Asus has come a long way with their Zenfone series. The Zenfone Selfie is no exception. Having garnered much support in the Asian market, the Zenfone Selfie is quickly gaining prominence elsewhere. It’s most obvious key feature is the massive 13mp shooter situated on the top front of the phone. The Selfie’s design is based off the Zenfone 2, and other than the unmistakably huge selfie lens, it looks more or less the same.
A dual-tone dual LED flash on the front of the device comes in handy when capturing in low-light settings. The Zenfone Selfie comes with several camera modes available for both the front and the rear cam, including a nifty slow motion feature. The front camera has an aperature of f/2.0, while the rear has an aperature of f/1.8. The rear camera includes the very same laser autofocus feature that the Asus Zenfone Laser has, though the front cam lacks this. The Zenfone Selfie does not include image stabilization, which may have been a nice addition to its powerful selfie cam.
The Zenfone Selfie is a tad on the large and heavy side at 156.5 x 77.2 x 10.8 mm (6.16 x 3.04 x 0.43 in) and 170 g (6.00 oz). Compared to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for example, its screen to body ratio is not that good and it feels rather bulky in the hand. That bulkiness has to do with the Zenfone Selfie’s need to fit another 13mp camera on the front. The lens itself takes up a hefty helping of bezel space. The lens’ centered position means that the speaker had to be nudged over to the side. The phone’s volume rocker is situated on the back, just like the LG G2 and G3.
The Asus Zenfone UI is rather underwhelming. It is basic and doesn’t offer much excitement, but functions just fine. The Selfie’s 5.5” 1080p IPS screen is bright and beautiful. Colors look vivid, and rich. Videos look very nice on its large full HD 403 ppi display, which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The Zenfone Selfie is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset, two Quad-core Cortex- A53 processors and an Adreno 405 GPU. It’s not exactly lightning fast, but for day to day tasks, it will perform just fine.
The Zenfone Selfie packs a large removable 3000 mAh battery that should easily survive through an entire day of average use. Its plastic back cover comes in pure white, chic pink and aqua blue.
The Selfie is a dual SIM phone, but the second SIM slot doubles as an expandable storage slot, so if you decide you want two SIMs, you may have to sacrifice the addition of a microSD in your handset.
The Zenfone Selfie comes in two versions, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, or 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. At around $240, the Asus Zenfone Selfie is a very decent phone with an awesome front facing camera. It fits a niche neatly, a smart move by Asus in their efforts to make a name for themselves among their much larger smartphone rivals. For a mid-range smartphone, Asus hits the spot with this one.