After having a great success with the Zenfone 5 , Asus last month launched its new budget device the Asus Zenfone 2  Laser . The most interesting part of the new Asus Zenfone 2 Laser is the Laser autofocus feature,which won’t find in any budget segment device.The device does offer good specs for the price,the new Asus Zenfone 2 Laser comes with  Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset, which is a 64 bit chipset,supported by 2 GB of RAM, an internal memory of 16 GB which can be expanded up to 128 GB,the new Asus Zenfone 2 laser is equipped with a 13 MP rear facing camera and a 5 MP front facing camera, the device is available in India via flipkart  at a cost of Rs 9,999. So, let see what the new Asus Zenfone 2 laser has to offer.the-new-asus-zenfone-2-laser

 

General
Device name Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE550KL
Company Asus
Released Date August 2015
Sim Dual-sim
Sim-Type Micro
Weight 170g
Dimension (6.00×3.04×0.43)inches
Colors available in Black,White,Red,Silver,Gold
General

The variant which Asus is offering under Rs 10,000 is the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE550KL, the device is dual sim device coming with 4G support, it has 2 GB of RAM ,16 GB of internal memory ,with the device you will be getting a travel charger, USB  data cable for charging and data transfer, you won’t be getting any earphone with the device, coming to the battery , powering the device is a 3000 mAh  and the good thing is  the battery is removable.

Display
Screen Size 5.5 inch
Display Type IPS LCD
Resolution 720×1280 pixels
Pixel density ~ 267 ppi
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Display & Design

Let’s talk about the display the new Asus Zenfone 2 Laser comes with a large 5.5 inch screen having a IPS LCD display, which offers  a resolution of (720×1280 pixels) .The screen is protected by Corning  Gorilla Glass 4,which makes it scratch resistant. Coming to the design of the device, it pretty much looks like the Zenfone 2, except the laser autofocus which is placed along with the  rear camera. Although the device is pretty big and heavy which makes it uneasy to hold in hands, the curvier finish at the back helps a lot in holding the device in one hand. Another awkward thing is the placing of the buttons , the power button is placed at the top along with the 3.5 mm audio jack, and the volume rocker is placed below the rear camera,  which makes it very uncomfortable for the users  to use those keys and get along with it.

O.S and Interface

Out of the box the new Asus Zenfone 2 laser runs on Android v 5.0(Lollipop), and on top of it the device runs of the custom Zen UI, the good thing of the Zen UI is that it makes the device pretty responsive and gives a lag free multi-tasking experience, the Zen UI also offers many customizations and gestures, like the “double tap to wake up” gesture which makes thing easier. So for a user who doesn’t like to use the power button placed at the top, they can just tap the device twice to wake up the device.

O.S & Hardware
O.S Android v5.0.(Lollipop)
Custom UI ZenUI
Processor 1.2 GHz Quad-core
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 410
GPU Adreno 306
RAM 2 GB
Internal memory 16 GB
micro-SD slot Yes
Expandable memory up to 128 GB
Sensors
Proximity Sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Gyro Sensor Yes
Compass Yes
Hardware and Storage

The new Asus Zenfone 2 laser is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz and is assisted by 2 GB of RAM, which gives the user a lag free multi-tasking experience. Coming to the GPU, the device has an Adreno 306 GPU , the gaming performance is pretty decent , if you want to play high end on this device then you won’t get a smooth gameplay experience.

                      Looking at the storage,the Zenfone 2 laser comes with an internal memory of 16 GB , the device comes with a bit of bloatware,but still you will get approximately 10 GB free memory out of 16 GB , it also comes with an micro SD slot which can be expanded up to 128 GB.

Camera
Primary Camera 13 MP
Resolution 4128×3096 pixels
Secondary Camera 5 MP
Video HD recording at 1080p @30fps
Features Dual tone LED flash,laser autofocus,panorama,auto-focus,
HDR,face detection,Geo-tagging
touch-focus,
Camera

The new Asus Zenfone 2 laser has a 13 MP rear facing camera assisted by a dual tone LED flash and a laser autofocus,so if you love clicking pictures with your device then  you are going to love this device, the laser autofocus quick focusing on objects  enables you to take click pictures very quickly , the camera interface also offers many options and various modes which you can try , apart from that, the rear camera produces very sharp and clear images in outdoor conditions, but doesn’t perform that well in artificial lighting conditions. At the front there is a 5 MP camera for selfies ,the front camera  produces decent quality pictures . Coming to the video, both the camera allows you  to shoot videos at 1080p ,but if you want to record videos with good amount stabilization then please do record videos at 720p.

Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes,Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
Bluetooth v 4.0,A2Dp,LE
EDGE Yes
3G Yes
4G Yes
GPS Yes
USB OTG Yes
USB micro-USB,v 2.0
Multimedia
FM Radio Yes
Audio Jack Yes,3.5 mm stereo audio jack
Loud Speaker Mono
Network and Connectivity

The new Asus Zenfone 2 laser comes with 4G support ,apart from 2G and 3G,both the sim slots support 4G.The device comes with all the common connectivity options like Bluetooth v4.0 ,Wifi,FM Radio, and it also supports USB OTG .

Battery
Capacity 3000 mAh (Li-Po)
Removable Yes
Talk Time upto 22+ hrs (3G)
upto 33+ hrs (2G)
Store & Price
flipkart Rs 9999 Click here to buy
Battery and Price

Apart from the laser auto focus feature another good thing of the new Asus Zenfone 2  laser is its 3000 mAh battery ,the battery is removable and gives you a very  good usage.If the battery is charged fully,then it can almost last up to 2 days if you are a moderate user, but if you are a heavy user it can last almost a day which is good enough.

            Coming to the price, the Zenfone 2 laser is priced at Rs 9,999 and is available in online store Flipkart.You might find another variant of the Zenfone 2 Laser , the ZE500KL priced around Rs 9,799 , please don’t go for that.

Verdict

Asus has again brought a very good device in the budget segment, the new  Asus Zenfone 2 laser is a feature-rich device,so if you are looking for a smartphone having a good camera,battery and hardware in the budget segment,then please do check out the new Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE550KL.

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