I just bought Asus Zenfone 4 at price RM299 and iím satisfied on this entry-level model which is worth of money despite a few downsides such as lack of LED Flash, digital compass , S-View function, and IPS screen (but hey.. itís cheapo right! If you want all of those functions, better purchase Zenfone 5 or 6).
Actually I already have Asus Fonepad FHD Note 6 which are similar to Zenfone 6 but it got Full HD screen and WACOM Stylus same as S-Pen from Samsung Galaxy Note 3. However due to the big bulky size of Fonepad Note 6 that not very comfortable to fit in my jeans pocket, Iíve decided to buy a small phone as the alternative for phone calls only. Less but not least I found that Zenfone 4 is a good choice Iíve made which are very impressive compare with other brand on its class.
Here is what I can explain the pros and cons after testing and using it for a few days. I hope this review helped you decided whatís the best buy for your money since GSM Arena did not give a review yet on this model.. :-)
The 4inch capacitive TFT screen at resolution 480x800 (240dpi) is good looking and the screen is quite bright too. However the display just plain TFT LCD as the color wash out if you look at from the top and down angle. Itís not good as IPS screen which is the latest display technology nowadays. The only impressive about the screen that it got multi-touch up to 10 fingers! Iím sure no other brand with same level or price has multi-touch like Asus Zenfone.
Memory, RAM, Card slot:
Internal storage is 8GB but only 4.61GB user available. The good news is you can install apps to external SD Card for up to 64GB. I recommend to use SDHC Class 10 for faster read/write data. Currently Iíve installed Sandisk Ultra SDHC 16GB Class 10 and the phone can read/play full HD video without lags. There are 1GB RAM equipped which is sufficient for normal apps but for gaming especially 3D games such as Real Racing 3, Asphalt 8 or Modern Combat 4, you better clean your memory first before running the games. Use apps CleanMaster that have memory boost is a good idea to achieve best performance.
CPU and GPU:
This phone has CPU Intel Atom Dual core Z2520 clock speed from 800Mhz to 1.2Ghz (4 Cores HyperThreads). I found a few apps error or unexpected close due to incompatible instruction since the architecture of Intel atom based on x86 instead of major mobile industry equipped with ARMv6/v7 (Cortex) that are common used to Samsung mobile phones. While the GPU based on PowerVR SGX 544MP2 is powerful enough to play latest games.
Has wireless support 802.11 b/g/n at 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz. WiFI Direct and HotSpot. The range of wifi receiver is modest but weaker than my previous Samsung Galaxy Tab P3100, Galaxy Chat B5330 and Galaxy S3. Also has Bluetooth other great function is ASUS Miracast that can streaming movie, presentation or even playing android games on a big TV using Miracast Dongle.
The GPS receivers are not good enough compare with other brand like Samsung. I tried testing GPS Test with my old Samsung Galaxy Mini and the result is my oldie Galaxy Mini gps receiver is much better. Zenfone 4: Sattelite In-View 11/ In-Use 4 while for Galaxy Mini: Satelite In-View 18/ In-Use 9. I installed Sygic v13.1.1 (offline data) and it work properly but only at open space but useless if use indoor that cannot lock the satellite even my home is only a single storey terrace. However it can compensate by A-GPS which you could use Google Maps or Waze that utilize data from internet via WiFi or 3G for faster searching and navigation.
Primary rear camera 5MP with Autofocus and 0.3MP front camera are just nothing to be shout about and the quality picture is just fair or so-so only. There are camera setting you can change manually like white balance, ISO range, focus & exposure, optimization, pic resolution, HDR, Panorama, anti-shake enhancement and face detection. Those setting are only for someone expertise in photography but leave it mode AUTO if youíre noob.. ;-) The camera also lacks of LED flash so shooting at low light is a bit disappointed.
The package provided 2 batteries Li-Po 1200mAh and full charge can last only 1 day for normal use without playing 3D games that could deplete the battery juice just for a few hours only. The extra battery isnít helped since no external docking charger included. Itís better if ASUS put a bigger 2100mAh in one piece than giving 2 batteries but missing the docking charger.
