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Asus Zenfone Lite L1 and Zenfone Max M1 launched in India

Asus launches two new phones to entry level price segment

Asus just launched two phones to its entry-level market today at New Delhi i.e Asus Zenfone Lite L1 and Asus Zenfone Max M1. With the successful Zenfone Max Pro M1 and a decent flagship phone Zenfone 5Z, Asus seems to be having a good year and wants to make an impression in the entry-level budget segment with these two new additions.

The Zenfone Lite L1 and Zenfone Max Pro M1 being entry-level smartphones, surprises with Snapdragon 430 processor priced at Rs.6,999 and Rs.8,999 with an introductory price of Rs.5,999 and Rs.7,499 respectively. We will be posting our review soon and before that let’s have a peek into its specifications and initial impressions I had with the phones.

Asus Zenfone Lite L1 Specifications

  • Device name: ZenFone Lite (L1) – ZA551KL
  • Design & Dimension: Metallic Finish, 2D Glass,140g, 147x267x778 mm
  • Display, Resolution: 5.45” HD+ IPS Display (1440×720), 18:9 Full view
  • Camera : Front Camera 5 MP, f/2.2,1.12um and Rear Camera 13MP, f/2.0, 1.12um, 0.03s PDAF
  • Flash: Rear and Front, LED Flash
  • Audio: Big magnet speaker, Single microphone
  • Performance: Qualcomm Octa Core Snapdragon 430, Adreno 505 GPU
  • Memory: 2GB RAM/16GB ROM LPDDR3 microSD card support (Up to 256GB)
  • Battery: 3000mAh Battery
  • Triple Slot: Dual SIM + 1MicroSD
  • OS: Android O with Zen UI 5.0
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, E-Compass, Proximity, Ambient light
  • Miscellaneous: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth V4.0, Face unlock, Supports single SIM VoLTE,Notification LED.
  • Price: Rs.6,999/- ( Introductory price of Rs.5,999/-)

Asus Zenfone Max M1 Specifications

  • Device name: ZenFone Max (M1) – ZB556KL
  • Design & Dimension: Metallic Finish, 2.5D Glass,150g, 147.3×70.9×8.7mm
  • Display, Resolution: 5.45” HD+ IPS Display (1440×720), 18:9 Full view
  • Camera : Front Camera 8 MP, f/2.2,1.12um and Rear Camera 13MP, f/2.0, 1.12um, 0.03s PDAF
  • Flash: Rear and Front, LED Flash
  • Audio: Big magnet speaker, Dual microphone
  • Performance: Qualcomm Octa Core Snapdragon 430, Adreno 505 GPU
  • Memory: 3GB RAM/32GB ROM LPDDR3 microSD card support (Up to 256GB)
  • Battery: 4000mAh Battery
  • Triple Slot: Dual SIM + 1MicroSD
  • OS: Android O with Zen UI 5.0
  • Fingerprint Sensor: Back Fingerprint Sensor, 0.3 sec fast unlock, 5 fingers & 360° recognition
  • Other Sensors: Accelerometer, E-Compass, Proximity, Ambient light, Gyroscope
  • Miscellaneous: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth V4.0, Face unlock, supports single SIM VoLTE, Notification LED.
  • Price: Rs.8,999/- ( Introductory price of Rs.7,499/-)

Intial Impressions

Firstly, heart of the phones Snapdragon 430, is a good processor (out of my experience with other phones) and devices run with Android O on top of ZenUI 5. These devices have only 3 bloatware apps, Facebook, Instagram and Messenger. ZenUI bundles only a few apps with the phone, the essential ones. Both the phones seem so light-weighted and offer good form factor.

For Zenfone Lite L1 out of the 16GB memory, you will get around 9GB of unused memory and in case of Zenfone Max M1, you will get 23GB of unused memory. The major differences between these phones are that the Zenfone Max M1 has a fingerprint sensor, 4000 mAh battery, more storage, RAM and a gyroscope sensor. With the Camera comparison of both the models, the Zenfone Max M1 seemed to be better than the Lite L1 through they sport almost same configuration.

Zenfone Lite L1 when compared with Redmi 5A and Redmi 6A, with a obvious Snapdragon 430, the L1 is a better option. The Max M1 on the other side when compared with Honor 7A and Redmi 6, offers more battery but lack of dual camera can be a negative. However, it is soon to judge without comparing the actual output of the phones. Though the Realme C1 stands to be the most value for money offering at Snapdragon 450 priced at Rs.6,999/- we have to see how these phones will be received. However, the Realme C1 price is quoted as an introductory price and may rise up in the future.

Written by Suryanarayana Murthy

Computer Grad. Web Nerd. Tech Enthusiast. I run this blog 😎

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