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The ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1 Revealed!

The ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1 Revealed!

ASUS just revealed the ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1 smartphone, which boasts a 5.7″ full-screen display with a 18:9 aspect ratio and a dual-lens camera system. Here is everything you need to know about the new ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1 smartphone!

 

The ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1 (ZB570TL)

Also known as the ASUS Pegasus 4S in China, the ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1 has a model number of ZB570TL or ASUS X018D. It has a 18:9 ultra-wide screen display, and a 81.5% screen-to-body ratio. This allows ASUS to fit a 5.7″ display into a 5.2″ form factor.

It is powered by an mid-range MediaTek MT6750T SoC, and comes with 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage. It also has a dedicated slot for a microSD card (up to 256GB), and two nanoSIM slots. All of that is powered by a 4,130 mAh battery with reverse charging capability.

Like the ZenFone 4 Max Pro, the ZenFone Max Plus has a dual-lens camera at the back. But this time, ASUS chose to use a 16 MP + 8 MP combo. The main camera has a 16 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens, while the wide-angle camera has an 8 MP sensor with 120° lens.

Instead of a 16 MP camera in the ZenFone 4 Max Pro, ASUS went with an 8 MP front camera with f/2.2 lens in the ZenFone Max Plus.

 

The ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1 Specifications

SpecificationsASUS ZenFone 4 Max Plus M1
ModelZB570TL
Display5.7" Full HD+ display with 2.5D curved edge
- 720 x 1440 pixels
Operating SystemZenUI 4.1 (Android 7.0)
System PlatformMediaTek MT6750T
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.5 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.0 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-T860 MP2 (650 MHz)
Memory4 GB LPDDR3 memory (833 MHz)
Storage32 GB GB internal storage
microSD card option (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera8 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Rear CameraDual Lens Camera System
- 16 MP sensor with f/2.0 6P lens
- 8 MP sensor with 120° lens
Connectivity4G : LTE Cat6
WiFi : 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
USB : microUSB 2.0
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, Dual Standby capability
Dual Nano SIM cards
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear-mounted
GPSYes, with AGPS and Beidou
Battery4,130 mAh lithium-ion battery
- with Reverse Charging feature
Dimensions72.7 mm wide
152.6 mm tall
8.8 mm thick
Weight160 g

 

Price & Availability

Locally, the ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1 was just approved by SIRIM, but ASUS confirmed that it will be ready for purchase / delivery starting 20 December 2017. In the meantime, you can pre-order the ZenFone Max Plus M1 at a very, very special price.

The ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1 will have a recommended retail price of RM 899 / ~US$ 219. But during the pre-order period, ASUS will offer a limited quantity with a discount or Lazada coupon worth RM 200 / ~US$ 49!

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Offline Pre-Order Offer

Duration : 14-19 December 2017
Collection : 20 December 2017
Offer : Get a RM 200 rebate when you trade in a mobile phone (working or non-working). A deposit of RM 100 will have to be placed.

Lazada Pre-Order Offer

Duration : 14-19 December 2017
Collection : 22 December 2017
Offer : Get a RM 200 Lazada discount voucher when you purchase the ZenFone Max Plus M1 using this pre-order purchase link. trade in a mobile phone (working or non-working). Each account can only purchase a maximum of two (2) units.

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The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro Review – Battery Life King!

ASUS had a reputation of being short on battery life with their Intel-powered ZenFone 2 smartphones, but almost on a dime, turned around with their ZenFone 3 smartphones to deliver truly amazing battery life. So one of the most anticipated ZenFone 4 model was the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro, with its focus on battery life.

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) smartphone is designed to offer extremely-long battery life to users who are always on-the-go, and may not have ready access to a power source. On top of that, it boasts a fast reverse charging capability, as well as a dual lens camera system!

 

The Pro Edition Of The ZenFone 4 Max

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) is the “Pro Edition” of the regular ZenFone 4 Max (Price Check). It even comes in the same box as the regular ZenFone 4 Max, with a Pro Edition sticker slapped on it. So make sure it’s the ZC554KL (Max Pro), and not the ZC520KL (Max). Here’s a table comparing their key specifications :

SpecificationsASUS ZenFone Max ProASUS ZenFone Max
ModelZC554KLZC520KL
Design2.5D glass with metallic design & multiple colour selections
Premium metal unibody
2.5D glass with metallic design & multiple colour selections
Premium metal unibody
Display5.5" HD IPS display (720 x 1280)
Greater than 400 nits brightness for best outdoor readability
Capacitive touch panel with 10 points multi-touch (support glove touch)
5.2" HD IPS display (720 x 1280)
Greater than 400 nits brightness for best outdoor readability
Capacitive touch panel with 10 points multi-touch (support glove touch)
Operating SystemAndroid 7.0 Nougat with ZenUI 4.0Android 7.0 Nougat with ZenUI 4.0
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 430Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
Processor8 x ARM Cortex-A53 (up to 1.4 GHz)4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (up to 1.4 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 505Qualcomm Adreno 308
Memory3 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM3 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
Storage32 GB internal flash storage
One microSD card slot (up to 256 GB)
32 GB internal flash storage
One microSD card slot (up to 256 GB)
Main CameraDual Lens Camera System

Main Camera (25 mm)
- 16 MP Omnivision 16880 sensor
- 1.12 μm pixel size
- f/2.0 aperture

Wide-Angle Camera (18 mm)
- 5 MP Omnivision 5675 sensor
- 1.12 μm pixel size
- f/2.2 aperture
Dual Lens Camera System

Main Camera (25 mm)
- 13 MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture

Wide-Angle Camera (18 mm)
- 5 MP Omnivision 5675 sensor
- 1.12 μm pixel size
- f/2.2 aperture
Front Camera16 MP Omnivision 16880 sensor
- 1.0 μm pixel size
- f/2.0 aperture
- soft LED light
8 MP sensor
- f/2.0 aperture
- soft LED light
Connectivity4G : CAT 4 - up to 150Mbps download / 50Mbps upload
WiFi : 802.11n (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.1
Micro USB 2.0 - supports OTG
4G : CAT 4 - up to 150Mbps download / 50Mbps upload
WiFi : 802.11n (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.1
Micro USB 2.0 - supports OTG
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, dual standby
SIM1 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
SIM2 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
Dual SIM, dual standby
SIM1 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
SIM2 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
Fingerprint Sensor0.3 sec ultrafast unlocking, supports 5 fingers and 360 degree recognition0.3 sec ultrafast unlocking, supports 5 fingers and 360 degree recognition
GPSGPS, AGPS, Glonass, BDSGPS, AGPS, Glonass, BDS
AudioSpeaker with PMIC internal amplifierSpeaker with PMIC internal amplifier
Battery5,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
Supports reverse charging (1A )
4,100 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
Supports reverse charging (1A )
Dimensions76.9 mm wide
154 mm tall
8.9 mm thick
73.3 mm wide
150.5 mm tall
8.73 mm thick
Weight181 grams156 grams
Available ColoursRose Pink / Sunlight Gold / Deepsea BlackDeepsea Black
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Unboxing The ZenFone 4 Max Pro

As mentioned above, the ZenFone 4 Max Pro (ZC554KL) comes in the same white box as the regular ZenFone 4 Max (ZC520KL). So look for the “Pro Edition” sticker, and check the label on the underside of the box for the model number.

