Asus is known to use the same design for phones in a particular series. So with the ZenFone Live, instead of a new look Asus seems to have stuck to its ZenFone 3 series design. The ZenFone Live is available in three colours Rose Pink, Black, and Gold. The phone has rounded sides and edges that make it comfortable to hold and grip. We also found it to be light, tipping the scales at 120gms. Asus has used plastic as the primary material for the phone and it does not feel all that premium.
The ZenFone Live sports a 5-inch display along with 2.5D glass that curves at the edges. It has the front facing camera, selfie flash, proximity sensors and the metal mesh earpiece above the display. Asus has opted for capacitive touch button for navigation instead of on screen buttons. Sadly, these buttons are not backlit and we had our fair share of missed hits in the dark.
The volume and power/ lock buttons on the ZenFone Live are positioned on the right and have the same textured finish. A different texture would have made it easier to distinguish between the two. On the left side is the hybrid SIM tray that can house two Nano SIM cards or one Nano SIM along with a microSD card.
The Asus ZenFone Live has a Micro-USB port, a single speaker grill, and a microphone port at the bottom and a 3.5mm audio socket and secondary microphone on the top. At the back, a 13-megapixel camera sits above the single LED flash and a metallic Asuslogo is embossed near the middle. The ZenFone Live misses out on a fingerprint sensor and that isn’t a positive sign.
Asus ZenFone Live camera performance
The ZenFone Live sports a 5-megapixel front facing camera with a selfie flash. For regular point and shoot duties, it packs a 13-megapixel camera at the back along with a single LED flash. The camera app is quite easy to use and there are lots of modes to choose from.
In our use, the phone focused quickly while shooting in daylight conditions. When clicking macro shots the phone did need a few taps to focus at the desired area. The regular shots taken however were fine and nothing extraordinary.
In low light, the camera took slightly longer to focus and the output was dull and too grainy for our liking. There is the option to switch on low-light mode which bumps the ISO up and lowers the shutter speed. Also, in this mode, the resolution of the photo is restricted to 3-megapixel.
The Asus ZenFone Live managed to run all the games but there was considerable battery drain during the gaming sessions. So if you are a gamer the average performance and the 2650mAh battery won’t keep you interested in the phone for long. Asus has ensured that the ZenFone Live has support for 4G and VoLTE on both SIM slots but only one can latch on to 4G at a time while the other is restricted to 2G connectivity.
The Asus ZenFone Live claims to be the first to have live beautification for social media. It somewhat delivers on that front but there are too many sacrifices. The choice of an outdated processor for the ZenFone Live is highly questionable and the missing fingerprint sensor does not help its case.
Asus has a good feature on its hands and will work even better when paired with the right hardware. It’ll be interesting to see if this feature makes it to other Asus smartphones. As for the ZenFone Live, the processor seems to be the single component that is dragging the overall experience down. For a price of Rs 9,999, the ZenFone Live is very hard to recommend especially when we have phones like the Redmi 4 and the Moto G5 that offer much better overall package and value for money.
Overall Rating 3/5