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ASUS Zenfone Live Unboxing(s) and First Impressions

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Everybody knew that ASUS Philippines will be launching only one phone and that’s the ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom. But during the event, the company officials made a surprise announcement of a new smartphone called the ASUS Zenfone Live.

This device is meant to beautify you  when you go video blogging (vlogging) or Facebook Live which is by the far the first we’ve seen. But before we go to its core features, let’s unbox this special box ASUS Philippines provided for us to review.

ASUS Zenfone Live (ZB501KL)

  • Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage, expandable via microSD up to 128GB
  • 5-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels) with 2.5D glass
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash f/2.0 aperture
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera with LED flash
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 2,650 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow with ZenUI 3.5

UNBOXING # 1

What’s inside the box?

  • ASUS Zenfone Live package
  • Tripod
  • ASUS Lolliflash
  • Two mirrors

It is actually a large package and you can buy one but stocks are very limited. This Zenfone Live package is priced at P8,995.

UNBOXING # 2

What’s inside the box?

  • ASUS Zenfone Live unit
  • USB cable
  • Wall adapter
  • Earphones

This package is only P6,995 and it is already available in stores.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

We are very surprised to see a metal unibody design from a global brand at this price point. It a 5-inch smartphone and these days that size is kinda small now but advantages of a smaller smartphone is it is pocketable and manageable to hold with one hand.

Ports and buttons:

  • Top – 3.5mm headset jack and noise cancelling microphone
  • Bottom – speaker, USB charging port, microphone
  • Left – SIM card tray
  • Right – Power button and volume rockers
  • Back – 13 megapixel camera with flash
  • Front – 3 capacitive buttons, 5-inch display, sensors, 5 megapixel camera

The Zenfone Live is running Android 6.0 Marshmallow with ASUS custom skin ZenUI. It is a lot cleaner now than its older versions with less bloatware and redundant apps. With 2GB RAM, it can definitely handle basic multitasking. The Snapdragon 410 is an updated chipset from its 2015 version so it can handle more stress.

We will be using the ASUS Zenfone Live for a week or two and full review will be published after. For now we are very impressed with its hardware especially for its price. 🙂