Asus has carved out its name for bringing smartphones and tablets to the masses at value-for-money prices. The Zenfone series of smartphones has been pretty popular and so have the FonePad and MemoPad series of tablets. The Zenfone 5 Lite (A502CG), which was launched globally, has now made its inroads to the Indian market at a price of Rs 8,999. Zenfone 5 Lite. As the name suggests, it is a stripped-down version of the regular Asus Zenfone 5 at a slightly lower price.
- 5-inch IPS LCD display, qHD (960 x 540 pixels) resolution, and Soda Lime Glass protection
- Android 4.4 KitKat with Zen UI
- 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2520 processor, 1GB RAM
- 8GB of internal storage which can be expanded by 64GB using microSD card
- 8-megapixel primary camera and a VGA front camera
- Dual-SIM, 3G + 2G, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, and GPS with A-GPS
- 2,500 mAh battery
The Asus Zenfone 5 Lite features a 5-unch qHD display instead of an HD screen, which is used in the Zenfone 5. The company has also downgraded its screen protection from Gorilla Glass to Soda Lime glass. Instead of a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2560, which is used in the Zenfone 5, Asus has equipped with Zenfone Lite with 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2520 processor. Even the RAM has been downgraded from 2GB to 1GB. Also, the front-facing camera has been downgraded from 2MP to a VGA sensor.
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The only thing Zenfone 5 Lite is better at is the battery life (2,500 mAh versus 2,110 mAh). Seeing the fact that the price difference is marginal, we suggest you go in for the regular Zenfone 5 at Rs 9,999. You can also buy the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3G at the same price, if you trust Xiaomi and like Xiaomi's user interface.
Asus has been able to sell around lakh units of Zenfones in India by the end of September. It has also promised Android 5.0 Lollipop update to all its Zenfone series of smartphones by April 2015, which have been launched in India.