The phone only has Accelerometer (Tilt/screen rotation) and proximity (display off when phone near face) only. It lacks e-Compass, light sensor, gyro sensor, gravity sensor, linear and direction sensor that all function existing on my Fonepad Note 6.
Iíve tested all the experiment and describe the data using apps:-
Android system Info
ZicoZi aka ZuLcYbeR
Using this phone for 1 week now after 2 months waiting... so far, this is beyond my expetation for a price only 299 Malaysian Ringgit.
Pro (my opinion):
-8bg internal plus my 16gb sdcard. with so much space and apps, this phone doesn't slow down..
-full time, fast connectivity internet, gps without HEAT compare to my previous Galaxy s4 i9500.
- editing with Office Mobile still easy though the display is only 4 inches
-Camera... hmm... acceptable only when hdr in on...
-And the battery can last for 12 hour without power saver. Thats why Asus gave 2 batteries?
really worth waiting!!!
bought for RM299 at malaysia ( 92USD)
really worth it. the best cheap phone ever. compared to any cheap phone this is the best in term of smoothness, connectivity and quality. only camera is not so good but really worth it. you should grab this phone as your 2nd phone !
hakim, 29 May 20141800i?? Do you mean 1080i resolution?My bad, typo mistake. Yup 1080i movie
N the GPS work perfectly. Install Waze to fully utilized the GPS function on the phone. The phone doesn't have any trouble to view high resolution video( try up to 1800i movie) and the phone doesn't lag for normal use. Now for the bad side of this phone, other than weak battery juice, the phone also lag when try the game that need high RAM phone.( Edge Of Tomorrow game) The 1GB cannot support minor of the Google Play Store game because of it's insufficient RAM.
After more than 2 week of owning the Asus Zenfone 4, I will say it will be the good phone for those who still new to this android phone. For the price of rm299, i didn't expect so much for this phone but i exceed my expectation. Now i will give the review the battery life for this phone. It got two version, with and without the Power Saver Mode is on.
Without Power Saver On:-
Standby time + regular use- Around 12 hour with low
brightness and 10 hour for full brightness
With Power Saver On:-
Standby time + regular use- Almost a 18 hour
But I will say, IF only the battery have more juice in it. It will be perfect.
Just bought Zenfone 4 and i'm testing it for a few days. Wait for my review.. stay tune.
I bought it only Ringgit Malaysia $299 not even $100 US dollar. Truly worth and save your penny.
you really buying this phone or you are just lie
because the phone has a gigs of RAM and the internal is 8GB
Anonymous, 11 Jan 2014this is a JOKE asus
121.3 x 61.3 x 8.9 mm Motorola Droid Mini, with hd screen and 2000mh ba... moreive already bought this phone in indonesia. this is a good phone for the price.. but dont compare with other phone that more expensive than this phone
so far worth the price
* good design
* 512 Ram
* 4 gb internal memory
* 1200 mah battery only last 3 hours with normal use
45 minutes with non stop 3d games
* no earphone on package
* got 2 battery on package
i only bothered with the baterry capacity and the rest is fine as i got this only about 1 million rupiah
I used this phone with light usage...in batery stamina....
Wifi on for 3 hours..take pic(2) and browsing for a while...
Last charge on 12 am...
Now...1.25 am..still not charge....
But btery just have another 13 percent....
But...still lost when there are sms or incoming call...becoz the speaker is not loud enough..... but...price is the main reason...i bought rm299 from direct d
Bought the phone during my visit to Malaysia. Rm 350 from Low Yat Plaza... Nice phone for the price
xxTK01xx, 24 May 2014Where can I buy Zenfone 4 in Malaysia???You can go at metro point complex lvl 2..i buy it from all it
gopzzz, 25 May 2014No no it has only vga front camera..Sorry for the wrong information