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ASUS ZenFone 4 launches with Pro, Selfie, and Max models

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ASUS hasn’t shied away from teasing its next-generation ZenFone 4 lineup for the past few weeks, but all that build-up ends now. The ZenFone 4 series is finally here, bringing with it several variants for all sorts of markets.

We’re currently looking at a total of six officially named ZenFone 4 models: the midrange ZenFone 4, a high-end ZenFone 4 Pro, two selfie-centric phones in the ZenFone 4 Selfie and Selfie Pro, the ZenFone 4 Max that was quietly launched in Russia last month, and an additional ZenFone 4 Max Pro.


Those don’t include the minor variations some of these models possess. Already confused? Let’s break them down:

ASUS ZenFone 4

Despite being the torch bearer of the new lineup, the ZenFone 4 is in fact a midrange smartphone. That’s because it makes use of one of Qualcomm’s new efficiency-first processors — either the Snapdragon 660 or 630. So yes, there are two versions under its name, but the one equipped with the Snapdragon 660 will be slightly faster.

The rest of the specifications are what you’d expect from a phone of this caliber: a 5.5-inch Full HD LCD, up to 6GB of memory and 64GB of storage, and 3300mAh battery. What makes this special compared to the ZenFone 3 is its dual-camera system, wherein in the secondary 8-megapixel sensor delivers wider-angled shots compared to the primary’s 12-megapixel shooter. There’s another, single 8-megapixel camera on the front.

Pricing starts at US$ 399.

ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro

As the top-of-the-line model, the ZenFone 4 Pro has something the others don’t: Qualcomm’s best processor to date, the Snapdragon 835. That’s a big deal, because that puts this phone in line with the likes of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, HTC U11, and OnePlus 5 — that’s seriously good company to be associated with.

Another special feature is the 16-megapixel secondary camera at the back that’s capable of 2X optical zoom. Combined with the optically stabilized 12-megapixel shooter and 8-megapixel selfie cam, we’ve got all bases covered. Sealing the deal are the 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED, 6GB of memory, 128GB of storage, and 3600mAh battery.

As expected, it’s the costliest of the bunch. We’re looking at a price tag of US$ 599.

ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie

ASUS has finally brought its Selfie series back after total absence from the ZenFone 3 line. Like the aforementioned models, the 5.5-inch ZenFone 4 Selfie has a pair of side-by-side cameras — except this time, they’re in front.

The main selfie shooter offers a large 20-megapixel resolution, while the secondary lens provides wide 120-degree photos to fit more people into a shot. There’s a front-facing LED flash, as well, and its 16-megapixel rear camera is on its own, but should be enough for daily grinds. A lower-end Snapdragon 430 chip powers the phone, along with 4GB of memory, 64GB of storage, and a 3000mAh battery.

You can purchase one for US$ 279.

ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro

If the ZenFone 4 Selfie isn’t enough to satisfy your vanity, you may opt for the more capable 5.5-inch Selfie Pro. It has a faster Snapdragon 625 processor and DuoPixel front-facing camera technology that combines two 12-megapixel images into a higher-resolution 24-megapixel photo. Wide-angled selfies with the second camera are also possible, and beside it is another LED flash.

Other than that, the Selfie Pro is similar to its non-Pro counterpart. You get the same 16-megapixel rear camera, 4GB of memory, 64GB storage, and 3000mAh battery. In addition, there’ll be a bright red color option available, while the ZenFone 4 Selfie will settle for more basic pink and teal choices.

It’ll retail for US$ 379.

ASUS ZenFone 4 Max and Max Pro

Finally, we have the most budget-friendly of the set, the ZenFone 4 Max. Like its super-popular predecessor, the ZenFone 3 Max, the newer model prioritizes battery life with a 5000mAh capacity. Different this time, however, is the inclusion of a dual-camera setup at the back, which is rare at this price point.

One rear camera is 13 megapixels, while the other handles 120-degree wide-angle shots. The front-facing camera is less special with a single 8-megapixel shooter, but interestingly, there’s a LED flash beside it, as well. Keeping the electronics going is a Snapdragon 430 chipset with 3GB of memory and 32GB of storage under a 5.5-inch HD 720p LCD.

Take note that there’s also a ZenFone 4 Max Pro with a slightly higher-resolution 16-megapixel rear camera. Aside from that, it’s nearly identical to the regular ZenFone 4 Max.

Pricing and availability for all handsets will be added as soon as we get them.

SEE ALSO: ASUS ZenFone AR review

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Mi Mix Alpha could be truly an all screen phone

Could have 100% screen-to-body ratio

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Xiaomi is scheduled to host an event on September 24 in China. According to leaks, the company is expected to launch Mi 9 Pro 5G and the next Mi Mix series phone. According to a post on Weibo via their official handle, the next Mi MIX device will be dubbed the “Mi MIX Alpha” and will have an insane screen-to-body ratio.

