Asus Zenfone Lite L1 is supposed to be a really affordable sub Rs. 7,000 smartphone that offers great performance. However, ambition is not enough to build a great smartphone. The Zenfone Lite L1 packs decent specifications for its price but does it live up to the mark Asus priced it at? Let’s find out.
Asus Zenfone Lite L1
The Asus Zenfone Lite L1 comes with a 1.40 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 coupled with an Adreno 505 GPU and 2GB of RAM. It sports a 5.45-inch (720 x 1440 pixels) LCD display. For the optics, it features a 13-megapixel sensor with a f/2.0 aperture and an LED Flash on the back. For selfies, it packs a 5-megapixel sensor with a f/2.4 aperture. All of this is backed by a 3,000mAh Battery.
The device sports a plastic back panel that feels quite cheap. It runs Google’s Android 8.0 Oreo with Asus’s ZenUI skin on top. The phone sports dual SIM card slots, a dedicated microSD card slot, 3.5mm headphone jack and a micro-USB port for charging and data syncing. There is no fingerprint sensor on this one.
Asus Zenfone Lite L1 Review: Design
There is nothing that might interest you in the design of the Asus Zenfone Lite L1. The back is made out of plastic and doesn’t feel good. The looks are nothing fancy too, it looks like a basic smartphone with nothing unique to itself.
The device sports a 5.45-inch LCD display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. Unlike the trend of 2018, there is no notch on the display, However, the display is stretched a bit to reduce bezels. The speaker grille, 5-megapixel front camera, and the sensor array are all placed on the top bezel. Due to Asus deciding to skip the Notch on this one, it gives the device symmetry with the bezels at both the top and bottom, which looks nice.
On the back, the device sports a camera setup and an LED flash aligned in a vertical orientation on the top left
On the right edge, you can see a power button with the volume rockers. The left edge holds the SIM card tray with SIM slots and a dedicated micro-SD card slot. The top edge houses a headphone jack and the bottom edge features a micro-USB port along with speakers and microphone.
Overall the design of the smartphone feels pretty dated. That might appeal to some people who like simplistic designs instead of the fancy ones smartphone companies are using these days. Asus didn’t try to hide that the phone is made out of plastic, which is appreciated. Also, the company tried to maintain symmetry throughout the device with the microphone grille looking like the speaker grille and more.
Asus Zenfone Lite L1 Review: Software
Asus Zenfone Lite L1 runs Google’s Android 8.0 Oreo with the company’s own ZenUI skin on top. ZenUI is a skin that Asus adds to almost all of its devices giving them a unique look and feel. It offers a heavily customized Android experience with its icon packs and some bloatware apps like Facebook, Atok and BR Apps. These might be useful for some people but not for all. However, a plus point is that some of these apps can be uninstalled and others can easily be disabled from the app drawer itself.
Overall ZenUI has evolved a lot from its old days of Zenfone 2. It now has a less amount of bloatware and modifications. There are small features that have been added here and there which make the experience better than most of the other skins. Still, there is a lot of progress that is needed to be made by the Asus.
Asus Zenfone Lite L1 Review: Performance
Performance is a major area of concern on any device, the same goes for Asus Zenfone Lite L1. It is powered by a 1.99 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor coupled with an Adreno 505 GPU and 2GB of RAM.
We ran our usual benchmark tests test to evaluate the performance of the device. On AnTuTu it yielded a score of 55521, which is great considering the price and competition. On GeekBench it managed to get a single core score of 663 and a multi-core score of 2349. The performance numbers of the device on paper were great for the value. However, the phone exhibits quite some lag during normal usage.
While playing light games such as Temple Run and Crossy Chicken, the phone shows a bit of lag here and there. Heavy games like Asphalt 9 Legends and PUBG Mobile are almost next to impossible to play.
Asus Zenfone Lite L1 Review: Display
Asus Zenfone Lite L1 sports a 5.45-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1440×720 pixels. The brightness levels are able to get quite low and decently high depending on the situation. The colours are okay for a smartphone at this price. Display legibility under direct sunlight is not good, but that is mainly due to brightness not being high enough.
Asus Zenfone Lite L1 Review: Camera
Asus Zenfone Lite L1 features a 13-megapixel rear camera sensor with a f/2.0 aperture and a 5-megapixel with a f/2.4 aperture on the front. Both the camera sensors are good on paper. Although, not everything depends on the camera lenses as we have seen in the past.
The front camera is a totally different story. The photos taken come out a little
Overall, the rear camera performs exceptionally well, considering the price. Whereas, the front camera needs a lot of work.
Asus Zenfone Lite L1 Review: Battery
Asus Zenfone Lite L1 is backed by a 3,000mAh battery, which lasts for a little over 24 hours on a single charge. Charging time with the included charger is around two hours, which is not bad. According to us, you might want to charge this smartphone in the night before going to bed so that it doesn’t die on you.
We ran PCMark’s Work 2.0 Battery Life test, which subjects the phone to heavy usage and finds out how the battery performs in those conditions. The device yielded a result of 9 hours and 42 minutes, which seems a bit low in comparison to similar battery capacity smartphones.
Asus Zenfone Lite L1 Review: Verdict
Asus Zenfone Lite L1 is priced at Rs. 5,499, for which the performance and the features it offers, are a mixed bag. On one had the rear camera performance is amazing and on the other hand, having only 2GB RAM is quite a limiting factor for this smartphone.
This makes the Zenfone Lite L1 quite a hard device to recommend. If your priority is camera then go for it. However, if your priority is performance, pass this one.