Continuing its work in the entry-level segment, ASUS has officially launched the Zenfone Live L2 smartphone in Indonesia.

Priced at a cheap price, this one device is equipped with a full screen and a battery that can last a long time. Even ASUS also presents 3 slots at the same time on Zenfone Live L2 which makes it easy for users to embed 2 SIM cards and 1 microSD card at a time.

With embedded hardware features and specifications, can the ASUS Zenfone Live L2 be one of the entry-level smartphone choices? To find out the answer, Gadgeter can listen to the review article below.

Design


Zenfone Live L2 has used a full screen that has an 18: 9 ratio to make users more free to play games and watch videos than traditional screens with an aspect ratio of 16: 9.

The rear body uses Polycarbonate material with an attractive color gradation consisting of Red Rocket and Cosmic Blue. For the review unit I can have Cosmic Blue which is a blend of blue and dark blue gradations.

Although interesting, but the dust and stains of fingerprints easily stick to the body behind it. For this reason, users of this smartphone should immediately buy an additional casing from a third party so that the rear body is more protected.

Turning to the bottom there is a microUSB 2.0 port and Speaker hole. While the 3.5mm audio jack port is pinned on the top. Furthermore, on the right side there are volume and power buttons arranged vertically. Then the SIM card and microSD slot are on the left.

Screen


This smartphone has been equipped with a 5.5-inch screen that has HD + resolution (1440 x 720 pixels). Following the current trends, the screen design meets the front thanks to the 18: 9 aspect ratio without the presence of bangs because the top and bottom bezels are still quite large.

While the screen uses IPS LCD technology that allows users to still see content up to a 178 degree tilt angle. Users can also run the application or switch menus on the screen when using gloves thanks to the presence of the Glove Mode feature.

Camera


ASUS Zenfone Live L2 is equipped with a rear camera that has a resolution of 13 MP with aperture f / 2.0 and PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus) that can produce photos well in sufficient light or bright conditions.

But when the conditions are minimal or dark, the ability of the rear camera is less reliable. For this reason, it is better for ASUS to develop the capability of the rear camera in these conditions.

While the front camera has a 5 MP camera that still feels lacking to produce good selfies or wefies. But about the matter of video calls, the front camera can be used properly.

The following is the result of a photo of the rear camera and front camera of the Zenfone Live L2. Later the gadget can self-assess how the quality of photos produced from this smartphone.

Performance


From the hardware sector, ASUS has embed the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Octa-Core chipset with 28nm process technology accompanied by 2 GB RAM and 16 GB of internal storage on the Zenfone Live L2.

To try out the performance of the hardware combination, I also run chat applications, SMS, telephone, video player, browser, music player, social network to document editor.

Zenfone Live L2 is still capable of running 2 to 5 applications multitasking smoothly. But if the application is running too much then this smartphone will be broken because of running out of RAM capacity.

Meanwhile, I also ran several popular games such as Mobile Legends, Arena of Valor, PUBG Mobile, and Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition. These four games can be run smoothly with low graphics settings.

Even though Mobile Legends, Arena of Valor, and PUBG Mobile games can run smoothly in intermediate graphics settings, but it only runs at the beginning up to a few minutes ahead because it will often occur broken when run longer.

While Zenfone Live L2 immediately experienced difficulties when running the Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition game on medium graphics. For this reason, users of this smartphone should set their graphics to low to run all four games smoothly.

Furthermore, I also tested using benchmark applications such as AnTuTu and Geekbench. The result is Zenfone Live L2 gets a score that reaches 57,419 points on the AnTuTu application.

While testing using Geekbench, this smartphone managed to get a score that reached 669 points for Single-Core and 2,439 points for Multi-Core. This score proves that Zenfone Live L2 is able to fight smartphones in other entry-level segments. Moreover, the price of this product is cheap.

Battery


ASUS Zenfone Live L2 has a battery with a capacity of 3,000 mAh Lithium Polymer technology. With this capacity, ASUS claims that the battery can last 29 hours for phones on 3G networks or 18 hours for browsing with Wi-Fi networks.

To prove the toughness of the battery, I immediately tested it by using the PCMark for Android benchmark application. I myself tested it using the Work 2.0 Battery Life mode.

This mode allows testing with usage simulations in everyday nonstop conditions. The Zenfone Live L2 results managed to get a PCMark score reaching 10 hours 59 minutes. You could say that this battery has a long time.

Despite the long battery life, the ASUS Zenfone Live L2 does not have the support of Fast Charging so that the battery charging runs long which takes 3 hours 12 minutes.

Face Unlock


To make the price affordable, ASUS does not embed a fingerprint sensor on the back of the Zenfone Live L2. But instead, users can unlock using their faces using the Face Unlock feature.

Zenfone Live L2 only allows one face to be registered in this one feature. When I tried, the Face Unlock feature can detect my face quickly so the unlock process does not take long.

ZenUI 5


This device has been equipped with the Android Oreo 8.0 operating system that uses the ZenUI 5 interface made by ASUS. You could say the interface, icons, and some features have been customized compared to pure Android versions.

ZenUI 5 allows users to do screenshots using only the Recent Apps button. But users can also change the function of the Recent Apps button to activate the Dual-Apps Multitasking feature that allows users to run two applications at once in one screen.

ZenUI 5 also has Kids Mode that allows users to manage the applications displayed on smartphones to be accessed by children. While Easy Mode makes the interface look simple and the size of the icon enlarges to make it easier for parents to access Zenfone Live L2.

Conclusion


Overall, I am quite satisfied with using Zenfone Live L2 in normal use and rarely play games. Especially this smartphone has a battery life that can be considered long.

Even though the rear camera is good enough to produce photos in sufficient light or bright conditions, ASUS has to make improvements to its rear capability in low night or light conditions.

With a resolution of only 5 MP, the front camera still feels unsatisfying to produce selfies. But if it is used for video calls, it can be used properly.

The color gradation behind the L2 Zenfone Live is arguably interesting to see in plain view. But the polycarbonate material that is present in the body behind it, makes the dust and stain fingerprints easily stick. For that, users can directly attach additional casings.

With prices reaching Rp. 1.049,000, the ASUS Zenfone Live L2 can compete and become one of the selected smartphones in the entry-level segment. This smartphone has a Face Unlock feature that makes it easy for users to unlock with faces.