Review smartphone ASUS Zenfone 4: wide view of things
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
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
|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|
|Navigation||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo|
|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)|
|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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.