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Here are the items you will find inside the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro box :

  • One ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) smartphone
  • One ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro TPU bumper case
  • One ASUS 10 W fast USB charger
  • One set of micro USB 2.0 cable and OTG cable
  • One pair of ASUS earphones with spare ear buds
  • One set of warranty form, user guide and IMEI stickers
  • One SIM tray ejection pin

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The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (ZC554KL) Smartphone

Thanks to its thin bezel, the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) has a 5.5″ IPS display in a form factor that is smaller and lighter than the iPhone 8 Plus (Price Check). The only downside – it only has a HD resolution of 720 x 1280.

Somehow, ASUS managed to pack a massive 5,000 mAh battery and everything else into a metal unibody chassis that is just 8.9 mm thick, and weighs only 181 grams. It may not be as svelte as the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check), but it has a much larger battery.

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, which has eight Cortex-A53 processor cores running at 1.4 GHz, and an Adreno 505 GPU. It also comes with 3 GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM and 32 GB of internal flash storage.

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Larger, Smarter, Safer Battery

The killer feature of the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) is its phenomenal battery. It has a massive 5,000 mAh battery – equal to the capacity of most power banks, and much larger than what smartphones generally carry. In fact, you can use it like a power bank, thanks to its fast reverse charging ability.

This battery is not just bigger, it is smarter. It comes with a suite of power management technologies to optimise battery capacity, safety and lifespan. The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) even has a double battery lifespan feature that extends its lifespan by up to 2X, allowing you to fully discharge and recharge the battery (0 to 100%) up to 500 times in a 25°C environment.

The ZenFone 4 Max Pro battery is also protected by 12 battery safety mechanisms. Combined with the automatic battery maintenance capabilities of ASUS PowerMaster, this battery is not only extremely safe, it will have 2X longer lifespan compared to other smartphones.

Finally, this battery has 10W fast charging capability, which allows you to fully recharge the ZenFone 4 Max Pro in just four hours. We will share with you our performance test results of this battery later in the review.

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Soft Lit Selfies

In addition to its battery, the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) also boasts some serious photographic chops. First up is the high-resolution 16 MP front camera with a 140° wide-angle lens, with f/2.0 aperture. The wide-angle lens lets you fit more of your friends in the frame, while the fast aperture improves its low-light performance.

If the f/2.0 aperture is not sufficient, the front camera has a Softlight LED flash. It delivers just enough fill light, giving you the ability to take great selfies even in the darkest conditions, without harsh shadows and overblown highlights.

 

Dual Lens Camera

A nice surprise in a smartphone at this price point – a dual lens camera! It consists of a 16 MP main camera with f/2.0 lens, and a 5 MP wide-angle camera with f/2.2 lens. They are both supported by a single LED flash.

The 16 MP main camera is what you would be using for most of your shots. It has fast phase detection auto-focus, and electronic image stabilisation (EIS). But for greater creativity, and more dramatic photos and videos, you can switch to the 120° wide-angle camera. It may have a lower resolution, but it has a 200% wider view.

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SIM & microSD Capability & Fingerprint Sensor

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) has dual SIM, dual standby capability. But unlike many other smartphones, it has a full SIM tray for two nano SIM cards, as well as a microSD card (up to 256 GB). This allows you to use all three cards simultaneously!

It also boasts a fast, all-aspect fingerprint sensor integrated into the Home button. Our tests showed that it requires just 12 finger presses to register a fingerprint, and is very fast and accurate in recognising the registered fingerprint.

 

The Ergonomics

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) may have a large 5.5″ display, but it is svelte at less than 77 mm wide and relatively slim at just under 9 mm. Even though it packs a 5,000 mAh battery, it weighs just 181 grams. That said, it will feel a bit chunky, if you are used to really thin smartphones like the Galaxy S8 or ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro.

We really like the anodised metal chassis, which has a really premium feel that is resistant to fingerprint smears. We also give ASUS props for providing a soft bumper case in the package. It actually adds grip, while protecting the ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) without making it overly bulky, or covering up its look.

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Setting Up The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) ships with Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and ASUS confirmed that it will be upgraded soon to Android 8.0 Oreo. It also comes with 100 GB of free Google Drive storage for 1 year. Let’s show you just how easy it is to set-up the ZenFone 4 Max Pro.

 

Available Memory & Storage

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) comes with 3 GB of LPDDR3 memory, of which 2.1 GB (70%) is free to use. That’s a lot of free memory, allowing you to run many applications simultaneously.

The ZenFone 4 Max Pro also comes with 32 GB of internal flash memory. Of that, just under 22.4 GB is available to use. That’s not a lot, but you can top it up with a microSD card (up to 256 GB).

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The Dual Lens Camera Comparison

The dual lens camera of the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) consists of a 25 mm main camera, and an 18 mm wide-angle camera. The main camera pairs a 16 MP Omnivision 16880 sensor with a f/2.0 lens, while a 5 MP Omnivision 5675 sensor with f/2.2 lens.

The wide-angle camera may have a lower resolution, but it has a 2X wider angle of 120°. How useful is that? Let’s take a look at these full resolution samples.

Next Page > Camera Performance – Photos & Videos

 

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Main Camera Performance – Photos

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) uses the 16 MP Omnivision 16880 sensor with a f/2.0 lens for its main camera. The full 16 MP resolution is attained with the 4:3 aspect ratio. Each picture has a resolution of 4640 × 3480 and a file size of between 3.3 to 7 MB.

Here are 6 full resolution samples for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos, which you can also download to examine.

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Main Camera Performance – Video Recording

We tested the main camera’s video recording performance at its maximum resolution of 1080p. It supports EIS (electronic image stabilisation) at this resolution.

Video Recording Test #1 : Piano (1080p)

The EIS did an okay job in this video, but what was very noticeable was its inability to focus properly. It kept seeking, which was very distracting. The audio also lacked punch, with too little bass. It was almost all treble.

 

Video Recording Test #2 : Street Market (1080p)

The lack of optical image stabilisation is noticeable, although its electronic image stabilisation capability was decent enough to remove the worst hand shaking in this video. However, the audio was extremely thin… why is there so much treble?

 

Video Recording Test #3 : Cable Car (1080p)

This video showed the limits of electronic image stabilisation (EIS). It could not take out the vibration, but helped to smooth out the heavier hand shaking. From the recorded audio, it appears that the ZenFone 4 Max Pro is tuned to maximise the clarity of the voices, at the expense of other frequencies.

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Work 2.0 ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro Samsung Galaxy S8 Huawei Mate 9
Performance Score
(Average)
3846 5656 5303 6316
Web Browsing 4371 5708 5155 5624
Video Editing 3716 5888 4998 5370
Writing 2822 4509 5158 6326
Photo Editing 6671 10698 7082 9864
Data Manipulation 2753 3570 4458 5333

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) may have an octa-core processor, like the other three smartphones, but it is a less-powerful model – the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430. It was 32% slower than the Snapdragon 625 processor used by the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check), and 27.5% slower than the Samsung Galaxy S8 (Price Check).

 

Battery Life – PCMark

We then tested the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

Thanks to its large 5,000 mAh lithium-ion battery, the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro lasted 14 hours 19 minutes in our battery test. That’s more than 5.5 hours longer than its higher-performance brother, the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check)!

