Asus Philippines launched new Zenfones with a power house cast which includes Asus CEO Jerry Shen and top Asus officials from its home base in Taiwan and its Philippine office. One of the smartphones announced is the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser. We’ve been using this smartphone for about two weeks now and here’s our review.
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE550KL:
- 1.2GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor
- Adreno 306 graphics
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 128GB
- 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
- Corning Gorilla Glass 4
- 13 megapixel rear facing Toshiba camera with laser autofocus and dual LED flash, f/2.0 aperture
- 5 megapixel front facing camera with autofocus, f/2.0 aperture
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, 3G/HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth
- GPS, A-GPS
- 3,000 mAh battery
- Android 5.0 Lollipop with ZenUI
- SRP: P8,695
- Status: Available on Asus stores and retailers
DESIGN AND HARDWARE
Design-wise, the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser looks a lot like its other Zenfone siblings – curved back, large display and volume rockers at the back. It is kinda hard to distinguish the difference since they all look a like. The only notable difference we noticed is the laser autofocus found at the back beside the 13 megapixel camera. Pop out the back cover and it will reveal the dual SIM slots, the microSD slot and the 3,000 mAh battery in which, by the way, is removable. Yey!
Audio quality coming out from its back firing speakers are fairly decent and has some good punch into it.
The display is a 5.5-inch HD display. Viewing angles are good, color saturation is accurate and it a pleasure to look at. Although we find it a little dimmed and it struggles under direct sunlight. Auto brightness is by far accurate and no need to turn it off. In fact we find it useful. No need to manually change the brightness depending on the lighting condition.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
All Zenfones has a custom user interface called Zen UI which is on top of Android 5.0 Lollipop. We do love the UI but we just have the bloatware. Upon opening the phone for the first time and logged in our Google account, there were about 50 apps from Asus that need to be updated. It just a minor gripe but UI is generally smooth and we never encountered any lags or slowdown.
The Zenfone 2 Laser is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad core chipset and not the one from Intel. Performance is buttery smooth because the chipset is paired with 2GB of RAM. Gaming is a joyful experience as we played Dead Trigger 2 for hours.
This phone’s main selling point is the addition of a laser autofocus on its 13 megapixel rear facing camera. Asus claims it take pictures faster than its siblings. Focus on a subject and processing of images is indeed faster. Photos look really sharp on good lighting. There are other shooting modes such as low light and night mode of good lighting is not present.
We inserted both our Smart and Globe SIM card on this unit and LTE speeds are very usual. Calls are clear on both ends of the line as well.
Qualcomm’s new generation processor are known to be battery efficient and the impact on battery performance is very evident. Compared to the Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML (the one with 4GB RAM and Intel chipset) owned by a friend, it managed to get around 8 hours of heavy use. The Zenfone 2 Laser managed to get an amazing 15 hours of heavy use. This includes heavy gaming (Dead Trigger 2, Asphalt 8) and watching You Tube and IWantv videos (marathon of teleseryes) with LTE and WiFi on.
The Asus Zenfone 2 Laser is a perfect companion if you want to capture that moment. The fast laser autocus can take the photo faster and sharper. Excellent battery life and stable LTE coverage is a big bonus. For only P8,695, it is hard not to include this smartphone on your list. Make sure to put it on your top list.