Asus Zenfone 2 Selfie vs Moto G 3rd Gen - A comparison

Asus has come up with a few new devices over the last week. From the specifications available, it is obvious that they are redesigning their existing flagship Zenfone 2 to make it a premium package. Among the new devices launched, Zenfone 2 Selfie appears to be competing with the new sensation in the smartphone arena - the Moto G 3rd Gen. Let us compare the two competitors based on the early impressions.

Motorola came up with Moto G 3rd Gen in the last week of July. Blessed with a lot of improvements over the predecessor,  it soon became a favourite for the budget conscious consumers. But, within a week of its launch, Zenfone has come with a competitor in the form of Zenfone 2 Selfie. The new device will be available from 15th August in India. So how do the two phones compare against each other? We will compare them in following paragraphs.


Design and display

Zenfone 2 Selfie has a 5.5 inch screen. The quad HD display at 1920x1080 resolution offers an amazing pixel density of 403 ppi. The physical dimensions read 156.5x77.2x10.8 mm and the device weighs 170 grams. The phone has Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. This is the first time that Gorilla Glass 4 technology has been introduced.
Moto G on the other hand comes with a smaller 5 inch screen at HD resolution of 720x1280. The pixel density is quite low in comparison at 294 ppi. It measures 142.1x72.4x11.6 mm and tilts the scales at 155 grams. The phone has Gorilla Glass 3 protection for its screen.

The metallic finish on rear cover of Zenfone 2 Selfie has been welcomed by the smartphone community. The Moto G, however, offers you dust resistance to some extent. Availability of water resistance at this price point is one of the greatest features which tilts the equation towards Moto G.

Look wise, Moto G lacks the kind of looks being on offer from Zenfone. However, there have been praises on Motorola for the metallic frame which gives it a premium look. Besides, Moto G offers you the option of StyleSwap covers in a variety of colors.


Asus Zenfone 2 Selfie is powered  by Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octacore processor. The processor is 64 bit architecture compatible. It ensures efficient processing and effective RAM management. However, Yu Yureka which has the same processor is known to have overheating issues. Similar behaviour on the ZenFone 2 is possible. We may need to wait for the actual reviews after the launch. The phone comes with 16 GB internal memory. You have the memory expansion options upto 128 GB using a microSD card. The on board RAM is 2 GB which is excellent for lag free operation and multitasking. Graphics are handled by Adreno 405 GPU.

Moto G falls a bit short in comparison. It is powered by a less powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quadcore processor. Even the GPU is a little on the downside with Adreno 306 handling the graphics. The device comes in two memory variants of 8 GB and 16 GB. The 8 GB version has 1 GB RAM while the 16 GB variant offers you 2 GB RAM. The device offers you memory expansion options upto 32 GB. I can't understand why did Motorola brought the 8 GB version. I assume there will be not many buyers for the 8 GB variant.


Moto G runs on Android Lollipop 5.0.2. You get a stock Android experience. If you love stock Android, Moto G will be the best choice for you.
Zenfone 2 Selfie runs on Android Lollipop, but has customisation by ZenUI. ZenUI is known to have it's own advantages.

Not having to deal with bloatware is what you would love on Moto G. Apart from that, you are bound to get timely updates as well.


Zenfone 2 Selfie sports a 13 MP rear camera. It comes with dual LED flash. It comes with Real Tone Flash. Asus has claimed that this offers most natural illumination. The rear camera boasts of Laser Auto Focus which claims to attain focus in just 0.3 seconds. You also get a Manual Mode which is said to provide DSLR like settings.

Moto G too has 13 MP rear camera with auto focus. It offers additional camera options like HDR, f/2.0 aperture which lets you take better low light shots. The camera is capable of HD video recording at 1080p.

Zenfone 2 Selfie being a camera centric phone offers much more improved camera. It has it's own PixelEnhancing technology which claims to provide you with brighter images with enhanced exposure.

Battery and other features

Moto G has a 2470 mAh battery capacity. Motorola claims that it can provide you with a backup of upto 24 hours with moderate usage.

However,  for a device of this size we would have expected a battery with  slightly more power.

Zenfone 2 Selfie is powered by 3000 mAh battery. Asus is yet to come up with the details of usage details. Though it appears on paper that Zenfone has more battery power, One should not forget that it also has a bigger screen and an octacore processor. These two aspects are bound to drain the battery more.

As far as connectivity options are concerned, both the devices offer similar functionality. You get WiFi, Bluetooth, 4G compatibility and GPS on either of them. There is nothing much that does differentiate them in this section.

Price and availability

Moto G is available in two variants as said before. The 8 GB version with 1 GB RAM has a price tag of Rs. 11999 while the 16 GB version which has 2 GB RAM has been priced at Rs. 12999.

Asus has announced the phone on August 6 through an event. It has been priced at Rs. 15999. The new offering will be available pan India from 15th August on Flipkart.  

Early Verdict

Moto G packs in quite a good lot of features. It is undoubtedly a better handset. A pure stock Android experience and an unprecedented water resistance feature at this price point can make it a hot choice. But, Motorola seems to have compromised a lot in order to be budget friendly phone. However, in comparison with the ZenFone 2 Selfie the device falls short of expectations. Zenfone 2 excels in terms of hardware, camera and the looks. Having to spend an excess amount of Rs. 3000 for the added features should not be a big deal.

Article by Timmappa Kamat
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