Roughly two weeks ago, ASUS announced its first Android One smartphone. The ZenFone Max Pro M1 was launched in India at prices that undercut Xiaomi, aiming squarely at people who are strongly considering the latter’s popular Redmi Note 5 Pro model, otherwise known as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 in the Philippines.
Recently, the Taiwanese manufacturer has dropped another sweet surprise: It has made its first Android Go phone, the ASUS ZenFone Live L1, official in Indonesia.
Android Go is a lightweight version of Android Oreo. It’s meant for entry-level devices with at most 1GB of RAM, so even budget smartphones can run smoothly in spite of limited internals. You can read our explainer in What Android Go is, and why you should care.
In the Philippines, the only Android Go handset that’s available is the Nokia 1, which is retailing at P4,290 or around $83. However, local brand Cherry Mobile is expected to introduce its own in June 2018.
The ASUS ZenFone Live L1 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset matched with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of memory, which can be expanded using a microSD card that supports up to 2TB of storage. It features 13-megapixel camera around the back and a 5-megapixel one up front. The screen measures 5.45 inches and has a 1,440 x 720 resolution and a tall, 18:9 aspect ratio.
A 3,000mAh battery should help the ZenFone Live L1 last at least one day with regular usage. The company did not include a fingerprint sensor here, but there’s a face-unlock feature.
The ASUS ZenFone Live L1 supports 4G VoLTE, integrates an FM radio, and comes in Rose Pink, Midnight Black, and White variants. Word has it that it will be priced at around Rp1.5 million (P5,540 or $107), but the company hasn’t really conformed that yet.
If you want something with more RAM, you can opt to buy the version with 2GB of RAM. However, that model has ZenUI 5.0 on top of Android Oreo.
ASUS ZenFone Live L1 specs
- 5.45-inch display, 1,440 x 720 resolution (18:9)
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB expandable storage
- 13-megapixel rear camera
- 5-megapixel selfie camera
- 3,000mAh battery
- Android 8.0 Oreo (Go Edition)
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