Compare ASUS ZenFone Selfie VS ZenFone 2: Which Should You Buy?

ASUS ZenFone Selfie (right) VS ZenFone 2
ASUS ZenFone Selfie (right) VS ZenFone 2
ASUS ZenFone Selfie (right) VS ZenFone 2

ASUS ZenFone Selfie has been launched in Malaysia at the end of August 2015. The new Android smartphone equipped with 13MP front camera with flash. How does it compare with ASUS ZenFone 2? Let’s find out in this article.

ASUS ZenFone Selfie launch in Malaysia
ASUS ZenFone Selfie launch in Malaysia

ASUS ZenFone Selfie design is same as the company’s 2015 flagship smartphone — ZenFone 2, except that you will notice a big front camera on ZenFone Selfie at first glance, and that explain its name.

ASUS ZenFone Selfie launch in Malaysia
ASUS ZenFone Selfie launch in Malaysia

ZenFone Selfie’s rear and front cameras are both 13MP resolution. The rear camera has laser focus for fast autofocus. The front camera is 13MP with dual-tone flash — a great upgrade from ZenFone 2’s 5MP front-camera.

Thanks to the laser focus, ZenFone Selfie camera focus is a lot faster than ZenFone 2. Saving camera shoot is also faster, comparing to ZenFone 2 which could take up to 1-2 seconds to save a photo.

ASUS ZenFone Selfie 13MP front camera with flash
ASUS ZenFone Selfie 13MP front camera with flash

ZenFone Selfie display is same 5.5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) but uses Corning Gorilla Glass 4, which is 2x more drop-damage resistance than Corning Gorilla Glass 3 used on ZenFone 2.

ASUS drops Intel Atom processor and uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor in ZenFone Selfie. It has 3GB RAM, 1GB less than ZenFone 2. Only 32GB storage model is available, supporting microSD memory card up to 128GB.

Both ZenFone Selfie and ZenFone 2 supports Dual SIM cards, but the latter only allows mobile data from 1 SIM slot. ZenFone Selfie is Dual-SIM-Dual-Standby, support 3G/4G networks on both SIM slots (only one SIM card can connect to 3G/4G at a time).

Both ZenFone 2 and ZenFone Selfie are using 3000 mAh Li-Polymer battery, but we expect Qualcomm Snapdragon processor to be more battery efficiency — longer battery life.

ASUS ZenFone Selfie
ASUS ZenFone Selfie

Refer the table below for a glance of ZenFone Selfie vs. ZenFone 2:

compare zenfone selfie vs zenfone 2
Compare ZenFone Selfie vs ZenFone 2

ZenFone Selfie price in Malaysia is RM 1,049 and available in 3 lovely colours: Pure White, Chic Pink, Aqua Blue.

Conclusion

ASUS ZenFone Selfie
ASUS ZenFone Selfie

I recommend ZenFone Selfie over ZenFone 2, the former is a welcome upgrade from the already good ZenFone 2.

ZenFone Selfie has better front & back cameras, tougher glass, and supports Dual 4G SIMs. These features are more important and useful than 4GB RAM in your daily phone usage. Also, I bet you will hardly notice the difference between 3GB and 4GB phone memory.

Plus, ZenFone Selfie is RM150 cheaper than ZenFone 2!

ZenFone Selfie photo gallery

Oppo R7 Plus and OPPO R7 Lite with New Flash Shot Technology Launched in Malaysia

OPPO R7 series launch in Malaysia
OPPO R7 series launch in Malaysia
OPPO R7 series launch in Malaysia

OPPO Malaysia launched two of its latest R7 series smartphones — OPPO R7 Plus and OPPO R7 Lite — on July 7, 2015 at Shangri-La Hotel Grand Ballroom, Kuala Lumpur.

The annual OPPO event invites OPPO dealers and media friends to celebrate the company’s latest products.

This is the 10th year of OPPO and 2nd year in Malaysia. OPPO already gains 10% market share in Malaysia, it claims.

The latest two R7 series smartphones will be available in Malaysia in August 2015. Pre-order starts on July 11, 2015.

OPPO R7 Plus

OPPO R7 Plus
OPPO R7 Plus

OPPO R7 Plus is a 6-inch smartphone with full metal unibody at 7.75mm slim and 2.5D arc edge FullHD display. The fingerprint scanner at the back is exclusively for unlocking the device.

OPPO R7 Plus back
OPPO R7 Plus back

It is powered by Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 1.5GHz processor and 3GB RAM. Storage is 32GB and support up to 128GB microSD memory card. However, installing a memory card will take up an SIM slot of the Dual 4G nano SIM system.

OPPO R7 runs new ColorOS 2.1(Android 5.1) with shorter boot up speed, faster performance. The user interface and icons also get redesigned. It includes customizable on-screen and off-screen gestures commands.

OPPO R7 Plus equipped with 13-megapixel rear camera with dual flash and 8-megapixel front camera. The camera app takes only 0.7 to launch.

OPPO R7 Plus camera gives you faster focus time and more stable images by using the “New Flash Shot” technology, which consists of dual-drive hybrid focus system, laser focus (infrared), Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF), anti-share optimisation, contrast detection focus.

OPPO R7 Plus battery capacity is 4,100mAh and support OPPO VOOC Flash Charge system. 5 minutes charging time can power up the phone to 2 hours talk time.

