After the success of Asus Zenfone 5 A501CG, the company has come up with a new model, named Zenfone 5 Lite A502CG which aims to bridge the gap between the Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 4.5. It looks exactly like the Zenfone 5 A501CG, but does it stand up to it’s name? We’ll find out and you’ll know why I named the title of this quick review like this!
Processor, RAM and Battery
Looking at the Zenfone 5 Lite is really disappointing, it is powered by the 1.2 GHz Intel Atom Z2520 Dual Core Processor, which is the same processor that is found in the Zenfone 4 A400CG and Zenfone 4 A450CG (or Zenfone 4.5). The processor is not at all a bad one nor it offers mediocre performance, it is good for the asking price. But when compared with the one you get with the Zenfone 5 A501CG, the one is A502CG just doesn’t justify the price difference of Rs. 1801.
Another let down is the presence of 1 GB ram instead of 2 GB, which means you won’t get the awesome gaming performance that Zenfone 5 A501CG is giving.
The battery unit is 2500 Mmh, which is the only thing we can appreciate Asus for. It is actually better than it’s counterpart,which comes with 2110 mAh. This could solve the battery issues with the Zenfone series.
Camera and Storage
There is no difference between the A501CG and A502CG. So we’re dealing with the same awesome camera performance we have seen with the former. The 8 MP Primary is one of the best budget smartphone cameras we have seen. And it also includes the Pixelmaster technology of Asus, which gives it better image optimization. But the primary camera disappoints with it’s 0.3 MP resolution.
Display and Other Features
The display is also a big letdown, the display in this model is having just 960×540 resolution. Which is a very big let down,as compared to the Zenfone 5 A501CG. We should also note that other phones in the same price range comes with 720p display, namely Xiaomi Redmi 1s, which sells for 6k only. Also consider the Huawei Honor Holly, Xolo Omega 5.0,and many other models also come with 720p display.
There is no difference when it comes to the software side of things, it comes with Android 4.4.2, with Zen UI on top of it. It is rich and user friendly, and also smoother than many other UI’s we have seen, which bogs down the whole experience (Ahem, TouchWiz).
Zenfone 5 Lite A502CG vs Zenfone 5 A501CG
We have talked about the differences between the new Lite version and the original version, Zenfone 5 A501CG really makes the Lite version look like a really really ‘Lite’. Buying Zenfone 5 Lite doesn’t justify the price difference of Rs.1801!
Zenfone 5 Lite vs Moto G
The specs seems matching here, only difference in specs is really with the display resolution as Moto G comes with 720p diplay. But the Moto G comes with the bonus brand name of Moto. Winner here depends on what you prefer.
Zenfone 5 Lite vs Redmi 1s
Comparing both of these is really unfair, as Redmi 1s really wins hands-down with everything other than the battery capacity. In case you forgot, Redmi 1s retails for Rs. 5999 only. Compare that with Rs. 8999 of Zenfone 5 A502CG Lite.
Update : We have a contender with the same exact price, Micromax Yu Yureka! Asus Zenfone 5 A501CG and Zenfone 5 A502CG doesn’t even stand a chance against it’s specs. Check it out :
Asus Zenfone 5 price in India for it’s Lite or A502CG is Rs.8999, where as the price for Asus Zenfone 5 A501CG price in india is now hiked to Rs 10,800. The specifications of both these devices differ greatly, which doesn’t really make sense paying this much on Zenfone 5 Lite. So my opinion is that, better buy the Asus Zenfone 5 A501CG or go for other handsets such as Xiaomi Redmi 1s, Xolo Omega 5.0,Huawei Honor Holly, Micromax Unite 2 or even Samsung Galaxy Core 2. Literally every other handsets in the price point just looks better! Just avoid this one!
UPDATE: The Asus Zenfone 5 A501CG is now going under random fluctuations in price. It was Rs.10499 until 15/12/14, which is now hiked again to Rs.10,800 right now (17/12/14). This might be related to the poor sales of the Zenfone 5 Lite. This price hike might increase the sales of the Zenfone 5 A501CG Lite, just don’t be fooled by the reputation of Zenfone 5 with it’s Lite model. It’s just not worth it, and be wise and don’t make a foolish decision with this one!
UPDATE : Asus have launched a new variant of Zenfone 5 at Rs.7999, check out my hands-on review of that phone.
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