Asus ZenFone 4 (2017) release date, price and specs

Following the launch of the ZenFone AR[1] 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?

The ZenFone 4 is now on sale from Asus’ eShop[2], and you can also buy it from Carphone Warehouse, John Lewis, Amazon, Box and Tesco. There’s a second model the ZenFone 4 Max.

The Max refers to a huge 5000mAh battery, not a larger screen. You can see the full specs of both phones below.

How much does the Asus ZenFone 4 cost?

The ZenFone 4 costs ?449.99. The big-battery ZenFone 4 Max costs ?249.99 from John Lewis.[3][4][5]

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
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 (2017) 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 (2017) 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 (2017) release date, price and specs

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.


  1. ^ ZenFone AR (
  2. ^ Asus’ eShop (
  3. ^ ZenFone 4 (
  4. ^ ZenFone 4 Max (
  5. ^ ?249.99 from John Lewis. (

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