The Zenfone 2 Laser is a group of mid-range Android smartphones that came on the market in August 2015 and offers a range of different region-specific configurations. The Asus Zenfone 2 Laser is an affordable device with a single standout feature, laser autofocus.
It offers sub-par performance, but consistent for the price, and is great for up-close shots. However, the weaknesses in outdoor shots and the lack of video mode of the front camera reduce a bit.
The Zenfone 2 Laser comes with either a 5″, 5.5″ or 6″ display, with either 720p or 1080p resolutions. Chipsets range from a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 to a 1.7GHz octa-core Snapdragon 616, with each device having either 2GB or 3GB of RAM and 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB internal storage. All devices are capable of holding a microSD card up to 128GB and have the dual-SIM capability. Cameras come in either 8MP or 13MP and batteries range from 2400mAh to 3000mAh.
Good battery life, 4G connectivity on both SIMs, and decent looks cap off the device, and it’s an excellent option for budget users seeking a good camera.
- Officially Announced: 2015 – 8
- Operating System: Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)
- Display Type: Capacitive touchscreen
- Colors: Black/Ceramic White/Silver/Purple/Aqua Blue/Sheer Gold/Glamour Red
- Weight: 140g
- Sim: Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Dimensions: 143.7mm x 71.5mm x 10.5mm
- CPU: Quad-core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A53
- Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410
- GPU: Adreno 306
- Memory Card:
- Primary Camera Resolution: 4128 x 3096 pixels
- Camera Features: Geo-tagging, HDR, face detection, panorama, and touch focus
- Notifications: Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
- USB: microUSB 2.0
- Sensors: Accelerometer, compass, proximity
- Battery Type: LiPo
- Battery Capacity: 2400 mAh
- Laser Focus: It works! Quick, accurate focusing makes taking pictures pretty easy under most conditions.
- Battery Life: I wouldn’t expect this much longevity out of a phone with this large screen and overall power at this price point.
- Software Performance: While the Qualcomm 615 SoC doesn’t have the same graphics prowess that the original ZenFone 2’s Intel SoC had, the typical use is buttery smooth.
- Dual Sim: If you want it, it’s got it. Unlike its predecessor, both SIMs can connect to 3G and 4G LTE (though not simultaneously).
- Price: It’s $199 and that’s just awesome.
- Display: The US version of the ZenFone 2 Laser has a 1080p, IPS LCD display that is all-around inoffensive.
Design And Build Quality
The first thing that attracted me to the ZenFone 2, when I originally covered the reveal, was the design, which borrows from other devices in initially reflective shapes, with the buttons on the back, similar to the G3. Except that the power button is up. The backplate also lends a brushed metal look and the rear speaker grille looks loud and powerful.
The ZenFone 2 is a great performance, especially for the price, the benchmarks show very good things about it, in many categories it exchanges with the flagship phones, and this is not only due to its Intel CPU, but also to the 4 GB of RAM and other full extras.
The Zenfone 2’s camera specs will make you believe more than they can tell. Even without professional shooting skills, the auto mode has good moments. But for the most part, the camera experience on this phone is not optimal and in some places, it becomes downright frustrating.
Lots of phones can efficiently adjust the exposure to suit your focus point, but the ZenFone 2 does a very poor job here and a single landscape can have two ridiculously different images with a few focus and exposure points not too far away – the focus isn’t really too slow, but it can get blurry pretty easily.
To Sum Up
If you are on a budget and are not completely averse to OEM Android customization, then you should check out the ZenFone 2 Laser, its strengths are in the value for money, the quality of the screen, the UI performance, the overall camera experience. There are many things that I love about the ZenFone 2. For the price, the 4GB ZenFone 2 is a great package.
I love the 4GB of RAM, it seems like the most tangible benefit the $ 100 upgrade will bring you.