ASUS ZenFone Live L1 vs Redmi 5 vs Vivo Y53i: Price In India, Specifications, Features Compared


ASUS has debuted a new budget smartphone called the ZenFone Live L1. This phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition) in one of its variants, making it a promising choice in this new segment of the market. If this device launches in India, it would likely compete with the immensely popular Xiaomi Redmi 5 because of its similar pricing. We also have the Vivo Y53i that launched in India recently and falls in the same price bracket as the other two.

We decided to pit the ASUS ZenFone Live L1 and the Vivo Y53i against the Redmi 5 to see if the latter is able to retain its crown in the entry-level smartphone market. Without any further ado, let’s get on with the comparison.

ASUS ZenFone Live L1 vs Redmi 5 vs Vivo Y53i: Price in India

The Asus ZenFone Live L1 is launching in Indonesia priced around IDR 1.5 million, which roughly equates to Rs. 7,200. The Vivo Y53i launched in India with a price tag of Rs. 7,990. On the other hand, we have the Redmi 5 which sells for Rs. 7,999 for its base configuration of 2GB RAM with 16GB internal storage. You do get the option of going with the 3GB RAM+32GB storage and 4GB RAM+64GB storage variants which cost Rs. 8,999 and Rs. 10,999 respectively.

ASUS ZenFone Live L1 vs Redmi 5 vs Vivo Y53i: Display

The Vivo Y53i has a 5-inch IPS LCD screen with qHD resolution, while the Redmi 5 has a 5.7-inch IPS LCD screen with HD+ resolution (1440×720 pixels). The ASUS ZenFone Live L1 falls in the middle with a 5.45-inch HD+ (1440×720 pixels) IPS display. The Redmi 5 easily takes the lead here.

ASUS ZenFone Live L1 vs Redmi 5 vs Vivo Y53i: Camera

When it comes to the imaging prowess, the Vivo Y53i offers just an 8MP rear camera while the Redmi 5 comes with a 12MP rear-facing sensor. On the other hand, the ASUS ZenFone Live L1 boasts a 13MP rear-facing shooter. All three devices offer 5MP front-facing cameras for selfies and video calls. On paper, it looks like the ZenFone Live L1 has the higher configuration camera but know how well the Redmi 5’s camera performs, we won’t know if the ZenFone Live L1 is capable of better imaging until we get to test the device for ourselves.

ASUS ZenFone Live L1 vs Redmi 5 vs Vivo Y53i: Performance & Battery

There are two variants of the ASUS ZenFone Live L1. Both come equipped with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC clocked at 1.4GHz. One will run Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition) and will come with only 1GB of RAM, while the other will run ZenUI 5.0 on top of Android Oreo and will have 2GB of RAM. A 3000mAh battery will power both these models.

The Vivo Y53i is powered by a Snapdragon 425 processor along with 2GB of RAM. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system with Funtouch OS 3.0 customisations. This comes with 2500mAh battery.

Then we have the Redmi 5 Snapdragon 450 processor that comes in 2GB/3GB/4GB RAM and 16GB/32GB/64GB, configurations. This device runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat operating system with MIUI 9.2 user interface customisations and is powered by a 3300mAh battery.

ASUS ZenFone Live L1 vs Redmi 5 vs Vivo Y53i: Verdict

With all things considered, the Vivo Y53i just doesn’t offer any compelling reason to choose it over the other two. The new ASUS ZenFone Live L1 has the potential to be a decent handset if you go for the Android Go variant as it will receive software updates and security patches sooner than most other smartphones.

With that said, the Redmi 5 still offers a superior overall configuration that is just more reliable. It is the only phone out of these three to feature a fingerprint scanner. It has the largest battery out of the three and even features an IR blaster that enables it to be used as a remote control.