Asus ZenFone Live: Decent Smartphone with High Price
Smartphones have become much smarter now-a-days and are not restricted to calling only. A smartphone is now used for multiple purposes and clicking photos is one of them. We all love to get clicked and wish to get that perfect image which can be uploaded on the social media. For getting that perfect image, we use filters, beauty modes offered by smartphones and we end up getting modified picture of our own. Now, imagine the very same thing but for live video. Going live on social media has become a new trend and just like photos, we also want to look nice when we are live. Till now we had beauty feature only for pictures but Asus ZenFone Live has come up with something which we all are going to love.
Asus’s latest phone ZenFone live offers artificial beauty enhancement feature in live videos and claims to make you look good when you are live. There is no doubt that feature is interesting and unique but is it worth buying and what is the overall performance, let’s see in our detailed review of brand new Asus ZenFone Live.
Design & Display
There is nothing much special about the design of the phone. The good part about the design is that it is made of plastic with a metallic finish on top which makes it light in weight at just 120 gm but at the same time fails to give a premium look to the device. The rounded sides and edges make it comfortable to hold & grip. It is compact in size and can easily be used with one hand. Volume and power buttons are placed on the right side of the device while hybrid SIM slot is placed on the left. The headphone jack is placed on top and speaker grill along with microUSB port is there at the bottom. As we said earlier, there is nothing exciting or new in the design department. We have much better-looking smartphones in this price segment.
Coming to display, it sports a 5” IPS LCD display with HD resolution. The display comes with a 2.5D glass which curves at the edges. The major downside with the display is that there are no on-screen buttons and capacitive touch buttons are not backlit. It may take a while for you to get used to it. The display is average and features a black border on the sides. It is not a bad display but Asus could have a done a better job at it.
Hardware & Performance
Asus ZenFone live is powered by Snapdragon 41o which is way too old. The Soc was launched in 2013 and Asus is still using it in 2017 thus making it outdated. The processor is clocked at 15. GHz and is supported by a 2GB of RAM. You will get 10 GB of storage for your use out of 16 GB offered by Asus. The storage is expandable up to 256 GB via micro SD card but if you using a memory card, you will have to sacrifice your second sim as ZenFone live feature a hybrid sim slot where you can either use two SIM cards or one SIM card and one memory card.You can expect a decent performance from the device. It won’t disappoint you if you wish to use it for normal calling, we browsing and other daily tasks. However, if you are planning to play high-end games or heavy multitasking, you may get disappointed as the device will start lagging in this case.
You can expect a decent performance from the device. It won’t disappoint you if you wish to use it for normal calling, we browsing and other daily tasks. However, if you are planning to play high-end games or heavy multitasking, you may get disappointed as the device will start lagging in this case.
Software & Battery
The device comes with Android 6.0.1 out of the box with Asus’s own UI on the top of it. The Asus UI offers some amazing features like blue light filter, Phone manager, one touch screenshot by pressing & holding the recent menu buttons and more. There is an Audio Wizard for music lovers and the UI also allows you to lock the apps without downloading any third-party app. The ZenUI skin is nice and is similar to stock Android but it is the bloatware which concerns us a lot. Out of 16 GB, you are getting only 10 which shows the amount of Bloatware the device comes with. Though some of the pre-installed apps are useful but most of them are not and the sad part is you can’t uninstall them. There is 4G VoLTE support but only for one SIM at a time.
Asus ZenFone Live comes with a 2650 mAh battery which again fails to impress. The battery starts draining a lot quicker during games which should not happen. You may have to charge the device twice in a day or else you will end up having battery low notification all day long.
Camera & Beauty Enhancement
The device features a 5 MP front camera with a selfie flashlight and a 13 MP camera at the back with a single LED flash. The camera works good in a broad day light and can yield a quick focus as well but things go downhill in low light. The selfie flash is a nice feature for selfie lovers and works fine even in low light.
Talking about the beautification feature, it is available even when you are recording video but it lags a bit. This mode will get enabled on its own by default which can be tweaked later. It may take a while to process the videos if you are using the beautification mode. The good part is that beautification mode works with both the front and rear camera and it does show some better result when compared to normal mode. The Live beautification feature works perfectly fine with Facebook, YouTube and Instagram and allows you to adjust the beautification from zero to ten.
Priced at INR 9999, it is available in three colors which are Rose Pink, Black & Gold. It seems like Asus is yet to understand to needs of the users as the device lacks the common feature like a fingerprint scanner, fast charging which is present in almost all the phones at this price range. Though Asus has tried to come up with something new and exciting but it is not enough to attract customers. If you are a hardcore social media user who wants to make a reputation when going live, you can consider it otherwise there are lot of other better options in the market.