You can now do a lot with your smartphone cameras and there are too many to mention. Over the years, smartphones have improved their camera tech. So, is there anything else they can do? Well ASUS has a bright idea. Why not apply beauty filters when you go live on social media? And then, there’s the ASUS Zenfone Live. Let’s get into the 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
- Price: P6,995
- Status: Available in ASUS stores and retailers
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HARDWARE AND DESIGN
It doesn’t mean it is an affordable smartphone it can’t look good. The ASUS Zenfone Live is encased with metal with a unibody design. The design is actually similar to OPPO and Vivo’s design. We actually like it since it is very comfortable in the hand and extremely lightweight too.
The display for us is average. Good thing it is on HD resolution. Its a bit washed out and it is not as visible under direct sunlight.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
ASUS has an odd choice of chipset – Snapdragon 410. Its an old chipset from 2014. Well it is a decent performer if you use it just social media and basic tasks. We do not recommend downloading and playing graphic intense games due the limitations of the chipset and its 2GB RAM capacity.
Now let’s talk about the cameras. The front is a 5 megapixel sensor which just fine for taking photos but ASUS has its tricks from its sleeve. Beautify Live is a home brewed app that adds beauty filter before you go live. Set it from 1 to 10 and then go live.
The Zenfone Live lacks a fingerprint scanner but it is understandable. Other than that, other connectivity options are available – 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth. Calls are clear with no problems and internet has been within normal range.
When you go live on your social media a lot, the 2,650 mAh battery may not be enough. The longer the live video, the longer the faster it drains. On casual use (no live video), the battery is more than adequate for your needs.
We commend ASUS of giving a new way to use the front camera. The ASUS Zenfone Live is highly recommended for video bloggers (vloggers) who wants to look good on video even without make up. As a phone it is fairly decent on normal tasks.