ASUS ZenFone Selfie Review: A Snapdragon 615-powered smartphone with 13MP front camera + LED Flash for selfie obsession

ASUS ZenFone Selfie Review: A Snapdragon 615-powered smartphone with 13MP front camera + LED Flash for selfie obsession

Last year, ASUS was the first to released the 4GB RAM smartphone, ZenFone 2, which by then was a device that no one can rival against in the industry. This device has also been very popular. While, in the year of 2015, ASUS released the ZenFone Selfie with dual 13MP camera with dual color- temperature LED Flash to target at different groups. The launch of this device offers users who like to take selfies another new choice, instead of buying professional cameras.

ASUS ZenFone Selfie

ASUS ZenFone Selfie is a smartphone with 13MP camera both on the front and the back.The phone features excellent selfie experience and effect, it has F/2.2 aperture and 88° wide angle on the front and F/2.0 aperture on the back camera, supporting auto-focus. Both cameras are equipped with dual color-temperature LED Flash and have real-time Smart Beautify function. ASUS ZenFone Selfie uses 5.5 inch 1080p screen, runs Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor and comes with 2GB LPDDR3/3GB LPDDR3, 2 versions. It offers many back covers to choose, White, Pink, Blue, Red, Grey and Golden.

Now, we will share the using experience and performance of ZenFone Selfie to you.

ASUS ZenFone Selfie

Comparing with the ZenFone 2 last year, ASUS ZenFone Selfie is more vibrant and younger. Although the whole appearance adopts the design of ZenFone 2, the multi-color back covers and 13MP front- facing camera highlight its features.

ASUS ZenFone Selfie takes a 5.5 inch 1080p screen with 1920×1080 pixels resolution on the front. The 1080p FHD level screen can control the battery life effectively, meanwhile also guarantee the clear image quality of the screen.

ASUS ZenFone Selfie

The earpiece and dual color-temperature LED Flash at the top use symmetric design. In the middle, there is a 13MP front-facing camera.

ASUS ZenFone Selfie

The radian of its back cover is larger than many smartphones. The thinnest part of the phone is just 3.9mm. The curved design for a 5.5 inch screen is to make the phone more comfortable to hold in one hand and also look nice.

ASUS ZenFone Selfie

On its back, we can see 4 components, the round 13MP camera, dual color-temperature LED Flash, Volume button and Infrared Laser Focus Sensor. The LED Flash and camera here are essential. What we need to say something about is the Volume button the back. We can see in the picture that the Volume button is well cutted with textures, making it more comfortable to press. The screen faces our face, the Volume button on the back needs to be found by your finger. So, the design is convenient for users to recognize.

What worth discussing is why they put the Volume button on the back, instead of the side edge. 5.5 inch is large enough for one-handed operation. If it is put on the side edge, users may need to change the gesture while adjusting Volume, inconvenient. While, if it is set on the back, the Volume button is the right place where you put your index finger.

ASUS ZenFone Selfie

If the Power button at the top upsets you, you just need to double-click the screen to unlock/lock.

Removable battery design. The battery capacity is 3000mAh, if it is inadequate, the advantage of removable battery design stands out now. It is more convenient to carry a light battery with you than a bulky power bank.


ASUS ZenFone Selfie also supports dual SIM/dual standby. It enables you to plug in a Micro SD card, even there are 2 SIM cards inside already.

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System is a crucial factor for an excellent smartphone. ASUS ZenFone Selfie runs Zen UI based on Android 5.0, which remains Sub-menu.

As for the smoothness, while in Android 4.4, Google has added ART environment for users, which largely improved the launching speed and running speed. So, for the smartphones that run Android 5.0 OS today, as long as the configuration is nice, the operating experience will be definitely smooth. About Zen UI, let’s take a look at the screenshots.


LockScreen/Standby interface


Call/Contacts interface

On LockScreen, ZenUI directly integrated 3 common function on the screen. Press the corresponding place and swipe to launch the Apps. Press the blank and swipe up to unlock.


ASUS ZenFone Selfie still uses Sub-menu design, unlike the flat design on many Chinese smartphones.


The system also concludes the ZenMotion smart gesture function and the considerate Easy Mode and Children Mode. ZenMotion Smart Gesture solve the problem that the power button at the top inconvenient to operate. One-handed operation mode can make the screen show a smaller display to allow users to operate in one hand.



Adjustable color temperature.


The Zen UI ASUS ZenFone Selife uses is pretty smooth, due to the powerful performance from Qualcomm CPU, large RAM and the deep optimizations of ASUS itself. The whole operating experience is extremely smooth.

On system, ZenFone Selfie also increased the very mainstream Easy Mode. Easy Mode is to make the icon and fonts larger, the interface is quite simple. Meanwhile, the phone also increased the Children Mode, easy for children to use.


Children Mode is designed especially for children. What children want to do, can do with the smartphone are totally decided by their parents. When entering Childreb Mode, parents can allow them to use what kind of APPs. Those not on the list will not show up on the screen. Meanwhile, parents can also set game time for children.



Easy Mode is designed for the elder users who are not familiar with smartphone operation. The icons and font will be larger and the interface will be clean, won’t be complicated to operate.

In addition to all kinds of modes, ASUS ZenFone Selfie also has many feature Apps on connection. For instances, all links of Link, there are the PC Link to project the screen to your PC and the Party Link to share your photos on the party.


About PC Link, you need to download an APP before using. After that, you can connect via WIFI or USB Cable. After connecting, you can use the mouse and keyboard to operate the phone. And you can use all kinds of input on the keyboard. When there is message coming in, it will remind you as well on the PC.

About Part Link, it is to connect the phone of your friend via local area network. All the phone connected to this network can share photos with each other.

On selfie, ASUS ZenFone Selfie offers 12 kinds of filters, increasing a lot of fun while shooting. Real-time Beautify function, allows you to whiten, soften your skin, lift you face, enlarge your eyes, put makeups on and so on, while taking selfies. There are 10 levels, you can make your own selfie according to the needs.


In addition, to prevent hand shaking and set better angle, you can swipe uo the shooting icon to implement countdown shot.


Selfie proofs:

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We can see that ZenFone Selfie features natural effects. On Beautify, human face will be more natural comparing to other selfie cameras, looking very comfortable. This thanks to the 13MP camera. While taking selfies, the details of the background are remained very well.

ZenFone Selfie offers 17 shooting modes, even supports professional manual mode, users can adjust exposure, white balance and so on, manually. It can also implement 32 seconds exposure, allowing you to shoot the ultimate details.



Camera setting

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The camera shooting performance of ZenFone Selfie is one of the best among Android phones. The camera not only supports many outstanding technologies, the shooting effect is also outstanding. In strong light, it has accurate white balance, the color reproduction is real. While doing Macro shot, the focus speed is rapid due to the Laser Focus technology. And the Bokeh result is nice as well.

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Night Shot is an important factor to test Android phone shooting performance. While shooting, the focus speed of ZenFone Selfie is quite satisfying, all the focuses are made one-time.


On the whole, ASUS ZenFone Selfie is a product with precise target. The vibrant style and selfie experience are favored by many young users. While the multi-color back cover can meet the needs of different types of consumers. The innovative back Volume button makes it stand out in the crowd. On the system UI and optimization, it is also very pleasing. The most important feature is its cameras, especially its 13MP front camera with HDR, making itself quite proud.


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