which sports features such as Low Light mode, HDR mode, Beautification mode as well as a Selfie Panorama mode, which allows you to take an ultrawide selfie by the way of a panorama shot using the front-facing camera.
We had high expectations of the camera considering its name, and while we are not really ardent fans of the concept, the ZenFone Selfie’s cameras really are incredible. The camera takes some amazing daylight shots, and thanks to the HDR mode, there’s less of a worry about images being overexposed, and thanks to the Low Light mode, pictures taken in the dark look pretty decent too, even without using the Dual Tone flash.
For those who want to go straight to selfie’ing without going through the hassle of waking up your phone, the ZenMotion feature also allows you to automatically activate the selfie camera by swiping an ‘S’ on the screen from standby mode. With this, you’ll never miss an impromptu selfie moment again.
CHIP CONCLUDE: The ASUS ZenFone Selfie is meant for those who are always on the lookout for a reason to take photos with friends and family. With dual 13MP cameras, there is no compromise regardless of the kinds of shots you want to take as it’ll always turn out as well as you’d hope it to be..
(previously published in issue November 2015)