There's really nothing quite like this phone in the market at the moment that takes such high-resolution selfies, but that's beginning to change. Oppo comes close with the N3, whose swiveling 13-megapixel camera is a rear camera that doubled to take selfies. If selfies aren't your priority, I daresay there are other, better devices such as Xiaomi's Mi 4i or the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 that offer better performance and build quality. Pricewise, the ZenFone Selfie is set to hit markets in Asia such as Singapore and Thailand for around S$399 -- this converts to approximately $285 USD, £180 and AU$395, which isn't far off the ZenFone 2's US price. Asus has no plans for western markets just yet, so the selfie-loving side of you will either have to wait, or get it through a third-party online retailer.
The Selfie is almost identical in size to the ZenFone 2, being just slightly wider and thinner, Both phones weigh the same and have a large 5.5-inch full-HD displays, You'd be hard-pressed to differentiate the two, if it weren't for the high-resolution 13-megapixel front-facing camera sitting just right above the display, It looks odd -- the large size of the lens doesn't sit well when compared to the cleaner looks of modern phones, and it doesn't help that it's flanked by a dual-LED flash and the audio speaker, It takes up old good gameboy iphone case quite a bit of the space on the front -- I was initially worried about dirt on the lens from resting against my face while making calls, but Asus seems to have taken this into consideration and the camera is slightly recessed, It won't touch your skin when you put the phone to your ear..
The large camera there also has the effect of removing the Asus logo from the phone's front, a surprising design change given that most Android manufacturers love plastering their logos across the faces of their phones. Instead, the only way you'll know this is an Asus phone is by looking at the back. Now, the Selfie is clad in plastic, and unlike the brushed-metal look of the ZenFone 2, the Selfie uses a smooth, matte plastic finish. I'm a big fan of this as it makes fingerprints are harder to see, and it's quite comfortable to hold. My review unit came in white, but if you don't like that, you can choose another color such as pink or blue, which come bearing fashionable names such as "chic pink" or "aqua blue."Underneath the 5.5-inch display are the touch-sensitive menu buttons, and below that is the subtle concentric circle pattern that Asus has been using as its signature design. It's clearly visible when the light hits the phone at an angle, though the effect ends up looking like spikes radiating inwards towards the home button.
The one thing that irks me most about the phone's design, however, has to be the location of the power button, Asus has placed it right at the top, which makes no sense to me given the size of the phone, I hated having to stretch my fingers to reach the top, The company has already placed the volume controls below below the rear camera on the back of the phone, much like LG's old good gameboy iphone case G4, and placing the power button there -- again, like the G4 -- would surely make a lot more sense as well, Underneath the rear cover, you get access to the removable 3,000mAh battery as well as access to the dual-SIM card slots, A word of advice, if you're using a SIM adapter: putting the SIM card in slot one makes it ridiculously difficult to remove, I spent close to 30 minutes trying to pry the card back out since the SIM slots are super-tight and aren't spring-loaded, The microSD card slot is located right above the difficult-to-use slot one..
The Selfie is no slouch when it comes to its hardware. On paper, the Snapdragon 615 processor and ample 3GB of RAM should have been more than sufficient to keep the phone chugging along lag-free, but this wasn't the case. The phone felt sluggish, and menu animations were sometimes slow, but the biggest problem I faced was when I was trying out the camera features. Boasting a full-HD 5.5-inch display -- that's 1,920x1,080 pixels -- the screen has pretty good viewing angles, and colors were bright and vibrant. The display also held up well under bright sunlight.