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Neffos X9 vs Huawei nova 2 lite - Which Is The Better Deal?

Neffos X9 vs Huawei nova 2 lite – Which Is The Better Deal?

TP-Link just launched the new Neffos X9 smartphone, which is being targeted squarely at the Huawei nova 2 lite. Let’s compare them both and see which is the better deal!

 

Neffos X9 vs Huawei nova 2 lite

The Neffos X9 (Price Check) and Huawei nova 2 lite (Price Check) are both mid-range smartphones with 5.99-inch displays, and a dual-lens main camera. But are they really that similar? Let’s take a closer look…

Display : Neffos X9

Both the Neffos X9 (Price Check) and the Huawei nova 2 lite (Price Check) come with a 5.99-inch FullView IPS display, with a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels, and a pixel density of 259 pixels per inch.

But the Neffos X9’s display has two additional advantages :

  • it can dim to just 2 nits, allowing you to read and watch movies with minimal glare in the dark.
  • it has an Eye Protection Mode that reduces blue light emission by up to 89%, reducing eyestrain in low light conditions.

Performance : Tie

The Neffos X9 (Price Check) runs on the MediaTek MT6750, while the Huawei nova 2 lite (Price Check) uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430.

They both have octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 processors of roughly the same performance.

Memory + Storage : Tie

Both the Neffos X9 (Price Check) and the Huawei nova 2 lite (Price Check) come with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. They also have the option of adding a microSD card for extra storage.

Front Camera : Tie

Both devices have an 8 MP front camera with flash support.

The Neffos X9 (Price Check) features a soft light flash, which prevents harsh lights and creates more natural-looking selfies.

The Huawei nova 2 lite (Price Check), on the other hand, has a flash that automatically adjusts the brightness level according to the ambient light.

Main Camera : Neffos X9

Both Neffos X9 and Huawei nova 2 lite feature a high-resolution camera with a depth sensor that allows for more accurate bokeh effects. But the Neffos X9’s main camera is superior in many aspects :

  • Its faster f/2.0 lens allows for better low-light performance
  • Its higher resolution 5 MP depth sensor is better at depth-sensing
  • Its dual-tone LED flash delivers more natural skin tones

Wireless Connectivity : Neffos X9

Both Neffos X9 (Price Check) and Huawei nova 2 lite (Price Check) support the WiFi-N standard. However, the Neffos X9 has a key advantage – it supports dual band connectivity on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. This is important for two reasons :

  • the 2.4 GHz has a longer range and better penetrates walls, but is prone to interference from nearby devices, like microwave machines, cordless phones and baby monitors.
  • The 5 GHz band has a shorter range, but offers much better transfer speeds.

Wireless performance is also greatly improved when data can be transferred over both bands, instead of just one band. So there is no doubt that the X9 is the clear winner in this aspect.

Price : Neffos X9

With its superior set of features, you may expect the Neffos X9 to be more expensive. Surprisingly, it is actually CHEAPER than the Huawei nova 2i lite.

The Neffos X9 (Price Check) is only priced at RM 599 / ~US$ 149, while the nova 2i lite costs RM 659 / ~US$ 165.

 

