• Good selfie camera
• Excellent microphone response
• Above average battery life
• Mediocre features
• Average Performance
• No fingerprint sensor
• No backlit keys
Asus announced its latest Zenfone live smartphone a few days back. During most part of the presentation, Asus was either mentioning the live video capability of the smartphone or the microphone clarity. Interestingly, Asus has done a great job by incorporating dual microphone setup just for making live videos. However, that’s the only feature which company took into consideration. While other smartphone makers are talking about processor, selfie camera and battery life, Asus has come up with something unique. But, the only question that comes to us whether one should spend so much money on a smartphone that only focuses on live videos and nothing else. I don’t know, but let’s find out what all does the latest Asus Zenfone Live packs and whether you should purchase it or not.
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Starting with the front side of the smartphone, the Zenfone Live features a 5.0 inch HD IPS display with nearly 68.1% screen-to-body ratio. It has a 720 x 1280 pixels resolution and a pixel density 294ppi. The display is multitouch and sports 16Million colors. The display is crisp and lively. Colors look fantastic and the bezels around its display panel are also next to negligible. There is a 5-megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture and 1.4 µm pixel size. LED flash with autofocus is also available on the smartphone. There are three capacitive touch buttons placed on the bottom of the smartphone, the keys are responsive, however non backlit.
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The biggest highlight of the smartphone apart from its camera and microphone is its lightweight form factor. The smartphone weighs roughly 120-grams, which is nearly 20-grams lighter than any other smartphone available under the same price category. This makes the smartphone handy and easy to use. It fits perfectly in the palm of your hand and each portion of the screen is under the proximity of your thumb. There is a volume control key and a power lock/unlock key placed on the right side of the smartphone. You may not feel any trouble in using the keys from a single hand.
The rear panel of the smartphone is similar to any other similarly priced smartphone. There is a 13-megapixel shooter placed on the top left corner with LED flash positioned below it. The Zenfone live has a polished Asus logo on its rear panel and some charging related information printed on the bottom. The secondary microphone is placed on the top of the smartphone adjacent to the 3.5mm headphone jack. There is a very loud speaker placed on the bottom of the Zenfone Live adjoining its primary microphone and micro USB charging port.
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The Asus Zenfone Live is powered by a 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 SoC coupled with Adreno 306 GPU. It has 2GB of RAM coupled with either 16GB or 32GB of storage. The smartphone performs decently in regular use for a normal user, however the chipset packed inside the device is not the best offered at this price range. If you’re a user who uses the smartphone mostly for videos, social networking, music, calling and some minimalist gaming, Zenfone Live will get the task done. However, if you’re a hardcore user who uses a smartphone predominantly either for high-end gaming or watching lots of videos, the Zenfone Live would not be the best choice for you.
Just like any other Zenfone series smartphone, the Zenfone live is cluttered with loads of Asus bloatware that we hardly ever use. Although, all of it is packed inside separate folders, it still does affect the interface one way or the other.
The camera on the Asus Zenfone Live is a 13-megapixel shooter on rear and a 5-megapixel shooter on front. Both the cameras capture decent photographs. The rear camera captures photographs with good saturation level, precise details and there is very less noise in the photographs. However, the front camera captures over beautified images. Notice my eyes in the camera samples below. Apart from beautification mode, there is HDR Pro, Super resolution, Children, Low Light, QR Code, Night, Effect, Selfie, Panorama and Time lapse mode available in the camera.
Live streaming was the most impressive feature of the Zenfone live. No other smartphone in this price range offers the audio recording capability as the Zenfone live.
Asus Zenfone Live captures good images when there’s sufficient ambient light. The moment you capture photographs in low light area, you can easily find them getting noisy, also you can effortlessly count every pixel on the screen.
The Asus Zenfone live is powered by a 2650 mAh Non-removable Li-Ion battery which may be less considering the demands of a normal user. However, offers a good battery life of nearly a day. We used the smartphone mostly for internet and videos and surprisingly it lasted for more than a day.
Asus Zenfone Live ZB 501KL is dedicatedly made for people who love live streaming. The smartphone has one of the best microphone setup installed inside it that delivers unmatchable audio recording at its price tag. For people who frequently go online for live streaming and want to get a smartphone for it, Zenfone Live is a good choice. However, if you’re looking for a smartphone for multitasking, Hardcore gaming, lots of video playback and an overall swift interface, Zenfone live would not be the best option for you.