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ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro
If shooting selfies is more your thing, you’ll be happy to know that ASUS’ “Selfie” badge is returning in full and this time it’ll be featured on two devices. The more powerful of the duo is called the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro.
With the Selfie devices, the dual-camera unit has moved to the front (assisted with an LED flash) while the back gets a bog-standard 16MP f/2.0 shooter.
On the Selfie Pro, you’re actually getting a pretty shocking camera combo in front. Remember the IMX362 sensor on the back of the ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 4 Pro? Well, on the Selfie Pro, it’s in front now and it’s complemented with a 120-degree 5MP f/2.2 aperture wide-angle shooter designed for group selfies.
ASUS has made some tweaks to the Sony sensor so it works better as a selfie shooter. On paper, ASUS is calling this f/1.8 aperture shooter a 24MP DuoPixel camera but in reality, the native resolution of the sensor remains unchanged at 12 megapixels. However, this is where ASUS’ tech wizardry comes in for a truly interesting tweak to the camera.
The IMX362 sensor’s 1.4-micron pixels contain two photodiodes per microlens (or pixel) instead of just one. When used as a rear camera, these photodiodes are utilised for the super speedy Dual Pixel AF system.
However, when ASUS converted it to a selfie camera, they instead used the second photodiode (which is also capable of creating its own data stream) to effectively double the resolution of captured images to 24MP. Why did they do it? Well, apparently it’s because it is “better for printing on photo paper” but I personally don’t know that many people who print their selfies on photo paper.
Besides the interesting camera, the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro also comes with internals that includes a Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB/4GB of RAM and 32/64GB of internal storage. It’s powered by a 3,000 mAh cell that’s encased in a metal body instead of the ZenFone 4’s glass and metal affair. In front, you also get a 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED display that sits right above its front-facing fingerprint scanner. It does not have support for 802.11ac WiFi.
Perhaps one of the biggest question marks surrounding the dual-SIM Selfie Pro comes with the smartphone’s Micro USB port. We’re not sure why they didn’t go straight to USB Type-C since the ZenFone 3 already featured USB Type-C ports, but ASUS’ argument is that more people already have micro USB cables…which probably isn’t untrue.
The ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro has prices starting from USD379 (around RM1,626)
ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie
Much like the 4 and 4 Pro, the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro also has a more watered down younger sibling that’s simply called the ZenFone 4 Selfie. On the spec sheet, this smartphone features a 5.5-inch HD IPS panel, a 3,000 mAh battery, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
That said, the ZenFone 4 Selfie does still feature a dual selfie camera combo in front, though its a completely different unit. This smartphone comes with a 20MP + 8MP camera combo instead with an f/2.0 and f/2.4 aperture lens respectively. The back 16MP shooter remains the same, however.
Its also made of metal and has roughly the same design so you’re not losing out on much there. It, unfortunately, doesn’t support 802.11ac WiFi, which is a bummer. Much like the ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 4 Pro, the ZenFone 4 Selfie has a front-mounted fingerprint scanner too.
The ZenFone 4 Selfie will have prices starting from USD279 (around RM1,197)
ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro
The final smartphone ASUS launched today is from the battery-centric Max lineup. Earlier, they revealed the ZenFone 4 Max, now it’s time for the ZenFone 4 Max Pro. Bearing the Pro moniker, you wouldn’t be faulted for thinking that ASUS upgraded the smartphone’s hardware specs. However, at least on the performance front, it appears nothing much has changed.
You still get a Snapdragon 425 or Snapdragon 430 processor mated to 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. You’ll still find the large 5,000 mAh battery — which defines the Max name — and metal body, though the 5.5-inch IPS screen up front sees a drop in resolution to HD 720p.
That said, it’s not like ASUS didn’t upgrade the smartphone at all — they did, but the upgrades are to the smartphone’s camera. Unlike the regular Max, the Max Pro features a dual-camera setup that includes a 16-megapixel f/2.0 aperture standard camera and a 5-megapixel f/2.2 aperture 120-degree wide-angled camera. The Max Pro also comes with a 16-megapixel f/2.0 aperture selfie camera.