The entry-level segment in India has been bustling with OEMs like ASUS and Xiaomi bringing out new phones. Xiaomi recently launched its first Android Go-powered smartphone, the Redmi Go in India. Priced under 5K, the phone is best suited for the ones who want a handset with all decent hardware. While there are not many phones that will take a head-on fight with the Redmi Go, we think that the ASUS Zenfone Lite L1 can be pitted against it.
Redmi Go vs ASUS Zenfone Lite L1: Price in India
Starting with the price of the two, the Redmi Go price in India is INR 4,499 for the single variant with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. It is available in Black and Blue color options. The ASUS Zenfone Lite L1 (ZA551KL) was launched INR 5,999 but is currently up for purchase at 4,999 on Flipkart for the single variant with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. It is available in Black and Gold color variants.
Redmi Go vs ASUS Zenfone Lite L1: Display, Performance
The Redmi Go ships with Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition). Being an Android One phone, it comes pre-loaded with lighter versions of Google apps such as Gmail Go, Google Maps Go, YouTube Go, and more. The phone has a 5-inch HD display with 720×1280 pixels resolution. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset powers the smartphone with Adreno 308 GPU and 1GB of RAM. It packs an 8GB of internal storage that can be further expanded up to 128GB via microSD card.
The Zenfone Lite L1 comes with a 5.45-inch HD+ IPS screen at 720×1440 pixels resolution. It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 chipset with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of inbuilt storage. On the software front, it runs Android Oreo-based ASUS ZenUI 5.
Comparison-wise, the ASUS Zenfone Lite L1 gets slightly ahead with its SD430 SoC, which is better than the SD425 SoC on the Redmi Go. Although, both the chipsets are based 28nm manufacturing process, the SD430 is ahead in terms of performance. However, the Redmi Go seems better in the software department with Android Go. However, the Redmi Go seems better in the software department with Android Go. The Zenfone Lite L1 has a custom ZenUI 5 layered on top of Android Oreo, which may not perform as seamlessly as Google’s Android Go.
Redmi Go vs ASUS Zenfone Lite L1: Camera, Battery, Connectivity
Coming to optics, the Redmi Go has an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP selfie camera. It supports connectivity options including dual-SIM, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, a 3.5mm headphone jack, GPS/ A-GPS, and GLONASS. A 3,000mAh battery backs the smartphone.
On the contrary, the ASUS Zenfone Lite L1 sports a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP selfie shooter on the front. It includes connectivity support such as dual-SIM, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, a 3.5mm headphone jack, GPS/ A-GPS, and GLONASS. It is also backed by a 3,000mAh battery.
Both the phones are alike in the connectivity and battery department, but the Zenfone Lite L1 takes the lead in the rear camera segment. With not much of difference in the pricing of both phones, the Zenfone Lite L1 does give an edge with a 13MP rear camera in comparison to an 8MP rear camera on the Redmi Go.
Redmi Go vs ASUS Zenfone Lite L1: Verdict
As for the verdict, the Redmi Go is a brilliant offering in its segment with Android (Go Edition) support. The phone packs all the specs that make for more than suffice for an entry-level device. However, the pricing and the comparatively better specs of the Zenfone Lite L1 makes it a better pick among the two (check out our review). It offers double the RAM and Storage as on the Redmi Go. So, if you are looking to buy an entry-level phone, then the Zenfone Lite L1 would be a better pick.