Google’s Android Go, a lightweight mobile OS for phones with low RAM and storage, was launched way back, but it has only recently gained momentum after companies like Nokia and ZTE joined them. The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer is the recent company to join this list. Today, the company announced its first Android Go-powered smartphone, the Zenfone Live L1, in Indonesia. The smartphone comes with decent specs but does not include a fingerprint scanner, which has become mainstream even on budget smartphones. But it comes with Face unlocking technology with the front camera.
As for the specs, the Zenfone Live L1 comes with average looks and a plastic feel. It features a 5.45-inch display with a resolution of HD+ (1440 x 720 pixels) and an aspect ratio of 18:9. Under the hood, it is powered by a Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset clocked at 1.4 GHz and Adreno 308 GPU. It is coupled with 1 GB RAM + 16 GB internal storage. This variant runs on Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition). Another variant with 2 GB RAM runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with ZenUI 5.0 on top.
In the optics department, the smartphone sports a 13 MP camera with LED flash at the rear while offering a 5 MP at the front for selfies and video calling. The smartphone is backed by a 3,000 mAh battery and comes with Google’s suite of apps like Google Go, Maps Go, and Files Go. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Micro-USB, dual SIM+ microSD slot (up to 2 TB), and more.
ASUS has yet to reveal any details about the price and availability of the smartphone. However, according to a report by Gadgetren, the smartphone will come with a price tag of IDR 1.5 million. It also claimed that the smartphone will go on sale around mid-May. The company also said the smartphone will be launched in Europe but didn’t provide any additional details. The smartphone will be available in Blue, White, Midnight Black, and Rose Pink.