ASUS Zenfone Live Review : A Budget Phone that Beautify Live Videos
ASUS is one of those phone companies which has single-handedly tried to capture the market keeping in mind all the segments that are possible. Be it people who are in the need for long battery life, such as ASUS Zenfone 3s Max or ASUS Zenfone 3 Max or people who are fond of good cameras, ASUS has a product for each segment.
With the growing craze for social media, ASUS has finally thought to enter the market with a product which would make you look good on the social media. In comes ASUS ZenFone Live. But you must be thinking why I am so excited about the ASUS ZenFone Live when loads of other phones offer a beautification mode? That is because, ASUS ZenFone Live allows me to beautify live videos too. Yes, you heard it right, with ASUS Zenfone Live, you can beautify live videos on Facebook Live, Instagram Live or YouTube Live.
Now that’s something new, don’t you think? If you think this is something new, you have to read our ASUS Zenfone Live detailed review that I’m writing after using it extensively as my primary phone for a long time.
This detailed review of ASUS Zenfone Live will cover all the aspects of new phone such as design and built, display, software review, camera performance and much more that will help you to decide whether to buy it or not.
ASUS ZenFone Live Design and Built
When it comes to designing, Asus rarely tries to innovate and mostly sticks to a particular design depending on the size of the phone. In case of ASUS ZenFone Live it sticks to a similar design to that of ASUS ZenFone 3s Max but it is much lighter in weight and much asleeker than Zenfone 3S Max.
With rounded edges and Gold, Black and Rose Pink color, ASUS Zenfone Live is really good to hold and has a good grip. We got the rose color ASUS Zenfone Live for review. It weighs just 120 gms which we feel is really convenient for the users. However, the usage of plastic as the phone’s primary material has made it very inelegant.
The 5-inch display of the phone is equipped with 2.5 D glass which curves around the edges. The front of the phone has the front camera along with a selfie flash, the metal mesh hearing place and proximity sensor, all placed above the display. There are no screen buttons, instead the phone has a capacitive touch display in place. The only bad thing is the fact that these buttons aren’t backlit, which creates a problem in detecting them in darkness.
The texture of the power and sound button are same as the phone and are tough to distinguish, they are placed on the right side of the phone.
The left side consists of the hybrid tray which can hold two Nano SIM or one SIM and one SD card to expand the memory.
ASUS ZenFone Live consists of the microphone port at the base of the phone along with a micro USB port and a single speaker.
The secondary speaker along with the rear camera and the single flash is on the back top of the phone. All in all, the design and built of ASUS Zenfone Live is not that bad and quite acceptable keeping the price the phone comes in.
ASUS ZenFone Live Display
ASUS Zenfone Live has a 5 inch screen that comes with a display of 720 x 1280 HD display that gives crisp sharp colors most of the times. However, the display is not as good when you see under the direct sunlight.
When it comes to viewing angles, I can assure that it is perfectly fine and you can check the screen from almost any angle. It comes with Bluelight Filter that helps in reducing the strains on your eyes in the night-time.
ASUS Zenfone Live Software
ASUS Zenfone Live comes with Android Marshmallow 6.0 with a brand new ZenUI layered on the top of it. However, we don’t understand that when most of the smartphones runs on Android Nougat 7.0, why it still comes with Android Marshmallow. There is no news of the update so you should keep this in mind before buying it.
One thing that I liked about ASUS Zenfone Live is that it doesn’t comea with bloatware that has been always the problem with ASUS earlier phones. I’ve raised this problem of bloatware on my earlier detailed review of ASUS Zenfone 3s Max, ASUS Zenfone 3 Max and ASUS Zenfone 3.
Some popular apps like Facebook, Messenger, Instagram were already in the phone. There is a new app called ASUS Zenfit where you can enter your weight, height and the app will tell your BMI. It will also help you to record your sleep, steps, calories and with the help of it, you can schedule your workout to stay fit.
BeautyLive is the new app in ASUS Zenfone Life which they are showing in advertisements. This app allows you to do beautification of live videos be it on Facebook or Instagram or YouTube just like you can do while clicking the selfies through the camera. You can calibrate the amount of beautifications required through a slider on the bottom of the app.
Since the filter of live beautification is not as aggressive, hence it doesn’t lag the phones as much. We have tried out the feature on Instagram and liked the way it works.
