Asus has launched a brand new smartphone in Indonesia which is targeted for the first time smartphone buyers. The phone has been launched in Indonesia for a starting price of IDR 1.4 million (~ Rs. 6,700). Earlier this month, the company had also announced an Android Go version of this phone, however, the pricing of that phone still hasn’t been revealed. Let’s have a look at what Asus has to offer with this smartphone.
Display and Design
The Asus Zenfone Live L1 sports a large 5.45-inch IPS LCD display having a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels. The phone has thin bezels on the sides but has a substantial forehead and chin. The phone does not have a fingerprint sensor in sight both on the back or the front. Asus is likely to integrate face unlocking to compensate for the lack of a fingerprint sensor. The design of the phone feels just like any other smartphone on the market, nothing out of the ordinary. The front is largely occupied by the screen whereas the back is where some branding and a camera module is located.
Performance and Storage
Underneath its hood, the Zenfone Live L1 is powered by a Snapdragon 425 processor made by Qualcomm, backed with either 2GB or 3GB of RAM. This means that the phone should perform decently in day-to-day use cases. If you are looking to use this phone for gaming, you might not be very impressed, but then again, it is only so much you can expect at this price point. It does also come with an Adreno 308 GPU on board to aid with some graphics performance. On the storage side of things, the smartphone will come with either 16GB or 32GB of internal memory which can be expanded up to 2TB through a microSD card.
Camera and Software
For the shutterbugs, the phone integrates a 13-megapixel rear camera which is capable of capturing good quality images in well-lit environments. It also has an LED flash to help the camera sensor capture decent images in not so well-lit conditions. On the front, the phone has a 5-megapixel selfie camera having an aperture of f/2.4. In the software department, unlike the Android Go version of the phone announced earlier, this variant will come with ZenUI 5.0 built on top of Android 8.0 Oreo.
Battery and Connectivity
The Zenfone Live L1 draws its power from a 3,000mAh battery unit located underneath its shell. It’s a decently sized battery that should get you through the day. To charge that, the phone has a microUSB port that can also be used for data transfer and OTG. The phone also checks all the right boxes when it comes to connectivity, featuring support for 3G, 4G with VoLTE, WiFi and Bluetooth.
The smartphone will be available in Indonesia through flash sales starting May 21st for a price of IDR 1.4 Million (~Rs. 6,700) for the 2GB variant and IDR 1.7 Million (~ Rs. 8,100) for the 3GB variant. With popular companies launching phones within this price segment in the Indian market, it is likely that Asus will also follow suit and launch this phone soon in the country.