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The ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro (ZS551KL) Smartphone Preview

On 17 August 2017, ASUS launched the ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro (ZS551KL) 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 Pro, as well as our hands-on preview of the first unit in Taipei!


The ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro (ZS551KL) Smartphone

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

Elite Photographic Capability!

Whether it is the rear cameras or the front facing selfie camera, the ZenFone 4 Pro features three high end Sony camera sensrors with superior light sensitivity, focusing speeds and features.

  • First rear camera – an industry leading Sony IMX362, 25mm 12 megapixel main camera with the following technologies:
    • A wide F1.7 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 8X brighter photos 1 in low light compared to other smartphone cameras.
    • 4-axis OIS that allows up shutter speeds up to 4 stops slower
    • Fast Dual Pixel autofocus system that achieves focus in a mere 0.03 seconds
    • A SuperPixel Engine image processor that intelligently increases light sensitivity and removes photographic “noise” after the shot.
  • Second rear camera – a Sony IMX351, 2X optical zoom (50mm), 16 megapixel camera for ultra-clear photos of distant subjects
  • Front camera – a Sony IMX319 camera that is one of the world’s best front facing cameras
    • Largest 1.4μm pixels for a front-facing camera which give the sensor superior light sensitivity
    • Super-fast Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) – a rare feature for a front camera
    • Shares the SuperPixel Engine image processor with the main rear camera

Elite Components

The ZenFone 4 Pro also featyres the latest top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC processor that has been paried with a massive 6GB of RAM.

Certain variants of the ZenFone 4 Pro also support the latest Cat 16 4CA LTE standard for up to a blazing 1000MB per second data transfer speeds on compatible networks.

Elite Audio

Matching the photographic and processing capability of the ZenFone 4 Pro is its audio prowess which includes supremely loud 5-magnet dual speakers, a three-mic system (with one dedicated for noise cancelling), Hi-Res audio support and the industry’s best virtual surround system: DTS Headphone X:7.1.

Elite Design

The window to these features is a bright, 500 nits, Full-HD AMOLED display; and the entire package is wrapped in an exqusitely slim, Corning Gorilla Glass-wrapped unibody with a rounded aluminum alloy edge. The body also houses a unique anti-spoofing IR fingerprint sensor that requires the user’s live fingerprint to rapidly unlock the phone in 0.3 seconds.

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The ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro (ZS551KL) Specifications

SpecificationsASUS ZenFone 4 Pro
DesignGlass-metal unibody with 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 AMOLED display (1920 x 1080) High 500nits brightness for best outdoor readability Capacitive touch panel with 10 points multi-touch (support glove touch)
Operating SystemAndroid 7.1 Nougat with ZenUI 4.0
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 835
Processor4 x Qualcomm Kryo 280 cores (2.45 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kyro 280 cores (1.8 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 540
MemoryUp to 6 GB RAM
StorageUp to 128 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/1.7 aperture
- Supports Dual Pixel PDAF and laser AF
- 4-axis OIS (up to 4 stops)

Zoom Camera (50 mm - 2X)
- 16 MP Sony IMX351 sensor
- 1.0 μm pixel size
- f/2.6 aperture
Front Camera8 MP Sony IMX319 sensor
- 1.4 μm pixel size
- f/1.9 aperture
Connectivity4G (Dual SIM) : CAT 12 3CA - up to 600Mbps download / 100Mbps upload
4G (Single SIM) : CAT 16 4CA – up to 1000Mbps download / 150Mbps upload (Single SIM)
WiFi (Dual SIM) : 802.11ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
WiFi (Single SIM) : 802.11ad (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
AudioDual Smart 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
Battery3,600 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
Available ColoursPure Black / Moonlight White


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The HTC U11 Features, Price & Availability

2 June 2017 – Inspired by the power of touch and the Brilliant U, HTC Malaysia unveiled locally the HTC U11 (Amazon | Lazada), the world’s first smartphone with revolutionary new squeeze interaction.


The HTC U11 Smartphone

Made for “U” with design, materials and experiences that reflect your inner drive, passion, creativity and individuality, HTC U11 (Amazon | Lazada) offers the most advanced features ever in a smartphone, including:

  • HTC Edge Sense, the next dimension in touch interaction with your smartphone.
  • Liquid Surface, a stunning, unique design that reflects you.
  • HTC USonic, our most advanced headset ever built for personal audio, now including Active Noise Cancellation
  • Amazing cameras with the highest independent rating ever awarded to a smartphone camera.
  • HTC Sense Companion, Google Assistant, for a smarter, more helpful smartphone.