Neffos X9 vs Huawei nova 2 lite Summarised

SpecificationsNeffos X9HUAWEI nova 2 lite
Display5.99-inch FullView IPS display
- 720 x 1440 pixels (269 ppi)`
5.99-inch FullView IPS display
- 720 x 1440 pixels (269 ppi)`
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 OreoAndroid 8.0 Oreo
System PlatformMediaTek MT6750Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937)
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.5 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.0 GHz)
8 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (up to 1.4 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-T860MP2 (520 MHz)Qualcomm Adreno 505
Memory3 GB RAM3 GB RAM
Storage32 GB internal storage
microSD card slot (up to 128 GB)
32 GB internal storage
microSD card slot (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera8 MP with soft light flash8 MP camera with toning flash
Rear CameraDual Lens Camera with f/2.0 lens
- 13 MP main camera
- 5 MP depth sensor
- dual-tone LED flash
Dual Lens Camera with f/2.2 lens
- 13 MP main camera
- 2 MP depth sensor
- single LED flash
Network4G : LTE Cat4 (150 Mbps / 50 Mbps)4G : LTE Cat6 (150 Mbps / 75 Mbps)
SIM CapabiltyDual SIM, Dual Standby
SIM1 and SIM2 : 2G / 3G / 4G
Dual SIM, Dual Standby
SIM1 and SIM2 : 2G / 3G / 4G
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT 4.1
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n (2.4 GHz only)
Bluetooth : BT 4.1
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear-MountedYes, Rear-Mounted
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Compass, Ambient Light, ProximityAccelerometer, Compass, Ambient Light, Proximity
Battery3,060 mAh lithium-ion3,000 mAh lithium-ion
Dimensions76.3 mm wide
159.4 mm tall
7.85 mm thick
76.7 mm wide
158.3 mm tall
7.8 mm thick
Weight168 g155 g
Availble ColoursSpace Black / Moonlight SilverBlack / Blue / Gold
PriceRM 599 / ~US$ 149RM 659 / ~US$ 165

 

Our Verdict : Neffos X9 Is The Obvious Choice

Both the Neffos X9 and the Huawei nova 2 lite are very compelling devices. They are highly-affordable, and yet, offer a ton of features with performance levels unheard of only a few years ago.

Yet, if you have to choose between the two, the Neffos X9 (Price Check) would be the obvious choice. Not only does it offer a superior set of features, it is actually cheaper. Hard to beat such a combination!

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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.

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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 Wiko View & View Prime Smartphones Revealed!

After Samsung kicked off the bezel-less craze with their stunning Galaxy S8 smartphone, every smartphone brand is racing to the market with their own bezel-less smartphone. Joining the bezel-less party in the last quarter of 2017 is the French brand, Wiko. We introduce to you – the Wiko View and Wiko View Prime bezel-less smartphones!

 

The Wiko View & View Prime Smartphones Revealed!

The new Wiko View and Wiko View Prime smartphones boast a bezel-less display with a “18:9 widescreen format“. Never mind the mathematical faux pas (18:9 is 2:1 after all), what this means is it has a real wide display with an odd and relatively low resolution of 1440 x 720.

Wiko also joined the selfie bandwagon with the likes of the ASUS ZenFone Selfie Pro, and the OPPO F1s. The View Prime boasts a dual-lens selfie camera, while the regular View has a high-resolution 16MP selfie camera.

Both smartphones have quite a nice set of hardware inside though. They are both powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (quad-core) and 430 (octa-core) SoCs respectively. The View has 3 GB of LPDDR3 memory and 32 GB of internal flash storage. The View Prime, on the other hand, has 4 GB of LPDDR3 memory and 64 GB of internal flash storage.

 

The Wiko View & View Prime Specifications

SpecificationsWiko View PrimeWiko View
Display5.7" HP+ IPS display
- 1440 x 720 pixels (282 ppi)
- 2.5D curved edge
5.7" HP+ IPS display
- 1440 x 720 pixels (282 ppi)
- 2.5D curved edge
Operating SystemAndroid 7.1 NougatAndroid 7.1 Nougat
PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937)Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)
Processor8 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.4 GHz)4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.4 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 308Qualcomm Adreno 308
Memory4 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM3 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
Storage64 GB internal flash storage
micro SD card slot (up tp 128 GB)
32 GB internal flash storage
micro SD card slot (up tp 128 GB)
Front CameraDual camera system + selfie flash
- 20 MP + 8 MP sensors
16 MP camera + selfie flash
Main Camera16 MP sensor with LED flash13 MP sensor with LED flash
Network4G : LTE Cat 4 (150 Mbps DL 50 Mbps UL)
WiFi : 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2
USB : micro USB 2.0
4G : LTE Cat 4 (150 Mbps DL 50 Mbps UL)
WiFi : 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2
USB : micro USB 2.0
SIM Capability2 nano SIM card slots2 micro SIM card slots
SAR ValueHead : 0.189 W/kg
Body : 1.62 W/kg
Head : 0.398 W/kg
Body : 1.296 W/kg
Stereo FM RadioYesYes
SensorsAccelerometer, Magnetic, Gyroscope, Proximity, LightAccelerometer, Magnetic, Gyroscope, Proximity, Light
Fingerprint SensorYesYes
Battery3000 mAh lithium-ion polymer2900 mAh lithium-ion polymer
Size72.8 mm wide
152.3 mm tall
8.3 mm thick
73.1 mm wide
151.5 mm tall
8.7 mm thick
Weight162 g160 g
Available ColoursBlack, Gold, Deep Bleen, Cherry RedBlack, Gold, Deep Bleen, Cherry Red

