• Display: 5.5 inch HD Display (1,280 x 720)
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 @ 1.5GHz
  • Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G, LTE
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB, expandable via MicroSD
  • Operating System: Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Camera: 13.0MP PixelMaster Camera
  • Dimensions: 152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9 mm
  • Weight: 170g
  • Pros:
  • Fast camera
  • Cons:
  • Prone to lag
  • Battery drains quickly
  • Benchmark Results
  • Antutu: 23,624 points
  • 3DMark Ice Storm (Unlimited): 4,429 points

Laser-Accurate Smartphone

Ever since the launch of its ZenFone 2 not too long ago, ASUS has been going all-out with their line of ZenFone products. Its latest one comes in the form of the ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser, a smartphone that the company claims comes with a number of technologies that give the phone its namesake.

The ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser comes in two variants, one with a 5.5 inch display, and another with a 6.0 inch display, although for this review, ASUS has sent us the former, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GBs of RAM and 16GBs of storage space, which is expandable via microSD.

As with previous iterations of the ZenFone, the ZenFone Laser sports the same Zen design, and is thin and curvy enough that it fits in your hands quite snugly. Similarly to the ZenFone 2, again, ASUS has placed the volume buttons on the back of the phone, underneath the 13MP camera for ease of access.

Speaking of the camera, the ZenFone 2 Laser’s 13MP PixelMaster camera sports a f2.0 lens that captures photos quickly and elegantly. This is thanks to the phone’s brand new laser autofocus feature that greatly reduces blurring and enhances the image stabilisation. The ZenFone 2 Laser’s camera also sports a Low Light Mode and HDR mode that cranks up the brightness levels as well as allows you to capture photos clearly through daytime shadow, and a Super Resolution mode that captures images in 52MP.

Another laser technology that the ZenFone 2 Laser has packed inside is the ASUS Zentenna, which consists of four laser direct structuring antennas, which works in tandem with GSM and 4G connectivity to ensure you’re always connected anywhere and anytime.

The ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser’s performance is as good as can be expected. When doing typical day-to-day tasks, the phone hardly lags, and the phone’s 3,000mAH battery is capable of lasting throughout the day into the evening with just a bit of power left to spare.

That being said, it is when we’re running quite a fair bit of multimedia tasks where the ZenFone 2 Laser starts to show some sluggishness. The other unfortunate bit is that because of this, battery drain seems a fair bit more prominent too, which means that if you’re a heavy user, expect to have to charge the phone sometime in the mid evenings.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser is a good phone to have if you’re on a bit of a budget. It’s a mid-range phone that excels in what ASUS sets it out to do, which is image quality.

(previously published in issue November 2015)

ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser