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Asus ZenFone Selfie: 10 features you must know

By Shruti Puri
September 29, 2015 15:46 IST
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Touted as the smartphone for the Indian youth, here are the ten most important things you must know about the latest member to join the Zenfone family.

Asus Zenfone Selfie

The Taiwanese company, Asus, has introduced ZenFone Selfie, a new member to its popular ZenFone series. Asus has for the past couple of years brought out several high end smartphones that are priced competitively to take on the tsunami caused by the Chinese mobile companies in the mobile phone market.

So, what's so special about the Zenfone Selfie, you may ask? Here goes...

Design

Asus Zenfone Selfie

The new member comes with high quality design, and the company has used premium materials that also make it a design accessory for the hip and trendy youth of today. This mid range smartphone featuring several high-end specs punches far above its class.

ZenFone Selfie’s outer casing is made by using diamond-cutting technology with a varying spin pitch of 0.13mm between each cut to produce amazing visual effect for the iconic spin-cut concentric circles. It has an ergonomic arc design that allows you to take it out of your pocket without any hassle. There are no buttons on its side.

The company has placed the power button and a 3.5mm audio jack at the top and the micro USB port for charging and data synchronisation at the bottom along with the microphone point. It also features a selfie button on the back.

You can purchase this amazing smartphone online for just Rs 17,999.

Razor sharp display

Asus Zenfone Selfie

This newbie from Asus is blessed with a 5.5-inch full HD IPS display that can produce images with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4-protection layer. The screen is fully laminated with Tru Vivid layer that integrates the conventional four-layer design into an innovative two-layer design. This technology fuses the cover glass and touch-panel layers to eliminate the air gap.

It allows the image to appear closer to the surface, leading to a highly responsive screen that allows you to tap instructions, even with your gloved hand making it ideal for cooler places. It has a pixel density of 403ppi and a viewing angle of 178 degrees that makes it easy to use even under direct sunlight.

A fantastic user experience with bloat free OS

Asus Zenfone Selfie

Asus has provided the Zenfone Selfie with Android 5.0 Lollipop OS out of the box with Asus Zen UI laid on its top.

The Zen UI is a highly perceptive interface. The UI allows you to add themes and wallpapers, widgets, scroll effects, plus other important home screen settings to your phone to personalise it according to your taste. 

It has several new features to open or shut the smartphone; you can use the power button at the top of the device or a double tap on the screen to open the menu. Similarly, to put the device to sleep, you can take the help of the power button or double tap on the notification bar.

At the bottom of the screen, you will find three capacitive buttons that control back, home and multi tasking functions.

In addition, the Zenfone Selfie provides some shortcuts as well, wherein to launch the camera application you have to write ‘C’ on your screen; for browser you have to use letter ‘W’, S for Messaging, E for Email, Z for Asus Boost, S for selfie camera and V for Dialer. You can also double tap the screen to shrink the size of the screen for one hand use.

In addition, the notification on your lock screen can be expanded by pulling them down.

Record crunching speed

This trendy designed smartphone is powered by a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (1.7GHz quad-core and 1GHz quad-core) processor in conjunction with Adreno 405 GPU and 3GB of RAM. This configuration allows the user to play any high-end game on its brilliant display with complete ease.

Mammoth storage

Asus has provided the Zenfone Selfie with 16GB of ROM and included a microSD card slot that gives the users additional 32GB of external memory along with 5GB of cloud storage from Asus Storage. It also has 3GB of RAM to give a further fillip to its exceedingly fast processor.

Good quality shooters with LED flash

Asus Zenfone Selfie

The main USP of Asus ZenFone Selfie is its shooters in general and its front-faced 13MP shooter accompanied by a LED flash in particular. The 13MP front camera with an f/2.2-aperture, five-prism Largan lens with 88-degree, wide-angle framing, and a dual-LED Real Tone flash allows you to take amazing selfies even in low light conditions.

The rear camera is also equipped with a 13MP sensor accompanied by a dual LED flash, an f/2.0 aperture and laser auto-focus for quick focusing and taking shots or shooting full HD videos.

Asus Zenfone Selfie

The Zenfone Selfie is blessed with several photography modes. These include, auto, manual, HDR, beautification, super resolution, low light, night, depth of field, effect, selfies, GIF animation, panorama, miniature, time rewind, smart remove, all smiles and time lapse.

The Pixel Master Technology allows you to capture stunning, high-resolution photos with zero shutter lag. The Low Light mode allows you to capture up to 400 per cent-brighter photos at night or in low-light scenes, without the need for a flash.

A wide range of connectivity features

This dual SIM smartphone supports a wide range of connectivity features such as including 4G, 3G, 2G and Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n. This wide gamut of options will allow you to stay updated on the social networking sites connected through the Internet.

In addition, featuring LTE Category 4+, the mobile phone provides blazing download speeds of up to 250Mbit/s. The Wi-Fi on this smartphone allows it to transfer data from the Internet at speeds of 433Mbit/s. It addition, it also features Bluetooth 4.0, GLONASS and AGPS.

Amazing multimedia features

Asus Zenfone Selfie

Asus has packed this mid-level level smartphone with a host of multimedia features including several sensors, including Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Gyro, E Compass, Ambient light sensor and Hall sensor. It also has a powerful speaker at the back. This speaker is based on Sonic Master technology that is created by the in-house Golden Ear team of ASUS. The Sonic Master technology allows you different listening modes so that you can experience different types of music, view movies and play games with different sound configurations. The audio modes it support; Movie, Music, Gaming, Speech and Smart mode.

Supported audio formats: MP3, 3GP, AAC, AAC+

Supported Video formats: MPEG4, H.264, H.264, AVC, H.263, 3GP

Provides true to life gaming experience

An octa-core processor along with Adreno 405 GPU and 3GB of DDR3 RAM powers Asus ZenFone Selfie. This gives it enormous power to play all high-end games with complete ease on its 5.5-inch capacitive display. High-end games like Asphalt 8 Airborne, NFS Most Wanted, N.O.V.A 3, Modern Combat 5, FIFA 15, Six Guns, Real Racing 3 and many more can be played on its big screen. It comes with several pre-installed apps such as apps clean master, Kindle, KKBOX, Zinlo, Mini Movie, Calendar, Weather, Powersaver, Do it Later, Calculator, Calendar Super not, Web storage, auto wizard, etc.

Battery back-up

It packs in a highly capable 3,000mAh battery to provide a full day of talk time with heavy to moderate usage. It also supports fast charging mode, in which 60 per cent of the battery can be charged in just half an hour.

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