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Monday, March 24, 2014

Asus ZenFone 4 hands-on review: the brand new ultra budget Android smartphone

Entry level smartphones are extremely popular all-over the world, so it should come as no surprise to you that Asus are looking to take a chunk of the market with the cheap ZenFone 4. We got to spend some time with the device at CES 2014, here's our Asus ZenFone 4 hands-on review.

The first thing we have to do here is praise Asus for the design on the ZenFone 4, for a budget smartphone this device really looks great and the fact that it is available in five colours - Charcoal Black, Pearl White, Cherry Red, Sky Blue, Solar Yellow – will really appeal to people. Unsurpringly, this cheap phone is plastic and a bit on the flimsy side, but in genral if feels good enough in your hand - another plus point is that your thumbs can reach everywhere on the 4-inch screen, something that is quite rare in new smartphones.

From our very limited time with the device we were actually surprised with its performance. Other smartphones in the ZenFone 4's price range are incredibly laggy to use; while this smartphone wasn't lightening quick, we didn't really experience any painful lag. Perhaps the Asus ZenFone 4's dual-core 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2520 processor will be used in more budget smartphones if our initial impressions prove to last in the long term.

The 4-inch 480 x 800 (233ppi) TFT display isn't the worst screen we've seen on a budget smartphone, but it certainly isn't anything of note. Viewing angles were acceptable, but overall it's far from a sharp/bright display.

The rest of the phone's specs are pretty good, it comes with 4GB of internal storage which is accompanied by a microSD slot (expandable up to 32GB); 1GB of RAM; 5MP rear-facing camera plus an unspecified front-facing camera; and is Dual-SIM. The ZenFone 4 comes with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, as well as Asus' Zen UI and the new What's Next feature that automatically organises your day and sets reminders for you.

The dimensions of the ZenFone 4 are incredibly unremarkable, measuring in at 124.4 x 61.4 x 11.2mm means it's not exactly thin but we think that it's a comfortable size, on the plus side it only weighs 115g so it's nice and light.

All of this in a $99 smartphone means that it really should be one of 2014's best selling entry-level devices.

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