Asus announced its first Android Go smartphone with the release of the Zenfone Live L1 earlier this month but there were still some key details that needed clarification. After a proper unveiling, the entry-level smartphone has gone live in Indonesia and comes as a move to disrupt Xiaomi’s market in the budget segment.
The rival to the Redmi Y1 Lite, Asus’ Zenfone Live L1 boasts of a 5.5-inch HD+ screen with a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels and 18:9 aspect ratio. The display thus features a smaller form factor than that of the XIaomi device and also sports glove support and blue-light filter.
The standard variant of the Zenfone Live L1 comes with a near-to-stock version of Android Oreo, 2GB/3GB RAM options, up to 32GB of internal storage and a 3,000mAh battery. Whereas, there’s a lowly configured Android Go edition which employs 1GB RAM and an onboard storage of 16GB. Where the Android Go Live L1 device sports an 8-megapixel primary camera, the regular versions of the Zenfone device come with a 13-megapixel rear camera.
Both versions of the Zenfone Live L1 are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC and will come with support for dedicated SIM cards (both LTE-enabled) and a microSD card which can hold up to 2 terabytes of data. On the connectivity front, the Zenfone Live L1 employs Bluetooth v4,0, WiFi, GPS, a headphone jack and a micro USB port for charging and data transfers. Asus has added Face Unlock instead of a fingerprint scanner.
The Asus Zenfone Live L1 is available in Space Blue, Shimmer Gold, Rose Pink and Midnight Black colours and starts at $98 (approx. Rs 6,700) for the standard 2GB RAM variant, which can be bought off pre-order for as low as $92 (approx. Rs 6,260). While the Android Go Edition hasn’t made the listing in terms of price, we can expect it to be lower than the 2GB standard variant of the Live L1. The Zenfone Live L1 with 32GB of onboard storage goes up to $120 (approx. Rs 8,190).