The Asus Zenfone Go is one of the most affordable smartphones of the Taiwanese brand. It is a mobile that is therefore very affordable, but is it enough to make it a good smartphone?

For if the price is interesting, and the design also, there is necessarily a certain number of concessions to make and the latter are perhaps a little too many and constraining. Finally, note that this mobile also exists in a version “larger”, equipped with a screen of 5.5 inches.

  1. Aesthetic: friendly, and true to the Asus style

Clearly, the Zenfone Go remains true to the style of the Asus smartphones. The style is frankly not revolutionary (because it is widely used in Asus), but the finish is exemplary and is the look attractive.  An attractive look, especially since this mobile is declined in several colors including: white, black, golden, blue, red.

The back can be removed (which is far from easy) because it is a plastic battery cover, more soft to the touch. Once it is removed, you can access the battery slots, SIM cards, micro SD cards. The volume control knob +/- is located on the back of the unit, a location that we particularly appreciate.  Remains that the on / off button is placed on the top of the mobile.

  • Dimensions: 14,4 cm long x 7,1 cm wide x 1,1 cm thick
  • Weight: 150 grams.
  1. Image and sound: quite correct

If the image is not impressive by its quality, it is quite pleasant to look at.  Rather clean (thanks to it’s nearly 300ppp), the brightness is quite good (more than 470 nits: this is rare for a phone in this category). The manufacturer says to have added image processing software: Asus TruVivid, whose goal is to make the colors more vivid.  As for the sound, the loudspeaker provided a sound of rather good quality, and powerful (more than 95 dB at the output).

  • Screen: 5.0 inch (IPS) with HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels), so a density of 294ppp.
  • Sound: 3.5 jack and mono back speaker. Classic earphone.
  1. Performances: very modest

The characteristics generally sacrificed by the manufacturers during the search of the low price are those that relate to the performances. Big 3D games will probably have trouble delivering satisfactory picture fluidity.

Despite everything we will appreciate being able to play Asphalt 8, or even Real Racing 3 without a problem. It will also be appreciated that even if the processor and the graphics processor are not strollers, the manufacturer has not migrated to the RAM.

So, we have 2GB of RAM, what to do multi-tasking there too, no problem. Fortunately, you can add a micro SD that can go to be a maximum capacity, according to the manufacturer, of 128GB. In reality, it is very likely that a 200GB card is more or less accepted by the mobile.

  • Processor: Quad -core 1.2GHz – 64 bits (Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 – 8916)
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Graphics Processor: Adreno 306.
  • Storage memory: 16GB of memory that converts to 7.05GB when first started (and after the first updates).
  1. Connectivity: complete

Good point, which has not been the object of any sacrifice, the connectivity of the mobile.  Indeed, we are indeed in the presence of a phone 4G LTE (also equipped with 3G HSPA +). To this is added the fact that this mobile is dual-sim (Stand-by, as always). The SIM cards are in the “micro” format.  And good news, you can perfectly have the configuration “2 SIM cards + 1 micro SD”, because there, no choice to make on the slots (unlike some competitors, where you have to sacrifice a sim card slot to be able to place a microphone SD).

For the rest, we also have other usual connectivity with: Wi-Fi (b / g / n), Bluetooth (4.0 – A2DP – EDR), aGPS / GLONASS, micro SD (up to 128GB), micro USB, and jack. 3.5. But the mobile is well endowed with other sensors: accelerometer, compass, proximity, brightness.

  1. Operating System: Zen, let’s be Zen

As always with Asus, the operating system, is an Android system (yes, it is finished the days of mobiles on Windows, whose choice is now limited to … Android).  A system still appreciated and appreciated, in version 6.0 “Marshmallow”, of which it is not known if it will be updated to version 7.0 “Nougat”.

An overlay that, in effect, transforms the user experience. But less brutally than it was at one time. An overcoat that the brand claims as being used by more than 30 million people.

And that here has impacted the 3 aspects that are ergonomics, design and applications / features. In the “menu” (called “application trolley” by some) where it is possible to make groupings / folders of applications, etc. For design, it has been modified with new wallpapers, icons, different colors in the native menus/functions.  And a theme store will allow you to further personalize this phone. And on the application side, good news!

The manufacturer has added applications, including:

  • Asus Mobile Manager: a tote in which to return a data consumption monitoring tool, a power saving mode, a notification manager, etc.
  • Audio Wizard: allows you to access an equalizer, or let the phone work with presets.
  • Weather: an application with a nice look.
  • Photocollage: As the name suggests, you take pictures that you can assemble in one.
  • ZenMotion: which allows adding gestures such as the “double-tap” on the screen to release the mobile of the previous day.
  1. Usage: correct, but no more

No need to dwell on the uses that all smartphones offer: (reading mp3 / videos, sending an SMS / MMS / email, browsing a web page, GPS navigation, etc.).  But we prefer to focus on the uses that make it possible to distinguish the mobiles between them: on the one hand the photo quality, on the other hand, the autonomy. As for the photo quality and its specification, Asus gives it the nice marketing name of “PixelMaster”.

The autofocus of the back sensor and especially fast and efficient. However, the lack of light will clearly be the weak point of this mobile when it comes to taking pictures. Because this leads irrevocably with dark pixels, all thrown in porridge before your eyes.

Regarding the autonomy, the latter is related to a battery of 2,600 mAh which has the advantage of being extractable.  A battery that unfortunately does not have the ability to charge fast (recharge 1A). Remains that this mobile is able to hold a day before being recharged. Thanks to a customizable “energy saving” mode.

  • Back camera: 13MP f / 2.0 with autofocus and LED flash.
  • Front camera: 5MP f / 2.0.
  • Battery: Extractable from 2.600 mAh. 1 hour of video will consume 22-24% of energy.

In conclusion: far from being bluffing, just correct

The Asus Zenfone Go is a mobile that deserves to be interested in it for its price and for its price. Indeed, it is far from bad, it is far from uninteresting, and one could call it “good smartphone for its price.

This mobile is a good deal at best, a reasonable smartphone. However, the lack of power of the mobile is certainly its big weak point. Admittedly, this Zenfone Go is able to run 3D games such as Asphalt 8 (mode “graphics: high”) but it is a safe bet that it is agony with the last big 3D hits.

  • Good: low price, look and finish Asus, high brightness, pleasant overcoat and less greedy than before.
  • Lacks: performance (very) weak, rough competition and many alternatives.

This mobile is a good deal at best, a reasonable smartphone. However, the lack of power of the mobile is certainly its big weak point. Admittedly, this Zenfone Go is able to run 3D games such as Asphalt 8 (mode “graphics: high”) but it is a safe bet that it is agony with the last big 3D hits.