Quite a few Android Go smartphones have already been released by different manufacturers and ASUS is now joining the list. The company has released the ZenFone Live, its first Android Go smartphone. It has come as a bit of a surprise since the rumor mill hadn’t mentioned anything about ASUS having an Android Go device up its sleeve.
Android Go is an initiative by Google to provide an improved user experience on low-end devices with 1GB of RAM or less. Google has also created Go-versions of its popular apps like YouTube and Maps to further improve the experience on these affordable devices.
Contrary to popular belief, Android Go devices aren’t required to offer a stock Android experience. OEMs are free to slap their skins on top of this iteration of Android. They will continue to get access to the Go-specific apps either way. No wonder the handset comes with the company’s ZenUI skin.
The contender from ASUS has a 5.5 inch 18:9 aspect ratio display in addition to its Snapdragon 425 processor with 1GB of RAM. There’s also 16GB of expandable storage, an 8 megapixel rear and 5 megapixel front camera, a 3,000mAh battery, and dual-SIM support.
Those who are interested in picking one up in the United States can head over to Best Buy right now and purchase the ASUS ZenFone Live for $109.99. It will also be available from the retailer’s stores at a later date.