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Battery Recharging Performance

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) comes with a 10 W fast charger. It took about 172.5 minutes (2 hours 52.5 minutes) to recharge its battery from 17% to 100%. The fastest recharging happened in the first 90%, before recharging at a lower speed for the last 10%.

The recharging time of under 3 hours is far lower than the 4 hours quoted by ASUS. It also has a battery life : recharging ratio of just 5.2 : 1 – which is excellent.

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Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the ZenFone 4 Max Pro’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

Ice Storm Unlimited ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro Samsung Galaxy S8 Huawei Mate 9
Gaming Score 9751 14015 29509 27853
Graphics 9609 13470 33279 36605
Physics 10285 16328 21130 15164
Graphics Test 1 55.1 fps 80.7 fps 173.1 fps 202.5 fps
Graphics Test 2 33.6 fps 46.0 fps 124.3 fps 131.1 fps
Physics Test 32.7 fps 51.8 fps 67.1 fps 48.1 fps

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) uses the Qualcomm Adreno 505 GPU, which offers decent performance but is no match for the much faster GPUs in flagship smartphones. It is about 30% slower than the Adreno 506 GPU used by the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check).

 

Overall Performance

AnTuTu is a nice benchmark for testing various performance aspects of Android devices.

AnTuTu ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro Samsung Galaxy S8 Huawei Mate 9
TOTAL SCORE 41952 65302 175422 123167
3D SCORE 8282 13431 74336 40114
– 3D (Marooned) 5915 8230 43953 23313
– 3D (Garden) 2367 5201 30383 16801
UX SCORE 14099 24848 52159 39975
– UX Data Secure 4655 6226 7996 7943
– UX Data Process 2328 3404 5866 6985
– UX Strategy Games 1143 4611 11165 11860
– UX Image Process 3585 7291 22716 5580
– UX I/O Performance 2388 3316 4416 7607
CPU SCORE 14940 21357 38513 31992
– CPU Mathematics 2964 4304 10996 9680
– CPU Common Use 5180 7150 10939 11139
– CPU Multi-Core 6796 9903 16578 11173
RAM 4631 5666 10414 11086

Even with an octa-core processor, the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) is no race horse. It is definitely much slower than the top-of-the-line processors used in flagship smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 (Price Check). But make no mistake – this is very decent performance at its price point..

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Our Verdict & Award

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (ZC554KL) smartphone offers extremely-long battery life to users who are always on-the-go, and may not have ready access to a power source. With its large 5,000 mAh battery and the ASUS PowerMaster system, you can run the most strenuous apps on it for hours, and it will still have hours more of battery life to spare.

ASUS knows this, so they added a fast reverse charging feature. This allows the ZenFone 4 Max Pro to function like a power bank, recharging your other devices. If battery life is critical for you, there can be no doubt that the ZenFone 4 Max Pro is about as good as it gets!

But the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) is not just a smartphone with large battery. It actually boasts some serious photography chops. It has a 16 MP front camera for really high-resolution selfies, with a soft LED flash for low-light conditions.

It even has a dual-lens camera system, albeit not as advanced as those in flagship smartphones. Still, this is a nice surprise for a smartphone at this price point. The main camera has a 16 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens – no complaints here. The wide-angle camera only has a 5 MP sensor, which reduces its utility.

What this means is you will most likely use the 16 MP main camera for a vast majority of your photos, switching to the wide-angle camera only when you really need the wider angle. Still, it is better than not having the option at all.

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What we did not like was its video and audio recording performance. It has focusing issues when there are multiple subjects at different distances, which detracts from its otherwise decent video recording performance. The recorded audio though was reedy and lacks punch. It appears to be tuned for voice recording, at the expense of other frequencies.

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (Price Check) looks very similar to the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check). It has the same basic design with a premium anodised metal chassis. Other than the difference in the cameras, it looks like a thicker brother of the Selfie Pro.

All in all, we really like its awesome battery capabilities, premium build quality, and 16 MP front camera. Its dual-lens camera is also a nice bonus at this price point. With all that in mind, we think the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro deserves no less than our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

Other ASUS ZenFone 4 Articles

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The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (ZD552KL) Review Rev. 2.0

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro was one of the key smartphones revealed at the ASUS “We Love Photo” event in Taipei. In fact, it is the top-of-the-line model in their Selfie line of smartphones, with two selfie cameras – one of which is capable of taking 24 MP photos! Let’s take a close look at the new ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie (ZD552KL) smartphone, and see if this is the ultimate selfie smartphone!

Updated @ 2017-10-24 : Added a selfie video comparing the viewing angle and video recording quality of the two selfie cameras. Made various other updates and minor corrections to the review.

Originally posted @ 2017-09-14

 

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro Specifications

ASUS launched the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (ZD552KL) together with a lower-end ZenFone 4 Selfie (ZD553KL) model. What’s the difference? Here is a comparison table of their key specifications :

SpecificationsZenFone 4 Selfie ProZenFone 4 Selfie
ModelZD552KLZD553KL
Design2.5D contoured Corning Gorilla Glass display with metal unibody & multiple colour selections2.5D contoured glass display with metallic-finish unibody
Display5.5" Full HD AMOLED display (1920 x 1080)
Greater than 500nits brightness for excellent outdoor readability
Capacitive touch panel with 10 point multi-touch sensing (support glove touch)
5.5" HD IPS LCD (1280 x 720)
400 nits brightness for excellent outdoor readability
74.2% screen-to-body ratio
Operating SystemAndroid 7.0 Nougat with ZenUI 4.0Android 7.0 Nougat with ZenUI 4.0
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 625Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
Processor8 x ARM Cortex-A53 (up to 2 GHz)8 x ARM Cortex-A53 (up to 1.4 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 506Qualcomm Adreno 505
Memory3 GB RAM / 4 GB RAM4 GB RAM
Storage64 GB internal flash storage
One microSD card slot (up to 2 TB)
64 GB internal flash storage
One microSD card slot (up to 2 TB)
Main Camera16 MP Sony IMX351 sensor
- 1.0 μm pixel size
- f/2.2 aperture
16 MP Omnivision 16880 sensor
- 1.0 μm pixel size
- f/2.0 aperture
Front CameraDual Camera System

Main Camera (25 mm)
- 12 MP Sony IMX362 sensor
- 1.4 μm pixel size
- f/1.8 aperture
- Supports 24 MP DuoPixel, instead of Dual Pixel PDAF

Wide-Angle Camera (12 mm)
- 5 MP Omnivision 5670 sensor
- 1.12 μm pixel size
- f/2.2 aperture
Dual Camera System

Main Camera (31 mm)
- 20 MP Omnivision 20880 sensor
- 1.0 μm pixel size
- f/2.0 aperture

Wide-Angle Camera (12 mm)
- 8 MP Omnivision 8856 sensor
- 1.12 μm pixel size
- f/2.4 aperture
Connectivity4G : CAT 7 - up to 300Mbps download / 100Mbps upload
WiFi : 802.11n (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.2
Micro USB 2.0 - supports OTG
4G : CAT 4 - up to 150Mbps download / 50Mbps upload
WiFi : 802.11n (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.1
Micro USB 2.0 - supports OTG
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, dual standby
SIM1 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
SIM2 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
Dual SIM, dual standby
SIM1 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
SIM2 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
Fingerprint Sensor0.3 sec ultrafast unlocking, supports 5 fingers and 360 degree recognition0.3 sec ultrafast unlocking, supports 5 fingers and 360 degree recognition
GPSGPS, AGPS, Glonass, BDSGPS, AGPS, Glonass, BDS
AudioHi-Res Audio 192kHz / 24-bit support (4 X CD quality)
5 Magnet Speaker for louder sound and less distortion
DTS HeadPhoneX: 7.1 Virtual surround
5 Magnet Speaker
Battery3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
Available ColoursRogue Red / Sunlight Gold / Deepsea BlackRose Pink / Mint Green / Sunlight Gold / Deepsea Black
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Unboxing The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) comes in a white cardboard box with a sleeve cover. As it comes in three colour options (at launch), you should check for the correct colour using the helpful colour sticker at the lower right corner of the sleeve’s back.

