ASUS ZenFone Live Hands-on [Images]

ASUS ZenFone Live Hands-on [Images]
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ASUS ZenFone Live Hands-on [Images]

ASUS ZenFone Live is the latest selfie smartphone from ASUS. This is the World’s first smartphone that comes with real-time beautification technology. So whenever you want to go live on Social apps like Facebook, Instagram etc., it enhances your face using the ASUS BeautyLive app which integrates seamlessly with popular live streaming apps. Want to know more? Let’s look at the ASUS ZenFone Live.

ASUS ZenFone Live Specifications

  • Display: 5.2-inch HD IPS Display (1280 x 720 pixels resolution) with 2.5D curved glass on top
  • Fingerprint Scanner: N/A
  • Software: ASUS ZenUI 3.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • CPU: Up to 1.4 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 processor, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8928)
  • GPU: Adreno 306
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM, LPDDR3
  • Storage: 16 GB or 32 GB internal storage, MicroSD up to 128 GB, 100 GB Google Drive for 2 years
  • Main Camera: 13 MP f/2.0, PixelMaster, soft-light LED flash
  • Front Camera: 5 MP f/2.2, wide-angle 82 degrees
  • Connectivity: Micro USB, 3.5 mm stereo jack, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS (A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS)
  • Sensors: Accelerator, E-Compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor
  • Cellular: 4G LTE network, VoLTE-enabled
  • Battery: 2,650 mAh (non-removable)
  • Power Adapter: Output: 5.2V, 1.0A, 5.2W
  • Dimensions: 141.18 mm x 71.74 x 7.95 mm
  • Weight: 120 grams
  • Colors: Navy Black, Rose Pink, Shimmer Gold
  • Price: ₹9,999

If you love taking selfies, the next thing you want to do is to go live on the Social Media with the ASUS ZenFone Live. Zenfone Live is the World’s first smartphone with hardware-optimised, real-time beautification technology. The ZenFone live will treat your selfie videos as if you are taking selfies with beautification turned on. The same thing happens with the live videos, the BeautyLive app will blend with the Social Media apps to show your glamorous version in the videos. This feature comes handy when you live stream on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and other social media apps.

In terms of the design and display, the Asus ZenFone Live features a 5-inch HD display with 2.5D curved glass on the front. By looking at the design, the ZenFone Live does nothing great, it still follows the trials of its old generation ZenFones. The fact that smartphones are emerging with a metal body, ZenFone Live is still stuck with plastic materials yet the quality of the phone’s build is really good and we do fancy its light weight (120 grams) and compact form factor. It gives you a good grip and does feel great.

The major highlight of the phone is the camera, it sports a 5 MP f/2.2 wide-angle selfie camera with 2x light sensitivity with 1.4um pixels and Soft-light LED flash for natural skin tones. On the rear side, there’s a 13 MP f/2.0 camera using the Pixel Master technology and with a soft-light LED flash. Both the cameras support the real-time beautification feature. The phone also features a built-in dual MEMS microphones that remove background noise which is useful when you are live streaming.

Specifications include a 1.4 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU which seems to be dated. Nobody is going to opt an old CPU in this generation, the processor doesn’t even support 64-bit architecture i.e. ARMv8. The ZenFone Live runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow but on a 32-bit Cortex-A7 processor which is limited to the ARMv7 instructions. The device further comes with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB or 32 GB onboard storage with a mediocre 2,650 mAh non-removable battery.

The top houses a 3.5 mm port for earphones, the bottom comes with a micro USB and loudspeakers. For the microphones, ASUS has done a great job adding dual MEMS microphones removing any background noise as said earlier.

The right side holds a power key and volume control, the left side has a hybrid SIM tray that can be used for dual SIM or single SIM + MicroSD. The handset supports 4G network with VoLTE calling.

The phone is available at ₹9,999, but the pricing seems not convincing when we compare the phone with the existing Chinese rivals. The performance may not meet the current app demands, chances are, the overall experience of the phone might let you down. Good for you if you all do is live video sessions on the Facebook, Instagram or any similar Social app.

What do you think about the ASUS ZenFone Live? Comment below.

ASUS ZenFone Live Hands-on [Images]

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