Another Zenfone 2 smartphone, couldn’t figure out the model? Well, you are forgiven, and the device we are talking about is the Zenfone 2 laser. Many different variants with different chipsets, screen resolutions it will be a bit confusing for the buyers to get the model they require, so be careful before you buy so that you will get the model right. The device we have for review is the all new Zenfone 2 laser which marks as special under 10k price range for its laser autofocus system. So how well does the device fare in the market? Let’s find out.
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser Box-Contents: On opening the box pack you are welcomed by the smartphone itself and digging in further gives you the USB cable, USB wall adapter, Manual books, warranty cards and headphones are not included.
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser Design: If you have used any Asus smartphone in the past then you might not need any new design introduction as the Laser looks similar to earlier Asus Zenfone smartphones. On the front, we have a huge 5.5-inches display, 5-megapixel selfie camera accompanied with a couple of sensors, three touch type capacitive buttons-home, back, recent menu. On the back, we have the 13-megapixel autofocus primary camera with Dual-LED flash, laser autofocus, and the back cover can be removed giving access to SIM card slots, MicroSD card slot and this time around the battery is removable, unlike previous zenfone smartphones. On either of the sides, we have nothing. While on the top, we have the 3.5MM audio jack, Power on/off button which is not at all comfortable to access but then again we have default gestures support like double tap to wake-up functionality which eliminates the usage of the power button. And on the bottom, we have the USB port for charging and data transfers accompanied with Main-Microphone.
The device is fairly heavy weighing 170-grams though it’s completely made of plastic, the curvy back makes it a bit comfortable to hold, dimensions are 77.23 x 152.30 x 10.53mm.
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser Display: The device sports a 5.5-inches HD(1280*720) IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection to prevent from scratches, and sudden drops. The display is fairly sharp, the viewing angles are great with no hint of yellowish tint, sunlight legibility is decent and isn’t as reflective as other smartphones in the similar budget which makes the display more readable under broad daylight. The problem with the display should be the auto-brightness sensor which becomes more aggressive when turned out and by aggressive we mean it dims the display to a level where you feel to turn of the auto-brightness and manually adjust the brightness. The blue light filter which comes by default makes it comfortable if you are reading e-books and stuff.
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser OS and Storage: The device runs on Android 5.0.2 which isn’t latest but we can make our peace with if for now, the companies upgraded Zen U.I overlayed on top. The U.I offers some customization in the form of gestures, themes support which will change the look and feels, the double tap to turn on and off works perfectly. But the con with the OS is huge amount bloatware apps come pre-installed of course few of them can be uninstalled, and others can be disabled, but we would have appreciated if we didn’t have to go through that, well that’s Asus for you. There is 16GB of internal storage but as mentioned the huge number of bloatware apps take up some part of the storage and user-available storage is 10.80GB which can be further expanded via MicroSD card slot up tp 128GB, so storage isn’t an issue. Few apps can be moved to SD card slot by default.
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser Performance: No matter how many features you include, make it look attractive end of the day all we need is a great performance. The Asus Zenfone 2 Laser is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 410Soc clocked at 1.2GHz with Adreno 306GPU coupled with 2GB of Ram. For the first time, Asus has used the Qualcomm chipset instead of the Intel Soc, which should be appreciated considering Intel chipsets are poor regarding battery management. The performance of the device is excellent and during the time, I used the device I never noticed any lag in the U.I and while playing games as well. Another pro feature of the smartphone is that it doesn’t heat up while playing games and on normal usage. We have installed Asphalt-8, Unkilled, Nova 3 except for the Nova 3 all these games ran smoothly in highest visual quality with no lag and no heating also, the battery didn’t drain that much as we were expecting it to.
The U.I is near stock with slight Asus’s touch that makes the normal performance smooth. Although the device starts to slow down when we have huge of some apps running in the background, this shouldn’t bother the budget segment users. To sum up the performance of Zenfone 2 laser, we should say that we are satisfied with it.
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser Camera: The device features a 13-megapixel rear camera with Dual-LED flash and the main highlight feature in this price segment the laser Auto-Focus. The Toshiba made camera sensor performance great in focussing the objects nearby objects thanks to the laser auto-focus. Images turn out to be sharp, and color reproductions are kept in check for the most part but then the noise levels are on the higher side which makes the images dull at times. The camera can record videos in 1920*1080p clarity but skips on the 4K recording which should be asking too much for the price we pay. The camera app includes various modes like manual, HDR, low-light aka own mode, super-resolution which click best shots, etc. And on the front, there is a 5-megapixel selfie camera which should do just fine for selfies and video calls. Overall we are satisfied with the camera performance also do check the samples below.
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser Battery: Being a Qualcomm chipset onboard instead of Intel chipsets we expected the battery backup to decent but to out surprise the battery backup on Zenfone 2 laser is excellent and it wouldn’t look exaggerated. The 3,000mAh battery lasted for around 1 and a half day with moderate usage and lasted around 12 hours in our continuous video playback and will last for 8 hours with heavy usage. The battery is surely a positive feature of the smartphone.
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser Other Features: USB OTG supports right out of the box and the speaker volume is terribly low to our liking which should be a deal breaker from some. 4G LTE is enabled. Sensors on the device include accelerometer, light, proximity, gyro and magnetic. WiFi performance is good, and GPS lock is quick all the time. Do note Zenfone 2 laser also comes in another variant that is Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 615Soc with 3GB of Ram so check clearly before hitting that buy button.
Verdict: Without a doubt Asus Zenfone 2 Laser is an excellent option to buy under Rs.9,999. Powerful performance, decent camera, amazing battery life while the negative side the low speaker volume, the routine design may not have a huge effect. This smartphone will surely go in our worth having a look at the list.