Hands On with the ASUS ZenFone 4
The ASUS ZenFone 4 is the cheapest amongst ASUS’ latest ZenFone series. As you might have guessed, the entry-level Intel Atom – powered smartphone has a 4-inch display. ASUS used the same naming convention it has on the Fonepad – 4 for the 4 inch smartphone, 5 for 5 inch, etc.
Just like the ZenFone 5, the ZenFone 4’s box carries the same color as the unit inside. However, the ZenFone 4 did not come with the bundled earphone.
The ZenFone 4 has physical buttons and features ASUS’ signature concentric circle finish similar to its 5-inch counterpart.
On the right side of the smartphone, you can find the power button and volume keys. It’s kind of unusual that the USB port is placed on the left side of the ZenFone 4.
The 3.5mm audio jack is located on top of the device. At the bottom is the mic which is barely noticeable.
On top of the display is the earpiece, camera and proximity sensor. The ZenFone 5 has the same rubber matte finish back cover and rounded corners which provided a solid grip to the device. At 115g, the ZenFone 4 is lightweight although I find it a bit bulky for its size.
The speaker is located beside the camera at the back. The ZenFone 4’s camera doesn’t have a flash although the smartphone uses the same PixelMaster technology as the ZenFone 5 which produced really impressive photos during our test. Check out sample shots below.
The ZenFone 4’s WVGA 800×480 TFT display is brilliant but with a narrower viewing angle as expected with a non-IPS display. Nonetheless, the ZenUI was snappy. The 1.2 GHz Intel Atom processor was able to play usual games without a hitch.
The ZenFone 4 has the essentials for an entry-level smartphone and more. The sharp display, snappy UI and impressive camera (for its class) are just some reasons why this Dual SIM smartphone is worth looking at. We’re just hoping that ASUS sets the right price for this Intel powered device.
Full review of the ZenFone 4 soon.