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Following the launch of the ZenFone AR a couple of months ago, Asus has announced a new Android phone and called it the ZenFone 4. That’s a name Asus has used in the past, which rather confuses things.

When is the ZenFone 4 release date?

You’ll be able to buy a ZenFone 4 in early November. You can pre-order one from 6 October from Asus’ eShop, and once released you can buy it from Carphone Warehouse and Amazon.

There’s a second, cheaper, model. The ZenFone 4 Max with a huge 5000mAh battery, which will go on sale on 6 October from the same three retailers.

How much does the Asus ZenFone 4 cost?

The main ZenFone 4 costs £449.99. The big-battery ZenFone 4 Max costs £249.99.

What are the ZenFone 4’s specs?

Here are the key specs in a handy table, so you can compare the two models.

  ZenFone 4 ZenFone 4 Max
Operating system Android 7.1.1 Nougat Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Available colours Moonlight White, Midnight Black Deepsea Black, Rose Pink
Display 5.5in (1920×1080, 401ppi) IPS 5.5in (1280×720,) IPS
Processor Snapdragon 630, octacore at 2.2GHz Snapdragon 430, octacore up to 1.4GHz
GPU Adreno 508 Adreno 505
RAM 4GB 4GB 
Storage 64GB + microSD up to 2TB 32/64GB + microSD up to 2TB 
Primary cameras 12Mp f/1.8 OIS + 8Mp (120° wide-angle) 13Mp f/2.0 + 8Mp (120° wide-angle)
Front camera 8Mp f/2.0 8Mp f/2.0
Video recording 2160p at 30fps EIS, 1080p at 60fps 1080p at 30fps
Wi-Fi 802.11ac  802.11n 
Bluetooth 5 4.1 
NFC Yes No 
LTE Cat 12  Cat 4 (150Mb/s)
SIM Dual nano-SIM (second slot shared with microSD) Dual nano-SIM (plus microSD slot)
Fingerprint scanner Yes, front No
Audio Stereo speakers + Hi-res audio support Mono speaker
Battery 3300mAh, non-removable  5000mAh, non-removable
Wireless charging No No
Waterproof No No
Charge / Sync USB-C micro USB
Dimensions 75.2×155.4 x7.5mm  76.9 x 154 x 8.9 mm
Weight 165g  181g
Model number ZE554KL  ZC554KL

ZenFone 4

It’s clear that the ZenFone 4 bears more than a passing resemblance to the 5.5in iPhone, and it even shares the same 1920×1080 resolution.

Like the iPhone 7 Plus and 8 Plus – and many new phones – there’s a dual-camera setup at the rear.

Unlike the majority, though, Asus has gone for a 12Mp main camera and a secondary 8Mp sensor with a wide-angle lens.

Asus ZenFone 4 release date, price and specs

The former uses Sony’s flagship IMX362 sensor and it focuses using dual pixel phase-detection autofocus (PDAF). Asus says at 0.03 seconds, it’s the world’s fastest.

The camera also benefits from optical stabilisation on four axis which allows long(ish) exposures of 1/4 sec. 

and image processing is handled by a Qualcomm Spectra 160 chip. 

The wide-angle camera isn’t ultra-wide like LG’s recent phones, but it has a 120° field of view which lets you fit a fair bit more in the frame without introducing too much distortion.

There’s plenty of flagship-level components including Cat 12 LTE, Bluetooth 5, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and you get extras missing from the ‘Max’ version such as USB-C, hi-res audio, stereo speakers, a fingerprint sensor and NFC.

Asus ZenFone 4 release date, price and specs

Asus keeps the price down by sticking with a full HD screen rather than quad HD, and there’s no waterproofing.

ZenFone 4 Max

Similar in name and design, but very different inside, the Max is intended to offer huge battery life for those on a tighter budget that don’t care so much about having the best cameras and fastest processor.

Asus ZenFone 4 Max

The ZenFone 4 Max can act as a power bank and charge other devices thanks to the included OTG USB cable. 

It has a similar dual camera setup to its pricier stablemate, but although the 13Mp main camera has extra resolution, it doesn’t have optical stabilisation.

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