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The Asus Zenfone Lite L1 is a slightly better phone than the MEIZU C9, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Asus Zenfone Lite L1!

Asus Zenfone Lite L1  MEIZU C9 
Asus Zenfone Lite L1 MEIZU C9
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Price ₹ 6,999 onwards ₹ 5,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2018 Dec, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 8.1 OreoLow 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 LCD
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.5 GHz 1.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Quad Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 430Ranked #106 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Spreadtrum SC9832Ranked #122 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 505 Mali-T820 MP1
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes 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 (HD)
Other Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection AutoFocus (PDAF), Beauty mode, Panorama, Time Lapse, 9 various filters 1.12um Pixel Size, 5P Lens, F/2.2 Aperture
Secondary Camera 5MP 8MP
Secondary Camera Features LED flash, F/2.4 Aperture, 85° field of view, Beauty mode, Portrait Mode, HDR 1.12um Pixel Size, 4P lens, F/2.2 Aperture
Internal Memory 16 GB 16 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Thickness 8.15 mmMedium 9.7 mmThick
Weight 140 gmLight 150 gmLight
Width 71.8 mmComfortable for one-handed use 71.2 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 3000 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
Other Features Google Drive: 100GB free space (1 year) N/A
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
  • Decent plastic build
  • Removable-battery design - something that's hard to find now-days
  • Pretty accurate face unlock
  • Decent 5.45-inch HD+ 18:9 screen - which is about as good as you can expect on a budget device in terms of color, sharpness and general quality
  • Near-stock Android UI keeps things nice and simple - and there is also very little bloatware
  • Reasonable camera setup for the price bracket - you get a 13-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front camera - while they of course struggle in low-light conditions, regular light will give you images that are usable and entirely shareable on social media
  • Battery life is good, largely because of the energy-efficient hardware on the device - the low-resolution screen, frugal chipset and 3000mAh battery size contribute to giving you well over a day’s use on a single charge
  • As a first smartphone (if you are upgrading from a feature phone), and with a strict budget of Rs. 5, 000 - the Meizu Z9 is a pretty decent choice
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
  • Average performance, as you would expect with this price bracket - uses a Unisoc (earlier called Spreadtrum) SC9832E quad-core 1.3GHz chipset to power the device - it's a very basic chipset and coupled with 2GB RAM - you can only expect basic performance - loading apps takes a couple of seconds - but as long as you don't use the phone to run multiple apps and graphically-intensive games, you will be ok
  • If you can spend a bit more though, you want to look at the Redmi 6A or Honor 7S - which will give you better bang for the buck
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. A worthwhile upgrade from a feature phone and an interesting option to consider for someone that needs just the basics
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
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