Believe it or not but the low-end smartphone segment is a very competitive market with huge companies like Asus, Xiaomi, Realme as competitors. The same market has other companies like iVoomi, Infinix and more so it is obvious that a company will do everything to capture this starter market with a lot of first-time smartphone users.
The Asus ZenFone Lite L1 is a smartphone for the very same segment and it comes at a very competitive price of Rs. 5999. In this post, we will take a look at the phone in proper depth and we will see how it stands up against other competitors like the Redmi 6A and more.
Design and Build Quality
The ZenFone Lite L1 is made out of a polycarbonate body that has a metallic finish to it and it comes in Black and Gold colors and the phone definitely looks nice. It is a phone that feels really nice to hold in hands and since it is made out of polycarbonate, the phone feels very light.
On the front, the phone has a 5.45-inch display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. Above the display, you will find the selfie shooter, the notification LED along with the earpiece and a bunch of other sensors. The front of the phone is clean with no branding on it.
Turning the phone around will reveal the single camera on the back along with the flash. There’s also an Asus branding on the back panel and that’s about it. On the right side of the phone, you will find the volume rocker along with the power, lock and unlock button and on the left side, there’s a slot for SIM cards.
The bottom of the phone has a micro USB port for charging and data syncing while the top houses the 3.5mm audio jack. The phone is built really well and feels really good to hold in the hand.
The phone has a 5.45-inch IPS LCD display with an HD+ resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels. The display has a tall aspect ratio of 18:9 which is great to see in smartphones in this segment. The IPS panel on the display is quite colorful and looks good.
Asus ZenFone Lite L1’s display has a nice pixel density of about 295ppi and the screen carries a screen to body ratio of about 72.5%. Overall, the display looks really nice and produces really nice colors.
Camera & Imaging
The ZenFone Lite L1 has a primary rear camera with a single 13 MP sensor with an aperture of f/2.0. On the front, it has a 5 MP selfie shooter with an aperture of f/2.2.
The phone’s primary rear camera produces good shots that have a decent amount of colors and details. In daylight, the camera produces the best results and that stands true for both rear as well as front-facing cameras.
Coming to the low-light performance of the phone’s camera, you shouldn’t expect much from it as expecting clear photos in low-light from a smartphone in the budget segment is too much to ask from it. Overall, the camera is good enough to be used for social media purposes but if you’re looking for a good camera in this price range, you should think about extending your budget a bit.
Hardware, Battery Life & Performance
The phone runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 processor that is an octa-core chipset clocked at 1.4GHz. This processor is built on a 28nm platform and is one of the best processors you’re going to find in the low-end smartphone segment.
The graphics on this phone are handled by an Adreno 505 GPU which is a good starter GPU and it can run smaller non-demanding games like Subway Surfers, Temple Run and other such games with ease. Don’t expect the phone to run demanding titles like PUBG since the performance won’t be that good with this processor and GPU. The phone comes with 2GB RAM which is an OK amount of RAM for the price.
Coming to the battery life, the phone has a 3000mAh battery which can power the phone for a full day under heavy usage. The battery life is helped by the HD+ display which doesn’t eat up much battery power when you’re using it.
Software & UI
Asus ZenFone Lite L1 runs on ZenUI 5.0 with Android 8.0 Oreo at its core. The software runs well and ZenUI has a closer to stock Android look to it which can be changed using the in-built theme engine as per the user’s choice.
ZenUI 5.0 adds features such as memory cleaner, Game Genie, twin apps, ZenMotion touch gestures and more to the phone, making it a great experience for someone who’s going to use a smartphone for the first time.
The budget smartphone also has a Face Unlock feature that works fine and it can unlock the phone within a second of detecting the face but keep in mind that this is a software-based face unlock and it won’t work properly in the dark.
The Zenfone Lite L1 is one of the best budget smartphones available just under Rs. 6000 and with a price tag and features like that, it is a great choice for anyone looking for a great entry-level smartphone. If you’re looking for a good budget smartphone with a great battery life, good user experience and more, you can go with this phone for sure.