U touch

  • Few things are as natural and intuitive as the sense of touch. HTC Edge Sense transforms this fundamental sense into a completely new and revolutionary interaction with your smartphone. With a simple squeeze, HTC Edge Sense lets you easily engage with your smartphone in an unprecedented yet intuitive way, helping you more naturally enjoy the things you love like taking photos, opening Facebook, or launching any of your favorite apps.
  • For example, with HTC Edge Sense, launching your camera has never been easier. No more fumbling for buttons or awkward hand positions. No more worrying about dropping your smartphone while you pose. Just lift, squeeze, smile and snap.
  • You can also send texts faster and easier than before. Texting can be impossible when you are on the move, but using HTC Edge Sense for Voice to Text, you can speak your text messages without having to slow down. Lightly squeeze, speak your message and send your texts on the go.
  • You can even customize the squeeze gesture: open email with just a squeeze. Or launch your favorite game (or any other app). Or pick any one of a host of options. Want even more touch control? HTC Edge Sense gives you the ability to activate advanced touch and use a “short squeeze” as well as a “squeeze and hold” for even more functionality at your fingertips.
  • And because HTC Edge Sense is based on actual pressure applied to the side of the device, it can be used in nearly any condition – including while wearing gloves or in weather such as snow or rain that would normally be a challenge with capacitive buttons.


Reflects U

  • HTC U11’s liquid glass surface is crafted to impress using Optical Spectrum Hybrid Deposition. By layering highly-refractive precious minerals across the smartphone’s back cover, we’ve created vivid new colors that transforms light with every movement you make.[adrotate group=”4″]
  • The new seamless, curved look of HTC U11 is achieved with 3D glass on both front and back. Heating and then bending the glass using extreme pressure results in unique, 3-axis symmetry for a smartphone that is slim no matter which way you hold it.
  • HTC U11 (Amazon | Lazada) has a 5.5” Quad HD 3D glass screen designed for vivid, crisp images and text in any light – even direct sunlight. With our best display and true-to-life color reproduction, we provide you a purer full-framed viewing experience. Our display avoids the cropped pictures or distorted colors at the edge that are the results you can expect from a curved screen.
  • Plus, HTC U11 is water-resistant, so no need to worry about splashes, spills, or dunks.

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Tuned to U

  • HTC U11 (Amazon | Lazada) introduces the latest version of HTC USonic, which now combines Active Noise Cancellation with the ability to tune audio to your unique hearing. By leveraging built-in microphones on the headset and USB-C data connectivity, USonic earbuds map your inner ear with an advanced sonar-like technology and then adapt the sound profile to your unique biology. This creates an incredibly personal and optimized listening experience with vibrant audio shaped specifically for you.
  • USonic now incorporates Active Noise Cancellation, which reduces disruptions and distractions around you, so you can stay focused on your music. Active Noise Cancellation continuously monitors environmental sound levels and quickly adjusts to any new noises or disturbances. You’re free to stay focused on your music, videos, or games.
  • HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition speakers got an upgrade, too. We have improved the speaker design to deliver more loudness and better Dynamic Range Audio. On top, the tweeter now offers an acoustic chamber that allows the highs and mids to sound richer. While below, the woofer sports a new speaker and improved magnetic circuit design for louder, clearer and deeper bass tones. You really have to hear it to believe the power of BoomSound.
  • We did not forget to upgrade the microphones, either, using four optimally positioned omni-directional microphones together with our new Acoustic Focus technology, HTC brings you our best 3D audio recording quality yet. HTC U11’s microphones work together to record audio from all directions and when shooting video with Acoustic Focus, you can visually zoom in to target your subject and amplify their specific sounds.
  • Out of the box, we will also ship an HTC USB-C to 3.5mm adapter with a built-in DAC that offers great audio performance and wide compatibility with all other devices and earphones.



