Asus has recently been a game changer in the field of smartphone market since its entry and now the company is aiming to get a good hold by strengthening its budget range section. The company has launched back to back to budget range smartphones ZenFone Max M1 and ZenFone Lite L1 which clearly suggest that the budget range section is the hot pot of competition. We will be reviewing ZenFone Lite L1 and looking into all the basics of this phone and its capabilities.
ZenFone Lite L1 has basic looks not something glossy or very catchy. The company has chosen plastic body for the phone and the absence of metal body has led to light body composition of the phone. The phone has compact body size and is easy to hold and operate. As mentioned earlier about the looks the rear side of the phone has plain basic look with just a rear sensor and a LED flash with no fingerprint sensor. The front side of the phone is sporting the 5.45 inch display and above the display lies the selfie camera and front LED flash. A 3.5mm headphone jack lies at the top side of the phone and at the bottom of the lies micro USB port and two speaker grilles. At the left side of the phone lies the SIM slot capable of holding two SIM cards and microSD card. The power button and the volume rockers lies at the right side of the phone. The missing of fingerprint sensor is mainly because of difference in price range between Lite L1 and Max M1 where ZenFone Max M1 sports a fingerprint sensor and ZenFone Lite L1 lacks it. ZenFone Lite L1 allows to set face unlock feature to add to the advantage of the phone and the face unlock feature works decently but on many occasions it fumbles and takes time to detect the face.
The new ZenFone Lite L1 has a HD display of 5.45 inch with 16M colors with the resolution size of 720×1440 pixels and aspect ratio of 18:9. The screen available is sufficient enough to give you satisfactory experience of performing any task on the screen. The colors are good and punchy as well and the screen might not be that much light repulsive but the adaptive brightness mode allows you to watch it even when you take the phone out in light. The viewing angles are decent as well. The screen is guarded by 2.5D curved glass.
The processor of both ZenFone Lite L1 and ZenFone Lite Max M1 are same which is Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core SoC with the cores clocked at 1.4Ghz which is mostly not the updated processor which you find in other recent phones of same range. The processor is decent but the working efficiency of the phone is affected by the RAM size of the phone which is 2GB whereas ZenFone Max M1 offers 3GB. Apps with normal size works fine but take some seconds to load and while multi-tasking you have to be patience to allow the phone to open the app for you. The phone do acquires some heat signatures when put to rigorous use by using apps like Facebook messenger, Snapchat etc. The gaming experience is normal, you can play candy crush, subway surf easily but switching to latest trend of PUBG you might won’t get desirable graphics and game functioning and additionally it heats the phone up when we tried playing PUBG. The internal storage is of 16GB which is decent enough to only install selected apps and to store selected files. The internal storage can further be expanded with the help of microSD card. The new ZenFone Lite L1 has Android Oreo as its operating system and ZenUI on top.
ZenFone Lite L1 has single rear camera sensor of 13MP identical to ZenFone Max M1 and has an aperture of f/2.0, and PDAF. The shots captured by the rear camera are decent and the originality of the images is maintained. The daylight shots are clear and detailed but if you zoom in then you will sport graining effect and hard to focus. The night shots degrade in quality and could be termed just below the line of average images. The shots captured by rear camera of ZenFone Max M1 were comparatively better which we have reviewed than ZenFone Lite L1. The selfies captured by ZenFone Lite L1 are clear and crisp especially at daylight but the night selfies are not that much exceptional. The selfie camera is of 5MP and has an aperture of f/2.4 and is doing justice with its price tag.
The battery power of ZenFone Lite L1 is of 3,000mAh and the battery is non removable in nature. The phone when used moderately was able to last almost throughout the day but if you indulge in some hours of playing games, watching movie and listening music then you have to plug in charger once again to make it last for rest of the day. The charging speed of the phone is normal and it takes some hours to fully charge the device. The phone even supports face unlock feature as well which works fine but does not have a very quick response time and accuracy.
The Asus ZenFone Lite L1 is an entry level smartphone having basics of the day. The company has put in ingredients which majority will appreciate such as processor which is efficient enough at this price point. The Lite L1 is available at Rs 5,999 across channels and can be compared with Redmi 5A.