ASUS Zenfone Live :A budget phone from ASUS for selfie lovers.

This smartphone’s unique selling point  is the ability to make your live videos look much better with a dedicated app for the same. Here’s how the Asus Zenfone Live smartphone, which is priced at Rs 9,999, fared in our performance review.


The budget class is the most happening section in the domain of smartphones. You have full metal bodies, copious amounts of RAM and respectable camera sensors. However, a few years back, the budget smartphone category was littered with old, or low-cost processors, lack of essential features and extremely ugly as well as super bloated software interfaces. In a segment as messed up as that, ASUS was one of the manufacturers to disrupt the game with their offerings that had new-age specs, an appreciable build and a respectable software.


With the incursion of Chinese players, the segment turned into what we know it today. Giants of the smartphone industry are trying to keep up with the new competition through gimmicky features and ASUS is one of them. To battle the likes of Xiaomi and Motorola in the segment, ASUS’ latest handset in the budget category – the Zenfone Live. It is a product that carries a lot of high expectations for the brand to make space for itself. Does it deliver them as expected? Read on to find out.

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 output was acceptable and good enough for sharing.

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.

Specifications :

Name ZenFone Live ZB501KL
Design Premium-crafted metallic finish with 2.5D arc glass

Slim bezel: 2.36mm

Light weight: 120g

Display, Resolution 5-inch High Definition (1280×720) IPS display
75% Screen-to-Body ratio
Bluelight filter for eye protection


World’s 1st Livestreaming, real-time beautification technology

5MP with large 1.4µm Pixel Sensor for 2x light sensitivity
Soft-light LED front flash for natural skin tones
82˚ wide view angle, ƒ/2.2 aperture
Real Time Beautification / HDR / Lowlight Selfie modes



13 Megapixel PixelMaster camera
ƒ/2.0 aperture, 5P lens
Single LED flash for natural skin tones
Camera features* 7 camera modes for the Front Camera:

Real Time Beautification, Night, HDR Pro, Effect, Low-light, Time Lapse, Auto

12 camera modes for the Main Camera:

Real Time Beautification, Low light, Selfie, HDR Pro, Super Resolution
Night, Effect, Panorama, Time lapse, Children, QR code, Auto

Audio Dual MEMS microphones for clearer voice quality & less noise

ICEpower enhanced 5-Masgnet Speaker for louder sound and less distortion

Smart Amplifier technology for up to 4X sound volume

Audio Wizard for enhanced audio experience

Performance Qualcomm® Snapdragon™  Quad-Core Processor

Adreno 305 GPU

Memory RAM / ROM* 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM (MicroSD support up to 128GB SDXC)
100GB of Google Drive space for 2 years
Wireless Dual SIM Dual standby (2G/3G/4G)

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi-Direct, Miracast, hotspot, Bluetooth V 4.0

LTE Cat. 4


Battery 2650mAh Li-ion battery (non-removable)
OS Android 6.0 with ZenUI 3.0


Front Camera for Amazing Selfies


The 5 MP front camera of the Asus ZenFone Live helps you take sharp and brilliant selfies in any lighting condition. The image sensor features large, 1.4 micrometre pixels. As a result, it improves the camera’s sensitivity to light by up to 200-percent when compared to regular smartphones. The 82-degree, wide-angle lens of the front camera helps you capture a wider view, so you can fit all your friends into the frame.
Our Take :

One of the biggest pro of this device is that it comes with a lightweight design and have a  coupled good display and decent camera performance in broad daylight.

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