ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser Review

ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser Review




OS, UI, and Apps

The Laser comes with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop out of the box skinned with ZenUI. It’s easy to navigate and visually enticing, however, it feels a bit clunky and doesn’t feel in-line with Lollipop’s simple Material approach. On the bright side, you can install your favorite launcher and customize it to your liking if you’re not a fan of ZenUI.

ZenUI other features:
* ZenMotion – Touch Gesture, One Hand Mode
* ASUS Cover – allows you to use ZenUI features when using flip cover accessories
* Easy mode – for simple layout and core functions

When it comes to pre-installed apps, the Laser has tons of it. When we check out the apps we need to update after setting up our Google Play Store account, the ZenUi Instant Update prompted us with 31 apps to update. This includes ASUS PixelMaster Camera, ASUS Keyboard, ASUS Calendar, ASUS Launcher, ASUS Messaging, ASUS Gallery, etc. Add to that Clean Master, Dr. Safety, Amazon Kindle, Zinio, 50+ Games!, and Trip Advisor which you cannot uninstall.

ASUS equipped the Laser with 16GB of internal storage. Less the system reserved memory, you only have 10.68GB as usable which is limited. To compensate, it has support for up to 128GB microSD cards as well as USB OTG.


 

Camera

One of the Laser’s strongest suits is its 13 megapixel camera. It doesn’t sound much on paper but it uses the company’s PixelMaster Technology, dual-tone LED flash, and infrared-based Laser-guided autofocus system found in its other siblings like the Selfie, Max, and Zoom. Before you get excited, let me tell you that it’s not going to compete with high-end camera-centric smartphones like the Xperia Z3, LG G4, Galaxy S6, and iPhone 6 when it comes to image quality. After all, this is a sub-Php9K device, however, this doesn’t mean the Laser is not a good shooter.

With Laser AF, the Laser has one of the fastest autofocus we’ve experienced in a smartphone. ASUS claims 0.3 second autofocus time. While we cannot really measure that speed, we’d say that it’s rapid especially in bright conditions. It also performs well in low-light like in bars or dimly lit restaurants. If we’re going to compare, it’s significantly faster than the OnePlus 2 which also features Laser AF.

As for quality, resulting images have good details and colors. The 5 megapixel front camera is good for selfies and video calls but don’t expect the same quality you can find in other cameras with dedicated front shooters. The Laser also has quite a lot of in-camera features, just take a look at the screenshot above. As for image and video samples, take a look below.

Sample video: 1080p at 30fps

asus zenfone 2 laser video

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This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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23 Responses

  1. Bibili ako nito! Goodluck na naman sa sahod ko.

    • PointBreak says:

      Hi Yugatech! Is this variant gonna be available in the PH??? Thanks in advance!

      Zenfone 2 Laser 5.5 (Snapdragon 615/3GB) Price: Php 9,995

  2. XG says:

    May difference ba yung camera ng Laser sa original ZF2, aside sa laser AF? Justifiable ba yung camera quality and performance ng Laser para piliin ito instead yung original? Kasi magdagdag ka lang ng 1k, yung original ZF2 (2GB) with better screen and processor na.

  3. Does this have fast/quick charge function like the other zenfones?

  4. Nhettes says:

    Hi, which is better ZF2 or ZF laser?

  5. zenth says:

    Is the screen size the only difference here between the prices?

  6. tony says:

    Is the ZE550KL already out in the market? most of the shops I’ve been to only have the ZE500KL.

  7. james says:

    Thanks for the awesome tip on the audio settings, now the speakers sound superb!

  8. HEISENBERG says:

    Available na ba to sa PH Market??

  9. Anna19 says:

    Pangit nga intel sa android. Dami pa rin pala asus zenfone enthusiast maski na bulok ang quality nito pati service center bulok.

  10. JAsus says:

    Hi! Will the Zenfone 2 Laser recieve an android update with the recent release of Marshmallow? Do you have any news? TIA.

  11. Sphayk says:

    Sir bakit sa lazada ang ze550kl is 5′ lang at 8mp lang ang camera? Available na ba ang ZE55OKL na 5.5′ na varient sa Ph? What stores that have?

  12. jocone says:

    You read Zafon and Zusak. We should be friends. (Totally unrelated comment. Lol)

  13. Marvin Choi says:

    Wow… ang konti ng diffrence sa regular version na Zenphone 2 , tapos halos kalahati ang score sa antutu , dahil ba ito sa lumang SoC na yung Snapdragon 410 ?

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