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Looking at the camera tech behind the ASUS ZenFone 4 smartphones

By Ian Chee - 17 Aug 2017

SelfieMaster

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Having already described PixelMaster 4.0, the SelfieMaster is a lot simpler to describe, because they're essentially the same thing. That said, there are a few extras that are specific to the SelfieMaster. As before, the ZenFone 4 Selfie and ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro are used to describe this tech.

The dual camera setup has been brought to the front. <br> Image source: ASUS.

Looking at the image above, you're probably wondering why the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro manages a 24MP camera using the same 12MP sensor as the ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 4 Pro. ASUS describes this as a method of sacrificing the Dual Pixel PDAF to double the pixel count of the sensor. It works better than the usual interpolation, and it would also mean that each pixel is smaller, nullifying the benefit of having the larger pixels to begin with, but ASUS says you'll still be able to get brighter images. That said, this is all conjecture and we'll only be able to see its effects when we get to test it out ourselves.

Image source: ASUS.

On another note, the same sensor also means that the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro is also capable of recording in 4K using the front-facing camera.

Image source: ASUS.

By now, beautification is a common feature for front-facing cameras, so ASUS decided to take it a few steps further. And the company does this by adding beautification mode to not only stills, but also video and even livestreams.

Image source: ASUS.

With the features of the phones done and dusted, we now get to the phones that will use them. Starting with the ZenFone 4 Selfie, here is a summarized specs sheet of the phone's hardware:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
  • Android 7 Nougat with ZenUI 4.0
  • 5.5-inch HD display
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB of storage, expandable by 2TB via microSD
  • 3,000mAh

As for the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro, here's what this model will be packing:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
  • Android 7 Nougat with ZenUI 4.0
  • 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED display
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB of storage, expandable by 2TB via microSD

From L-R: The ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro and the ZenFone 4 Selfie. For this pair, the locations of the front-facing cameras will help you tell which is which.