Asus launched a lot of new phones under the Zenfone 2 segment. This includes Zenfone 2 Laser, Deluxe and Selfie. Today out of those, we would be reviewing the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser! This device comes with a laser auto-focus on the back which helps to focus within fraction of second. Apart from that it has got everything what a standard Zenfone 2 comes with.
But is it really worth the money? Let’s check it out!
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser Review: Display
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser has been launched in 2 different models, ZE550KL and ZE500KL; ZE550KL comes with 5.5 Inch HD IPS Display and ZE500KL comes with 5 Inch HD IPS Display. The one which we have sports 5.5 Inch HD IPS display which is protected with a corning gorilla glass 4. The display is pretty vibrant and all the colors appear really good although they look a bit warm to me. The viewing angles are great and the display performs really well under bright sunlight although you need to put the device in performance mode and max out the brightness to get a good visibility in bright sunlight.
There is an app which comes pre-loaded in device called Splendid, which can be used to manage the color properties of the display. The app is really handy if you are not satisfied with the colors of the display.
In all, Zenfone 2 laser comes with a great display but the only problem is that the colors are bit warm and moreover, it is just an HD display.
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser Review: Build and Design
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser is almost identical to the Zenfone 2. It features the similar placement of buttons, the power button is located on the top along with the 3.5 mm audio jack. The left and the right side of the device are empty, the bottom side houses the micro-USB slot.
On the back side of device, the camera, flash and laser are placed horizontally and below that the volume rockers are placed.
This is not the best or the most creative button placement, especially when we talk about the power button but you have the option to double tap to wake up the device. The volume buttons are placed properly on the back which is really convenient although it may take some time to get used to.
The back panel is made up of plastic which is sturdy enough and comes with a rubberized matte finish coating. The coating is not that strong and if the device falls on a rough surface, then you will surely see some scratches on the panel.
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser Review: Hardware
The device comes with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset which is clocked at 1.2 GHz. Apart from that, device house Adreno 306 as it’s GPU. There is 2 GB of RAM present in the device out of which approximately 1 gig is free almost all of the time provided that you are not running a lot of applications in the background. The device features 16 gigs of storage out of which 10.75GB is free for the user.
The device is able to withstand games like Leo’s fortune, Modern Combat 4 easily. Although games like Asphalt 8, Modern Combat 5, NOVA 3 don’t work that smoothly.
The device doesn’t heats up at all but if the device is used continuously for hours then you may expect the device to become warm on the back near the camera and volume rockers.
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser Review: Camera
The device comes with a 13 MP shooter on the back and a 5 MP shooter on the back. The main feature of the device is laser auto-focus on the back which works flawlessly.
While clicking low-light images with the rear camera, the camera prompts to change to low light mode which clicks images of 3MP but even if you click low-light images in normal mode, then also the images are changed to 3MP which is a bummer.
The laser auto-focus works great if focusing on objects which are near, when using in a wide and large area, the device automatically switches to contrast based focus due to which some part of the images are washed out. But if we talk about laser focus for nearby objects, then it is really great.
The front side features a 5MP shooter, the camera is sharp and the colors are really good. The only downside of the front camera is that every time you start camera, it is in the beautification mode by default and in beautification mode, you don’t get a feature to record videos and as a result you need to switch to auto mode to shoot videos.
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser Review: Battery
Asus Zenfone 2 laser is juiced by a 3000 mAh battery. The battery is more than enough to make the phone running for whole day with moderate usage. IF you are a heavy user then you may require a second charge to keep the device running till the end of the day.
The device doesn’t features Fast Charging and takes around 4-5 hours to completely charge the battery. The device even comes with different power saving modes, this includes:
- Performance mode: In this mode, everything is maximized out and the device performs the best it can do!
- Normal mode: In this mode, the device gives normal performance but extended battery performance
- Power saving mode: In this mode, the performance is reduced and the networks are disabled when the device asleep
- Super Saving mode: In this mode almost everything is disabled, and just the normal things such as calls, alarms and SMS are working.
In all, the battery is good but not that impressive.
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser Review: Verdict
If you are someone who really needs the laser autofocus really bad then you shall definitely go for this device. The camera, display and performance is great and this is one of the best devices priced under 10,000. The only down-side of the device is the battery and the delicate back panel which is easily scratched with the slightest rough bumps.
So if you are a camera-freak and take a lot of images then this is the perfect device for you. Although this devices gets some serious competition from Lenovo K3 Note!
What do you think about the device? Do let us know in the comment section below!