Inside, you will find the following items :

  • One ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (ZD552KL) smartphone
  • One ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro bumper case
  • One set of User Guide, Warranty Information Form and IMEI stickers
  • One 10 W ASUS USB charger with micro USB 2.0 cable
  • One set of ASUS earphones and four earbuds
  • One ASUS SIM tray extractor pin

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The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro Up Close

Thanks to its thin bezel design, the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) has a 5.5″ full HD AMOLED display in a form factor that is smaller, thinner and lighter than the iPhone 7 Plus. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass with a 2.5D contoured edge that merges seamlessly with the diamond-cut chamfer.

Everything is packed into a metal unibody chassis that is just 6.85 mm thick, and weighs only 147 grams. And yes, it has the 3.5 mm audio port. ASUS obviously put a considerable amount of work into the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check).

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, which they used most recently in their ZenFone 3 Zoom smartphone. Like the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom, it also comes with 4 GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM and 64 GB of internal flash storage.

 

Two Selfie Cameras!

This is the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro’s killer feature – two front cameras for the perfect selfies. They consist of a main high-resolution selfie camera, and a wide-angle selfie camera for group shots. They are both supported by a soft LED flash that is designed to deliver enough fill light for selfies without overexposure and harsh shadows.

The main DuoPixel selfie camera (on the left) has a high-resolution Sony IMX362 sensor paired with f/1.8 lens. This camera boasts twice the light sensitivity of competing selfie cameras, and the astounding capability to take 24 MP photos. Heck, it can even record 4K selfie videos!

The wide-angle selfie camera (on the right) has a 5 MP Omnivision 5670 sensor paired with f/2.2 lens. With a 120° field of view, It allows you to capture a group shot (a wefie) without using a selfie stick.

The two cameras work individually – you switch from one camera to another, depending on whether you want a close up selfie, or a group wefie..

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The 24MP DuoPixel Technology

You may be wondering how the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) takes 24 MP pictures with a 12 MP Sony IMX362 sensor. Note that these 24 MP pictures are taken in a single shot, not stitched from multiple shots (e.g. ASUS Super Resolution). And no, they didn’t just double the pixels.

What they did was make full use of the Sony IMX362 sensor.

The IMX362 is a Dual Pixel Autofocus sensor, which means each pixel has two photodiodes. Usually, the two photodiodes are used separately to speed up autofocus, before being combined to capture the pixel data.

When you enable the ASUS DuoPixel Technology for 24 MP photos, the signals from the two photodiodes are not combined to create the final pixel. Instead, they are used to create two pixels, effectively doubling the resolution to 24 MP.

DuoPixel does not merely duplicate the pixels. The two photodiodes are effectively two pixels sharing the same microlens, each recording different beams of light. This is an elegant way to double the effective resolution of the photo. The only drawback – low light performance will suffer because each “pixel” now receives only half of the light. Not to worry though. You can disable DuoPixel for maximum low light performance.

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The 16 MP PixelMaster 4.0 Camera

Even though the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro’s main focus is the front camera capabilities, ASUS did not neglect the rear camera. It has 16 MP Sony IMX351 sensor coupled with f/2.2 lens and an LED flash. It is capable of recording 4K videos. The camera does not support OIS (optical image stabilisation), but is electronically stabilised on 3 axes when it records full HD videos.

If 16 MP is not good enough, this camera supports the ASUS Super Resolution technology that captures and combines four 16 MP photos to create a 64 MP photo. The camera also supports a new Time Lapse Mode with Power Saving, which lowers the screen brightness and puts the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro into the Airplane mode. Now you can take long Time Lapse videos without worrying about running out of power.

 

Hybrid SIM & Fingerprint Sensor

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) has dual SIM, dual standby capability. It has a hybrid SIM tray for two nano SIM cards. The second SIM card tray (SIM2) doubles as a microSD card slot (up to 2 TB). Both SIM1 and SIM2 support 3G and 4G connectivity, but only one SIM card can connect to the 3G / 4G network – the other can only connect to a 2G network.

The ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) has a fast, all-aspect fingerprint sensor integrated into the Home button. Our tests showed that it requires just 12 finger presses to register a fingerprint, and is very fast and accurate in recognising the registered fingerprint.

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ASUS SonicMaster 4.0

The audio aspect of smartphones is often overlooked. The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) has an impressive set of hardware and software audio technologies, which ASUS markets as SonicMaster 4.0.

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) is Hi-Res Audio-certified, so you can enjoy 24-bit / 192 kHz audio. It also supports DTS Headphone:X for virtual 7.1 channel surround sound over your headphones. It has a 5-magnet speaker driven by the NXP Smart Amp with 40% more power output and less distortion.

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Setting Up The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) ships with Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and ASUS confirmed that it will be upgraded soon to Android 8.0 Oreo. It also comes with 100 GB of free Google Drive storage for 1 year. Let’s show you just how easy it is to set-up the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro.

 

The Ergonomics

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) may have a large 5.5″ display, but it is svelte at less than 75 mm wide and slim at less than 7 mm, even with the camera bump. It is surprisingly light at just 147 grams.

The large display with its full HD resolution is just perfect for watching movies. We also applaud ASUS for using an AMOLED display – it is generally more vivid and power-efficient.

We especially like the satin finish of the anodised chassis. It is smooth and comfortable to touch, and is resistant to fingerprint smears. The provided bumper case increases grip while protecting the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) without making it overly bulky, or covering up its look.

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Available Memory & Storage

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) comes with 4 GB of LPDDR3 memory, of which 1.8 GB (45%) is free to use. That is about as much memory as some smartphones ship with, so don’t worry about running out of RAM with the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro!

The ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) also comes with 64 GB of internal flash memory. Of that, just under 51 GB is available to use. If that’s not enough, you can top it up with a microSD card (up to 256 GB).

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Main Camera Performance – Photos

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) uses the 16 MP Sony IMX351 sensor for its main camera, paired with f/2.2 lens. The full 16 MP resolution is attained with the 4:3 aspect ratio. Each picture has a resolution of 4640 × 3480 and a file size of between 6 to 8 MB.

Here are 10 high-resolution samples for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos, which you can also download to examine.

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Selfie Cameras Performance – Photos

The main selfie camera has an excellent 12 MP Sony IMX362 sensor with fast f/1.8 lens, and a resolution of 3928 x 2944. The wide-angle selfie camera has a 5 MP Omnivision 5670 sensor with f/2.2 lens, and a resolution of 2552 x 1912.

Here are three examples demonstrating the difference between the 12 MP main front camera, and the 5 MP wide-angle front camera.

