Asus Zenfone Lite L1  Asus Zenfone Max M1 
Asus Zenfone Lite L1 Asus Zenfone Max M1
Buy Now N/A Buy
Excellence Score
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15.2
Value for Money Score
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53.1
Price N/A ₹ 6,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2018 Oct, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieNo more updates expected Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.45 inches 5.45 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1440 pixels (~ 295 pixels per inch) 720x1440 pixels (~ 295 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features FullView Display 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.5 GHz 1.5 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 430Ranked #120 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 430Ranked #120 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 505 Adreno 505
RAM 2 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB microUSB
Primary Camera 13MP 13MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection AutoFocus (PDAF), Beauty mode, Panorama, Time Lapse, 9 various filters F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection AutoFocus (PDAF), Beauty mode, Panorama, Time Lapse, 9 various filters, Portrait Mode
Secondary Camera 5MP 8MP
Secondary Camera Features LED flash, F/2.4 Aperture, 85° field of view, Beauty mode, Portrait Mode, HDR LED flash, F/2.0 Aperture, 85° field of view, Beauty mode, Portrait Mode
Internal Memory 16 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.15 mmMedium 8.7 mmMedium
Weight 140 gmLight 150 gmLight
Width 71.8 mmComfortable for one-handed use 70.9 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Google Drive: 100GB free space (1 year) Google Drive: 100GB free space (1 year)
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Good looking design
  • Has a 5.45-inch display at the front with an 18:9 aspect ratio - the size makes it easy to use in one hand, and all corners of the display are easy to reach
  • Lightweight - the phone weighs only 140g
  • The ZenFone Lite L1 lets you set up face recognition to unlock the smartphone - though it's on the slow side - takes about two seconds to unlock the phone
  • The tall, IPS display has an HD+ resolution and decent viewing angles, and is acceptable for the price
  • Asus ships the ZenFone Lite L1 with Android Oreo and ZenUI on top - which is now a fairly light skin - there are a few customisations and Asus apps like Weather, Sound Recorder, Mobile Manager, and File Manager - there is also a PowerMaster feature that lets you choose between different battery modes and power saving options
  • Decent selfie camera - pictures are good enough to be shared on social media apps - the phone also has a selfie flash which comes in handy in dark environments
  • Good battery life - will last the day comfortably with moderate use
  • Good build quality
  • Good, premium design - looks good and feels good - you get a metallic finish at the back and rounded edges around the corners make it comfortable to hold in your hands
  • Light-weight, which is a pretty commendable achievement considering the large battery
  • The fingerprint scanner is well positioned and is easy to reach
  • Fast face unlock
  • Good display - the phone features a 5.45-inch HD+ display with a screen resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels, 18:9 aspect ratio - the display delivers good colour output and the viewing angles are decent as well - outdoor visibility of the phone is pretty decent too
  • Runs a fairly clean, bloat-free version of Android, which is always good to see - it mostly runs smooth in daily use - there are some useful add-on features like Mobile Manager (helps in scanning the device, controlling app data usage, cleaning unwanted apps and cache files, and managing security & permissions of apps), Power Master (helps in Battery management), twin app support, and Game Genie (optimises gameplay)
  • Decent selfie camera - especially has a good software portrait mode for bokeh shots
  • Very good battery life with a 4000mAH battery pack - will comfortably last the day even with heavy use - and with moderate use, will give you a day and a half
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • It is made primarily out of plastic and has average build quality
  • Performance is not a strong suit for the phone with a relatively old Snapdragon 430 as well as a limited 2GB of RAM - you will observer slow downs when 5-6 apps are running in the background - gaming is laggy too - this device is meant for simpler, day-to-day use
  • Even in this budget price bracket, the likes of Redmi 6A with a more recent Mediatek Helio A22 processor, do better in terms of performance
  • Average rear camera - there is noise in landscape shots, it's difficult to focus on a subject when you try to shoot macros, and low light performance is mediocre
  • Although portrait mode is available for both the primary and the selfie cameras, but the edge detection isn't great - the background blur is also very aggressive, causing it to look artificial
  • Average video recording quality
  • Limited 16GB of storage - there seems to be no option to format a microSD card and use it as fixed storage for apps either - which means with time as the app cache/data sizes balloon, you will have to uninstall a few apps to make way for others - which is going to be a pain
  • On the whole, with the hardware on the phone holding it back from delivering a fluid experience, you will be better off looking at the Redmi 6A or Realme C1 instead
  • This is one area where the Max M1 falls behind the top competition - it's powered by an old Snapdragon 430, which while its able to handle basic day-to-day use well, is not quite meant for heavy apps and games - the likes of Lenovo K9, Xiaomi Redmi 6, and the Realme C1 offer better chipsets and better performance
  • Average rear camera - can sometimes struggle to lock focus on the subject, especially, when you want to click some macro or close up shots - colors are also sometimes dull - low light performance is average as well
  • Overall, while the Max M1 is a decent option with good design, display, software and battery - it does lag a bit in the performance and camera departments - you might find better value phones in this price range from the likes of Xiaomi and Realme
Expert Reviews
  1. Asus might just have succeeded in giving Xiaomi some much-needed competition
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Snapdragon 430 and the 2GB of RAM create bottlenecks...You might want to consider alternatives
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A decent first smartphone for most users
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. As entry-level phones from Asus, the ZenFone Max and ZenFone Lite both are impressive offerings
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  6. ibtimes.co.in hands-on Read Review »
  1. Pretty good, but falling a step short
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If battery life is a high priority for you, the ZenFone Max M1 is a good pick
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Asus has done a good job with the Max M1....But the problem here is that the competition is better
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. As entry-level phones from Asus, the ZenFone Max and ZenFone Lite both are impressive offerings
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A pretty solid budget phone for the price it commands
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Manages to impress us with their overall package...but it is facing tough competition from the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi 6A and the Realme C1
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Using a chipset of 2015 has its own share of hits and misses
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
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