Vivo’s latest flagship smartphone, the NEX 3 was unveiled a few days back and featured a Waterfall FullView curved display that gave a whopping 99.6 percent screen-to-body ratio.


Xiaomi has also shared a teaser image of the phone, flaunting a radically curved display that wraps around the edges and might even hit the 100 percent screen-to-body ratio mark, becoming the first phone to do so. The last teaser hints that the Mix Alpha will bring the highest screen to body ratio in Xiaomi’s lineup.

As far as specifications go, we’re confident it’ll house a Snapdragon 855+ chipset. The processor will be paired with up to 12GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 512GB of UFS internal storage.

Furthermore, there have been rumors suggesting that the device will sport a triple-rear camera with a 108-megapixel primary camera.

Xiaomi’s Mi 9 Pro 5G will be a stunner as wll. It’s expected to offer a Snapdragon 855+ SoC, 48-megapixel triple rear camera setup and a 4000mAh battery.

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Samsung admits redesigned Galaxy Fold is still too fragile

Don’t press on the phone too hard!

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Early in 2019, Samsung introduced the year’s most revolutionary form factor, the foldable smartphone. Naturally, the Galaxy Fold had its fair share of skeptics. Will the foldable smartphone hold up to durability standards?

Months after the launch, Samsung answered this controversial question. Early viewers discovered a fatal flaw in the Galaxy Fold’s first iteration, prompting a global delay. After months of reworking, Samsung has finally released the second version.


You’d expect a much stronger phone. In most cases, you’d be right. However, Samsung itself has released a critical disclaimer on the new Galaxy Fold’s durability. Despite getting a major rework, the Galaxy Fold still requires your tender touch.

In an official YouTube video, Samsung advises new users to “just use a light touch.” The warning specifically pertains to the phone’s inner spine. In its previous iteration, the inner hinge easily broke — the plastic film comes off, dirt slides underneath the screen. Worse, the screen shuts off after being infiltrated.

In this second iteration, Samsung has added plastic covers and an extended film for added protection. Despite the addition, you should still handle the new device with utmost care, particularly around the hinge. Further, Samsung advises against screen protectors which may interfere with the actual screen.

Also, Samsung has another disclaimer for the Galaxy Fold’s magnetic clasps. To keep it securely closed, the Galaxy Fold uses magnets on both panels. The device’s magnets are likely stronger than the normal smartphone. As such, the magnet might interfere with other metallic objects like credit cards or key cards. In the video, Samsung asks users to “be mindful of objects that may be affected.”

The Galaxy Fold is still a fragile beast. For a US$ 1,980 device, the foldable smartphone still requires extra care. At the disclaimer video’s conclusion, Samsung promotes its Galaxy Fold Premier Service, a training and support program specially built for Galaxy Fold users. According to Samsung, the care program is required “for the complete experience.”

Regardless, if you’re buying the new Galaxy Fold, you might want to trade the extra screen protector for cotton gloves.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Fold Hands-on: The Redo!

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Vivo V17 Pro with dual pop-up camera launches

It has a total of six cameras

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While Xiaomi and Realme are trying to outbid each other by offering higher resolution cameras, Vivo is busy adding as many sensors as possible. The brand was the first to incorporate a pop-up camera mechanism and is now leveraging the technology in all its products.

The phone will be going up against the OnePlus 7 and instead of focusing on performance, Vivo is eyeing an ideal all-rounder. The phone has been launched in India today and shall be landing in more markets soon.


It sports a 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a screen-to-body ratio of 91.65 percent. The display is surrounded by a 2.5D curved glass and Schott Xensation UP protection. The rear has Gorilla Glass, but it’s always recommended to slap a case on it.

The V17 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 675 SoC, paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It runs on Funtouch OS 9.1, that’s based on Android 9 Pie.

On the rear is a quad-camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel primary sensor, a 13-megapixel telephoto sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The setup is capable 2x optical zoom and 10x hybrid zoom.

The front gets a dual-camera pop-up selfie module that houses a 32-megapixel camera and an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens. The front camera also supports Super Night Selfie mode for low-light photography. For authentication, an in-display fingerprint scanner has been added along with face unlock.

Backing these internals is a 4100mAh battery that supports 18W Dual-Engine fast charging. Vivo has also added a headphone jack, but the charging is still dependent on a microUSB port.

It’s priced at INR 29,990 for the sole 8GB+128GB offering and will go on sale from September 27 via Vivo eshop, Flipkart, Amazon, Paytm Mall, and Tata CliQ. Color options include Midnight Ocean and Glacier Ice.

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