The Omnivision 5670 sensor lacks the resolution of the Sony IMX362 sensor but did surprisingly well. While we naturally prefer the greater detail and colour saturation of the main selfie camera, the wide-angle selfie camera sure is useful in packing in more people, or more of the scenery in the background.

The wide-angle camera is best used in bright conditions. While it may not produce very high resolution photos, they are absolutely perfect for social media.

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Main Camera Performance – Video Recording

We tested the main camera’s video recording performance in both 1080p and 4K resolutions. It supports EIS (electronic image stabilisation) but only when it records 1080p video.

While it supports Hi-Res Audio, that’s only for playback. It does not support Hi-Res Audio recording. The noise cancellation is decent, but the recorded audio is a little too bright and lacks punch.

Video Recording Test #1 : Piano (1080p)

The electronic image stabilisation worked well, greatly reducing the amount of hand shake in this video. However, the image itself appears to be somewhat blurred, with the colours muted and highlights overblown.

 

Video Recording Test #2 : Piano (4K)

The image quality when recording at 4K is so much better – sharp, with much greater detail and well-saturated colours. It’s worth trading the hand shake for the much better image quality.

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Video Recording Test #3 : Street Market (1080p)

The image quality in this test was better than what we saw in the Piano test, although the highlights were still overblown. The 3-axis EIS worked well though.

 

Video Recording Test #4 : Street Market (4K)

The resolution is really good – you can take very good screenshots from the video. But the lack of image stabilisation means that 4K recording is best done when you are stationary… or well, just use the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro with a gimbal.

 

Video Recording Test #5 : Video Selfie Test

Both front selfie cameras can record videos at the full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080. The main selfie camera is noticeably brighter, but the wide angle camera has better control of the background highlights. The video from the wide-angle camera has a noticeable fisheye effect – you get a much wider view, but the corners will be distorted.

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) OPPO F1s
Work Performance Score
(Average)
7837 6655 4954 3884
Web Browsing 8623 7595 5143 3688
Video Playback 5282 4545 4515 3789
Writing 7692 7264 4948 4141
Photo Editing 10766 7824 5243 3933

Both the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Checkand the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom use the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, but the Selfie Pro is almost 18% faster. In any case, they both did much better than the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017), and the OPPO F1s in this test.

 

Battery Life – PCMark

We then tested the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) has a relatively small 3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery. It lasted 10.25 hours in our battery test, which is pretty good considering its higher performance. Incidentally, you can see that the battery is calibrated to show 100% for the first 7-8% of its total capacity.

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Battery Recharging Performance

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) comes with a 10 W fast charger. It takes about 128.5 minutes (2 hours 8.5 minutes) to recharge its battery from 20% to 100%.

That’s a battery life : recharging ratio of just 4.8:1 – which is rather disappointing. After all, the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom uses the same 10 W fast charger to deliver a battery life : recharging ratio of 6.5:1.

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Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) OPPO F1s
Gaming Score 14015 13844 13540 7666
Graphics 13470 13372 13548 7511
Physics 16328 15797 13510 8265
Graphics Test 1 80.7 fps 80.3 fps 81.1 fps 49.4 fps
Graphics Test 2 46.0 fps 45.6 fps 46.2 fps 24.4 fps
Physics Test 51.8 fps 50.1 fps 42.9 fps 26.2 fps

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) uses the same Qualcomm Adreno 506 GPU as the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom, so it performs at about the same performance level.

 

Overall Performance

AnTuTu is a nice benchmark for testing various performance aspects of Android devices.

ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) OPPO F1s
TOTAL SCORE 65302 63218 56431 41486
3D SCORE 13431 12966 15458 4868
– 3D (Marooned) 8230 7878 10511 3188
– 3D (Garden) 5201 5088 4947 1679
UX SCORE 24848 24089 18496 17640
– UX Data Secure 6226 5713 5295 4885
– UX Data Process 3404 2991 2612 2542
– UX Strategy Games 4611 4193 3671 2829
– UX Image Process 7291 7893 3373 3885
– UX I/O Performance 3316 3299 3545 3499
CPU SCORE 21357 20683 16459 14336
– CPU Mathematics 4304 4264 3132 3142
– CPU Common Use 7150 6673 5199 4805
– CPU Multi-Core 9903 9746 8128 6389
RAM 5666 5480 6018 4643

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) did well in this test, beating the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) by 16%, and the OPPO F1s by 57%. It even beat the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom by 3.3%.

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Our Verdict & Award

While the smartphone industry is focused on dual-lens main cameras, ASUS is taking a chance with the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro. Instead of placing two cameras at the back, they placed two cameras in the front. Now you have the choice of a high-resolution selfie camera, and a wide-angle selfie camera to fit more people or background into your picture.

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) is targeted at the Millennials who show a clear preference for taking and sharing selfies and wefies on social media. They generally do not care about the resolution of their pictures because they almost exclusively share their photos and videos with their family and friends on social media and instant messengers.

What matters far more is the ability to take good selfies and wefies. Even better if they can create dramatic shots without resorting to ungainly selfie sticks. That’s where the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro’s wide-angle selfie camera comes in.

Its 120° field of view allows you to really pack in more people, or more of the background, into your selfies. And you can now take wefies, and more dramatic shots without using a selfie stick. Once you tried it, you will wonder how you ever “lived” without wide-angle selfie cameras!

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Of course, not all selfies require a wide-angle camera. For close-up shots with your loved ones, you will want a regular selfie camera with a field of view of 80° to 90°. You will also want the photos to be in high resolution for posterity. For that, you use the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro’s DuoPixel camera.

Not only can it take 24 MP selfies, it is paired with a fast f/1.8 lens and the awesome Sony IMX362 sensor with large 1.4 µm pixels. This makes for great selfies even in low-light conditions.

Even though it is a selfie-focused smartphone, ASUS did not skimp on the rear camera – it has a 16 MP camera with an LED flash. Neither did they skimp on its performance, memory and storage. It boasts a fast octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor, with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. And all that is packed into a thin and light chassis, with a very nice 5.5″ AMOLED display.

It’s not all perfect though. We did not like the 1080p video recording quality of the rear camera, and its battery recharging speed is rather slow. And we wish ASUS would have paired the wide-angle selfie camera with a faster lens for better low-light performance.

All that in mind, the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro is a great smartphone for those who love to take selfies. The wide-angle camera alone is worth the switch because it gives you better flexibility and creative options. For that reason, we think the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) deserves our Reviewer’s Choice Award.

 

Other ASUS ZenFone 4 Articles

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The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max (ZC520KL) Price, Specs & Offer Revealed!

ASUS just announced the availability of the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max (ZC520KL) smartphone! This is the 5.2″ version of the ZenFone 4 Max Pro (ZC554KL) launched by Korean superstar Gong Yoo at the We Love Photo event. Best of all – it will only cost RM 799 / ~US$ 189! Unbelievable, if you consider what ASUS is providing in the ZenFone 4 Max. Even more unbelievable – the special limited launch offer they also announced!

 

Long Battery Life

Ever since ASUS launched their ZenFone 3 series, they have been known for long battery life. The eponymous ASUS ZenFone 3 and the larger ZenFone 3 Ultra, for example, lasted almost 12 hours of non-stop operation while the excellent ZenFone 3 Zoom lasted more than 17 hours!

