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ASUS ZenFone Selfie unboxing and first impressions: adding the selfie chops to the ZenFone 2

|August 6 2015 |Android Phones, Dual-SIM, Asus, 4G, 4G LTE, First impressions, Unboxing

“The ASUS ZenFone Selfie looks just like the ZenFone 2, but sport a 13MP shooter and true-tone flash at the front”

ASUS seems to be milking the design of its popular ZenFone 2 to the max, rolling out one variant after another. With the introduction of the ZenFone 2 Deluxe (quick look), ZenFone 2 Laser (first impressions) and the ZenFone Selfie, ASUS now has a bunch of models spanning screen sizes from 5-inch to 5.5-inch, powered by Intel or Qualcomm processors, and aided by 2GB up to 4GB of RAM… offering different storage capacities from 8GB all the way up to 128GB. We’ll forgive you for being confused, but that’s how things stand, and choosing one could be a tough task. Here, we’ll be taking a closer look at the ZenFone Selfie, which, as the moniker implies, is the selfie-centric model in the series.

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The ZenFone Selfie comes in the typical ASUS box, with an outer sleeve featuring circular cut-outs highlighting key specs on the side.

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Opening the box doesn’t reveal too many surprises – with the handset, the removable battery, two-pin wall charger and micro-USB cable packed neatly inside, along with standard documentation. As usual, there’s no wired headset included.

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As far as design is concerned, the ASUS ZenFone Selfie doesn’t look too different from the original ZenFone 2 (review), bringing the same 5.5-inch full HD display with slim bezels and non-backlit capacitive hardware keys along with the trademark concentric circle pattern on the chin below. The key differentiating factor sits above the display, where you’ll see the large lens for the front 13MP snapper, complete with a true-tone front flash. In comparison, the ZenFone 2 sports a 5MP front snapper.

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The 3.5mm headset socket and micro-USB port are placed on top and at the bottom respectively, as usual.

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Switch to the rear, and you’ll see the usual volume rocker placed below the camera module. While the primary snapper is the same 13-megapixel unit along with the rear true-tone flash we saw on the original ZenFone 2, this time, there’s laser autofocus to help with shooting. The sensor for the latter is placed on the left of the camera lens.

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Opening the plastic back cover gives you access to the pair of micro-SIM slots, along with a microSD card slot placed right above the SIM 1 slot. Below that, you’ll see the 3,000mAh battery, but this time, it’s removable, unlike the ZenFone 2.

Inside ticks a octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor with four cores clocked at 1.7GHz and four purring at 1GHz. Our demo unit came with 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage, though ASUS has another variant that features 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage. You can add more storage to both variants via microSD though, and also make use of USB OTG capabilities. The Selfie also brings support for Indian 4G bands. Interestingly, the ZenFone Selfie and the ZenFone 2 Laser are the first smartphones from ASUS that aren’t powered by Intel processors. So far, all ZenFones spanning the large number of variants from both the first generation and second generation models have come with Intel Inside.

When it comes to software, the ZenFone Selfie runs Android Lollipop, complete with ASUS’ Zen UI that comes with a bunch of first-party apps from the brand, a slew of features and customisation features including theme support.

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The ASUS ZenFone Selfie is expected to be officially unveiled later today at the brand’s ZenFestival, and that’s when we expect to hear the exact pricing as well. While the device may not be too different in terms of overall design and the software setup in comparison to the original ZenFone 2, we’re keen to see how well that front 13MP selfie cam shoots and how the new hardware configuration affects overall performance and battery life. Expect a full review soon.

Photos by Raj Rout



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