ASUS has been releasing their smartphones under the ZenFone brand name for quite some time now. We’ve all came to know ASUS through their phones in the past through their smartphones in the market. On August of 2017, ASUS announced the ZenFone 4 in Taipei, Taiwan. During that event, ASUS told us that their flagship will be the Selfie Pro that we reviewed here. I personally think that’s an illegitimate heir – but will the ZenFone 4 be the real heir?
Let’s find out what the ZenFone 4 can truly do in this in-depth review.
The ZenFone 4 is indeed one of the earliest smartphones that ASUS had designed for this generation of smartphones, so we’ll cut AUS some slack and not compare too much when it comes to the design and display of the other smartphones within the same family..
I’m rather impressed by how many different types of box designs that ASUS have to whip out just for the ZenFone 4 series of smartphones. Firstly, we saw the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro here having a plain white cardboard box with a sleeve around it. Then we saw the ZenFone 4 Max Pro and Max Plus (M1) having a very similar box design. The ZenFone 4 however, has a similar design as the Selfie Pro, but has a soft-touch material coated on the black cardboard. That’s certainly something interesting, though I doubt it’s necessary at all.
Opening up the box reveals yet another box that houses the included TPU case. Digging further reveals the similar contents like any other ZenFone 4 series – a USB-C cable, a charger, a pair of earbuds with two more included silicon tip sizes, documentations, and the ZenFone 4 itself, obviously.
ASUS definitely found a way to cut cost as well, since all of the included accessories throughout all of the ZenFone 4 series of smartphones have the exact same colored cables and exact same 5V 2A chargers. More on this later.