Asus has released a series of Zenfones earlier and you must be too confused! Today we have Zenfone 2 Laser with us to review which has a 10k price bracket along with a Laser autofocus. Lets see how this device performs! Take a quick look at the specifications.
ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser 5.5 Specifications
- 5.5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) display
- Corning gorilla glass 4 protection
- 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 410 processor with Adreno 306 GPU
- 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage
- Expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD
- Android 5.0.2 (Lollipop) with Zen UI 2.0
- Dual SIM
- 13MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, Real Tone flash, Laser Auto Focus
- 5MP front-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture and 85-degree wide-angle lens
- 3000mAh battery
Hardware & Build Quality
The Asus Zenfone 2 Laser looks premium in it’s first look. The Matt finish curvy back cover looks awesome and give a premium feel when you hold it on your hand. On the top of the smartphone we can find the power button and just beside that there is a 3.5 mm headphone port. The device has a 5.5 inch HD display on the front and in the back it has a 13 MP Camera with Dual LED flash and volume rocker buttons. At the bottom of the back cover we can find the speaker. So this was all about the button placements and hardware.
When it comes to the build quality it looks pretty solid. There is no scratchy sounds between of the back cover and the body. Everything is perfectly placed. Only drawback is it’s power button placement. The Zenfone users is now familiar with this button placement because most of it’s users are now usging double tap feature. Zenfone 2 Laser also has double tap feature so Asus Zenfone 2 Laser deserves full marks in Hardware and Build Quality.
The Zenfone 2 Laser has 5.5 inch (1280 x 720 pixels) display with 294 ppi pixel density. The display is protected by Corning gorilla glass 4. The display is pretty good. The color saturation and brightness is very good. The viewing angles are also very good but one drawback is the display is very reflective and it will be tough to work in very bright sunlight. There is an inbuilt app “Splendid” through which you can control display brightness, temperature and saturation. The auto brightness feature doesn’t work well in this device. This can be a software issue and can be fixed via software update but it is better to go for manual brightness in this device. So when comes to the display the Asus has done a really very good job and we can’t expect more from a 10k smartphone.
Performance & Gaming
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser is powered by 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 410 processor along with 2GB RAM and Adreno 306 GPU. The device is running on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with Zen UI 2.0 on the top of it. The smartphone is confirmed to get Android 6.0 Marshmallow soon. The software is really very good and feels very smooth to use. The multi-tasking is perfect so while switching between apps we haven’t found any lag. The software is stable and pretty flexible.
When comes to gaming we have tested some very huge and high-end games like Asphalt 8 Airbone, Modern Combat 5, Dead Trigger. We found some minor framedrops while playing Asphalt 8 and Modern Combat 5 but those weren’t very big issue. The gaming was pretty smooth. One thing we have noticed the temperature of this device. Good news is that it doesn’t heat up while gaming so you can enjoy long time gaming. So in Performance and Gaming Asus really does a very good job to give a very smooth and flexible experience.
The primary camera is 13MP with Laser autofocus, f/2.0 Aperture and Dual-LED (dual tone) flash. The laser focus is the main highlighted feature of this device at low price segment. With laser autofocus you can get very quick and perfect focus on any object. The primary camera can capture upto 1080p videos which is really good. Obviously we can’t expect 4k recording support at this price segment. The outdoor images are fantastic but noisy levels are bit high. In good lighting conditions you will not notice that much noise but while shooting indoor you can notice it easily. The front camera is 5MP which can take very good pictures and perfect to take selfies.
OS and Software
Zenfone 2 Laser is running on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with Zen UI 2.0 on the top of it. The Zen UI is actually pretty good and stable. It is customizable like you can choose your favourite themes, wallpapers. The notification panel is whitish and the icons are round. You can customize quick toogles. The internal storage is 16GB out of which 10.80GB is user available. The storage can be expanded upto 128GB using microSD.
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Battery and Sound
Well here’s a surprise. Nowadays we don’t expect good battery life from an Android device. But with Li-Polymer 3000 mAh on Qualcomm chipset the battery is working flawlessly. With heavy usage it will last around 10 hours and with medium usage it will last for a day and half. So battery is a big positive side for this smartphone. You can also use battery saver which really works very well.
When comes to sound it doesn’t perform well. The sound is pretty low and you can’t hear a song from one room to another room. While gaming the sound really doesn’t work that well. So one big drawback of this device is the sound part. The call quality is okay though.
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser is one of the best budget device. The smartphone is well optimized, very smooth experience in software part, good gaming, no heating issues, good camera, good battery life infact very good. So what you can expect more from a Rs. 9999 device. This is obviously a good to go device if you are looking for a budget smartphone.
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