The next-gen flagships from Asus, Zenfone 3 and Zenfone 3 Deluxe are expected to launch on May 30th. Till that major launch event, the company is launching the affordable devices in few selected markets. Last month, the company launched 2nd Gen Zenfone G0 4.5 LTE priced at Rs. 5,299. Now the Zenfone Go TV is made official in its home country. Apart from standard smartphone features, the Zenfone Go TV also comes with built-in Sony IC (SMT-EW100) digital TV tuner.
With this feature, the users can watch the live TV streaming of free-to-view digital terrestrial channels without the need of internet connection. In India, Doordarshan is the only channel available via this technology. Apart from the Live TV options, the device sports entry-level specifications. It runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop based highly customized ZenUI 2.0 laid on top.
The Zenfone Go TV comes with a 5.5-inch HD (1280 x 720 pixels) IPS display and is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Under the hood, it is powered by Snapdragon 400 MSM8928 quad-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz along with Adreno 305 GPU. It has 2GB of RAM and will be available in 16GB and 32GB storage options. There is also a MicroSD card slot for expanding the storage upto additional 64GB.
It is backed by a 3,010mAh battery that is mentioned to last upto 368 hours on standby. On the camera part, the device packs a 13MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and dual tone LED flash. It also has a 5MP front camera with autofocus and the same f/2.0 aperture as of the primary camera. The device supports dual SIM dual standby and offers 4G LTE on both the SIM’s for faster data speeds.
Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/A-GPS/GLONASS, and a MicroUSB 2.0 port. It will be available in total eight colors including Red, Black, White, Gold, Blue, Gray and Pink. The volume rocker is placed on the rear while the power button sits on the top edge of the device. It measures 151 x 76.9 x 10.7 mm and weighs 160 grams.
As of now, the Zenfone Go TV with 16GB storage is only available to purchase in White color and is priced at TWD 5490 (approx $169 / Rs. 11,250). There is no information about the availability of the device in other markets. Stay tuned for more updates!