Asus ZenFone Go ZC500TG Price in the Philippines is Just Php 5,995

The Asus ZenFone brand has become particularly known in the Philippines for its big-screen phablets that cost between Php 10,000 to Php 27,000. In fact, with the tremendous market success of these devices, Asus managed to become the leading vendor of smartphones with 5.5-inch and up screens in our country last year.

Despite its leadership in that specific category, however, Asus is making sure that it still churns out models for those who prefer smaller smartphones and who may be on a tighter budget.

Asus ZenFone Go

Asus ZenFone Go ZC500TG is the Taiwanese company's way of touching base with entry-level consumers - including students and yuppies - who may have a tad less money to spend on new gadgets but are aspiring to own a handset with more than decent design, features, and technical specifications.

Asus ZenFone Go

Our friends at Asus Philippines also think that this release is ideal for young budget travelers.

According to them, "For a retail price of just Php 5,995, the ASUS ZenFone Go is a sure hit for millennial travelers who are always on the look-out for items that will not only be useful to have wherever they go, but will also be ‘easy on the pocket’ for their budget travels. With its key features and main selling points (read on below), the ZenFone Go will really suit the lifestyles of both road warriors and vacationers alike."

Asus ZenFone Go

They added, "Without a doubt, this smartphone’s very affordable pricing allows you to enjoy new experiences and destinations without having to break the bank." I agree.

Asus ZenFone Go
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There are several things to love about this affordable smartphone. For one, weighing only 135 grams and with dimensions of 144.5 x 71 x 10 mm, it's quite light and fairly compact. It fits the hand well and doesn't take up too much space in the pocket.

Asus ZenFone Go

In terms of looks, the handset flaunts a very simple, understated design language. The shell is made predominantly of plastic but the power button and volume rocker are crafted from aluminum, which is a neat touch.

As for its technical specifications, ZenFone Go is equipped with a 5-inch HD IPS display, 8 MegaPixel autofocus camera at the back with LED flash and f/2.0 aperture, 2 MegaPixel selfie cam, Full HD video recorder, Dual SIM Dual Standby capability, 3G HSPA+ support, and a removable 2,070 mAh battery pack. At its heart, it runs its Zen-UI-skinned Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system with a MediaTek MT6580 chipset incorporating four 1.3 GHz ARM Cortex A7 cores and a Mali 400MP2 GPU, has 2GB of RAM, and comes with 16GB of expandable storage.

The battery could be bigger and the processor could be better but I like that it has good amount of RAM and ROM. The other specs are pretty standard for a smartphone donning such price tag.

Asus ZenFone Go

But here's a cool treat from Asus: ZenFone Go ZC500TG features the company's exclusive SonicMaster technology for exceptional audio experience. The smartphone’s ingenuous amplifier design enables this model to deliver an output voltage that is up to 25% greater than competing smartphones!

Is Asus ZenFone Go the right smartphone for you? If you only have a little more than Php 5,000 to spend on a new handset but you want to experience what makes Asus ZenFone quite popular among young Pinoy consumers, you might want to check this one out. Frankly, at this price point, there are many great Android handset options to choose from - coming from both local and international brands - but if you must get one from Asus this one's the way to go.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Asus Zenfone Go ZC500TG
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category Entry Level
Dimensions144.5 x 71 x 10 mm
Weight 135 grams
Available Colors Red, White, Black
Operating System Android 5.0 Lollipop with Zen UI
Display 5.0 inches (~67.2% screen-to-body ratio), 720 x 1280 pixels (~294 ppi pixel density), IPS, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor Quad Core 1.3 GHz ARM Cortex A7 CPU, Mali 400MP2 GPU, MediaTek MT6580 chipset
Internal Storage 16 GB of ROM, expandable via microSD card slot
Camera Main: 8 MegaPixels, f/2.0 aperture, autofocus, Dual Tone LED flash
Front: 2 MegaPixels, f/2.4 aperture
Video Capture Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second for main camera, HD for front camera (TBC)
Audio and Video Playback MP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLAC, MP4, H.264
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, 3G HSPA+
GPS Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS
FM Radio Yes
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity Gyroscope
Network 2G GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 and SIM 2, 3G HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
SIM Card Type Dual microSIM
Battery Removable 2,070 mAh Li-Po battery
Uptime TBD
Value-Added Features Zen UI, Compact Design, Clear Audio
Price Official SRP: Php 5,995