Ideal Budget Smartphone – ASUS ZenFone Live L1 Review

 

We’ve been using the ASUS ZenFone Live L1 lately and we would like to share our thoughts about it in this article.

Budget-friendly Smartphone

The ASUS ZenFone Live L1 is an upgrade from its predecessor – the ASUS ZenFone Live with its better specs and larger storage capability, it is still positioned in the entry-level market for the price of just Php5,995, this is a good phone for students or for those who are tight in budget.

Specifications

Rear Camera 13MP, f/2.0 Aperture, Phase-detection AF
Front Camera 5MP, f/2.4 Aperture, Softlight LED Flash
Display 5.5-inch, 18:9 HD IPS Display, 82.3% Screen-to-body ratio
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 308
RAM 2GB RAM
Internal Memory 16GB
External Memory Supports up to 2TB
Dimension 147.26mm x 71.77mm x 8.15mm
Weight 140 grams
SIM Card Slot Triple Slots: Dual SIM + one MicroSD Card
OS Android 8.0 (Oreo) out of the box
Face Unlock Yes
Fingerprint Unlock No

 

Design

Our first-hand experience with it feels like it is a premium smartphone in a very compact design. Thanks to its metallic finish, it adds to the premium touch of the L1.

On top of the ASUS ZenFone Live L1 seats the 3.5mm headphone jack. On the left side you will see the SIM card tray while the volume rocker and the power button is on the other side. The Micro USB port is at the bottom together with its built-in speakers.

Performance

The ASUS ZenFone Live L1 scored above 41,000 in Antutu Benchmark (Test 1 – 41,555 / Test 2 – 41,548). Pretty average for a smartphone on its price range.

We only tried the ASUS ZenFone Live L1 for social media and streaming apps like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Spotify, and Youtube and the ASUS ZenFone Live L1 doesn’t have any issues running the mentioned apps individually. But the moment you start using it for multitasking, that is where problems start to arise. Example of this is when switching between Facebook and Instagram with FB messenger chat heads’ turned on, the L1 suffers from stuttering and it might be annoying to some. It just shows that 2GB of RAM is no longer enough with today apps.

 

Sample Photos

Here are some of the photos that we took using the ASUS ZenFone Live L1. (The camera modes are limited only to 4 functions; Auto, Beauty, Panorama, and Timelapse)

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It is not the best camera performance you can have on an entry-level smartphone but considering its price, it’s not bad at all.

 

Verdict

With the current positioning and price of the ASUS ZenFone Live L1 (SRP Php5,995), it is well suited for students who are looking for a budget-friendly smartphone with just enough features. You might also find it as a perfect gift since Christmas is just around the corner! You can check their promotion here.

Post Author: Patrick

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