 

Price & Availability

The great thing about Wiko smartphones – they are very affordably-priced. Both are available for purchase later in October 2017 at the following recommended retail prices :

  • Wiko View Prime (4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage) : RM 1,199 (including 6% GST) / ~US$ 285
  • Wiko View (3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage) : RM 899 (including 6% GST) / ~US$ 214

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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

 

Where To Purchase

Here are some purchase links on Lazada :

 

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The Wiko U Feel Prime Smartphone Review

Wiko is a French smartphone company based in Marseille, that is focused on producing highly-affordable smartphones with a French flair. In this review, we will take an in-depth look at the Wiko U Feel Prime (Lazada) smartphone. The name’s a mouthful, but you will see why it is the “prime” model in the Wiko U Feel range.

 

The Wiko U Feel Prime Specifications

First, let’s start with the Wiko U Feel Prime’s specifications :

SpecificationsWiko U Feel Prime
Display5.0" Full HD IPS display with 2.5D edge
- 1080 x 1920 pixels, 441 ppi pixel density
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937)
Processor8 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.4 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 505
Memory4 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM (800 MHz)
Storage32 GB internal flash storage (eMMC 5.1)
microSD card (up to 64 GB), shared with SIM2
Front Camera8 MP sensor with single LED flash
Main Camera13 MP PDAF sensor with f/2.2 lens and dual LED flash
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, Dual Standby
Hybrid nano SIM tray (SIM2 / microSD)
Connectivity4G : LTE Cat4 (150 Mbps / 50 Mbps)
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth : version 4.1, LE
USB : micro USB 2.0
SAR ValueHead : 0.989 W/kg
Body : 0.803 W/kg
Fingerprint SensorYes, integrated with Home button
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Magnetic sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor
FM RadioYes
GPSYes, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
Battery3000 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery (non-removable)
Standby TimeUp to 450 hours
Talk TimeUp to 28 hours (2G) / 21 hours (3G)
Dimensions69.9 mm wide x 142.5 mm tall x 8.7 mm thick
Weight150 g
Colour OptionsSilver, Anthracite, Gold
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Unboxing The Wiko U Feel Prime

The Wiko U Feel Prime (Lazada) comes in a flat cardboard box. Let’s take a look inside and see what we find!

Surprisingly, Wiko is quite generous with the U Feel Prime’s package. Inside, you will find a ton of stuff :

  • One Wiko U Feel Prime (Lazada) smartphone
  • One Wiko U Feel Prime clear TPU case
  • One Wiko U Feel Prime screen protector
  • One 7.75 W Wiko USB charger
  • One USB to micro USB 2.0 cable
  • One pair of Wiko earphones with four spare ear buds
  • One set of three SIM card adaptors
  • One SIM tray ejector pin and keychain holder
  • One set of Wiko U Feel Prime user guide and warranty card

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The Wiko U Feel Prime Smartphone

The Wiko U Feel Prime (Lazada) is a curvaceous smartphone with a 5″ IPS display that has a resolution of 1080 x 1920.  It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core SoC and the Qualcomm Adreno 505 GPU. It has 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal flash storage.

 

The U Feel Prime Ergonomics

The Wiko U Feel Prime (Lazada) has an all-metal chassis that curves around the back, offering great support to the hand. Even the glass cover has a 2.5D curved edge, which makes the U Feel Prime completely devoid of hard, sharp edges.

The matte finish feels nice to the skin, and is virtually fingerprint smear-resistant. Not that it matters once you slap on the provided TPU case.