The new ASUS ZenFone 4 Max builds upon this heritage with a high-capacity 4,100 mAh battery, coupled with an advanced power management system. ASUS says the ZenFone 4 Max will last 37 days on standby, and offers 2 hours of talk time with just 15 minutes of charging!

They’re so confident about its battery life that the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max is capable of reverse-charging, essentially functioning as a power bank for your other devices!

 

Dual Lens Camera

Even though it’s priced at just RM 799 / ~US$ 189, the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max comes with a dual-lens camera, and an 8 MP selfie camera!

The dual-lens camera consists of a 13 MP main camera with a standard 80 degree field of view, and a wide-angle 5 MP camera with a 120 degree field of view. The different viewing angles allow for greater creativity when you frame your shots.

 

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Specifications

SpecificationsASUS ZenFone Max
ModelZC520KL
Design2.5D glass with metallic design & multiple colour selections
Premium metal unibody
Display5.2" HD IPS display (720 x 1280)
Capacitive touch panel with 10 points multi-touch (support glove touch)
Operating SystemAndroid 7.0 Nougat with ZenUI 4.0
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 425
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (up to 1.4 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 308
Memory3 GB RAM
Storage32 GB internal flash storage
One microSD card slot (up to 256 GB)
Main CameraDual Lens Camera System
- Main 13 MP Camera (25 mm)
- Wide-Angle 5 MP Camera (18 mm)
Front Camera8 MP selfie camera
Connectivity4G : CAT 4 - up to 150Mbps download / 50Mbps upload
WiFi : 802.11n (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.1
Micro USB 2.0 - supports OTG
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, dual standby
SIM1 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
SIM2 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
Fingerprint Sensor0.3 sec ultrafast unlocking, supports 5 fingers and 360 degree recognition
GPSGPS, AGPS, Glonass, BDS
AudioSpeaker with PMIC internal amplifier
Battery4,100 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
Available ColoursRose Pink / Sunlight Gold / Deepsea Black
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The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Price & Launch Offer

As mentioned earlier, ASUS is pricing the new ZenFone 4 Max (ZC520KL) smartphone at an amazing price just RM 799 / ~US$ 189. If that’s not enough, they have a special limited launch offer.

Starting from 9 PM, 20 October 2017, it is available for sale at RM 799 / ~US$ 189, with a gift bundle worth RM 399 / ~US$ 95!

The offer is limited, while stocks last. So make sure you don’t miss this launch offer!

 

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Gong Yoo Madness @ The ASUS “We Love Photo” Event!

When ASUS announced that Korean superstar Gong Yoo is the brand ambassador for the ASUS ZenFone 4 smartphones, they also announced that he would grace the ASUS ZenFone 4 launch event. We were amongst the lucky few to be flown to Taipei for the “We Love Photo” event. Join us for our complete coverage of the ASUS ZenFone 4 “We Love Photo” launch event!

With six videos and five smartphones in this one event, we divided the coverage into smaller, more manageable chunks :

 

We Love Photo?

ASUS called it the “We Love Photo” event because the new ZenFone 4 family of smartphones is all about mobile photography. In fact, this is the first family of smartphones in the world to feature dual-lens cameras in every single model!

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We earlier shared with you the specifications and our hands-on previews of the five ASUS ZenFone 4 models. If not, well, check them out below :

Although the many models may be confusing, they are very simply divided into three categories. The Selfie series is designed to offer the ultimate selfie photographic capabilities, while the Max series is focused on battery life. The main series (without Selfie or Max) focus on the main camera capabilities.

 

The ASUS “We Love Photo” Event

The ASUS ZenFone 4 “We Love Photo” launch event was slated to start at 2 PM on 17 August 2017. But guess what – Gong Yoo’s fans started queuing outside the Next TV Studio in downtown Taipei 12 hours early – at 2 AM in the morning! About a hundred of his fans were permitted to join us in the event hall, while the others had to wait outside in specially-erected tents. Look at how crowded the hall was!

The “We Love Photo” event kicked off with a pre-launch show, followed by a welcome speech by ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih.

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The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Series

ASUS Design Director Jen Chuang then revealed the key features of the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie smartphones. These are designed to offer the ultimate selfie photography capabilities, so they all boast a dual-lens camera in the front!

 

ZenUI 4.0 & The ASUS ZenFone 4 Series

ASUS Head of Global Content Marketing Marcel Campos then talked about the new ASUS ZenUI 4.0. He revealed that not only will the new ASUS ZenFone 4 smartphones be upgraded to Android Oreo with ZenUI 4.0, the entire ZenFone 3 series will also receive the same upgrade!

He then shared the key features of the mainline ASUS ZenFone 4 smartphones. As every ASUS ZenFone 4 smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, he also invited ST Liew, VP & President of Qualcomm Taiwan, to talk about Qualcomm’s partnership with ASUS.

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Specifications & Prices

In this video, ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih comes on stage to reveal the specifications and prices of the new ASUS ZenFone 4 models.

Here are the general prices that Jonney Shih announced :

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The Gong Yoo Madness Begins!

Finally, the ASUS ZenFone 4 brand ambassador, and Korean superstar, Gong Yoo, came on stage to show off the new ZenFone 4 models. He then had an interview session (in Korean and Mandarin) with the hosts, before taking some selfies with four lucky fans!

 

More Event Photos

Here are some other photos from the ASUS “We Love Photo” event!

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The ASUS ZenFone 4 Price List & Pre-Order Offers Revealed!

Right after Korean superstar Gong Yoo launched the ASUS ZenFone 4 family of smartphones at the Next TV Studio in Taipei, ASUS Malaysia revealed the ZenFone 4 price list and pre-order offers! Check them out below!

Updated @ 2017-08-20 : Added more details on the upcoming arrival of the ASUS ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 4 Pro, as well as purchase links for the ZenFone 4 pre-order offers.

Originally posted @ 2017-08-17

 

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Price List & Specifications

You may have earlier seen the specifications and hands-on previews of the five ASUS ZenFone 4 models. If not, well, check them out below :

ASUS Malaysia will only bring the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro, ZenFone 4 Selfie and ZenFone 4 Max Pro to Malaysia, at least in the beginning.

We heard though that the ASUS ZenFone 4 (with Snapdragon 630), and possibly the ZenFone 4 Pro too, will come in the first week of September 2017. Let’s take a look at what’s actually coming…

 

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro will retail in Malaysia for RM 1,799 / ~US$ 429, inclusive of the 6% GST.

 

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie will retail in Malaysia for RM 1,299 / ~US$ 309, inclusive of the 6% GST. ASUS Malaysia will also bring in a slightly smaller 5.2″ variant (Model ZB520KL), which will be priced at RM 899 / ~US$ 214.

 

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro will retail in Malaysia for RM 1,099 / ~US$ 259, inclusive of the 6% GST.

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The ASUS ZenFone 4 Pre-Order Offers

If you pre-order the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro, ZenFone 4 Selfie or ZenFone 4 Max Pro between 17–24 August 2017, you will get an ASUS ZenPower 10050 mAh power bank, and these goodies from ASUS Malaysia (while stocks last), and their e-commerce partners, Lazada and Shopee.

