When Asus first released the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.5s, we were like “Why?”. Curious about why Asus released another variant of the Zenfone 2 Laser, we requested a unit for review. We’ve been using the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.5s for two weeks now and here’s why we are very happy with it.
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.5S ZE550KL
- Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor
- Adreno 405 graphics
- 3GB RAM
- 32GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 64GB
- 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
- 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
- 5 megapixel front facing camera
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
- 3,000 mAh battery
- Android 5.0 Lollipop with ZenUI
- SRP: P8,995
- Status: Available at Asus stores and retailers
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HARDWARE AND DESIGN
Basically, teh Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.5s is the offspring of the Asus Zenfone Selfie and the original Asus Zenfone 2 Laser. This phone has the internals of the Zenfone Selfie in a chassis of the Zenfone 2 Laser and you will be paying 9k for it as compared to Zenfone Selfie’s P11,995 price tag.Not bad of a deal! There’s no question about this phone’s build quality as we’ve be praising Asus for that since the first Zenfone series. Now when you compare it with the original Zenfone 2 Laser, there’s no difference. They actually look the same. It will be hard to brag someone that you own the more expensive variant unless you check the RAM and chipset of it.
Audio coming out from the rear bottom speakers are kinda weak and tiny. In addition to that, it is easy covered by hand and the muffles easily.
Compared to the original Zenfone 2 Laser, we find the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.5s has a better display in terms of brightness output. Auto brightness woeks better and adjusts quickly depending different lighting conditions.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
Now this is where the big difference will be seen. The Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.5s is snappier, more responsive and 99% no lags especially when playing games even those graphic intense ones like Asphalt 8. Aside from the big bump on the chipset, it is also paired with a generous 3GB of RAM.
Asus’ software on top of Android, Zen UI, remains to be one of our favorite. There are so many options of tweaking to your liking – from the adjusting the grid size, view mode, disabling or enabling apps, animations to the look and feel via Asus’ own theme store. We could only wish that Asus can minimize its bloatware.
If you love the camera from the Zenfone 2 Laser, then this phone will not disappoint. The Asus Zenfone 2 Laser sports the same camera sensor. Photos are generally decent plus it is loaded with so many software editing options to your photos and shooting modes.
We’ve been always impressed with the phone’s connectivity. 4G/LTE signal reception remains to be stable despite us being on the move. We inserted our Smart SIM here and LTE connection is generally ok. We never had problems with our calls too.
If we are doing the math right, an 8-core chipset eats more power to the battery which was relatively the same as the original Zenfone 2 Laser with a 4-core chipset. To our surprise, we never felt the difference. Playing games, watching videos, Skype calls, Viber, social media and more – the phone lasted around 12 hours (4 hours and 23 minutes of screen on time) with 15% left in the tank. For us this is fairly decent.
Gamers will definitely love the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.5s. Playing your favorite graphic intense games here is definitely a breeze. If you are looking for an upgrade to your current phone, the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.5s is worth a look. With 3GB of RAM coupled with an octa core processor, you will never have problems with it on a daily basis.