Even though it fits our hand very comfortably, the Wiko U Feel Prime is still best used with two hands. You can use it with one hand, but it will require a fair bit of stretching and some juggling.

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Hybrid SIM

The Wiko U Feel Prime (Lazada) supports up to two nano SIM cards, and it has Dual SIM, Dual Standby capability. However, it only comes with a hybrid SIM tray. The second SIM card (SIM2) shares the same slot as the microSD card.

You can either choose to use two nano SIM cards, or one nano SIM card and one microSD card. But not all three cards at the same time. Fortunately, the U Feel Prime (Lazada) comes with 32 GB of internal flash memory, which may obviate the need to install a microSD card for extra storage.

 

The U Feel Prime Cameras

The Wiko U Feel Prime (Lazada) comes with serious photography chops. Its front camera has a surprisingly high resolution 8 MP camera. It even has a dedicated LED flash for selfies in low light!

The main camera at the back has a 13 MP PDAF sensor with a dual LED flash. What’s interesting is the placement of the second microphone next to the camera. This may allow for better audio when you record videos.

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Setting Up The Wiko U Feel Prime

The Wiko U Feel Prime (Lazada) runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which should be familiar to many Android users. It is very easy to setup. If you are setting it up as a new device, it should take you only 5 minutes to finish the setup process.

 

Available Memory & Storage

The Wiko U Feel Prime (Lazada) comes with 4 GB of LPDDR3 memory, of which 3.6 GB is available for use. The Android 6.0 operating system and pre-loaded apps use 1.2 GB, leaving 2.4 GB (60%) free for you to use.

The U Feel Prime (Lazada) comes with 32 GB of internal flash storage, of which just over 22 GB is free to use. If that’s not enough, you can top it up with a microSD card (up to 64 GB).

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Camera Performance

The Wiko U Feel Prime (Lazada) has a 13 MP main camera, with a f/2.2 lens. The full 13 MP resolution is attained with the 4:3 aspect ratio. Each picture has a resolution of 4160 × 3120, and a file size of 2-4 MB.

Here are 8 high-resolution samples for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos, which you can also download to examine.

As you can see, the the camera has good resolution. It can produce good images but you must be very, very careful about the lighting. Too little light – the images come out blurry. Too much light, the highlights get blown out to kingdom come.

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the U Feel Prime’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Wiko U Feel Prime ASUS ZenFone 3 Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) OPPO F1s
Work Performance Score
(Average)
5449 6405 4954 3884
Web Browsing 5151 8045 5143 3688
Video Playback 5033 3469 4515 3789
Writing 5351 7316 4948 4141
Photo Editing 6355 8246 5243 3933

The Snapdragon 430-powered U Feel Prime (Lazada) did well in this test, coming in between the ASUS ZenFone 3 and the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017).

 

Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the U Feel Prime’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

Wiko U Feel Prime ASUS ZenFone 3 Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) OPPO F1s
Gaming Score 9590 13956 13540 7666
Graphics 9764 13484 13548 7511
Physics 9025 15903 13510 8265
Graphics Test 1 55.2 fps 80.5 fps 81.1 fps 49.4 fps
Graphics Test 2 34.5 fps 46.1 fps 46.2 fps 24.4 fps
Physics Test 28.7 fps 50.5 fps 42.9 fps 26.2 fps

The Wiko U Feel Prime (Lazada) is not meant to be a gaming smartphone though. It was faster than the OPPO F1s, but it was nowhere as fast as the ASUS ZenFone 3 or the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017).

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Overall Performance

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

Wiko U Feel Prime ASUS ZenFone 3 Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) OPPO F1s
TOTAL SCORE 44446 62761 56431 41486
3D SCORE 9443 18816 15458 4868
– 3D (Marooned) 5794 10861 10511 3188
– 3D (Garden) 3649 7952 4947 1679
UX SCORE 15803 26794 18496 17640
– UX Data Secure 4070 5077 5295 4885
– UX Data Process 2129 4198 2612 2542
– UX Strategy Games 2860 7503 3671 2829
– UX Image Process 4065 6879 3373 3885
– UX I/O Performance 2679 3137 3545 3499
CPU SCORE 14438 23689 16459 14336
– CPU Mathematics 2938 6950 3132 3142
– CPU Common Use 4727 6311 5199 4805
– CPU Multi-Core 6773 10428 8128 6389
RAM 4762 6797 6018 4643

Again, the Wiko U Feel Prime (Lazada) did not do well in the 2D and 3D graphics tests. It matched the OPPO F1s in CPU and memory performance.

