Asus ZenFone Selfie ZD551KL Official Price is Rs 15,999 or Around Php 11,500 : Arriving in the Philippines, Soon?

Taiwanese electronics company Asus has just made the 16GB version of new ZenFone Selfie available in India for 15,999 Rupees -- that's roughly Php 11,500 with current conversion. And a few days ago, one of our reliable insiders from Asus Philippines disclosed to be that the handset is just about ready to be launched here. Exciting, eh?

Asus ZenFone Selfie

If you're not yet familiar with it, Asus ZenFone Selfie - like what its name suggests - is made specifically for users who love to take self-portraits (with or without their friends) and demand good technical specifications from their daily driver apart from its imaging capabilities.

According to Asus, ZenFone Selfie ZD551KL is a trailblazing or landmark fusion of fashion, technology and craftsmanship allowing users see their ideal selves, with dual 13 MegaPixel autofocus cameras both featuring laser auto-focus for ultra-fast shots with complete clarity and the company's very own PixelMaster technology that enhances the quality of shots across various lighting conditions.

Asus ZenFone Selfie

These two shooters are engineered with five-prism Largan lenses and top-notch Toshiba sensors, and include dual-LED (orange and yellow) Real Tone flash technology for perfect illumination in any setting. Thanks to laser autofocus innovation and stellar optics, ZenFone Selfie is also capable of delivering superb macro photography that works on subjects as close as 6cm

Asus ZenFone Selfie

In terms of looks, the ZenFone Selfie flaunts an ergonomic Arc design language making it a joy to have in the palm of one's hand and features an intuitive rear key that makes capturing selfies easier than ever, with live digital cosmetic effects (via Beautification Mode) to instantly enhance your self-shots. The resulting are photos will surely delight users as they view it on the phablet's ultra-crisp and vibrant 5.5 inch Full HD IPS display with Asus TruVivid construction that transforms the conventional four-layer screen design into an innovative two-layer ultra-thin finish, with full lamination.

The true highlight of this release is the exceptional front-facing PixelMaster camera with a massive 13 MegaPixel resolution complemented by f/2.2-aperture, 88-degree wide-angle lens to capture more of your every smile and persona. The phone's unique Selfie Panorama mode even lets you snap selfies with an outlook of up to 140 degrees, so everything and everyone you want to include in the shot can actually become a part of it.

As its heart, the more affordable LTE-enabled Asus ZenFone Selfie variant runs its Zen-UI-skinned Android 5.0 Lollipop OS with a 64-Bit Octa Core Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 chipset, has 2GB of RAM for multitasking, and comes with 16GB of expandable storage. The more expensive model, on the other hand, has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM that users can also beef up using the device's microSD card expansion slot.

Asus Philippines hasn't official word yet regarding the phone's local availability but personally, I'm expecting to it land here within this month, August 2015, with SRP starting at around Php 11,500 to Php 12,000 for the model with 2GB of RAM.

Is it the right smartphone for you? Well, I think it's perfect for those who absolutely love to take selfies -- all while demanding a gorgeous Dual SIM handset that has fairly powerful internal hardware for gaming and everyday use. I'm definitely keeping an eye on this one. I think it's hot!

Update as of August 29, 2015: Asus ZenFone Selfie has just been announced in the Philippines at ZenFestival Manila held at Green Sun AXON in Makati City. The official suggested retail price of the handset locally is Php 11,995 and it's hitting store shelves across the country come the first week of September 2015.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Asus ZenFone Selfie
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen), Phablet
Price Category Midrange
Dimensions156.5 x 77.2 x 10.8 ~ 3.9 mm (WxDxH)
Weight 170 g (with battery)
Available Colors Aqua Blue, Glacier Gray, Pure White, Chic Pink, Sheer Gold
Operating System Android 5.0 Lollipop with Zen UI
Display 5.5 inches, Full HD 1920 x 1080, 403 PPI, IPS, Asus TruVivid, Scratch Resistant Corning Glass with anti-fingerprint coating, Corning Gorilla Glass 4, 72% NTSC color range
Processor 64-Bit Octa Core = Quad Core Cortex-A53 + Quad-core Cortex-A53, Adreno 405 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 chipset
RAM 2GB/3GB RAM options
Internal Storage 16/32 GB ROM options, expandable via microSD card slot supporting up to 128GB
Camera Rear: 13 MegaPixels, ƒ/2.0 aperture, 5P Largan Lenses, 0.3s Ultra-Fast Laser Autofocus, Toshiba Sensor, Blue Glass Filter, Real Tone Dual LED Flash, PixelMaster
Front: 13 MegaPixels, ƒ/2.2 aperture, 5P Largan Lenses, 88° wide-angle view, Autofocus, Toshiba Sensor, Blue Glass Filter, Real Tone Dual LED Flash, PixelMaster
Video Capture Front and Back: Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second for main camera
Audio and Video Playback MP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLAC, MP4, H.264
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity WLAN 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth V4.0, HSPA+ UL 5.76 / DL 42 Mbps, DC-HSPA+: UL 5.76 / DL 42 Mbps, LTE Cat4:UL 150 / DL 100 Mbps
GPS Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS
FM Radio Yes
Sensors Accelerator, G-Sensor, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Light Sensor, Hall Sensor
Network 3G WCDMA : 850MHz, 900MHz, 1900MHz, 2100MHz
4G FDD-LTE: (TW/JP version)
FDD-LTE: (WW version)
FDD-LTE: (CN/IN version)
TDD-LTE: (CN version)
ASUS phone 4G/LTE band compatibility varies by region. Please check compatibility with local carriers If intending to use your ASUS phone outside the original purchase region.
SIM Card Type Dual microSIM
SIM1 Support2G/3G/4G
SIM2 Support2G/3G/4G
Dual SIM Dual Standby
Battery Removable 3,000 mAh Li-Po battery
Uptime TBD
Value-Added Features Great Front-Facing Camera, Asus Golden Ear, Asus Audio Wizard, Asus SonicMaster, Zen UI
Announcement August 2015
Availability August 2015
Price Official: 15,999 Rupees in India
TP Guesstimate for Philippines: Php 11,500 to Php 12,000
Official SRP in the Philippines: Php 11,995