ASUS Zenfone Selfie (ZD551KL) Unboxed, Hands On

ASUS Zenfone Selfie (ZD551KL) Unboxed, Hands On

My smartphone? It wakes me up on time, entertains me while on transit, keeps me focused on my tasks and most importantly helps me document my day.

Between meetings, photo opportunities and me time, it pays to have something you can rely on without breaking the bank. This holds especially true when you live in the Social Media and Selfie capital of the world. #pressure

ASUS Philippines introduced a wide range of products this year, including five new lifestyle-oriented smartphones under the ZenFone family. Let’s take a look at one of their offerings that will delight self-portrait-loving friends.

I’m used to 5-inch smartphones that fit exactly on one hand. The ASUS Zenfone Selfie is one size bigger (5.5″) but I need not to worry that the phone might slip because it was ergonomically designed. Swiping my thumb for the first time, the display’s smoothness caught me off guard. After taking a lot of photos in no time using the screen gesture feature ZenMotion and playing games, my fingerprints barely made an impression which makes a screen protector out of question.

Power Button and 3.5mm Audio Jack on top
Power Button and 3.5mm Audio Jack on top // 13MP front camera + flash
Zenfone-Selfie-buttons
Capacitive buttons // USB port on the bottom

The ASUS ZenFone Selfie comes with what people would call “bloatware” – a set of unwanted, preinstalled software by the manufacturer that usually takes up a lot of storage space and RAM. There’s more than thirty (30) of them in fact.. and ASUS made sure you’ll find them all useful and beautiful thanks to ZenUI. No need to go over the Google Play Store for random apps, I only had to install my other essentials such as Instagram, Veems, Slack, Waze, GrabTaxi, and Spotify.

Do It Later, AudioWizard, and SuperNote :)
Do It Later, AudioWizard, and SuperNote πŸ™‚

Of course, this post wouldn’t be complete without talking about the PixelMaster cameras – 13MP with Dual LED Real Tone flash on both rear and front plus various modes to play around with! Yey for awesome selfies and drool-worthy food shots! πŸ˜€

13MP rear camera + flash // volume buttons
13MP rear camera + flash // volume buttons

 

The first and second Instagram photos were taken on Auto mode while I used the Super Resolution mode for the last one. This post is filled with lots of selfie photos and a video.

Extra pogi points for the 3000mAh removable battery! Even if I’m always connected via WiFi or 3G, I only have to charge twice a day through a wall outlet or my 10000mAh ZenPower when I’m on the move.

Ready to #SeeWhatOthersCantSee? Get your own ASUS Zenfone Selfie in Pure White, Aqua Blue / Teal, Chick Pink, Glacier Gray, Glamour Red or Sheer Gold for only P11,995! A USB cord, charger, earphones and documentation are already included.

SpecsASUS Zenfone Selfie (Z00UD ZD551KL)
Display5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution
Anti Scratch Corning Gorilla Glass 4 with anti-fingerprint coating
Processor1.5 GHz Qualcomm 64-bit Octa Core Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) processor
Qualcomm Adreno450 GPU
MemoryLPDDR3 3GB RAM
Operating SystemASUS ZenUI with Android 5.0 Lollipop
Storage32GB ROM
5GB ASUS WebStorage (lifetime)
100G free space Google Drive (2 years)
micro SD support up to 128GB
micro USB OTG support
CameraRear: 13 megapixel camera with large f/2.0 aperture, 5-element auto-focus lens / Laser auto-focus for 0.2 second focus time, dual LED Real Tone flash
Front: 13 megapixel camera with large f/2.0 aperture, wide-angle lens, dual LED Real Tone flash
Network Standards4G LTE (Cat 4) download speed up to 150Mbps
GSM / WCDMA Quad-Band for Worldwide Data Roaming
850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100MHz
Wireless802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi Direct
SIM CardDual micro SIM, dual stand by, SIM1 & SIM2 support 2G/3G/4G
Battery3000 mAh Li-Polymer removable battery
Dimensions / Weight156.5 x 77.2 x 10.8 ~ 3.9 mm / 170g
NavigationGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDSS
SensorsAccelerometer, G-Sensor, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Light, Hall Sensor

For news and promos, visit www.asus.com/ph, facebook.com/ASUSph, twitter.com/ASUSph, and instagram.com/asusph.

Note: non-Instagram photos on this post were taken with Zenfone 2.

 

Disclaimer: I received a free ZenFone Selfie from ASUS. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

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