Asus ZenFone Live (L1) adds to the US Android Go lineup

Asus ZenFone Live (L1) adds to the US Android Go lineup
Following the likes of ZTE, Alcatel, Nokia, and Motorola while beating Samsung to the punch, Asus is today joining Google’s low-cost, energy-efficient, and storage-saving Android Go program. Technically, the budget-friendly ZenFone Live (L1) is not an entirely new device, instead merely expanding from countries like Indonesia to the US.

Stateside, the modest 5.5-incher is for the time being up for grabs exclusively from Best Buy’s e-store, eyeing physical availability through the same retailer “at a later date.” Considering the target audience, silky smooth OS optimized for the humblest memory configurations, and especially an ultra-low $110 price point, this is not a bad slab of silicon, at least on paper.

It’s got one of those trendy 2:1 “Full View” displays with 1440 x 720 (aka HD+) resolution and reasonably thin bezels, as well as a decent quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor under the hood, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage space, and an “all-day” 3,000 mAh battery.

Keep in mind the pre-installed Android Oreo (Go Edition) platform is specifically designed to work without a glitch even on handsets packing just 512MB RAM, featuring plenty of ultra-lightweight Google-made apps also meant to keep power consumption and digital hoarding room in check.

The unlocked Asus ZenFone Live (L1) is obviously compatible with all major GSM carriers nationwide, AT&T and T-Mobile included, also offering a 13MP rear-facing camera (at least according to Best Buy), as well as a 5MP selfie shooter with face unlock capabilities, and dual SIM support. There’s no fingerprint scanner and the back is probably made of cheap plastic, but for $109.99, this is still a very well-balanced low to mid-end affair.

source: Best Buy via Asus

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ZenFone Live
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2650 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    ASUS Zen UI

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