Day by day, competition in the smartphone market has been increasingly on the rise. While competition is slightly lesser on high-end smartphones, the same cannot be said on budget smartphones where competition is as fierce as it can be. Not too long ago, Taiwanese Computer and Electronics Giant, Asus has introduced their latest series of ZenFones and just not long after, they have launched the all new Asus ZenFone Go.
The Asus ZenFone Go is aimed to offer mid-range capabilities at a price designed for emerging markets. Given the price, the phone is pretty good looking and is one that promises to deliver decent performance at an affordable price. But deeds, not words right? Lets get straight into it.
Hardware & Specification
Like all ZenFone’s the ZenFone Go comes in the same packaging finished with a silky touch that gives it a premium feel. The ZenFone GO comes in five different colors – black, blue, white, red, and gold.
This device is built with a 5 inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and 294 ppi pixel density. In the heart of the ZenFone is a quad-core MediaTek M6580 processor clocked at 1.3 GHz and 2GB of RAM as well as internal storage of 8GB/16GB depending on the variant. Just like its counterpart, the ZenFone Go has a microSD card slot that allows you to extend your storage.
Capture your photos with the 8 megapixels sensor capable camera, capable of taking pictures up to 3264 x 2448 pixels on the back. While on the front, do not expect so much as it only spots 2 megapixels and it’s pretty clear that it’s only destined for casual video calls.
In terms of communications options, the Asus ZenFone Go basically offers similar connectivity much like all other budgeted phones. The ZenFone however, has an interesting feature not found on many phones, the Dual SIM option. This allows you to operate two SIM cards simultaneously. Unfortunately, this device does not has 4G connectivity, therefore, you will be restricted to 3G usage on the first SIM and 2G on the second. This would prove to be a letdown to some but if you are using this ZenFone for everyday casual use, it is more than capable.
Design & Build
Much like the design of smartphones in the ZenFone family, the ZenFone Go follows the design line of its’ predecessors. The slightly curved back and the circular finish from under the buttons are two designs unique to the ZenFones.
The ZenFone Go is measured at 9.98 thickness, but the number doesn’t add up on the sides of the smartphone. It actually looks slimmer from the sides. Unlike the other ZenFone lineup, the backplate of the Go is made of soft and rubber-like polycarbonate and made detachable. The fact that the back is detachable means you can replace the battery fairly easy. Both SIM and micro SD cards slots are located at the back which means you will have to open up the back and slot it in.
As it is a budget smartphone, the one direct consequence of the Asus ZenFone Go is that it doesn’t support 4G mobile networks. However, if it doesn’t concern you that much the network signal on both SIM cards were strong and conversations are of a good quality and voices were loud and clear.
The audio quality of the smartphone is actually pretty decent considering it’s a budgeted one. The speaker located at the back actually puts up quite a loud bang and there isn’t much distortion which is a surprise. This applies unless, you maxed the volume up and switch to some metal music.
The ZenFone Go is installed with Android 5.1 Lollipop with Asus’ proprietary ZenUI on top. The ZenUI is developed by Asus to transform the standard average Android experience into a more immersive, beautiful yet simpler interface.
As for the battery, it is fed with a 2070 mAH lithium battery which is not all that spectacular but if you look into the phone’s hardware, it should be sufficient to keep your it up all day depending on your usage of course.
Camera & Video
Having an 8 megapixels camera at the back and 2 on the front, nothing much could be said but it does produce some OK images. Having said that, Asus’ smartphones do have lots of options when it comes to the way you shoot photos. The ZenFone Go is pre-installed with 15 different photo modes which includes HDR, Depth of Field, Panorama, and slow motion. Considering the built and being a budget smartphone, this much option would certainly make up for it.
When it comes to video quality however, the Asus ZenFone Go is capable of some great looking Full HD videos. It shoots Full HD videos up to 1080p at 30fps with stereo sound. The one downside is that when recording at 1080p, the image stabilization is disabled and to use it, you will have to lower the resolution to 720p. Take a look at some videos capture with the ZenFone Go below.
Overall, the Asus ZenFone Go is not a powerful piece of technology, but it does get its job done with a few unique features of its own. Considering the price of the smartphone, you can’t really complain. Although the camera quality is no where to be proud of, it compensates on multiple pre-installed software and tons of photo modes that can easily transform bad pictures to good pictures.
Nonetheless, the Asus ZenFone Go is actually a pretty good looking phone and the Dual SIM feature is gonna be a tough choice to turn down. If you are looking for a decent smartphone and on a tight budget, you might wanna consider the Asus ZenFone Go.
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