Asus, the Korean tech giant, made its entry into the Indian smartphone market by launching its Zenfone series of smartphones. Asus Zenfone C ZC451CG was launched in February 2015
and featured as a sub-Rs.10000 price smartphone
. The main reason this phone was launched in the market was due to the good reception of its previous android smartphones
in the market.
The Asus Zenfone C features a 4.5 inch LCD capacitive touchscreen that provides a screen resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. The display is protected by an Oleophobic coating and has enabled multi-touch up to 5 fingers. The phone is powered by a unique Intel Atom Z2520 chipset clocked to a 1.22 GHz Dual-core processor
and a 1GB of RAM.
The phone runs on Android OS version 4.4.2
(Kit Kat), with the help of Asus ZenUI skin. The phone comes with an 8GB internal memory, while the memory can be expanded to 64 GB by its users using the Micro SD card slot is provided in the phone. The 5 MP rear camera provided in the phone is assisted by an LED flashlight while the front shooter is of VGA type. HD video recording is also done by the camera at frames like 1080p@30fps. The phone looks very similar to the other Asus smartphones
that are present in the market. The phone has good ergonomics and provides a very comfortable grip when held in the hand. The phone is handy with its dimensions as 5.37 x 2.64 x 0.43 inches. Weighing 150 grams, the phone can feel a little chunky. The 2100 mAh battery provided in the phone works sub-par. The price in India for this smartphone around Rs.6000
and it can vary from retailers to retailers.
The phone’s display is sub-par in terms of quality and resolution. The various colors reproduced by the screen appear to be dull while the viewing angles are also not that great. Sunlight legibility is poor and you cannot use the phone in bright sunlight unless you increase the screen brightness to full. The processor works great and manages to provide smooth performance. The biggest let down with this phone is its sub-par camera. Be it bright light, or dim light, the camera tends to take poor quality images. The front camera can only be utilized for making video calls, as the images snapped with it are not that great. HD video recording done by the camera appears to be for namesake. The speaker provided in the phone works great. Talking about battery backup, it’s again not good and you have to search for charging point repeatedly if you even use the phone moderately for a few hours.
The phone finds tough competition from Lava Iris X8
and Intex Aqua Power Plus
. When compared to Lava Iris X8, the Zenfone C comes a little cheaper, while comparing to Intex Aqua Power Plus, it offers a better value for money
Asus Zenfone C offers a very reasonable performance and a decent build quality. While offering a good value for money one can surely think of buying this phone.