Asus has introduced the ZenFone Reside L1, its first Android Go cellphone, to the US. The cellphone has funds specs, but it surely may stand out at $110 because of a few options unusual for its worth vary: an 18:9 show and a face unlock characteristic.
That mentioned, even with its tall show, the ZenFone Reside nonetheless manages to look bland within the pictures Asus is sharing. A number of that comes right down to its 5.5-inch display being surrounded with huge bezels on both facet. The display has a decision simply past 720p, which is pushing it for its measurement, although not altogether unacceptable at this worth.
The cellphone has a Snapdragon 425 processor, which was frequent in lower-end telephones two years in the past, and 16GB of storage that may be expanded by MicroSD. The larger limitation will possible be RAM, which the cellphone has solely 1GB of. It appears to be like just like the cellphone will solely help 2.4GHz Wi-Fi as nicely, which generally is a downside if it is advisable to hook up with newer networks.
There’s no fingerprint sensor on the cellphone both, which is a giant miss. The face unlock needs to be a useful stand-in, though photo-based face scanning like it is a lot much less safe than the 3D mapping seen on the iPhone. Nonetheless, it’s higher than nothing as a strategy to lock down your cellphone.
After all, many of those limitations are to be anticipated — the ZenFone Reside is a distinctly low-end cellphone working Android Go, Google’s working system that’s been specifically pared down for these low-end units. To date, Android Go telephones haven’t made a very nice displaying, however we’re additionally solely half a 12 months in to this experiment.
The cellphone is simply out there at Finest Purchase within the US. It’s being bought unlocked, but it surely’s additionally out there locked into a number of pay as you go plans at a $50 low cost, bringing it down to simply $60.