Asus Launches Its First Android Go Device for the US Market

August 8, 2018, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The US market isn’t exactly where manufacturers prefer to try their hands on with the Android Go OS. The Alcatel 1X was an exception to this, but the bold move wasn’t well received due to the mediocre specification the device packed. Now Asus is trying to turn it upside down with the launch of its first Android Go device in the US.

The ZenFone Live L1 still features budget specs, but it certainly is a few steps ahead of the Alcatel device. The highlight is the display with 18:9 aspect ratio, which is not what one would expect to see in a budget device. The pixels count inside is also fairly good for a device of its range, and it has just above 720p pixels arrayed across its display.

Beneath the display is the entry-level Snapdragon 425 processor. That’s a limitation, but the biggest limitation comes in the form of RAM. The Zenfone Live L1 features only 1GB of RAM, and it might not be the number you might want to see even if being paired with Android Go. On the storage front, there is availability of 16GB inbuilt and yes, it can be expanded with microSD cards.

The Zenfone Live L1 doesn’t feature fingerprint unlock. Instead, it has the face unlock feature which although relies upon the front-cam, providing a less secure unlock feature than 3D face unlock like in iPhone X.

Asus is making the device available at Best Buy for $110 for the unlocked version. Locked version is also available with prepaid discounts, making the effective pricing come down to as low as $60. We still need to see if Android Go would suit the taste of the market, but it’s good to see new names popping up.

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