Here is a comparison table of the ASUS ZenFone 4 price list and pre-order freebies :

Pre-Order Bundle Gifts ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro
(RM 1,799)
ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie
(RM 1,299)
ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro
(RM 1,099)
ASUS ZenPower 10050 mAh
power bank
(worth RM 99)
Selfie Stick
OTG Cable
Micro USB Cable
16 GB Micro SD Card

So if you are looking to buy any of these ASUS ZenFone 4 models, go pre-order them now :

 

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The ASUS ZenFone 4 (ZE554KL) Smartphone Preview

On 17 August 2017, ASUS launched the ASUS ZenFone 4 (ZE554KL) smartphone with Korean superstar Gong Yoo at the Next TV Studio in Taipei. Let’s take a look at the specifications and key features of the ASUS ZenFone 4, as well as our hands-on preview of the first unit in Taipei!

 

The ASUS ZenFone 4 (ZE554KL) Smartphone

The new ASUS ZenFone 4 smartphone is targeted at users who are into mobile photography. Hence, it boasts a dual-lens main camera system. Check it out!

Dedicated To Photography!

ASUS is committed to promoting mobile photography and enabling ZenFone owners take the best photos. Therefore, all new generation ZenFone 4 family models will feature two rear or front cameras. This is because two cameras and their specialized lenses are ideal for shooting different subjects at different distances.

  • First rear camera – an industry leading Sony IMX362, 12 megapixel main camera with the following technologies:
    • A wide F1.8 aperture that allows more light into the sensor
    • Large 1/2.55” format sensor
    • Large 1.4μm pixels which give the sensor superior light sensitivity
    • Wide aperture and large pixels work together to achieve 5X brighter photos 1 in low light compared to other smartphone cameras.
    • Fast Dual Pixel autofocus system that achieves focus in a mere 0.03 seconds
  • Second rear camera – a flexible, 120-degree field of view 8 megapixel, F2.2 camera with a 200% wider view that is ideal for capturing wide landscapes, large subjects or for shooting in confined spaces.
  • Front camera – the ZenFone 4 also has a higher-than-normal resolution, 8 megapixel front camera for sharp and clear selfies.

 

Premium glass-metal unibody design

The ASUS ZenFone 4 features a beautiful glass front and back construction sandwiching a finely sandblasted, rounded metal edge. Look at it from the side: it is the very first ASUS smartphone to have a totally flat, beautiful “bumpless” design where the cameras do not protrude out from beneath the protective Corning Gorilla Glass surface

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Specifications

SpecificationsASUS ZenFone 4
ModelZE554KL
DesignGlass-metal unibody with totally flat front and rear Gorilla Glass panels featuring 2.5D contoured edges.
Rounded sandblasted aluminum alloy edge.
Home button with integrated fingerprint sensor.
Display5.5" Full HD Super IPS+ LCD display (1920 x 1080)
High 600nits brightness for best outdoor readability
Capacitive touch panel with 10 points multi-touch (support glove touch)
Operating SystemAndroid 7.0 Nougat with ZenUI 4.0
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 660
Processor8 x Qualcomm Kyro 260 cores (2.2 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 512
MemoryUp to 6 GB RAM
Storage64 GB internal flash storage
One microSD card slot (up to 256 GB)
Main CameraDual Lens Camera System

Main Camera (25 mm)
- 12 MP Sony IMX362 sensor
- 1.4 μm pixel size
- f/1.8 aperture
- Supports Dual Pixel PDAF

Wide-Angle Camera (12 mm)
- 8 MP Omnivision 8856 sensor
- 1.12 μm pixel size
- f/2.2 aperture
Front Camera8 MP Omnivision 8856 sensor
- 1.12 μm pixel size
- f/2.0 aperture
Connectivity4G : CAT 12/13 - up to 600Mbps download / 100Mbps upload
WiFi : 802.11ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB 2.0 Type C - supports OTG
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, dual standby
SIM1 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
SIM2 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
Fingerprint Sensor0.3 sec ultrafast unlocking, anti-spoofing IR fingerprint sensor, supports 5 fingers and 360 degree recognition
GPSGPS, AGPS, Glonass, BDS
AudioSmart amp powered speakers
Hi-Res audio output support - 192kHz/24-bit standard, 4X CD quality
DTS Headphone:X 7.1 virtual surround support
3-mic system with ASUS Noise Reduction Technology
Battery3,300 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
Available ColoursMidnight Black / Moonlight White / Mint Green

 

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The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (ZD552KL) Preview

On 17 August 2017, ASUS launched the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (ZD552KL) smartphone with Korean superstar Gong Yoo at the Next TV Studio in Taipei. Let’s take a look at the specifications and key features of the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro, as well as our hands-on preview of the first unit in Taipei!

 

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (ZD552KL) Smartphone

The new ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro smartphone is designed to offer selfie fans greater flexibility in taking their selfies and wefies. Let’s check it out!

Two front cameras for perfect selfies!

Like other ZenFone 4 models, the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro has two cameras on one side. This is similar to how professional photographers use separate fixed focal length lenses with their DSLR cameras for the best possible quality, and to allow them to compose photos with different perspectives.

The big difference of the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro is that its cameras face the front, so that it can shoot perfect self or group portrait photos (wefies).

2X brighter low-light selfies with ASUS SuperPixel camera!

The main selfie camera on ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro features a F1.8 aperture lens and the latest Sony Exmor RS IMX362 image sensor. It has a large 1/2.55” size format, and large 1.4μm pixels. Combined with the ASUS SuperPixel Engine that intelligently controls sensor light sensitivity and reduces image noise, ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro is able to achieve twice (2x) the light sensitivity of a typical smartphone camera and helps users take beautifully clear and vivid selfies, day or night, indoors or out.

120 degree wide-angle second front camera

The ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro’s second front facing, 120-degree wide angle camera allows you to capture photos and videos that fit more of your environment into the frame, so you can include a scenic background in your shot or gather even more friends together and have fun taking wefies – without needing to use an inconvenient selfie stick!

Premium Metal Unibody

The ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro features a beautifully slim, metal unibody that was created by an advanced manufacturing process known as Nano Molding Technology (NMT). Its display is covered by tough Gorilla Glass which is then contoured at the edges.

The metal unibody also features a beautiful, diamond-cut chamfer and engraved detailing around the rear camera lens that shimmers with a radiant luster when viewed from different angles. Although the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro has dual front cameras, it is only 6.85mm thick and weighs only 147 grams.

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The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (ZD552KL) Specifications

SpecificationsASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro
ModelZD552KL
Design2.5D contoured Corning Gorilla Glass display with metal unibody & multiple colour selections
Display5.5" Full HD AMOLED display (1920 x 1080)
Greater than 500nits brightness for excellent outdoor readability
Capacitive touch panel with 10 point multi-touch sensing (support glove touch)
Operating SystemAndroid 7.0 Nougat with ZenUI 4.0
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 625
Processor8 x ARM Cortex-A53 (up to 2 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 506
Memory3 GB RAM / 4 GB RAM
Storage64 GB internal flash storage
One microSD card slot (up to 2 TB)
Main Camera16 MP Sony IMX351 sensor
- 1.0 μm pixel size
- f/2.2 aperture
Front CameraDual Camera System

Main Camera (25 mm)
- 12 MP Sony IMX362 sensor
- 1.4 μm pixel size
- f/1.8 aperture
- Supports 24 MP DuoPixel, instead of Dual Pixel PDAF

Wide-Angle Camera (12 mm)
- 5 MP Omnivision 5670 sensor
- 1.12 μm pixel size
- f/2.2 aperture
Connectivity4G : CAT 7 - up to 300Mbps download / 100Mbps upload
WiFi : 802.11n (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.2
Micro USB 2.0 - supports OTG
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, dual standby
SIM1 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
SIM2 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
Fingerprint Sensor0.3 sec ultrafast unlocking, supports 5 fingers and 360 degree recognition
GPSGPS, AGPS, Glonass, BDS
AudioHi-Res Audio 192kHz / 24-bit support (4 X CD quality)
5 Magnet Speaker for louder sound and less distortion
DTS HeadPhoneX: 7.1 Virtual surround
Battery3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
Available ColoursRogue Red / Sunlight Gold / Deepsea Black

 

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The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie (ZD553KL) Preview

On 17 August 2017, ASUS launched the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie (ZD553KL) smartphone with Korean superstar Gong Yoo at the Next TV Studio in Taipei. Let’s take a look at the specifications and key features of the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie, as well as our hands-on preview of the first unit in Taipei!

