Asus recently launched two smartphones in India, the ZenFone Max M1 and the ZenFone Lite L1. These smartphones are both priced under Rs. 9,000 and are aimed squarely at the Xiaomi Redmi 6 (Review) and the Redmi 6A (Review) respectively. We have already reviewed the ZenFone Max M1, and while its performance suffered due to an ageing processor, it did offer good battery life. The ZenFone Lite L1 has the same processor but loses a few other features and is priced more aggressively at Rs. 6,999, with an even lower temporary festive offer price of Rs. 5,999. Is the ZenFone Lite L1 a good bargain at either of those prices? We take it for a spin to find out.
Asus ZenFone Lite L1 design
Just like the ZenFone Max M1, the ZenFone Lite L1 carries the family look. The easiest way to distinguish between the ZenFone Max M1 and the ZenFone Lite L1 is to look at their backs. While the ZenFone Max M1 sports a fingerprint scanner, the ZenFone Lite L1 misses out on it, which is acceptable at its low price point. The phone is made primarily out of plastic and has average build quality. The ZenFone Lite L1 is available in Black and Gold, and we had the Black variant for review. We liked the clickiness of the power and volume buttons, which are positioned on the right. The SIM tray is on the left and has two Nano-SIM slots plus a dedicated microSD card slot.
The ZenFone Lite is compact and easy to use