In late 2016, ASUS released one of its Zenfone Go variants—the Go Lite (ZB500KG)—in the Philippines. Today, this no-frills, affordable smartphone is one of the best-selling gadgets at Poundit.com.
Is it the real deal or just a hype? What does the ASUS Zenfone Go Lite 5 offer besides the very low price tag? Let’s find out.
ASUS Zenfone Go Lite 5: Quick pros and cons
What you’ll love about it
- Affordable price (around ₱3,000)
- Great battery life
- Solid build
- Ergonomic and practical design
- Headphone jack
What you might not like about it
- 1GB memory
- Lack of 4G/LTE
- Subpar video footage and low-light shots
Solid, well-designed phone
The ASUS Zenfone Go Lite looks a lot like the Zenfone 2, so if you used to own one, you won’t have a hard time breaking in a new Go Lite handset. This Zenfone Go sports a curved rear, making it comfy to hold.
Out of the box, the Zenfone Go Lite is easy to set up and use right away. It comes pre-installed with Google applications (Chrome, Gmail, Drive, Maps, etc.), so all that’s left to is to install your other favorite apps.
The volume controls are at the back and the power button on top, unlike in other ASUS smartphones where they’re placed on the right side. Great news for lefties! No more fumbling when adjusting the volume or taking selfies.
The placement of the rear camera lens deserves mention, too. While other ASUS models have it on the upper left, the lens on the Go Lite is in the upper middle, just right above the volume button. This design prevents your finger from covering the lens while composing your shot.
The Zenfone Go Lite has two slots for 3G micro SIM cards and one slot for microSD. Unfortunately, the phone doesn’t support 4G LTE.
Average screen quality
The 5-inch screen features a Full Wide VGA display with 480 x 854 resolution. It isn’t HD, but the screen looks good enough—that is, if you aren’t obsessed with the pixel count. The elegant and attractive ASUS ZenUI 2.0 more than makes up for the lackluster screen quality.
Our only beef about the Zenfone Go Lite’s screen is that when used under bright light, it’s hard to view the screen because of reflection.
Reliable, long-lasting battery
ASUS promises a long battery life on the Zenfone Go Lite 5, with 440 hours on standby, 8.9 hours of talk time, or 7 hours of Wi-Fi use.
True enough, the high-capacity 2600mAh battery delivers. It can last a day with moderate use on a full, single charge. No need to worry about it draining and powering up multiple times in a day.
The battery is also removable, so you can replace it when it gives in to wear and tear.
Decent performance for a budget smartphone
Considering that it’s priced under ₱4,000, the ASUS Zenfone Go Lite is equipped with a powerful 64-bit Qualcomm Quad-Core Snapdragon 200 processor that can handle your multi-tasking needs pretty well.
The only thing that keeps the Zenfone Go Lite from reaching peak performance is its measly 1GB memory. Perhaps, it’s the trade-off for the phone’s extremely low price point.
The ASUS Zenfone Go Lite comes with an 8GB internal storage, and you can add a microSD card up to 128GB.
As for the OS, you’ll get an Android 5.1 Lollipop (with ASUS ZenUI 2.0). You may opt to upgrade to a higher version, but it may hog your phone’s limited RAM and cause performance hiccups.
Average smartphone camera
Don’t expect much from the ASUS Zenfone Go Lite’s 2MP front camera and 8MP rear camera. It struggles to focus on the subject at low-light conditions and deliver the right exposure when shooting videos.
On the plus side, the ASUS smartphone camera captures great stills with good contrast and details, especially when shooting with natural light outdoors and using the HDR mode.
Competitive price for an ASUS smartphone
The extremely affordable price makes the ASUS Zenfone Go Lite 5 a hit among Poundit.com customers. In fact, some of our color variants get sold out quickly (if you’re eyeing a particular color, grab it while it’s in stock!).
The Zenfone Go Lite retails at ₱3,995. But when you order here today, the price gets slashed down to ₱3,850. What a steal!
The ASUS Zenfone Go Lite appeals to consumers who aren’t looking for anything fancy. It’s a budget-friendly smartphone for calling and texting, web browsing, and occasional picture taking that can survive a whole day of use.
With fewer bells and whistles than higher-specced mobile phones, the Zenfone Go Lite won’t blow you away in terms of specs. But the extremely affordable price will just pull you in. It’s good enough as an entrepreneur’s backup phone, a student’s primary phone, or any utilitarian purpose.
After all, it comes from ASUS, a brand known for durability and reliability.
Check out our video, as we unbox the ASUS Zenfone Go Lite:
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