The device boasts a 5.5″ screen with the volume rocker at the back below the 13MP laser camera. It comes with Android Lollipop version or of the box along with the amazing ZenUI.
Our PromiseWe review phones with an obsessive focus on the experience that really matters to you. We don’t care about specifications, we will tell you what you will really feel while using the phone. And needless to say, we maintain total integrity and truthfulness in our reviews.
Highlights: Pros and Cons
What does the Retail Package come with?
- The Handset, Battery.
- USB Cable, charger.
- Manual, Warranty Card.
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser Review:
i. Design: Great Looks, Not reachable Button
First Impression: Sleek and Curvy. Shiny buttons
The volume rocker button is smartly placed on the back as we tend to place our finger at that position while we use the phone with 1 hand.
The power button is placed on the top of the phone which is not reachable by a normal human hand if you use the phone one-handed. You will have to use the other hand to use the power button. In case you want to just unlock the phone, you can use the DOUBLE-TAP on the screen.
I found it difficult to use screenshot initially due to the placement of both these buttons. But later found an option (Asus Customized Settings) to use screenshot by holding the “recent app” key.
Back panel: Flimsy, Plastic & Smudgy
The back panel is flimsy plastic with a soothing matte finish. But the panel takes up smudges very easily. You will either have to use a cover or keep on cleaning the phone occasionally.
The power button is fitted on the back panel. This button may tend to detach from the panel during the long use. So BEWARE!
There is no separator in the volume rocker which initially misguides on which button is being pressed. The design was first seen on LG G2.
It could be distinguished as an Asus ZenFone by the bottom design & the Volume rocker at the back, but it would be difficult to call it a Laser phone until you check the sensor besides the camera
ii. User Interface: ZenUI, a Beauty
ZenFone Laser comes with Android Lollipop version out of the box. With recent updates, the latest version on the phone is 5.0.2. The Lollipop version is supported by ZenUI which has heaps of apps out of the box.
Asus gives 33 ZenUI apps pre-loaded with various features. I have liked almost all of those apps & their usability, but all these apps might not be useful to everyone.
The UI also gives a variety of gestures which help you access various features/ apps of the phone directly from the stand-by screen using a character gesture. Asus also gives a number of Customization options under the “Asus Customization Settings”.
Customization Features available-
- Font color, Font size, Font Style.
- Screen Scroll effects
- Two-layer or One-layer Layout (without Menu button)
- Quick Settings icons (from the drawer)
- Folder Style & Folder Theme
- App Lock
- Lock screen shortcuts
- ….and some more
For more updates on Android versions, stay connected to our Android Updates page.
iii. Display: Bright IPS with Gorilla 4
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser has a 5.5″ IPS display with HD resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (267.02 ppi). The size of the display is slightly larger than the average size. It has Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection.
The bezels around the screen is very thin compared to its predecessor, which makes the phone comfortable in hand when compared to the other 5.5″ devices.
Single handed reach- No
iv. Typing: Smart Keyboard
I liked the keyboard with Asus smartphones.The layout has numerics directly on the first layout rather than pressing on a Nums key. It also supports swipe gesture and comes with pre-defined emojis & emoticons keyboard.
The keyboard has many customization options as well. You can set keyboard height as well as dark or light theme for the keyboard.
Single Handed: Typing in single handed portrait mode is flawless using Keyboard Swipe.
Dual Handed: Landscape mode typing is good.
Prediction: Very Good
Multimedia: Not Loud Enough
The speaker is placed at the bottom back of the phone. The audio quality is good but the audio levels are below average. I missed some calls while walking on the street during busy hours.
Audio Formats supported:
- mp3- Yes
- aac- Yes
- wav- Yes
This device is known for its lightening fast 13MP rear camera using the laser technique. The laser technique is one of its kind which was previously seen on One Plus Two & LG G4. It captures high resolution photos with zero shutter lag with a much better image stabilization then before. The low-light photography of the camera also improves with the help of the laser.
The PixelMaster (camera app) for the ZenFone hosts number of interesting modes to use the camera. Check the details in the snapshot below.
It also has a manual mode (DSLR mode) where you can manually set each of those camera parameter before clicking a shot. The super HDR mode shoots higher dynamic images which will give natural images even in heavy backlight.
Front: Beautification & Selfie-Panorama
Front camera of the phone is a 5MP shooter with AF but neither with Flash & nor laser. The beautification mode is amazing. When surveyed, people were shocked to see the quality of the face improved. One person compared the device to work like the famous Indian fairness brand- Fair & Lovely. 😀
One more interesting feature unique to the ZenFone is the Selfie Panorama feature, where you can click panoramic image using the front camera. So there would be no one left out of the front selfies.
Overall the camera is excellent for a 10k phone.
ZenFone 2 Laser comes with a quad core processor. This Snapdragon 410 chipset has each core coupled at 1.2GHz. The device has 2GB RAM which is almost 50% full coz of the ZenUI Apps inbuilt. But RAM is not a problem, as the remaining 1 GB would be sufficient to play heavy games.
The internal storage is 16GB out of the box with only 10.8GB available. It also supports an external SD card up to 128GB.
Overall performance of the phone is good. But there were occasional lags at various points in the phone.
Pre-installed Apps & Games
With ZenUI apps and other pre-installed apps, the count go to 68 inbuilt apps out of the box. There were no lags seen in the games. But with the heavy/ prolonged game play, the Menu screen lagged sometimes.
- 2G, 3G, 4G
- Dual SIM (micro)
- Wi-Fi with hotspot
- USB 2.0
- FM Radio
Laser has an average battery life with 3000mAh Li-Po capacity. The battery gets heated up while playing games and using camera. With heavy usage of social network, IMs, camera and calling, the battery drains faster than expected.
Asus Accessories: ZenPower Power Bank
Asus ZenPower is a 10050 mAh power bank that is available on Flipkart at the price of Rs. 1,699. The power bank is as heavy as expected but its very small in size and hence easy to carry on a daily use.
I compared it with my Mi Powerbank. The ZenPower rules in all the aspects. It does fast charging to Zenfone as well as tried to other Samsung, OnePlus and Mi devices.
The Asus ZenFone 2 Laser is undoubtedly the cheapest beast (5.5″) in the market with 2GB RAM. The design of the phone rocks and the UI is simply amazing with the Lollipop. The camera & its features will never dis-hearten any being.
There are some battery and loudspeaker glitches with the phone; but at the price of Rs. 9,999, this phone is the best choice.
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser Specifications:
You ought to know this- Why we don’t trust specifications?
|General||Name||Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE550KL)|
|Hardware||Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 410|
|CPU||1.2 Ghz quad-core|
|Internal Memory||16 GB|
|Expandable Memory||Upto 128GB using microSD|
|Display||Type||IPS capacitive touchscreen (Corning Gorilla Glass 4)|
|Size||5.5 inch, 1280×720 pixels, 267.02ppi|
|Camera||Primary||13 MP with Laser & Flash|
|Secondary||5 MP with AF|
|Dual SIM||Yes (Both Micro SIMs)|
|Others||Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, orientation, light, etc.|
|Colors||White, Black, Red|
|Online Price||Rs. 9,999/-|
Share your views in the comments below.