The Asus Zenfone Selfie which was launched last month is one of the few selfie focused smartphones available in the market at the present moment. Its greatest attraction is of course the 13MP front facing camera, but the other specs like the 3GB of RAM and octa-core processor are also worthy to be mentioned in the introduction.
Asus has developed a habit of offering a number of variants to cover all budget segments. Much like Asus Zenfone 2 that it launched earlier this year, the Zenfone Selfie is not just a new selfie specific model rather a series with many variants to grab at various price points. There are about six variants currently available in the Indian market with varying RAM and color. The variant that I have got has 3GB of RAM, 32 GB of Storage and comes in Aqua Blue finish.
In The Box
- Wall adapter
- USB cable
- Warranty card and user guide
Build and Design
This smartphone features the same design that the Zenfone 2 (launched in January) comes with. The chin has got shiny and textured surface that sometimes feels annoying to the eyes. Power button is located on the top, which is really hard to reach. Taking some inspiration from LG, Asus has placed the volume rocker on the back of this phone. Both left and right sides are devoid of any button. All the slots are located under the back panel and yes the battery is user removable.
Because of the chin and soft touch keys above it, the Asus Zenfone Selfie becomes really huge to hold and use with a single hand.
The 5.5 inch IPS display of this smartphone feels really crispy due to the high pixel density of 403 ppi. Viewing angles are great and the contrast ratio is also decent. All the colors are nicely reproduced without any sort of distortion. This phone offers immersive movie watching and gaming experience because of the bigger display and screen-to-body ratio of 68.3 percent.
I was really not expecting Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on this smartphone as only the flagships above 40,000 rupees are able to afford it.
The Asus Zenfone Selfie runs Android Lollipop out of box, but you will certainly not like the interface as the manufacturer has done a number annoying customizations. Color scheme and icons really feel awkward. Browsing through the interface was so disappointing to me that I decided to install a custom launcher from the play store.
Asus deserves appreciation for featuring a Snapdragon chipset on this smartphone as all other budget smartphones are offering MediaTek chipsets these days. The 1.7 GHz octa-core processor with the help of 3GB of RAM results in a snappy user experience. Surprisingly, this smartphone never gets uncomfortably hot, no matter how much processing load you put on it.
While running graphic intensive games like Asphalt 8 and Modern Combat 5, I did face some stuttering, but the experience was mostly smooth. This device is capable of running almost all games available on the play store and you will enjoy gaming on it.
The Asus Zenfone Selfie scored below than what I was expecting in the benchmarking tests. In AnTuTu, it got a score of 38898 (not so great) and in NenaMark2 the phone returned a score of 58.9 fps only.
Both front and back 13MP cameras of this phone are equipped with dual-tone flash that does help in low lighting conditions. I was really impressed with performance of the front camera as all the images captured with it packed great details and produced true colors. The rear camera is no less impressive as it has got laser auto-focus system. The camera will be able to focus the subject really fast even if it is moving at a high-speed. You can also record full HD videos at 30 frames per second with this smartphone. The interface is quite rich in terms of extra features like Manual Mode, Slow Motion, Super Resolution, Panorama and Low Light Mode.
The speaker of this phone is really loud and produces distortion-free audio. But the produced audio gets muffled because the speaker is positioned on the back.
Connectivity Options and Sensors
The Asus Zenfone Selfie features two SIM card slots both of which support 4G LTE networks. Call quality is also great, but you will face some difficulty because of the right position of the earpiece.
The list of sensors of this phone is really long and includes Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Gyroscope, Light Sensor and E-Compass.
This smartphone houses a massive 3000 mAh battery, which will provide at least one day of power backup. The size of the battery is really small that helps in limiting the thickness of the phone to 10.8 mm.
- 13 MP front and 13 MP rear camera
- Dual-tone LED flash on both sides
- Octa-core processor
- 3 GB RAM on 32 GB variant and 2 GB RAM on 16 GB variant
- Android Lollipop
- Huge battery
- No heating issues
- Interface is not that impressive
- Performs average
- Average design
For the people who want a great selfie camera and a high resolution display, this smartphone can be a great solution. However, if you love to do gaming on your phone, the Zenfone 2 is still a better option.