Specs summary

Screen
4"

The Asus ZenFone 4's screen is 4 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2GHz

There is a Intel Atom Z2520 Dual core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.4 KitKat) operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1200mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1200 mAh battery. Asus's performance ratings are 8 days standby time, 606 minutes (2G), 720 minutes (3G).



The Asus Zenfone 4 is a dinky but highly usable Android phone boasting strong performance but sadly woeful battery life.

- Chris Barraclough , Recombu 

The Zenfone 4 might be cheap, but it's no slouch when it comes to performance.

- Jamshed Avari , NDTV 

Reviews summary

6.3/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 6 reviews

What's good  

  • Ergonomic and manageable sized screen
  • Smooth performance
  • Quality construction and materials
  • Good camera for the price

What's bad  

  • Poor battery life
  • Poor viewing angles
  • No flash
  • No LTE connectivity

The Asus Zenfone 4 is Asus's first attempt at a basic budget smartphone. At 4.9 x 2.4 x 0.4 inches, the Zenfone 4 is downright small compared to many of its competitors. Reviewers point out that the petite size combined with the curved, soft-touch back panel make this a very ergonomic and manageable phone. They add that while the device is made entirely of plastic it is well constructed and has a nice heft that makes it feel more premium than it actually is.

In a market saturated with 5-inch+ displays, the Zenfone 4 sports a comparatively small 4-inch LCD screen. In order to stay in-line with the budget price, the display doesn't have the best resolution around at 480x800, but thanks to its small size it still manages a respectable 233ppi pixel density. For the most part, the screen delivers a solid experience with critics pointing out the fairly accurate and vivid colors. They mention, however, that the screen suffers from contrast shift when viewing it at different angles and poor bright light legibility.

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With a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, the Zenofone 4 isn't going to wow anyone with its blazing speed. Still, it is powerful enough that experts had no problem performing routine tasks like browsing web pages, navigating the home page and launching apps. The 1GB of memory is on the higher side for phones in this category and allowed critics to have several apps in the background without a significant hit to performance. The device also comes with 8GB of internal storage and an expandable microSD slot. Sadly, it does not come with 4G LTE connectivity.

Despite its fairly solid performance, the one drawback of the phone is its poor battery life. The 1600mAh battery barely lasted reviewers a full day of standard web browsing and use. When they put video streaming into the mix, it only lasted a mere 3 hours. Luckily, the battery pack is removable so users can have a spare charged pack on hand if necessary.

For its price-range, critics were sufficiently happy with the 5MP rear camera. It comes packed with a slew of different modes like: HDR, Selfies, Panorama, Beautification and Smart Remove, which are generally reserved for higher-end devices. For the most part, reviewers were very happy with the image quality in good lighting situations though Recombu noticed some blurring and color inaccuracy. They were also fairly impressed with low-light pictures, though the lack of flash makes it impossible to take photos in extremely dark situations.

Although experts bemoan the battery life, overall they were pleasantly surprised with the Zenfone 4. NDTV states, "…the Zenfone 4 is a fantastically capable device…" Gearbun adds, "…the Zenfone 4 is one of the best Android smartphones to be released in recent times…"


Reviews (6.3/10 Avg. rating)


tech2

One of the best budget smartphones you can buy

from tech2

The Asus Zenfone 4 packs lots of features into a tiny package. But the budget price means that the phone has cut corners, which is evident in the low-resolution display and underpowered processor and camera. Yet, there’s lots to like about the Zenfone 4: the design and the build quality is one of the best we’ve seen on a budget phone, it’s simple to use and basic functions run smoothly. It also lets you boost the storage with the SD card slot. If you are cash-strapped, looking for an Android phone that provides good value for money, the Zenfone 4 is one of the best phones... Full review

Tech Advisor

A new entry to the budget smartphone category that could scare rivals

from Tech Advisor
For £99, we're impressed by the ZenFone 4. It's nicely designed, has brilliant software features, is suitably speedy and has decent battery life, but it's not outstanding. We'd like to see a slightly better camera and the addition of 4G connectivity.We'd suggest checking out the EE Kestrel and the Motorola Moto G 2014 as alternatives to the ZenFone 4, but it's certainly a worthy contender and we think you'll be satisfied if you decide to go with this good budget smartphone... Full review
Recombu

Pretty small but still packs in some decent features

from Recombu
The Zenfone 4 is a frustrating tale of two phones. There’s the compact, user-friendly 4-inch smartphone that sports a colourful design, slick performance and a neat interface. Then there’s the phone that struggles to last from sunrise to sunset, that has you keeping one eye permanently on that ever-decreasing battery meter.So while the Zenfone 4 can’t quite beat the mighty Moto G’s all-round experience, it’s still a nifty little 4-incher that has a lot to offer casual users. .. Full review
Fone Arena

Quite responsive with compact design

from Fone Arena

The Asus Zenfone 4 is a good device and offers more in terms of build quality, attractive UI and storage space considering the low price tag. 1 GB RAM does result into medium multi tasking up to some extent which is a surely one of the plus points of the phone. However, we feel that it could have offered a much sharper display and a good camera which are two of the most important features of any smartphone. Asus got the pricing and device in whole right for the Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 6, as both the devices and same goes for the Zenfone 4. We expect that that the A450CG Zenfone 4 model could... Full review

NDTV

Aimed squarely at capturing the bottom end of the smartphone market

from NDTV

It seems that Asus is really on to something here - the Zenfone 4 is a fantastically capable device, considering its price. A lot of that has to do with the choice of an Intel processor - could the company finally be about to crack the mobile market, after struggling to do so for years?

The Zenfone 4's screen is pretty bad but nearly everything else is outstanding. We're particularly impressed with the device's camera capabilities. Full HD video recording is pretty neat, and it's nice to have a front camera - more so one that isn't terrible! We're looking forward to the A450CG re... Full review

Anisha

Budget phone with ok performance but poor battery

I purchased my zenfone 4 about 7 months back, and I have been facing performance and battery issues since the past 2-3 months. It can handle the everyday tasks well in its initial phase for a few months, and you might love its great UI and colour scheme, but later on you will face lagging in even s... More
I purchased my zenfone 4 about 7 months back, and I have been facing performance and battery issues since the past 2-3 months. It can handle the everyday tasks well in its initial phase for a few months, and you might love its great UI and colour scheme, but later on you will face lagging in even simple web browsing , social networking, reading documents or while switching between different apps. Another main concern is the battery. After using for about 4-5 months, you will notice that even a full charge will drain out in 3-4 hours even with simple phone usage like calling or messaging. Even the battery saver mode doesn't come to the rescue. The primary camera is good for its price but the front camera gives very poor picture quality. Low light photography is next to impossible. Otherwise, looks wise the handset is good. Anyone who is looking for a budget phone for temporary usage may consider buying this. Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date May 21, 2014
Regions available United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, India, Philippines, China
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.4 KitKat)

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Processor Intel Atom Z2520 Dual core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
8 GB Flash
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass No
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.04 W/kg
Body: 1.18 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery, USB Power Adapter
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1200 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 314 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time Up to:
606 minutes (2G)
720 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 8 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Charcoal Black, Cherry Red, Pearl White, Sky Blue, Solar Yellow
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.4 x 6.1 x 1.1 cm
(4.9 x 2.4 x 0.4 in)
Weight 115 grams
(4.1 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Pixel Density 233 pixels
Size 4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Self-timer, White balance, Exposure value, Burst shot
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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