If I have to buy an Asus phone today, I’d run to the store and pick up an Asus Zenfone 2 Laser.
Overall, the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser is an attractive phone that performs well, takes good pictures, feels good in the hand, and is easy to use, even if you’re new to Android. It’s definitely competition for the other Zenfone models.
How it feels in the hand
The Zenfone 2 Laser’s 5.5 inch display is larger than the usual smartphones in its class, I actually thought it would be hard to hold it in a single hand – but it is not. The back curves is just enough to make the phone comfortable to hold; the edges don’t hurt the palm and the phone sits with it perfectly. This phone is as nice to hold as it is to look at.
The sides remain free of any button or slot, and the bottom has the Micro-USB port. The power button and 3.5mm port are at the top of the device. The volume buttons in the back is a game changer – though it’s a common thing on Zenfone 2, at first it would be very difficult to navigate the keys but as you get used to it, you’ll find the placement useful and comfortable.
Display and sound
Zenfone 2 Laser packs a 1280 x 720 display resolution, it isn’t FHD but I must admit the effect is quite striking. Everything is crisp and colors are real and lifelike. It is toughened by Corning Gorilla Glass 4 – you’re guaranteed that it won’t be easily scratched. As for the readability of texts outdoor, I didn’t have issues seeing it in bright sunlight – the device did a fine job here. Overall, every aspect of the screen is very well detailed as colors are rich and vibrant.
Touch gestures within the user interface allow you to wake the device with a double tap and launch certain apps, by incorporating that feature, you seldom need the power key for much apart from powering on and off the device.
The speaker stretching wide in the back pumps enough volume that you’ll park the bluetooth speaker for good. The device doesn’t come with headphones, but as I tried using other in-ear, sound works perfectly. Call quality and speakerphone are also assuring.
Performance and battery life
Even though you’ll find lots of pre-loaded apps, and forced to deal with it coz it’s the Zen UI thing, the Qualcomm Quad-Core processor inside kept things smooth and fast during our testing. Whether playing graphics-intense games or swiping between screens or loading websites, the Zenfone 2 Laser never stuttered.
With the phone’s 3000 mAh battery, you’ll easily be able to get a full day of use and sometimes can even go beyond night time. Though Asus didn’t equip Laser with quick charging technology which is present in the Zenfone 2 De Luxe, you’re assured that the 2A wall charger included in the box is fast enough to give you power in a much quicker time.
Front and rear cameras
One highlight of this gadget is a laser-powered autofocus system built right in with its 13-megapixel camera. As the name implies, the Zenfone 2 Laser make use of a laser sensor system to adjust the focus of the handset’s rear camera. As I observed, laser autofocus is pretty fast as long as the subject is fairly close. And the shutter is speedy, too. First seen on LG G3, the LaserAF module in the back of the Zenfone 2 Laser measures distances at lightning speed – and that means near-instant focus as fast as 0.3 seconds, especially in dim light conditions. The laser auto-focus accelerates close-ups photography, compensating for the extra distance created by the lens receding during framing.
When Asus introduced Zenfone 2, it touted the greatness of Pixel Master 2.0 – an ASUS-developed technology that combines software, hardware and optical design to deliver incredible image quality. It reduces blurring and enhances image stabilization, and the homegrown Low Light mode employs pixel-merging technology to capture up to 400%-brighter photos at night or in low-light scenes — all without the need for a flash.
The picture quality is pretty good, even in low light condition, I am personally amazed on its camera capabilities, you’ll see below the photos taken during the ZenFestival Manila, I got clear crisp shots even in low-light environment.
And as a given feature, the rear camera is capable of recording Full HD video.
The front-facing camera, which isn’t comparable to Zenfone Selfie’s 13MP front, is a 5MP affair. Though the lens is fairly wide-angle, don’t count on getting a crisp shot of things in low light environment.
Android, SIM, Internal Storage
The ZenFone 2 Laser runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with a layer of Asus’ own UI over the top of it. ZenUI is the first fully-customizable UI. You’ll be able to customize the launcher, themes, fonts, icons, and more. Within the new UI is also a new gesture control system called ZenMotion that makes common features more accessible.
The back of the Zenfone 2 Laser is removable and you can get the battery off. It’s a dual SIM phone with LTE capability. It has 16GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM. The SD slot takes cards up to 128GB.
Should you buy it?
As I’ve said in the beginning of this review, I would definitely buy one. The Asus Zenfone 2 Laser makes a good choice in terms of price over specs competitiveness. The guaranteed speedy performance, large display, and a killer camera technology are all big points in this phone’s favor. I’m giving my thumbs up to Asus for offering an affordable version of Zenfone 2 that has a right blend of features and design.
*Asus Zenfone 2 Laser price is Php 8,695.00