Coming undone of its curtains in May 2017, the Asus Zenfone Live presents itself as yet another budget Zenfone with a quirky new feature. It joins the horizon-ed lineup of Asus that entertains the needs of every individual. However, alike the sharp curve the Zenfone 3 lineup draws this year, with the pricing bump, the Zenfone live does not fall short of imitating the same. But, unlike those generic phones, conveying specification bumps for the varied price ranges, this one consists of a rather peculiar feature, that’s the first time ever done in the market: Beautification over live streaming. And that is what this article’s focus lays on.
Quirky as it sounds, the live feature enables you to broadcast yourself live on YouTube, Facebook, and various other networks with Asus’ beauty feature on. It reduces blemishes and cuts out the factors that may take away from your beauty. The beauty app triggers automatically on your live stream, allowing you to toggle it on or off, or adjust it just at the sweet spot, using a semi-circular roller divided by the tenths, so that it does not convert you into a 3D animation figure. The feature functions without any glitches or issues, which is amazing. Tracking faces and broadcasting live with a filter as heavy as this is usually extremely difficult, but this phone, with such a low processing power, handles it perfectly.
Talking about the processing power, this isn’t the phone you purchase for a heavy use. The processor here is rather outdated and does not deliver anything special at all. The SnapDragon 400 utilized here embarks a very middle of the road performance and makes you run into very frequent stutters with multitasking and light gaming. Not to mention, the 2GB RAM also runs short in handling apps and keeping them running in the background. I would have loved to see the internal storage and the RAM capacity bumped up for the sacrifice of a better chipset.
Maybe keeping the apps from running in the background helps engender a better battery life, but that is not the scenario again. the SnapDragon 430 is not capable of drawing less power for all it does and results is a very short and mediocre battery performance. On the other hand, I see the display compromising for the chipset, as it features a 720P resolution. For the 5-inch phone, the display is pretty vivid in terms of colours and renders a wonderful contrast. Asus is known for bestowing the very best displays even at lower resolutions, and that is very evidently visible on this phone as well.
Lastly, the cameras is something we better not debate at all. For the phone’s pricetag, it is pretty alright. Although nothing to ride home about, the camera produces pretty okay images for the most part. It’s a 13-megapixel sensor capable of shooting 1080P videos at 30FPS, that shoots, again, pretty average quality video with a plethora of shakes. In addition, the camera is not at all good for the night-owls, planning to go on a photoshoot at night. For that though, only use the selfie camera.
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