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Our Verdict

The Wiko U Feel Prime (Lazada) is kind of a hidden gem. It is not a smartphone that you will hear people clamouring to buy. Wiko is, after all, a relatively unknown brand in these parts. But Wiko sure surprised us with what they were able to pack into the U Feel Prime.

Packed inside its 5″ metal chassis, is an octa-core Snapdragon processor, 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, with a 3,000 mAh battery. It also has Dual SIM, Dual Standby capability, albeit with a Hybrid SIM tray. But that’s not all.

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The Wiko U Feel Prime (Lazada) boasts an 8 MP front camera with an LED flash, and a 13 MP main camera with dual LED flash. The only problem with the main camera – it doesn’t perform well in poorly-lit or overly bright conditions.

The Wiko U Feel Prime (Lazada) has a physical Home button, with a fingerprint sensor integrated into it. But curiously, the U Feel Prime uses virtual buttons too, so you end up with two Home buttons. This curiosity aside, the U Feel Prime smartphone comes across as a rather polished design.

You may not have heard of the Wiko brand, but if you want a smartphone that offers great value for money, good performance, the U Feel Prime (Lazada) is worth considering. Especially if you want a complete package that includes the case, screen protector and earphones.

 

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Wiko Ufeel Prime Latest Smartphone Launched

22 November 2016 – Wiko’s latest smartphone, Ufeel Prime, has hit Malaysian shores. With its premium sleek metal design and sophisticated colours, Ufeel Prime has an impressive display and is power-packed with performance and security features for trendy urbanites.

Proudly designed in France, Ufeel Prime showcases ultra-premium sleek metal design, sophisticated colour, with amazing camera and fingerprint sensor technology. The fingerprint sensor technology allows users to personalise their smartphone with various possibilities such as instantly unlock, open Instagram, access to encrypted files, launch the camera function or make a specific call. Most importantly, the device allows users to record five different fingerprints – affording higher protection for users’ data.

 

Ufeel Prime

Ufeel Prime is the newest member of Wiko’s Ufeel range. It features an impressive 5” FHD display and high resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels which is supported by The Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor with 4GB RAM making gaming and watching movies while on-the-go both easy and pleasurable.

 

Outdoor viewing is a delight for Ufeel Prime users. The smartphone is capable of ensuring optimal colours and contrasts in a thinner phone with its 460 nits brightness and full lamination. Its CABC display technology automatically adjusts brightness for different content, contributing to power savings over time, perfect for urbanites who frequently watch videos or image-share with other users.

Available in two premium colours, Gold and Anthracite, Ufeel Prime has 32GB ROM storage with an option to extend to 64GB via micro SD card to easily hold users’ content. In addition, the combined hardware makes a great support for intense usage like 1080P videos and 3D games, making the Ufeel Prime a choice option for multi-taskers who need an all-in-one phone for work and pleasure.

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Ufeel Prime has a 13MP Sony IMX 258 Sensor and 5P Lens with blue optical filter to produce high resolution images with improved colour shading. For today’s quick and stylish urbanites, Ufeel Prime comes with 8MP front-facing camera with Selfie flash which is perfect for low-light conditions. Its easy adjustable settings in Professional Mode will make photos look their very best at every angle.

“The Ufeel Prime has a personality of its own. With its premium design, advanced functionality and security features, Ufeel Prime is ideal for urbanites who wish to have a smartphone that is stylish and provides the latest technology, at a competitive price,” added Ang.

The Wiko Ufeel Prime smartphone retails at RM899, and is available at all authorised retail outlets throughout Peninsular and East Malaysia.

 

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