With its most recent launch in the Philippines last February 9, 2018, ASUS added another member of the ZenFone 4 family of smartphones to the market. Tagged as the mobile device for the game changers, with its campaign hashtag #4TheGameChangers, the new ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Lite is yet gaining a fan base with its big battery capacity and satisfying results on mobile photography amidst its base price of ₱7,995.00 during its release announcement.
ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Lite: Truly 4 The Game Changers
Following the footsteps on the Zenfone 4 Max last year, and the newly announced Zenfone Max Plus (M1), the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Lite is also a deserving placer on the pantheon of ASUS’ Battery King line of Zenfone smartphones. In the box is a new smartphone with 4,100mAh battery that is supported with fast charging and noting the reverse technology capability to charge up another device via the OTG cable.
The budget entry-level smartphone device is truly for the game changers and we tested its camera system both using the main (dual lens back cameras) with a 120-degree wide view angle lens and the front-facing camera with soft LED flash.
Since we all know what’s inside the box of the new ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Lite, let us now try to check for some photos we have sampled during our test in the past few days. But first of all, here are the technical specifications:
– Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor
– Adreno 505 GPU
– 2 GB of RAM
– 5.2-inch HD IPS display, 1280 x 720 resolution
– 16 GB of internal storage; expandable up to 256 GB via microSD slot
– 13-megapixel primary rear camera + 5-megapixel wide-angle camera at f/2.0 aperture with PDAF, EIS, flash
– 8-megapixel front camera with Softlight LED flash
– 4G, LTE
– Dual SIM
– WiFi, Bluetooth
– GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
– Fingerprint Scanner
– OTG Support
– 4,100mAh battery with Support for Fast Charging
– Android 7.1.1 Nougat with ZenUI
The main (back) camera system has a dual lens system with a 13-megapixel primary rear camera and a 5-megapixel wide-angle camera. It has an EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization), a Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) and a flash. The back camera also has a 120-degree wide view angle for a much wider photo.
Also testing the main camera both the 13-megapixel primary lens and the 5-megapixel wide-angle camera with a much brighter natural lighting.
Taking photos at night can also produce decent photos. Here are sample shots for both auto and wide-angle modes using the main (back) cameras.
Aside from the fact that the dual lens camera system can produce these photo modes, it can also be set to a Portrait shooting mode. It enables an all-new depth-of-field effect by blurring the background to make the subject stand out. Here’s a sample:
Other camera settings like Beauty, Super Resolution, HDR, Panorama, GIF Animation and Pro (Manual) Mode are also available to give the user more options for their mobile photography.
Built-in camera filters are also available for a more dramatic look on photos. Eight (8) filters options can be chosen prior to taking a photo via the camera app: Hipster, Faded, Blush, Warm, Vibrant, Grayscale, Retro and Nostalgic.
The 8-megapixel front camera is surprisingly flexible in terms of taking self-portraits. Even though the front camera system only has a single lens camera, it is still capable of taking photos in Portrait Mode, similar to the Zenfone 4 Selfie during our testing.
Here’s a sample photo of myself using the front-facing camera in Wide-Angle and Portrait Modes turned on.
Final Review and Conclusion
Because of its ample battery power of 4100mAh, the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Lite is very fun to use when you are on-the-go while connected to the Internet and taking photos for travel and adventure. It is also ideal for casual use while you stroll downtown with family and friends and take selfies and wefies with the front-facing camera. The 5.2-inch HD display is easy to hold without having too much to suffer just by using one hand.
The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Lite is indeed still a Max despite the actual size both hardware and software. It’s very pocket-friendly (as well as budget-friendly) and it feels solid in the hands due to its premium metallic design with colors in Deepsea Black, Rose Pink, and Sunshine Gold.
As we have mentioned during our first impression review, what makes the ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Lite better is its Portrait mode on both the main (back) camera and the front camera considering its entry-level, budget-friendly price tag.
The new ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Lite is now available at any ZenFone kiosks and concept stores for only ₱7,995.00. The other ZenFone family members are currently available at the ASUS official store in Lazada.