In settings, you can toggle to enable BeautyLive floating button to adjust the beautification effect during live streams. Isn’t this feature amazing? You can adjust the beautification settings according to light in the live video.
ASUS Zenfone Live Performance
There is nothing excited about when it comes about the specifications of ASUS ZenFone Live. However, it does contain a Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad Core processor which will probably be the Snapdragon 400 along with a clock speed of 1.40 GHz. You might find it on the lower side but the price bracket it comes in justify the use of the processor. However, while doing day to day tasks such as browsing, going live on Instagram, using Facebook and other apps, it wasn’t slow.
We played a few games on the ASUS ZenFone Live and while some games like Clash Royale and Warhammer 40K were decently operating; others like Breakneck and Asphalt 8 Airborne took way too much time to get loaded and lagged the phone considerably. The phone actually struggled to show us the notification bar when we pulled it down. The gaming session had drained a lot of battery and the 2560 mAh battery was not of much use for hardcore gamers.
But, it doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy games, you can play many other lighter games such as Angry Birds, Subway Surfer, Pokemon Go, Mario Run, etc, without slowing down of your phone.
ASUS Zenfone Live comes with only 2GB of RAM, which is good for watching videos, listening music, browsing, making videos, playing light games, but multi-tasking takes a toll on the phone and it starts to slow down. For a normal user, ASUS Zenfone Live is perfect and it does one job perfectly, which it is made for, i.e. going live on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
ASUS ZenFone Live has an internal storage of 16 GB of which only 9 GB is available to the users and rest is used by the inbuilt apps. The external memory is expandable up to 256 GB but that will be a trade off with the second SIM. ASUS ZenFone Live comes with a SIM extractor and an USB cable.
ASUS ZenFone Live Camera Performance
ASUS ZenFone Live has an easy camera app which has a 5 MP front camera for selfie and a 13 MP rear camera for point and shoot and both are equipped with a single flash for better performance during low light situations. When I was trying out the phone in daylight, it could focus quickly, however, the macro shots were a bit problematic to focus on. However, I did get a decent output, which was pretty social media shareable material. Let me show you the pictures.
The low light images were very dull for our liking and grainy in nature as you see in the below images. The low light mode of ASUS ZenFone Live limits the resolution to 3MP and bumps up the ISO giving a not so likeable output.
Video recording is done at 1080 pi and the autofocus facility is not available and I had to keep tapping on the screen to maintain the focus. I could use the software driven autofocus, but that meant reducing the resolution to 720 pi.
The front camera of 5 MP along with the flash helps in taking good selfies and the default beautification mode is good for tweaking the output in multiple ways. The beautification mode requires way too long for the photos to be processed and for the outcome to come. The front camera can take videos at 720 pi and beautification mode can be applied to this as well. But it may cause the phone to lag as the video taking process becomes slower and a lot of time is taken to put out the finished video with beautification.
The camera has multiple modes to choose from that you can use according to your needs. I used HDR and low-light mode and the image quality was quite OK.
ASUS Zenfone Live Battery and Connectivity
ASUS Zenfone Live comes with 2650 mAh and is non-removable in nature. Somehow, it didn’t appeal and a few hours of light gaming, browsing and click pictures drained the battery to almost 75%. If you are a light user, it can last long to evening and you have to charge it once you are at home.
The phone has the 3.5 mm audio jack, metallic volume rocker and power button. There is no USB-C type port and it doesn’t come with fast charging, which is a drawback with the phone that comes with only 2650 mAh battery.
ASUS Zenfone Live Price
ASUS Zenfone Live Price comes at price of Rs.9,999 and is available in Black, Pink and Gold. You can order it from Amazon and Flipkart.com.
ASUS ZenFone Live : Whether you should Buy It or Not?
We are at the end of the ASUS Zenfone Live detailed review where you have learned all the aspects about the new smartphone.ASUS ZenFone Live is very aggressive on RAM management, which caused the phone to work great in most of the conditions even it comes with old processor and 2GB of RAM.
The BeautyLive app is revolutionary in ASUS Zenfone Live and it lives up to the promise of delivering live beautification. If you are a social media addict and love to go live on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube, ASUS Zenfone Live is for you that eases your tension of looking beautiful all the time as the app does the wonders for you.