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.
|Device name||Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE550KL|
|Released Date||August 2015|
|Colors available in||Black,White,Red,Silver,Gold|
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.
|Screen Size||5.5 inch|
|Display Type||IPS LCD|
|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|
|Processor||1.2 GHz Quad-core|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 410|
|Internal memory||16 GB|
|Expandable memory||up to 128 GB|
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.
|Primary Camera||13 MP|
|Secondary Camera||5 MP|
|Video||HD recording at 1080p @30fps|
|Features||Dual tone LED flash,laser autofocus,panorama,auto-focus,
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.
|Wi-Fi||Yes,Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot|
|Audio Jack||Yes,3.5 mm stereo audio jack|
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 .
|Capacity||3000 mAh (Li-Po)|
|Talk Time||upto 22+ hrs (3G)
upto 33+ hrs (2G)
|Store & Price|
|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.
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.