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ASUS Zenfone Live L1 Review

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ASUS Zefone Live L1 review

ASUS Philippines is continuously reaching out their entry-level users with the offering of their budget friendly smartphones like the ASUS Zenfone Live L1.

The Zenfone Live L1 has a 5.5-inch 18:9 HD+ screen display, Snapdragon 425 processor, 13MP rear camera, face unlock feature and a 3000mAh battery for the price of  PHP 5,995.

Is this the device you are looking for? Let’s check it even further. Read on.

ASUS Zefone Live L1 review

ASUS Zenfone Live L1 Specs:

  • 5.5-inch HD+ display, 720 x 1440 pixels, 18:9
  • Android 8.0 Oreo (Go Edition) with ZenUI 5.0
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, Quad-core processor
  • Adreno 308 GPU
  • 16GB ROM up to 512GB (dedicated slot)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 13MP (f/2.0) rear camera with PDAF and LED flash
  • 5MP (f/2.4) front camera with LED flash
  • 4G/LTE, Dual SIM
  • WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, FM Radio
  • GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • 3000mAh battery

ASUS Zefone Live L1 review

What’s inside the box?

  • Zenfone Live L1 unit
  • wall adaptor
  • data/charging cable
  • earphone
  • SIM ejector tool
  • manuals

BUILD QUALITY / DESIGN

ASUS Zefone Live L1 review

The ASUS Zenfone Live L1 has the same design and body construction with other entry-level Zenfones. Its size is just perfect in the hand; it is compact and very easy to grip.

It was made out of polycarbonate material specially on the back with the ASUS logo and the single rear camera along with the LED flash.

Ports and Buttons:

  • Top – 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Left – SIM tray
  • Right – power button and volume rockers
  • Bottom – micro USB port and loud speaker

We actually like the position of the power button and the volume rockers because they are very easy to access. Unlike most smartphones, the headphone jack on the Zenfone Live L1 was located on the top while the microUSB port and loud speaker are on the bottom part.

DISPLAY QUALITY

ASUS Zefone Live L1 review

Despite of its small size, the Zenfone Live L1 still managed to have a 5.5-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio. Because of this, the display looks taller and much immersive. You can easily reach the different keys when typing a message using only one hand.

SOFTWARE, UI, OS

The ASUS Zenfone Live L1 has a very familiar UI specially if you are a Zenfone user. The pre-installed applications are trimmed down to the most commonly used apps like Google apps and popular social media apps.

Even though it was only an entry level phone, it is so nice to see that it was equipped with the Android 8.0 Oreo OS unlike others which are still on Android 7.0 Nougat edition.

PERFORMANCE

ASUS Zefone Live L1 review

The Snapdragon 425 is one of the popular chipset for entry-level smartphones. The Zenfone Live L1’s performance is pretty decent for the price. The 2GB of RAM is also very sufficient for multitasking and keeping multiple apps running in the background.

Here are some benchmark scores:

CAMERA

The Zenfone Live L1’s 13MP rear camera can capture average quality images. The images are sharp specially on well lit environments. While the 5MP front camera is just enough to document and capture special moments. Good thing, it has a soft LED flash along with the selfie camera to brighten up your face if you are on a low-light environment.

Here are some sample photos:

BATTERY LIFE

ASUS Zefone Live L1 review

On a regular type of usage, we feel that the 3,000mah battery of the Zenfone Live L1 is quite enough to last for the whole day.

With the energy control options of the battery and the optimization of the ZenUI, we can manage the battery life, just in case we need to spend more time on using it, with specific modes depending on the battery level.

VERDICT

The ASUS Zenfone Live L1 is a perfect device for those who are looking for a compact and handy smartphone on a tight budget of under Php 6,000. Its unibody design has a slightly premium feel as compared to other entry-level smartphones. Aside from that, the 5.5-inch display, Android 8.0 Oreo OS, dedicated micro SD card slot, and the 3,000mAh battery are just some of the good traits it has that you might consider to pick this device as your perfect match.

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