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Asus ZenFone 4 Review: On the Threshold to the Upper Class

With the ZenFone 4 the Taiwanese manufacturer Asus brings a smartphone of the upper middle class to Germany, which comes along with a chic design and interesting features. These include, for example, a wide-angle camera and Hi-Res audio. In this test you will find out whether the device has a chance on the threshold to the upper class in the highly competitive market.

Design and Workmanship

The design of the ZenFone 4 differs greatly from many competing products, especially on the back. This consists of 2.5D gorilla glass, which has light effects similar to the reflections of a CD when moving. That looks very chic, but it’s very prone to fingerprints. Otherwise, the back is kept extremely simple, only the rear cameras and flash sit in the upper left corner. The back is completely flat, not even the cameras stand out from the glass. That may look good, but to pick up a smooth table top is in my experience rather impractical. Because the device is very thin, it’s not as easy to grip as smartphones with a less smooth surface.

The frame of the ZenFone 4 is completely made of aluminium and feels very high-quality. On the right side you’ll find the on/off button and the volume rocker, and on the bottom you’ll find the USB-C port, speakers and a 3.5 mm jack socket.

Let’s move on to the front. The display is of course on this one, which is rather large at 5.5 inches. The edges above and below the display are unfortunately very thick, so that the smartphone is very high overall. Clear edges are also visible on the screen pages. That the ZenFone 4 is not advertised with a borderless display is clear to me, but nevertheless the edges seem a bit too massive in my eyes. Asus offers three Android buttons on the underside, whereby the home button has an integrated fingerprint sensor. I myself use a smartphone with a sensor on the back, so it was hard for me to get used to unlocking with my thumb. In principle, however, the sensor works very well. I am also unaccustomed to the fact that the Home button is there, but cannot be physically pressed. Instead he reacts, like the other Android buttons, to touch.

I like the workmanship of the ZenFone 4 very much. Asus uses high-quality materials such as scratch-resistant 2.5D gorilla glass and aluminium. The gap dimensions are very small and the buttons have good and clearly defined pressure points. The only pity is that the entire device is extremely susceptible to fingerprints. It is clear that this cannot really be prevented with glass, but it is particularly noticeable in the minimalist design of the ZenFone.

The scope of delivery includes, in addition to the device itself, a mains adapter, a USB-C cable, as well as earphones and a short manual.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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