“[OPPO R7 Plus]So perfect! Just like a full symphony!”, said Candice Liu, CEO Assistant of OPPO Malaysia.

OPPO R7 Lite

OPPO R7 Lite
OPPO R7 Lite

OPPO R7 Lite is smaller and cheaper than OPPO R7 Plus. It has the same metal unibody, 2.5D curved screen, Snapdragon 615 processor, 13MP & 8MP cameras.

However, OPPO R7 Lite’s processor will be underclock to a “slower but yet confirm” clock speed. It has 16GB storage and 2GB RAM.

OPPO R7 Lite back
OPPO R7 Lite back

OPPO R7 Lite’s display is 5-inch with HD resolution. It does not have a fingerprint scanner at the back. Supports Dual SIM with micro + nano. The battery capacity is 2,320mAh, not support VOOC Flash Charge.

OPPO VOOC accessories

OPPO has VOOC Fast Charging accessories allow you to quickly charge OPPO smartphone wherever you are:

  • VOOC Fast Charging car charger, price is RM148
  • VOOC Fast Charging power bank (6,000mAh), price is RM178
OPPO VOOC Car Charger
OPPO VOOC Car Charger
OPPO VOOC power bank
OPPO VOOC power bank

Price and Availability

OPPO R7 Plus price in Malaysia is RM1,998, only gold colour. OPPO R7 Lite price is RM1,298, available in Gold and Silver colours. Prices are inclusive 6% GST.

Pre-orders for both models can make at OPPO stores and OPPO website from 11 July 2015. R7 Plus and R7 Lite will available in August 2015 in Malaysia.

OPPO R7 series launch event

Redmi 1S vs Redmi Note: Which Xiaomi Budget Smartphone is Better?

RedMi1S vs RedMi Note
RedMi1S vs RedMi Note
RedMi1S vs RedMi Note

After several Mi 3 sales sold out in minutes, Xiaomi Malaysia to launch two cheaper smartphone models in July 2014 – Redmi 1S and Redmi Note.

  • Redmi 1S is 4.7-inch Android smartphone, price is RM419. Sale starts on 8 July 2014.
  • Redmi Note is 5.5-inch Android 4.2 smartphone, price is RM509. Sale starts on 22 July 2014.

Since the price difference is only RM90, which Xiaomi phone is better? In this article, you will learn the Redmi 1S and Redmi Note specs differences and my recommendation.

Specs: Redmi 1S VS. Redmi Note

Let’s have a glance of Redmi 1S and Redmi Note specs in the table below:

Compare Redmi 1S vs Redmi Note specs
Compare Redmi 1S vs Redmi Note specs

Redmi Note win over Redmi 1S in hardware specs. It has more RAM (2GB), bigger 5.5 inch display (same resolution). The cameras are much higher resolution than Redmi 1S – 13MP main camera and 5MP front camera. It also has bigger battery capacity (3200mAh).

With all the advantages, Redmi Note is still slimmer (9.45 mm) than Redmi 1S. Despite the 5.5-inch body, Redmi Note is only 41 gram heavier than Redmi 1S.

CPU: Qualcomm VS. Mediatek

The other main difference between Redmi 1S and Redmi Note is the processor (CPU). Redmi Note is powered by MediaTek MT6592 Octa-core 1.7GHz, whereas Redmi 1S is powered by Qualcomm MSM8228 Snapdragon 400 Quad-core 1.6GHz.

Based on my past experiences, I have a bias toward Qualcomm mobile processors. Smartphones using Qualcomm processors are generally more stable and better performance.

On the other hand, I (and many tech media friends) do not like Mediatek processor. Mediatek mobile processors are often found in budget smartphones. Somehow, the performance is less ideal (regardless core number and clock speed) and apps tend to have compatibility problems.

Did I tell you that I am bias?

Benchmark results

Benchmark test is the easiest way to show the performance but it does not necessary show the real user experience. And, different benchmark tools would show very different results.

Below is a Facebook photo showing the huge benchmark score different between Redmi 1S (2445 score) and Redmi Note (1464 score).

Post by Warren Lee.

However, to be fair, the Antutu benchmark scores I found online shows that Redmi Note (scored around 28,000+) has better scores than Redmi 1S (scored around 21,000+).

Xiaomi Redmi 1S Antutu benchmark result
Xiaomi Redmi 1S Antutu benchmark result (source)
Xiaomi Redmi Note Antutu benchmark result
Xiaomi Redmi Note Antutu benchmark result (source)

(I have yet receive either phone for product review.)

Xiaomi Malaysia wants to sell Redmi Note

If you have following Xiaomi Malaysia, you have notice that the company heavily promotes Redmi Note. They ran Redmi Note contest. Xiaomi Malaysia website only shows Redmi Note information but no sight of Redmi 1S, despite that Redmi 1S sale date is week earlier than Redmi Note.

Conclusion

As you can see now, the winner is clearly the Redmi Note. Specs wise, you get more RAM, bigger display, better cameras, and longer battery life for only extra RM90.

Redmi 1S 4.7″ display size is good for you who like one-hand-operate smartphone. However, the 1.6M front camera is not good enough for selfie.

Over to you: Are you Redmi 1S or Redmi Note?