Pictures that move U

  • HTC U11 (Amazon | Lazada) has achieved the highest ever rating for a smartphone camera for both photo and video by independent metric DxOMark. Our multi-axis optical stabilization system and super-fast autofocus in all lighting conditions make the camera quick, your pictures sharp, and videos smooth. We improved our camera and video for a more dynamic exposure range with HDR Boost without the lag, new white balance enhancement, a major reduction in noise and excellent detail preservation.
  • HTC U11 introduces Auto HDR Boost to give you all the benefits of HDR without the lag. HDR Boost offers clearer, more balanced pictures by taking multiple shots that measure the darkest shadows and brightest highlights without any slowdown. HTC U11 enhances textures and colors, increases visible detail and brings out the best in every shot. When shooting video, Temporal Noise Reduction automatically uses information from the previous and next frames to remove unwanted noise and deliver the clearest video.
  • Great news for serious photographers: HTC U11 incorporates the new UltraSpeed AutoFocus with same full sensor auto-focus technology that’s found in top DSLR cameras, so you can enjoy significantly faster focus speeds, with snappy and delightful performance. In addition, HTC U11’s exceptional optical and electronic stabilization system will keep your photos and video steady and crisp even when your hand is shaking.
  • The new front camera now combines high-resolution 16MP detail and our UltraPixel light sensitivity for brilliant selfies day or night. It also utilizes the same powerful HDR Boost and noise reduction as the main camera.


The smarter digital companion for U

  • Three brains are better than one, so inside HTC U11 you can find three intelligent companions devoted to you: HTC Sense Companion and Google Assistant.
  • We have made HTC Sense Companion smarter than ever: it will get to know you and your daily patterns over time in order to offer you more convenience every day. For example, HTC Sense Companion is smart enough to notice if you have any late appointments that day and will remind you to recharge while you have time or bring a power bank. It will make sure your smartphone is running at its optimum speed by suggesting to clear junk files and unused apps for more free space. It will let you know if you need to dress for inclement weather conditions, track your fitness progress relative to your goals, recommend great nearby restaurants at mealtime, and much more.
  • HTC U11 (Amazon | Lazada) runs the latest version of Android, so it also includes Google Assistant, the helpful personal assistant powered by Google se arch and services for finding directions, getting answers, managing your tasks, planning your day and entertainment.


Powerful U

  • HTC U11 (Amazon | Lazada) is the first smartphone to be commercially released worldwide that is exclusively powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform. So no matter what region of the world you live in, you get an octa-core processor with breakthrough speeds, jaw-dropping graphics, impressively smooth performance and outstanding battery life. Every HTC U11 also includes UFS 2.1 for the fastest processor paired with the fastest memory performance. Experience Gigabit Class LTE (up to 1Gbps) with the integrated Snapdragon X16 LTE modem, which is designed to deliver fiber optic speeds on the go for lightning-fast music and video downloads and to get almost instant access to the web, social media sites or your content in the cloud. You get 25% faster graphics than the HTC 10, with 35% or 3 hours more video playback, 30% or 8 hours more music playback and 43% or 3.5 hours longer web browsing time via a LTE network.
  • A blazing fast processor with amazing camera and incredible HTC USonic sound means you’ll want a lot of storage for apps, games, photos, music and entertainment: The HTC U11 is available in the 6GB RAM/128GB variant.
  • HTC U11 (Amazon | Lazada) also offers a fingerprint reader for enhanced privacy and security. Requiring just a few minutes to set up, the fingerprint reader will unlock your smartphone with the press of your finger – making it faster and easier to jot the note, capture the photo, or do anything you want with your smartphone on a moment’s notice.


The HTC U11 Price & Availability

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The HTC U11 (Amazon | Lazada) is priced at RM3,099.00 (inclusive of 6% GST) / ~US$ 729, and is currently available in Amazing Silver, Sapphire Blue and Brilliant Black. The HTC U11 will be available for purchase from late June 2017 at all authorized HTC retailers.

In conjunction with the launch of HTC U11, Maxis will be the first telco partner to offer exclusive smartphone plans starting late June.

Additionally, the HTC U11 (Amazon | Lazada) will be available for pre-order on Lazada Malaysia, 11Street Malaysia and HTC Malaysia’s Facebook page this month. Early buyers who pre-order the HTC U11 through Lazada Malaysia, 11Street Malaysia, Maxis and HTC Malaysia’s Facebook page will be eligible to receive exclusive U11timate box sets which include limited edition HTC merchandises, while stocks last.

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