Home grown OEM Micromax was first to catch the Selfie trend when they launched their Canvas Selfie device back last. Now a year has passed by, and the selfie trending is ever so popular! Seeing this opportunity Taiwanese manufacturer Asus decided to step up the ante with the launch of their own iteration of a selfie phone dubbed the Zenfone Selfie.
The device will be a part of their highly successful Zenfone lineup. It is said to retail in India at a price tag of Rs 18,000 - Rs 20,000. If the leaks come out to be accurate then, the Zenfone Selfie will be price neck on the neck with the Canvas Selfie. Both devices have a 13MP Selfie cameras. So an obvious question arises - Which one is better?
Build and Design:
The Zenfone Selfie sports a similar design like the original Zenfone 2. The metal like chin with an undulating plastic back cover donning a sliding volume button are so reminiscent to the Zenfone line up. Only difference is up front. In place of the speaker strip up front, we find a large circular selfie camera. It is sandwiched between two vertical strips of speaker and a LED. The device is quite thick though, but the back cover has nice finish which improves the overall grip of the device.
The Canvas Selfie on the other hand features a faux leather wrapped back cover. This not only makes the device look premium but also improves on the grip. The faux leather stitched cover is very similar to the ones found on the Note series of devices from Samsung.
This is where the Canvas Selfie is unable to stand its ground. It features a 4.7 inch HD display in contrary to the Full HD panel found in the Zenfone. The 5.5 inch panel in the Zenfone Selfie might not have as good a colour reproduction as the Zenfone 2, but it definitely renders the colors perfectly. The panel is very bright though - at least not at par with the Xiaomi Mi4.
Under the Hood:
Here, the two companies has gone with two different SoC vendors. Unlike the Zenfone series which comes with Intel SoC, Asus has opted for a Qualcomm processor for their selfie centric device. It features a Snapdragon octa core 615 SoC with cores clocked at 1.7 GHz each coupled with a Adreno 405 GPU. The SD615 has been in the headlines off late though and that too for all wrong reasons - heating issues in the Mi4i. Nevertheless the SoC doesn't heat that much in case of the Zenfone Selfie.
The Canvas Selfie on the other hand uses a Mediatek chip namely the MT6592 with eight cores clocked at 1.7GHz. It is not the latest generation processor for Mediatek by any means, but the in terms of benchmark the device capable to manage to stay pretty close to that of SD615. It uses a Mali 400 GPU.
But if you ask for my personal view, then I would suggest the Zenfone Selfie over the Micromax device in terms of performance. Plus one get an extra gig of RAM. The Asus device sports a 3GB of RAM on contrary to the 2GB found in the Micromax handset.
This is the main area of concern when it's a comparison of two selfie device. Both devices feature a 13MP front and rear camera using the 5P Largan lens. In fact the device has the same front camera aperture of f2.2. Plus there's also a front flash - it's stronger on the Zenfone selfie though. The real life images aka ‘selfies' are nearly same from both devices in natural light, but under artificial lighting condition the Zenfone fares way better. The stronger flash also comes in handy.
The Zenfone's major advantage lies on the back camera though. It features a laser autofocus with 13MP f2.0 Autofocus back camera. This is a features that is present only in flagship devices like OnePlus 2, LG G4, Samsung S6 to name a few! The technology results in impeccable focusing times of 0.02 secs. On the other hand the camera on the Micromax Canvas Selfie despite being good, doesn't have enough in it to match the likes of Zenfone Selfie.
The software on the Zenfone Selfie requires a lot of improvements though. In spite of capturing a large number of details, too much of grains are visible in the image shot from the front camera.
The battery performance is much improved than the one we at Gizbot had seen with the Zenfone 2. The 3000 mah battery easily retains its juice for over a day. On the other hand the Micromax device features a rather small 2300 mah battery.
While the Zenfone 2 runs on the latest iteration of Android namely Lollipop, with the custom ZenUI on top, the Canvas Selfie still runs a last gen Kitkat. Tech analysts at Gizbot highly doubt whether the device will at all receive future updates. The worst part is that the UI of Micromax Canvas Selfie is filled with a no of non-removable bloatwares.
It's a clear win win situation for Asus. They have planned the launch right and now all depends on how they price it. If the previous leaks of a pricing under Rs 20,000 comes out to be true, Gizbot certifies it as the best ‘Selfie device' available under the sub 20K price point.