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Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie ZD553KL vs Lenovo K8 Note: two dual camera smartphones battle it out


Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie ZD553KL comes with its dual 20MP+8MP selfie camera, while Lenovo K8 Note with its dual 13MP+5MP primary camera. Both can be acquired for $219 USD, so let’s find out more about them.

First up is the Zenfone 4 Selfie ZD553KL. As you might have noticed, there’s a very good reason why it has the ‘Selfie’ name. Here’s the lowdown for this smartphone:

  • 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels or ~267 ppi pixel density
  • 2.5D curved glass
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 chipset, Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 505 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • 16MP primary camera with 26mm, EIS (gyro), phase detection autofocus and LED flash
  • Dual 20MP with f/2.0 aperture, 31mm +8MP selfie camera with 12mm, LED flash, panorama and HDR
  • 64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 256GB
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
  • Android Nougat 7.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • September 2017 release date
  • 13,999 Indian Rupee or ~$219 USD price tag

For starters, Zenfone 4 Selfie ZD553KL is only sporting a 5.5-inch IPS screen with High Definition resolution. It does however, comes with a 2.5D curved glass that makes for a beautiful look and feel to it.

Moving on to the hardware side of things, Zenfone 4 Selfie ZD553KL falls somewhere in the medium to low-end range with the available Snapdragon 430 chipset, decent octa-core processor, decent graphics but with 4GB RAM. The combo somehow doesn’t feel right, although you will still benefit from the 4GB RAM.

If there’s one great reason to own the Zenfone 4 Selfie ZD553KL, is on its selfie camera. With a dual 20MP+8MP selfie camera found on the smartphone, you can be sure of capturing only the best selfies. To provide the best selfie experience, the 20MP standard view camera shoots selfies with stunning clarity, and an 8MP wide-angle camera with a 120-degree field of view. With dual cameras and ASUS SelfieMaster technology, you have the flexibility to include just yourself in the shot, capture yourself with your environment, or gather some friends and have fun shooting wefies. It also comes with Softlight LED flash that delivers the perfect amount of fill light, just like if you were taking photos in a studio. To round it up, the Beauty Mode then lets you perform professional-quality, automatic image retouching and enhancement. Adjustments include complexion softening, skin toning, blemish removal, skin brightening, eye enlargement, and cheek slimming.

Let’s not forget that there’s still the 16MP primary camera for you to play around with, as the PDAF feature is able to get you get the shot you want, every time.

Then there’s the 64GB internal storage for you to store all your stuff, and it should get filled up in a very short time. That’s where you can easily add 256GB via the expansion slot.

Battery-wise, the 3000 mAh battery provides just enough juice for Zenfone 4 Selfie ZD553KL to last for a full day.

Finally, Zenfone 4 Selfie ZD553KL comes with Android Nougat 7.0 operating system which is nice, although there’s a huge doubt if it will be getting an update to the latest Android Oreo 8.0.

Now that we have it covered, let’s turn our attention to the K8 Note – also known as the Killer Note:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~401 ppi pixel density
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Splash-resistant
  • Mediatek MT6797 Helio X20 chipset, Deca-core 2.1 GHz processor, Mali-T880 MP4 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • Dual 13MP+5MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 13MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture, LED flash
  • 64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 256GB
  • Android Nougat 7.1
  • Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery
  • Dolby Atmos sound
  • Dual sim and 4G LTE
  • August 2017 release date
  • $13,999 Indian Rupee or ~$219 USD price tag

As you can clearly see, it seems that K8 Note offers a lot more value than its competition. For example, they may share a similar screen size and technology with the 5.5-inch IPS screen; but with a Full HD resolution behind it. The difference is very noticeable at this size, so a huge plus point for the K* Note. Plus, there’s the extra bit of protection as well, in the form of Gorilla Glass 3 and a splash-resistant body. 

Under the hood of the K8 Note is also much more impressive, with the Helio X20 chipset, a blazingly fast deca-core processor, great graphics and 4GB RAM. With this kind of setup, there’s simply nothing that would stand in its way; as you will breeze through just about every app and game that you can throw at it.

Camera-wise, K8 Note is sporting a dual 13MP+5MP primary camera packed with features and functions that lets you great photos with it. Then there’s the 13MP selfie camera to make the package complete.

In terms of storage, it has a similar 64GB of internal storage that can also be expanded up to a maximum of 256GB. Same goes for its operating system, as Android Nougat 7.1 is running on it.

K8 Note shows off its superiority with two other advantages. First is its larger 4000 mAh battery, which is 33% more than the Zenfone 4 Selfie. Second is its Dolby Atmos sound system. 


Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie ZD553KL only lead on its amazing dual 20MP+8MP selfie camera. The rest of it are very mediocre compared to its competition today.

Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie ZD553KL had just been released last September 2017 for 13,999 Indian Rupees or ~$219 USD. You get to choose either Deepsea Black, Mint Green, Rose Pink or Sunlight Gold colour.

Meanwhile for Lenovo K8 Note, there’s no doubt that it is the Killer Note for 2017. Great value for money, as it stands out with its good 5.5-inch Full HD IPS screen, great protection, great deca-core performance, great dual 13MP+5MP primary camera, great battery and great audio.

Lenovo K8 Note is also available for $13,999 Indian Rupee or ~$219 USD and comes in Silver, Gold and Dark Grey colours.

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