Taiwanese giant Asus announced on Wednesday that its latest economic smartphone, the ZenFone Live L1, will be launched in Indonesia on May 17, along with the ZenFone 5. Highlights of the Android phone, which runs Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition) aka Android Go in one of its variants: includes Face Unlock, a FullView 18: 9 screen and a triple-slot SIM / microSD card tray. This also makes it the first Android Go smartphone to have an 18: 9 screen. The 1GB RAM variant will come with the set of Google apps compiled for Android Go, including Maps Go, Google Go and Files Go.
Official prices and availability details for the smartphone are not yet available for Indonesia or other international markets. The launch of Indonesia was reported by Gadgetren, who stated that it will have a price around the IDR 1.5 million mark (approximately Rs. 7,200). The color variants of the smartphone include pink rose, midnight black, white and blue.
Asus ZenFone Live L1 specifications
The ZenFone Live L1 dual-SIM will run ZenUI 5.0 on top of Android Oreo for the 2GB RAM variant and will store Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition) for the 1GB RAM edition, ready to use. The phone will have an IPS screen of 5.45 inches HD + (720×1440 pixels), with an aspect ratio of 18: 9. It is said to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC quad-core clocked at 1.4 GHz, together with 1 GB / 2 GB of RAM and an Adreno 308 GPU.
In terms of optics, the ZenFone Live L1 can support a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF and LED flash. On the front, the smartphone will have a 5 megapixel sensor for selfies and video calls. It is expected that there will be 16GB of built-in storage in the smartphone expandable up to 2TB (via microSD), with a 3000mAh battery powered by the phone from under the hood.
Connectivity options in the ZenFone Live L1 include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a Micro-USB port with OTG support. It seems that there is no fingerprint sensor on the smartphone.
Previously, Asus had launched its latest mid-range smartphone: the ZenFone Max Pro M1 in India. This smartphone runs an original version of Android 8.1 Oreo and has a Full HD screen of 5.99 inches (1080×2160 pixels) with the same aspect ratio of 18: 9.