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ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro overpriced? Here are 5 alternatives

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ASUS just officially announced the new ZenFone 4 lineup in the Philippines — and made three models immediately available in the process. The ASUS ZenFone 4 Max, ZenFone 4 Selfie, and ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro can already be purchased offline and online, the latter by way of Lazada.

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Now, a natural question you might ask  is, “What about the availability of the ASUS ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 4 Pro models?” Good question, to which there is no definite answer yet. Which could turn out to be a good thing because the ZenFone 4 and the upscale Pro variant are not exactly the most attractive deals around with the ZenFone 4 going forP28,995 (around $564) and the Pro selling for P39,995 ($778). The Pro even more so than the standard version.

That the well-received Samsung Galaxy S8 and HTC U11, to name but two, are cheaper than the lesser-specced and unproven ZenFone 4 Pro raises serious — and legitimate — concerns about ASUS’ seriousness in pursuing the high-end market.

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And while the Taiwanese flagship is no doubt the company’s best effort to date — and it is indeed objectively better than the regular ZenFone 4 (obviously!) — ask any informed shopper, and he or she will tell you that there are plenty of cheaper and more sensible options just around the corner.

If you still need some help looking for alternatives, scroll below for our list of smartphones that are just as good as, if not better than, the ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

Get it because: Sammy’s Galaxy S8 is one of our favorite smartphones ever, with its handy footprint; big, gorgeous, and super-sharp edge-to-edge display; and impressive low-light camera. It’s water-resistant, too — just like most of the handsets that made our list. (Take note, ASUS.)

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Get it because: It’s got modern looks, modern specs, with gobs of memory — modern everything. Most importantly, it has the best camera we have ever seen in a smartphone. The mesmerizing glass back and “squeeze to launch any app” feature are extra icing on an already dense cake.

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OnePlus 5 (via Android Central)

Get it because: It’s about as affordable and nippy as smartphones come, with a long-lasting battery. Both the main and secondary cameras are also par for the course for a premium handset. An accidental dip in the sink will probably spell the end of it. But then again, the ZenFone 4 Pro isn’t water-resistant either, as nearly all other devices in the segment are.

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Xiaomi Mi 6

Get it because: Xiaomi’s Mi 6 is half the price of the ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro, while having the same unparalleled processing power of a Snapdragon 835 chip. Pairing glass with metal, it feels reassuring in the hand and looks way nicer than its price would have you believe. No other model gives you the same bang for the buck.

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Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Get it because: It looks prettier, from front to back, and runs iOS — which you won’t get on any other unit. Those don’t sound like compelling reasons at all, but we will say this about iOS: It is the superior platform, in more ways than we can list here.

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Get it because: It’s a much cheaper and much better-looking alternative to the ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro. Also: What you lose in terms of power and efficiency, you gain in a pair of rear cameras with a few extra frills baked into the hardware and software that can make even the most mundane shooting experience fun and worthwhile.

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Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has 16 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between.