Asus has been manufacturing budget smartphones for quite some time now. This time they have launched a smartphone that offers amazing selfie experience and comes with high-quality speakers. Asus has heavily touted this smartphone for its unique “Live” feature that takes self-broadcasting to another level. The smartphone also comes with an affordable price tag and offers a decent Android experience.
The phone has an amazing display that gets bright enough. The strong glass used in the display is precision-milled at the edges to get a 2.5D curve. The phone has a natural, ergonomic feel and has an amazing 75% screen-to-body ratio. The phone has a metallic-style finish that feels great when the phone is held in hand. The phone is available in three color variants i.e. Shimmer Gold, Rose Pink and Navy Black. The volume rocker and the power buttons are provided on the right edge of the phone, while the SIM card tray slot is provided on the right edge of the phone. Three soft-touch capacitive buttons are also provided in the phone. The external dimensions of this phone are 141.2 x 71.74 x 7.95mm and weigh 120 grams, which again is fantastic. The display of the phone features a 5.0 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that shall provide a screen resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and roughly translates to 294 pixels-per-inch pixel density. When we viewed the display up close, we did not find any pixelation, which is impressive. The screen is decent enough to provide its users an amazing viewing experience. The viewing angles appear to be decent, and so is the sunlight legibility. Overall, the design and display of the phone at its price tag are good.
The phone is powered by a Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 processor which is be backed by a Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 chipset. The processor provided in the phone is decent enough to make sure that the general functions are done by the phone seamlessly. The Adreno 306 GPU makes sure that light games and videos are played easily on the phone. The smartphone comes in two models i.e. 16GB/32GB with 2GB of RAM. The internal memory could be expanded up to 128GB using a microSD card. The phone runs on Android platform and works on Android OS, version 6.0 i.e. Marshmallow. The phone allows dual SIM compatibility and supports 4G/LTE networks.
The phone is one of the heavily advertised of this phone. The primary camera comes with a 13MP PixelMaster camera with a f/2.0 aperture and a five-prism lens. The camera is also supported by autofocus and LED flashlight. Now talking about the USP of this phone i.e. the front camera. The phone comes with a 5MP front camera that supports ZenFone Live’s all-new live-streaming beautification app. ZenFone Live is a new technology which is a built-in real-time beautification technology. So if you are wondering as to what does this technology does? Well, we have the answer. The technology smoothens the user’s skin and removes blemishes in real time when they are broadcasting live on social media sites. Further, ZenFone Live has also had two built-in MEMS microphones which automatically scan, detect and eliminate background noises, so that enhances voice pickup. The images captured by the rear camera were okay. The low light performance is mediocre, and lots of noise seems to creep in the photograph. The phone features a powerful speaker that has a five-magnet design. The speaker also has a metal voice coil that produces crystal clear audio. The speaker provided in the phone is also powered by a unique amp that enhances sound quality and resolution while also ensuring that the speaker is not at all harmed. A 3.5mm audio jack is also provided in the phone.
The phone comes with a 2650mAh (non-removable) battery. The battery promises standby time up to 471 hours, talk time up to 16 hours, (HD) Video Playback up to 9.67 hours and web browsing (Wi-Fi) up to 13.7 hours. In day to day life, the battery was able to run for a complete day with moderate usage. The smartphone lacks basic functions, such as Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot, Bluetooth Version 4.0, A2DP, A-GPS, GLONASS, FM radio and microUSB v2.0. Talking about the sensors provided in the phone, the phone features with Accelerator, E-Compass, Proximity sensor and Ambient light sensor.