Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro Review
by Preslav Kateliev / Oct 03, 2017, 7:55 AM
Interface and functionality
Asus puts its own ZenUI interface on top of Android. Here, we've got ZenUI 4 on top of Android 7.1.1 Nougat. At first, it looks like it might be a heavy reskin that drags the performance down, but it is actually quite light. Operation is fluid and the animations all move with a pleasant swoosh.
The tools that the ZenUI brings are here to enhance our experience. We've got a Game Genie, which allows to start recording or broadcasting, clean our RAM, or lock the recents and home buttons without leaving the game screen. For websites, we've got the Page Marker — a floating bubble, which allows us to save websites for offline viewing with a simple tap. A proprietary phone manager helps us manage our battery life, clean RAM, follow our data usage, and even block apps from auto-starting. The gallery app has auto face detection and tries to recognize people and form their own albums – like Google's and Apple's own Photo apps do.
Of course, it wouldn't be called the Selfie Pro unless we had an app that makes use of the frontal camera. The Selfie Master lets us apply 10 levels of skin smoothing to our selfie camera footage in real time. Then, we can shoot a photo, record a video, or even broadcast live with the filter applied. The phone's gallery also has a built-in photo editor, which has a few other popular face-enhancing features, like wide-eyes, lipstick application, and other glamour effects.
Processor and performance
The Pro in Selfie Pro means we've got a bit more oomph in the hardware department when compared to the regular ZenFone 4 Selfie. So, the processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, clocked at 2 GHz and coupled with 4 GB of RAM. The phone has 64 GB of storage, 50 GB of which are available to the user and, if that's not enough, we can expand it with a microSD card of up to 2 GB.
It's not cutting-edge hardware, but we found that the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro runs quite nice for your regular, everyday usage. Websites load and scroll fine, most mobile games are playable just fine without annoying levels of input lag or anything like that. Selfie-centric apps like Snapchat with their heavy live lens effects also showed no stutters or hiccups.
AnTuTu Higher is better
Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro 65490.33
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 63191
Sony Xperia XA1 62167
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) 59664
JetStream Higher is better
Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro 25.992
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 29.879
Sony Xperia XA1 27.973
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) 31.804
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro 22
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 23
Sony Xperia XA1 32
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) 33
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro 6.4
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 6.9
Sony Xperia XA1 15
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) 9
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro 1359.66
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 375
Sony Xperia XA1 1302
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) 435
Geekbench 4 single-core Higher is better
Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro 875
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 783
Sony Xperia XA1 857.66
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) 764
Geekbench 4 multi-core Higher is better
Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro 4353.5
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 3586
Sony Xperia XA1 3714
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) 3808
Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 20, 2015
I thought the front camera is fine. Subjectively I think it's one step above, say, whatever LG uses up front on the G6, and the rear is no worse than the G6. And for me the launch price is closer to $300. This is probably Asus' best effort amongst their entire product line right now, and I'd prefer this over the regular ZF4 or ZF4 Pro.
posted on Oct 03, 2017, 9:19 AM 0
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Isn't the 625 last years processor? I thought we moved on to the 630 and 660?
posted on Oct 03, 2017, 9:30 AM 0
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- Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
- Camera 16 MP / 24 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
- Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
- Battery 3000 mAh