Asus has launched a new budget 4G smartphone under its Zenfone series. Called the ASUS Zenfone GO 4.5 LTE, the smartphone is priced at Rs 6,999 and is available from today. It comes in two variants of back finish variants, a Matte finish in Glamour Red color, and with Hairline finish in Silver Blue, Gold, and Silver. Also Read - BGR hosts second edition of BGR Gaming Awards in India: Check all details hereAlso Read - Asus launches ROG Strix and TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 40 graphics cards
According to the company, one of the main highlights of the Asus Zenfone GO 4.5 LTE is its improved ZenUI, which comes with multiple options for personalization and privacy with ZenMotion (touch and motion gestures) for a greater user experience. Additionally, for a good audio experience, the smartphone features a dual microphone. The handset features a metallic finish body, with the volume button placed at the back, as opposed to the volume rocker usually being placed on the edge of phone. Additionally, this button doubles as a button to click selfies as well. Also Read - Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 Special Edition laptop announced in India: Check price, specs, availability
The Asus Zenfone GO 4.5 LTE follows the second generation Zenfone Go 4.5 2nd Gen (ZB452KG), which launched in India earlier this year. The smartphone was launched in two variants with differentiating factors being the cameras the variant priced at Rs 5,299 features a combination of 5-megapixel and VGA cameras, while the Rs 5,699 variant features a combination of 8-megapixel and 2-megapixel cameras. The Zenfone GO 4.5 LTE also seems to be an affordable variant of the Zenfone Go 5.0 LTE, which launched in India this year. Priced at Rs 7,999, the smartphone brought in LTE support but ran on rather dated OS Android 4.4 KitKat. ALSO READ: Asus ZenWatch 3 smartwatch launched in India, prices start from Rs 17,599: Specifications, features
Asus Zenfone GO 4.5 LTE specifications
The Asus Zenfone GO features a 4.5-inch HD display. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Quad-core processor, which is accompanied by Adreno 306 GPU, along with 1GB of RAM. It comes with 8GB on board storage, which is expandable up to 128GB using a microSD card. Also, Asus is offering an additional 100GB of Google Drive storage for 2 years with the Zenfone GO 4.5 LTE.
On the photography front, the Asus Zenfone GO 4.5 LTE is equipped with an 8-megapixel primary camera along with a 2-megapixel front camera. Both the front and back sensors come with 11 camera modes, which the company claims, help users capture sharper and clear images. The smartphone also sports camera modes such as the Low-light mode, the Backlight (HDR) mode for better brightness and contrast, the Manual mode for a DSLR-like experience, and the Beautification mode for portraits. ALSO READ: Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom could debut at the CES 2017; here s everything we know so far
The smartphone runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0-based ZenUI. It is powered by 2,070mAh removable battery. The connectivity options offered on the smartphone include, 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, 3.5mm audio jack, dual SIM , micro USB, GPS/AGPS/GLONASS/BDS.
At the given price, the smartphone will be head-on with its competitors like the Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime and Moto E3 Power. The Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime, priced at Rs 8,999, features a 5-inch HD display, and Qualcomm s Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz. It is equipped with 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage, which expandable up to 128GB using a microSD card. It is backed by a 4,100mAh battery. In the photography department, the smartphone sports a 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front cameras. The connectivity options available are dual-SIM support (hybrid setup), 4G LTE support, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS. With just a difference if Rs 2,000, the Redmi 3S Prime, does way better than the ASUS Zenfone GO 4.5 LTE, in almost every department. ALSO READ: Asus Zenfone 3 Max 5.5 (ZC553KL) launched in India, priced at Rs 17,999: Specifications and features
Then, talking about the Moto E3 Power, the Asus Zenfone GO 4.5 LTE has a tough one to face with this one as well. At a price tag of Rs 7,999, the Moto E3 Power flaunts a 5-inch IPS HD (1280 720 pixels) display. It is powered by MediaTek s MT6735p quad-core processor clocked at 1GHz and paired with 2GB of RAM. Also on offer is 16GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot for further expansion up to 32GB is also present. On the camera front, the Moto E3 Power sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash. The camera also features modes like burst, HDR, Panorama and tap-to-focus. Up front is a 5-megapixel selfie camera for video calling and selfies. The Moto E3 Power comes with a 3,500mAh battery with Turbo Charging feature.