The company was rumoured to be working on its budget ZenFone Go since July. The new ZenFone smartphone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop-based ZenUI. It supports dual Micro-SIM cards with dual standby support. Unlike previous generation ZenFone smartphones that packed Intel chipsets, and the more recent series that included Qualcomm chipset powered smartphones, the ZenFone Go (ZC500TG) features a quad-core MediaTek (MT6580) processor clocked at 1.3GHz coupled with 2GB of RAM.
Asus ZenFone Go will be available with 8GB inbuilt storage and supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 64GB). It features a 5-inch HD (720x1280 pixels) IPS display. The handset sports an 8-megapixel rear autofocus camera with f/2.0 aperture. There is a 2-megapixel front-facing camera also on board.
The ZenFone Go comes with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, GPS/ A-GPS, and Micro-USB connectivity options. Notably, the handset doesn't support 4G connectivity. It is backed by a 2070mAh battery. The handset will be available in Black, White, and Red colours. It measures 144.5x71x9.98mm and weighs 135 grams. The ZenFone Go packs accelerometer, e-compass, proximity, and ambient light sensors.
The ZenFone Go will come with 100GB of Google Drive storage, which will be free for 2 years. Asus notes that the free storage will have to be redeemed in the Google Drive app by April 1, 2018.
Announcing the availability of the ZenFone Go, Peter Chang, Regional Head, South Asia and Country Manager - System Business Group - ASUS India, said, "We are excited to announce the availability of ZenFone Go for our Indian users. Being the third largest home to smartphone users, India is a critical market for us and we intend to bring cutting edge products to consumers here, who seek power packed design sensibilities of a high-end smartphone at competitive prices."