ASUS Zenfone 4 was pompously presented at the global event in Rome – and became the hero of the announcement, despite the fact that there debuted the flagship, the Zenfone 4 Pro. This is logical – the Taiwanese more convenient to bet on the competition with the Samsung Galaxy A7, Mi6 Xiaomi, OnePlus 5, and so on, than to try a head-on fight with the older iPhone (Yes, it is

now possible for such expressions to use), the Galaxy S8 or LG G6.

Zenfone 4 while trying to show that it is not “normal” smartphone mediocre, and a serious machine with some personality. First, it is not quite a typical dual-chamber module – not RGB plus monochrome and not wide-angle optics plus a portrait, and the option name LG: wide angle optics plus even more wide angle. Second, an unusual platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 630. Despite the fact that she debuted back in may, smartphones with her on Board still offers very little. Moreover, there is a version with Snapdragon 660, but it is still not officially reached Russia – and may not get there ever. And thirdly, a proprietary shell ZenUI, a new generation is one of the most original skins for Android, and this year it very seriously refreshed.

Also stated the various joys especially like the bright display and long battery life, but it is, of course, needs to be tested. Well, let’s see.


ASUS Zenfone 4 ASUS Zenfone 3 Meizu Pro 7 Xiaomi Mi6 OnePlus 5
Display 5.5 inch, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 401 ppi, capacitive multitouch A 5.2/5.5 inch, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels, capacitive multitouch 5.2 inch, AMOLED,
1920 × 1080 pixels, 423 ppi, capacitive multitouch
5.15 inches, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 428 ppi, capacitive multitouch 5.5 inch, AMOLED,
1920 × 1080 pixels, 401 ppi, capacitive multitouch
Additional display No No 1.9 inch, AMOLED, 240 × 536 pixels, 307 ppi, capacitive No No
Safety glass Corning Gorilla Glass (version not specified) Corning Gorilla Glass 4 No information Is, manufacturer unknown Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (eight cores ARM Cortex-A53, 2.2 GHz) or Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 (Kryo eight cores, 2.4 GHz) Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (eight cores ARM Cortex-A53, frequency of 2.02 GHz) Mediatek Helio P25 (eight cores ARM Cortex-A53 with a frequency up to 2.6 GHz) Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8996 (four cores Kryo, frequency 2.45 GHz + four cores Kryo, frequency 1.9 GHz) Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8996 (four cores Kryo, frequency 2.45 GHz + four cores Kryo, frequency 1.9 GHz)
Graphics controller Adreno 508, 850 MHz or Adreno 512, 850 MHz Adreno 506, 650 MHz The Mali T880, MP2, 900 MHz Adreno 540, 710 MHz Adreno 540, 710 MHz
RAM 4 or 6 GB 3/4 GB 4 GB 6 GB 6/8 GB
Flash memory 64 GB 32/64 GB 64 GB 64/128 GB 64/128 GB
Memory card support There There No No No
Connectors USB Type-C, mini-Jack 3.5 mm microUSB, mini-Jack 3.5 mm USB Type-C, mini-Jack 3.5 mm USB Type-C USB Type-C, mini-Jack 3.5 mm
SIM card Two nano-SIM Two micro-SIM Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM
Cell 2G connection GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA 800
3G cellular communications HSDPA 850/900/1800/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz; CDMA2000 1xEV-DO & TD-SCDMA HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz
Cellular 4G LTE Cat. 12 (600 Mbps): the bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41 LTE Cat. 7 (up to 300 Mbit/s 150 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 17, 18, 19, 20, 28, 29, 38, 39, 40, 41 LTE Cat. 6 (300 Mbps): the bands 1, 3, 5 7, 20, 38, 39, 40, 41 LTE Cat. 16 (up to 1000/150 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 38, 39, 40, 41 LTE Cat. 12 (600/150 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0 4.1 4.2 5.0 5.0
NFC There There No There There
Sensors Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass) Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass) Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass) Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer, IR sensor Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)
Fingerprint scanner There There There There There
The main camera Double module, 12 MP, ƒ/1,8, phase detection autofocus + 8 MP, ƒ/2.2, and fixed focus; dual led flash 16 MP, ƒ/2.0, contrast/laser autofocus, led flash, optical stabilization Double module, 12 + 12 MP, ƒ/2.0, phase detection autofocus, dual-led flash Double module, 12 MP: 27 mm, ƒ/1,8 + 52 mm, ƒ/2,6 (2x zoom); wide angle optical stabilizer works; phase detection autofocus, dual-led flash Double module, 16 + 20 MP, ƒ/1,7 + ƒ/2.6, the contrast AF on a wide angle module + phase detection autofocus on teleformula, dual-led flash
Front camera 8 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus 8 MP, fixed focus 16 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus 8 MP, fixed focus 16 MP, fixed focus
Food Removable battery: 12,54 WH (3300 mAh, 3.8 V) Removable battery 11.4 WH (3000 mAh, 3.8 V) Removable battery: 11.4 W·h (3000 mAh, 3.8 V) A removable battery is 12.73 W·h (3350 mAh, 3.8 V) Removable battery: 12,54 WH (3300 mAh, 3.8 V)
Size 155,4 × 75,2 × 7.5 mm 153 × 77 × 10,9 mm (a version with a 5.5-inch display) To 147.2 × 70,7 × 7.3 mm 145,2 × 70,5 × of 7.45 mm 154,2 × 74,1 × 7,25 mm
Weight 165 grams 155 grams (version with a 5.5-inch display) 163 grams 168/182 grams (normal version / ceramic) 153 grams
Protection case No No No Splash protection No
Operating system Android 7.1 Nougat, shell Zen UI Android 6.0 Marshmallow, shell, Zen UI Android 7.0 Nougat, shell Flyme Android 7.1.1 Nougat, shell MIUI Android 7.1.1 Nougat, shell OxygenOS
Current price 32 990 rubles 17 000-23 000 35 700 rubles 29 990 rubles 32 000-36 000

