Asus Zenfone Live Review

  • Overall Rating

  • Performance

  • Features

  • Price

Price: ₹ 9,999

Key Specs

    5-inch HD (1280 x 720) IPS display, 5 MP front camera with f/2/2 aperture, 82 degree wide view angle and a 'soft-light' LED flash, 13 MP back camera with f/2.0 aperture, autofocus and LED flash, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, expandable up to 128 GB, Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, 2650 mAh battery

Pros: Lightweight, good screen, battery

Cons: Average performance and camera

Bottomline: Considering the USP, yes it does beautify your live video, but do you really want to spend 10k on a phone to go live. With decent hardware and camera, it's an average smartphone.

Do you love going live on social channels but fears for the quality of the video? You are not alone, there are many people who love sharing their fun moments, but due to poor quality video, most of the times they avoid. Asus decided to deal with the issue by adding live beautification mode. Asus Zenfone Live is a gimmick phone catering a specific need of consumers, but is it a true live phone! Let’s find out…

Looks decent

Most of the Asus device follow the legacy design, this is no extraordinary. This looks simple and elegant without any awesome design factor. It’s neither bad nor good, standing somewhere in the middle. It has a metallic finish on the back which feels plastic but offers good grip. At the front, the phone has curved 2.5D glass, but there is no information about the protective layer for the screen.

Asus Zenfone Live is only 8mm thick and carries 120grams of weight. It feels very light on hands and slick to slip easily in your tiny pocket. The sleek phone has curved corners making it a bit attractive.

The bright 5-inch screen

The Go live phone comes with 5-inch HD (1280 x 720) IPS display with ASUS TruVivid technology and has Bluelight Filter for Eye Care. The screen is really bright and colorful. I was able to use the phone even in direct sunlight. It produces popping colors, letting you enjoy movies and games. Wide angle display, enable you to share the screen with your friends and family.

Decent Camera

The phone sports a 5 MP camera at the front with f/2/2 aperture, 82-degree wide view angle and a ‘soft-light’ LED flash and 13 MP at back with f/2.0 aperture, autofocus and LED flash. Using the rear camera, it clicked quality images with details and popping colors. Thought the shutter speed is fine but clicking moving objects, would produce the blurry image. In the low light, it was able to click decent images but noise can be seen.

  • Asus Zenfone Live Review: Low Light

The front shooter is a decent camera to click selfies and groufies in bright light. In low light LED flash makes the image look a bit bright but come with grains. The camera app gives you plenty of options to click images with effects, and beautification mode is there.

GoLive

As the phone’s USP is real-time beautification for videos, it comes per-loaded BeautyLive app. The app comes integrated with social channels including Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Asus Zenfone Live Review: BeautyLive app

You can start live streaming video, using the app, where you get option to beautify your face; similar to beautification mode for selfies. It is just like digital makeup so that the subject looks fairer.

Performance

Asus Zenfone Live packs with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor combined with 2 GB RAM and only 16 GB internal memory expandable up to 128 GB via a micro-SD. The 4G LTE phone runs on previous generation Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, based on ZenUI 3.0, which is a bit disappointing.

In terms of performance, the phone is the decent performer, you can enjoy it for games and movies. However, with moderate usage, you won’t find any glitches in the performance. But when you turn to heavy usage or high graphics intensive games, you could notice performance lag.

The smartphone is backed by a 2650 mAh battery that can last for a day easily. Even with heavy usage, it can last for more than 9 hours. In our battery loop test, it lasted for 5 hours 12 minutes.

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