Asus Zenfone 2 Laser review: Auto-Focusing gets a new Level
Few months ago, ASUS launched a whole set of Zenfone 2 variants includes Zenfone 2 Laser, Zenfone 2 Selfie and Zenfone 2 Deluxe. Currently we got our hands-on with Zenfone 2 Laser. As the name hints, it’s a phone with a laser autofocus system with same Zenfone 2 design aspects. Instead of an Intel processor, this one comes with a Qualcomm chipset and an affordable price tag.
ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE550KL) Specs:
- 5.5-inch IPS HD display (1280*720 pixel), Corning Gorilla Glass 4
- 1.2 GHz quad core 64-bit Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410
- Adreno 306 GPU
- 2GB LPDDR3 RAM
- 16 GB storage (including microSD card slot upto 128GB)
- 13 MP rear camera, PixelMaster, Laser autofocus, dual tone LED flash, f/2.0
- 5 MP front camera
- LTE, HSPA, 3G
- Dual Micro SIM card
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n; Bluetooth V4.0; GPS
- 3000 / 2070 mAh battery
- Android 5.0 Lollipop with ZenUI
- INR 9,999 (ZE550KL)
- INR 9,799 (ZE500KL; 5 inch HD display)
DESIGN & BUILD
Asus has taken exactly the same design elements found on the first ZenFone 2. If you look at it from the front, you can barely tell the difference. It has the same screen size, shape and design.
Asus has preferred a more satisfying matte finish, while ZenFone 2, that has a faux metal-texture. It provides an excellent in the hand grip and doesn’t attract smudges and remains rather clean but prone to get scratches easily.
From the back, the Laser features the same curved back panel, and the same volume button and speaker placement as the original ZenFone 2. The difference lies on the placement of the dual tone flash and the addition of the laser autofocus sensor.
The ZenFone 2 Laser weight just 170 grams which is lighter than the Zenfone 2, though it measures the same at 10.5mm.
DISPLAY & FEATURES
Zenfone 2 Laser provides a screen display of 5.5 inches HD(720p) IPS display with a pixel density of 267 pixels per inches which is not upto mark as compared to today’s competitive market where full HD smartphones are easily available at same price range. Apart from that, it has the most recent version of Corning Gorilla Glass 4 which provides better.
The Laser is powered by 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 chipset alongside a 2GB RAM that ensure it has enough power for a smooth multitasking. There is also an Adreno 306 GPU which does a good job for playing high-end games. NOVA 3 played exceptionally well. While in some games like Asphalt 8, Modern Combat 5, there were minor drops in frame rates at the highest settings. Do remember that the Snapdragon 410 is mid-range and has limited capability. But despite that, the overall gaming experience is quite good. Zenfone 2 Laser has a customised build of Android Lollipop, which is skinned with Asus’s ZenUI. That being said, the phone’s UI is butter smooth and responsive, and the overall operation is fast and snappy.
The Laser has a similar 13 MP camera as the original ZenFone 2. The ZenFone 2 Laser is the very first mobile in this price tag to have a 13-megapixel rear camera along with a laser auto-focus system and a dual-tone LED flash. The laser auto-focus helps you to take pictures faster and lock focus less than a seconds, nevertheless the image quality is average at best. I found the images to be good, especially in bright natural light. At low light shots are average, with a increase in darker environment, noise increases.
The camera is quite good for macro photography, and the camera on the ZenFone 2 Laser can go quite close to the subject, unlike many phones in the price segment.
Thankfully, Asus offers a superb camera app, which is packed with manual camera settings along with a large number of pre-set shooting modes.
On the front, it has a 5-megapixel camera which takes decent selfie. Front camera can also capture decent 1080p videos.
The ZenFone 2 Laser comes with a 3,000mAh battery, which is actually a decent size for a phone having a 5.5-inch screen. We spent a week testing Zenfone 2 Laser as primary device. The phone lasts a day in general use and with medium to heavy usage, it lasts around 15-16 hours which is good. Even if you are using 3G data, it will last you through your entire day, which is what matters at the end of the day.
The Asus ZenFone 2 Laser is a device that gives consumers most features at a decent price point. It’s standout feature, the laser autofocus system. Other than that, it has basically a common feature set and nothing really stands out. At a similar price point, you can opt for Lenovo K3 Note which has much better specs than Zenfone Laser.