 

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie (ZD553KL) Smartphone

The new ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie smartphone is designed to offer selfie fans greater flexibility in taking their selfies and wefies. Let’s check it out!

Two front cameras for perfect selfies!

Like other ZenFone 4 models, the ZenFone 4 Selfie has two cameras on one side. This is similar to how professional photographers use separate fixed focal length lenses with their DSLR cameras for the best possible quality, and to allow them to compose photos with different perspectives.

The big difference of the ZenFone 4 Selfie is that its cameras face the front, so that it can shoot perfect self or group portrait photos (wefies).

20 MP high resolution main camera

The main selfie camera on ZenFone 4 Selfie features a very high 20 megapixel resolution, allowing users to shoot the most detailed selfies.

Compared to typical front facing smartphone cameras that are about 8 megapixels (3264 x 2448), the 20 megapixel (5140 x 3860) main front camera of the ZenFone 4 Selfie produces photos that look much clearer and detailed on high resolution devices like monitors, and when printed on photo paper as large as A3 size.

120 degree wide-angle second front camera

The ZenFone 4 Selfie’s second front facing, 120-degree wide angle camera allows you to capture photos and videos that fit more of your environment into the frame, so you can include a scenic background in your shot or gather even more friends together and have fun taking wefies – without needing to use an inconvenient selfie stick!

16 MP rear camera!

The rear camera has a class leading 16-megapixel resolution; provides extremely fast autofocusing with its phase detection autofocus (PDAF) system, Full HD (1920 x 1080) video recording and can perfectly illuminate subjects in low light with a gentle LED “RealTone” flash.

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Specifications

SpecificationsASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie
ModelZD553KL
Design2.5D contoured glass display with metallic-finish unibody
Display5.5" HD IPS LCD (1280 x 720)
400 nits brightness for excellent outdoor readability
74.2% screen-to-body ratio
Operating SystemAndroid 7.0 Nougat with ZenUI 4.0
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 430
Processor8 x ARM Cortex-A53 (up to 1.4 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 505
Memory4 GB RAM
Storage64 GB internal flash storage
One microSD card slot (up to 2 TB)
Main Camera16 MP Omnivision 16880 sensor
- 1.0 μm pixel size
- f/2.0 aperture
Front CameraDual Camera System

Main Camera (31 mm)
- 20 MP Omnivision 20880 sensor
- 1.0 μm pixel size
- f/2.0 aperture

Wide-Angle Camera (12 mm)
- 8 MP Omnivision 8856 sensor
- 1.12 μm pixel size
- f/2.4 aperture
Connectivity4G : CAT 4 - up to 150Mbps download / 50Mbps upload
WiFi : 802.11n (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.1
Micro USB 2.0 - supports OTG
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, dual standby
SIM1 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
SIM2 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
Fingerprint Sensor0.3 sec ultrafast unlocking, supports 5 fingers and 360 degree recognition
GPSGPS, AGPS, Glonass, BDS
Audio5 Magnet Speaker
Battery3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
Available ColoursRose Pink / Mint Green / Sunlight Gold / Deepsea Black

 

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The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (ZC554KL) Preview

On 17 August 2017, ASUS launched the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (ZC554KL) smartphone with Korean superstar Gong Yoo at the Next TV Studio in Taipei. Let’s take a look at the specifications and key features of the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro, as well as our hands-on preview of the first unit in Taipei!

 

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (ZC554KL) Smartphone

The new ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro smartphone is designed to offer extremely-long battery life to users who are always on-the-go, and may not have ready access to a power source.

Two cameras for perfect photos!

All ZenFone 4 models will feature two cameras. This is because two cameras and their specialized lenses are ideal for shooting different subjects at different distances.

  • First rear camera – a 16 megapixel main camera with a standard 80-degree field of view,
  • Second rear camera – with a 120-degree field of view that is better for capturing wider subjects or for shooting in confined spaces.
  • Front camera – the ZenFone 4 Max Pro also has a higher-than-normal resolution, 16 megapixel front camera for sharp and clear selfies.

Massive battery for longer shooting!

The ZenFone 4 Max Pro is the series with the ultra-high 5000mAH capacity battery, capable of powering the smartphone for 46 days on standby, or simply allowing users to shoot for far longer periods than conventional smartphones.

It provides 3 hours of talk time with just 15 minutes of charging, has twice the lifespan of conventional phone batteries and can act as a backup power bank!

Reverse Charging

A useful trick of the ZenFone 4 Max Pro is its ability to double up as a power bank for charging other devices using a USB on-the-go cable.

2X Battery Lifespan

Despite the battery’s high capacity, it also has twice the lifespan of a typical smartphone’s battery thanks to advanced Asus battery management technologies that monitor its temperature and manages its charging limits.

The battery is also built in with protection against 12 safety checkpoints including excessive temperatures and overvoltage to automatically stop charging when these are detected.

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The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro (ZC554KL) Specifications

SpecificationsASUS ZenFone Max Pro
ModelZC554KL
Design2.5D glass with metallic design & multiple colour selections
Premium metal unibody
Display5.5" HD IPS display (720 x 1280)
Greater than 400 nits brightness for best outdoor readability
Capacitive touch panel with 10 points multi-touch (support glove touch)
Operating SystemAndroid 7.0 Nougat with ZenUI 4.0
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 430
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (up to 1.4 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 505
Memory3 GB RAM
Storage32 GB internal flash storage
One microSD card slot (up to 256 GB)
Main CameraDual Lens Camera System

Main Camera (25 mm)
- 16 MP Omnivision 16880 sensor
- 1.12 μm pixel size
- f/2.0 aperture

Wide-Angle Camera (18 mm)
- 5 MP Omnivision 5675 sensor
- 1.12 μm pixel size
- f/2.2 aperture
Front Camera16 MP Omnivision 16880 sensor
- 1.0 μm pixel size
- f/2.0 aperture
Connectivity4G : CAT 4 - up to 150Mbps download / 50Mbps upload
WiFi : 802.11n (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.1
Micro USB 2.0 - supports OTG
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, dual standby
SIM1 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
SIM2 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
Fingerprint Sensor0.3 sec ultrafast unlocking, supports 5 fingers and 360 degree recognition
GPSGPS, AGPS, Glonass, BDS
AudioSpeaker with PMIC internal amplifier
Battery5,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
Available ColoursRose Pink / Sunlight Gold / Deepsea Black

 

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