ASUS has released a smaller variant of its ZenFone Go for the highly budget-conscious buyers. The dual-SIM ASUS ZenFone Go 4.5 is powered by a quad-core processor and rocks latest version of Android Lollipop OS.
Build and Screen
Featuring a plastic chassis, the ASUS ZenFone Go 4.5 does not look like one made to conceal its budget status, but that is not to say it is not appealing; at least, it looks different from those devices that looks like rectangular slabs. It comes in at a thickness of 10.1 millimetres – definitely not a slim one – and weighs in at about 133 grams. The entry-level smartphone sports a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, somewhat giving away its budget status. It comes in different colours to enable you add a bit of personal touch to your unit.
Camera and Storage
ASUS ZenFone Go 4.5 does not offer much in terms of cameras. It sports a 5-megapixel rear-facing cameras with LED flash and autofocus for decent images. For your selfie taking, you get a measly VGA (0.3-megapixel) front-facing camera – it is best to limit the quality of images to expect from this one. You get manageable 8 GB of internal storage, expandable by a maximum of 64 GB via a microSD card slot. ASUS also says buyers will get 100 GB of complementary storage on Google Drive – offer available until April 2018.
Performance and OS
Under the hood, ASUS ZenFone Go 4.5 is equipped with a quad-core MediaTek MT6580 processor, whose four Cortex-A7 cores deliver maximum speed of 1.3 GHz. The processor is paired with paltry 1 GB of RAM and a Mali 400MP2 GPU. This means not a lot should be expected from this device in the way of performance. The phone boots Android 5.1 Lollipop OS, which is quite impressive for a device this cheap. The operating system is overlaid with ASUS’ ZenUI user interface that is supposed to enhance usability and security, amongst other benefits.
The ZenFone Go 4.5 comes with dual-SIM card slots with dual standby support to enable you separate your work from your personal or family life. Juice is supplied to the device by a 1600mAh battery, which should deliver decent runtime given its rather small screen. Connectivity features include Bluetooth 4.0, 3G HSPA+ and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. And of course, GPS is available to help you find your bearings when going around town.
Availability and Pricing
It is not clear if ASUS ZenFone Go 4.5 is available at this time in Nigeria, so local price isn’t yet known. But in India, it sells for Rs. 5,299 – a price which converts to around N16,000 here in the country, going by current exchange rate. The price shouldn’t really be that surprising, given the Taiwanese company’s reputation to churning out affordable devices, including the ZenPad C 7.0 tablet.
– 4.5-inch display
– 5MP rear and VGA front cameras
– Quad-core MediaTek processor
– 1GB RAM
– 8GB onboard storage
– Android 5.1 Lollipop with ZenUI
– Dual SIM
– 1600mAh battery