Asus Zenfone Live : Go Live !

Asus has recently launched their new smartphone Zenfone Live – A smartphone which has a build-in beatification tools designed for Facebook live sessions. Lets Check out all about its features in this detailed review.

Build Quality & Design :

Asus Zenfone 3 series smartphones has a very great design. The Zenfone Live is no exception. It has a very good design with round edges and sides that makes it easier to hold. It is available in 3 different colors – Rose Gold, Black and Gold. The handset has a compact feel to it. It features a 5-inch display and has a plastic unibody finish at the back making it quite light at just 120 gms.

The unit that we received came with a rose gold finish at the back with a white bezel on the front. Despite the use of plastic, the smartphone doesn’t look like a cheap phone.
The display comes with the signature 2.5D curved glass that you will find on all Zenfone 3 series smartphones. There are three capacitive navigation buttons (These aren’t backlit due to which you can miss them in darkness) below the display while the earpiece, light sensors, and the front camera with an LED flash are placed on top.
Moving to the back, the primary camera sits on the top left corner with an LED flash and the shiny Asus logo in the middle. Around the edges, the power and volume buttons which are a bit flimsy are placed on the right while the headphone jack is on top. The SIM tray is on the left edge, and at the bottom is the loudspeaker and the microUSB port.

Features :
This phone is a budget device. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 which is now over four years old. It has a quad core processor clocked at 1.4 Ghz and an Adreno 305 GPU. This is paired with 2 GB of RAM while the internal storage is 16 GB which is expandable through the hybrid SIM slot using a microSD card.

The front camera has a 5MP resolution with an LED flash while the rear camera has a 13MP resolution with an f/2.0 aperture & an LED flash. The battery on the smartphone is rated at 2650 mAh with no mention of fast charging support.

Display :
The display is a 5 inch IPS LCD panel offering a 1280×720 pixel resolution and is protected with 2.5D curved glass. The pixel density is 294 ppi. There isn’t much of color shift when viewed at different angles & even the touch response is pretty good.

Software :
The Zenfone Live runs on Android 6.0.1 marshmallow with an older version of zen UI on top. Apart from bunch of Asus apps the smartphone comes with pre-installed Facebook, Facebook Messenger & Instagram. The default launcher comes with the options of changing the icons, wallpaper, themes, locking apps and so on which is nice to see as I like the personalisation options.

Performance :
With such an old chipset I wasn’t expecting much in the performance. The least Asus could have done was to bump up the RAM and storage. There are instances when the smartphone runs the smooth, without any glitches. But at times I could see slow responses.

Benchmarks :
I ran the benchmark test & below are the numbers.

  • Geekbench 4: Single-core is 233, Dual-core is 544
  • AnTuTu Benchmark: 12316
  • Quadrant Standard: 6252

Verdict :

The body is covered by plastic shell and the weight might seem less but it makes it feel cheap on hands. When you use the phone only for the purpose it is listed for i.e live feature, it does the job well there. It has 5MP front shooter with flash which is decent enough. And that paired with the preloaded with the app which can do beautification live is pretty good. But the processor used , the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 which is an old processor and the 2GB RAM struggles when multi-tasked.

Asus Zenfone Live is available in the market with the price tag of Rs. 9,999


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