Google’s lightweight mobile OS, Android Go, has started making a splash in the emerging markets. The OS is optimized to work on entry-level with low memory and RAM devices. After Nokia and Alcatel among others, Asus is the latest smartphone maker to launch its Android Go-powered smartphone, the Zenfone Live L1.
Introduced in Indonesia (via Gadgetren), the smartphone is priced around IDR 1.5 million, which roughly translates to Rs 7,200. The publication notes that the smartphone will go on sale around mid-May, but there are no details about availability outside Indonesia. The Zenfone Live L1 will be offered in Blue, White, Midnight Black and Rose Pink color variants.
Asus Zenfone Live L1 specifications and features
Despite the entry-level price tag, the smartphone comes with a 5.45-inch HD+ display running at a resolution of 720x1440pixels, and an aspect ratio of 18:9. Under the hood runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core SoC clocked at 1.4GHz, paired with 1GB of RAM and 16GB onboard storage. A dedicated microSD card slot for further expansion is also present. The smartphone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition). It includes Google’s suite of apps such as Maps Go, Google Go, and Files Go among others. There is also a variant with 2GB RAM and it runs Android Oreo with ZenUI 5.0 on top.
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In the photography department, the smartphone features a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, and a 5-megapixel front camera. To keep things ticking, it comes with a 3,000mAh battery, and connectivity options include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 4G LTE and dual SIM card slots. Sadly, the smartphone misses out on a fingerprint sensor for biometric authentication.