ASUS Zenfone 4 – information about the hardware according to the application AIDA64. The app is mistaken about the nuclei, here the ARM Cortex-A53, not Kryo. By the way, CPU-Z does recognize the system-on-chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. Oh, if only it was true!

Design, ergonomics and software

I would not say that ASUS has found some special style in the design of smartphones. Pave your own path are generally quite difficult, especially when it comes to smartphones average price category, where the space for experimentation , for example, not so much. But the Zenfone 4 has turned out if not individually, then at least recognizable.

Partly, however, ASUS has come itself as the throat, moving the fingerprint scanner rear panel on the front (it is in the latest fashion built-in touch button “Home”), thereby violating the continuity of generations: the fourth Zenfone not too similar to the third. Overall this is a very cute gadget is a relatively thin (7.6 mm), with a glass back cover (it shimmers nicely when it gets light) and without unnecessary frills.

Beyond black and white performance, it is also a very pretty mint.

ASUS Zenfone 4, front panel: above the screen – front camera, light sensor and earpiece grille with status indicator; below the screen is the three navigation keys, Central built-in fingerprint scanner

In particular, ASUS didn’t do the tapered faces, which are pretty nifty in fact the smartphone looks thicker than its competitors with the same thickness, but visual illusions. Affected and pasted back glass, its edges are visible when viewed from the side. The camera unit does not protrude above the body, as, for example, the iPhone. It turns out that ASUS makes more practical and “honest” device, but loses in effectiveness.

ASUS Zenfone 4, back panel: in the left corner double unit camera and double led flash

Practicality, of course, relative – rear glass surface is very easy to slap or scratch. Unfortunately, the same can be said about the glass on the front panel – oleophobic coating here is mediocre, the prints are going to actively and rubbed with difficulty. Well, the protective glass Gorilla Glass, probably good protection from serious mechanical damage, but light wear and scratches on it remain even if you do not carry your phone together with keys or coins. However, this issue touches upon so many devices — I have the feeling that screens are getting softer.


In the kit, by the way, is a translucent silicone case, protects from damage as the sides, and the rear surface.

ASUS Zenfone 4, the top face: a lone microphone and the plastic wiring for antennas

ASUS Zenfone 4, bottom side: USB Type-C, main speaker, microphone and mini-Jack

No special features in terms of recruitment and arrangement of functional elements have Zenfone 4 no: mechanical power button and volume controls on the right side, the key “Home” – touch, but with tactile feedback, “Back” and “Menu open applications” — also touch, but without the impact. Mini Jack in place, ASUS did not succumb to the vicious fashion and left him on the bottom.

ASUS Zenfone 4, left side: slot for SIM-cards and memory cards

ASUS Zenfone 4, right side: the power key and volume adjustment

The fingerprint scanner is built into the front key – it is a fad, given at the time, Apple, unfortunately, spreading to a number of Android smartphones. The location of the fingerprint sensor in the back center (not the side of the camera, like the Samsung Galaxy S8/Note 8) seems much more appropriate, especially since no design constraints for this ASUS was not. But done as done – you have to intercept quite a large camera in hand and shift the center of gravity, keeping it on the fingertips. Or hold a second hand. Alas, the fashion in this case, outweighed by issues of convenience.

The traditional fingerprint scanner, capacitive. It demonstrates ordinary for a modern smartphone level of performance: while the skin is not damaged and the whole surface of the imprint corresponds to the fact that the device remembered – unlock is very fast. In fact, using the sensor to unlock the device and answer incoming calls.


Perhaps the most important step forward in the new Zenfone is made in terms of the shell. Zenfone 4 comes with Android 7.1 Nougat with the prospect of upgrading to Android 8.0 Oreo – it’s not unusual. But the ZenUI is really cool has changed. The key things remain the same: there is a separate menu with apps, fonts, Google replaced their own (not always the most neat), and the number of settings is, as always, is impressive – there are few who can compete with ASUS, and the status bar if you enable more wireless modules, and some side-apps is full of just icons. But most importantly, dramatically reduced the number of pre-installed applications!


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And ASUS in his presentation made a special emphasis, after Mat pause, and giving vent to the audience’s applause. It reminded, to be honest, the presentation of the Samsung Galaxy S7 in the last year, when Koreans with fanfare announced the return slot for a memory card, which for some reason removed in the previous generation smartphone. So here ASUS finally admitted its own fallacy because of too many imposed on the user of programs: instead of 35 pre-installed apps on new smartphones they will be just 11. Well, thank you, ASUS. Now after buying Taiwanese smartphone can not “to rake blockages”, and easy to use gadget from, installing something that you want for you. Left with only the most useful — like workload Manager, corporate galleries and some basic programs (calendar, calculator, file Manager and so on). The rejection of all superfluous – it is more like Zen.


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