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Asus Zenfone 2 Laser: Affordable Android With Some Serious Imaging Horsepower

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In recent times, a few underdogs have risen to prominence in the fast expanding smartphone market, threatening to dethrone stalwarts like Apple and Samsung. While Motorola has staged a stupendous comeback, Taiwan based Asus is also aiming to grab a larger share of the market. Close on the heels of its successful Zenfone 2 series, Asus has unveiled a plethora of new models, each aimed at separate sections of Smartphone users. The newly unveiled Zenfone Laser is aimed at budget users with a penchant for imaging. I got my hands on this device and feel it has the potential to emerge as category killer.ASUS-ZenFone-2-Laser

It’s all about laser

I did not find the Zenfone Laser look much different or offer anything different than the existing Zenfone line up feature wise. That is actually a good thing- why fix something that ain’t broken! The Zenfone 2 is a rock solid Smartphone offering stellar performance at a wallet friendly price and with the Laser variant, Asus has upped the ante further. Its USP is the much touted Laser autofocus technology, which enhances imaging performance and at the price point- it makes the phone a killer!

Good build quality, varying specs

As I already said, the Zenfone Laser looks quite similar to Zenfone 2. It is available in 3 variants- with varying specs, but same imaging hardware. The entry level one that I got my hands on features a 5-inch 720p screen, Snapdragon 410 CPU and 2 GB RAM. The mid level one sports a5.5-inch 720p screen and same CPU but 3GB RAM. The top end model features a 6-inch Full HD screen and is powered by a Snapdragon 615 processor and 3 GB RAM. All of them offer great build quality and same design.

Asus-Zenfone-2-Laser-Top-View

Familiar design, great display

The entry level Zenfone Laser variant that I tinkered with features nearly the same spec as Moto G 2015 but with more RAM and a better camera. The 720p IPS screen looked bright to my eyes with wide viewing angles and vibrant colours. Even in bright sunlight I found it quite legible. Asus has topped the rivals like Lenovo and Motorola by offering latest Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection on the screen. In my weeklong usage, it survived the wear and tear easily. The three capacitive navigation buttons below the display are not backlit though. I liked the removable back panel with a matte finish which also features a volume rocker like the LG G2.

Serious Imaging horsepower

The rear panel of Zenfone Laser features a 13 MP lens with much touted Laser Autofocus technology and dual LED flash. There is a decent 5 MP front camera for the selfie lovers.  The rear camera aided by the Laser autofocus is pretty fast as I saw. It locks on objects fast and lets you snap images with enough detail. In low light, the image quality suffers as expected, but the dual flash does help things. I found the overall imaging performance pretty impressive, especially in its segment. The phone also offers good video recording performance.

Solid performance

Despite some rivals like Lenovo K3 note acing synthetic benchmarks, I found the Zenfone Laser offering solid real world performance. The apps launch quickly and multitasking is also smooth. The device also handled games quite well without heating issues. It is likely that the two higher end versions will also run smoothly.

Summing it up

Frankly, you will find very little to grudge about the Zenfone Laser. It ticks almost all boxes from spec to design and software. The bloatware bundled by Asus on top of Android Lollipop is annoying though. However, its decent balance of price and performance and impressive imaging performance puts the device ahead of many category contenders.

Ratings:

Build and Design: 7.5/10

Display: 8/10

Software: 6/10

Camera: 8/10

Performance: 8/10

Overall: 8/10

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In recent times, a few underdogs have risen to prominence in the fast expanding smartphone market, threatening to dethrone stalwarts like Apple and Samsung. While Motorola has staged a stupendous comeback, Taiwan based Asus is also aiming to grab a larger share of the market. Close on the heels...
<p class="p1">In recent times, a few underdogs have risen to prominence in the fast expanding smartphone market, threatening to dethrone stalwarts like Apple and Samsung. While Motorola has staged a stupendous comeback, Taiwan based Asus is also aiming to grab a larger share of the market. Close on the heels of its successful Zenfone 2 series, Asus has unveiled a plethora of new models, each aimed at separate sections of Smartphone users. The newly unveiled Zenfone Laser is aimed at budget users with a penchant for imaging. I got my hands on this device and feel it has the potential to emerge as category killer.<img class=" wp-image-132 aligncenter" src="http://mystictreasuretrove.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/ASUS-ZenFone-2-Laser-300x172.jpg" alt="ASUS-ZenFone-2-Laser" width="478" height="274" /></p> <p class="p1"><b>It’s all about laser</b></p> <p class="p1">I did not find the Zenfone Laser look much different or offer anything different than the existing Zenfone line up feature wise. That is actually a good thing- why fix something that ain't broken! The Zenfone 2 is a rock solid Smartphone offering stellar performance at a wallet friendly price and with the Laser variant, Asus has upped the ante further. Its USP is the much touted Laser autofocus technology, which enhances imaging performance and at the price point- it makes the phone a killer!</p> <p class="p1"><b>Good build quality, varying specs</b></p> <p class="p1">As I already said, the Zenfone Laser looks quite similar to Zenfone 2. It is available in 3 variants- with varying specs, but same imaging hardware. The entry level one that I got my hands on features a 5-inch 720p screen, Snapdragon 410 CPU and 2 GB RAM. The mid level one sports a5.5-inch 720p screen and same CPU but 3GB RAM. The top end model features a 6-inch Full HD screen and is powered by a Snapdragon 615 processor and 3 GB RAM. All of them offer great build quality and same design.</p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://mystictreasuretrove.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Asus-Zenfone-2-Laser-Top-View.jpg"><img class=" wp-image-133 aligncenter" src="http://mystictreasuretrove.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Asus-Zenfone-2-Laser-Top-View-300x160.jpg" alt="Asus-Zenfone-2-Laser-Top-View" width="570" height="304" /></a></p> <p class="p1"><b>Familiar design, great display</b></p> <p class="p1">The entry level Zenfone Laser variant that I tinkered with features nearly the same spec as Moto G 2015 but with more RAM and a better camera. The 720p IPS screen looked bright to my eyes with wide viewing angles and vibrant colours. Even in bright sunlight I found it quite legible. Asus has topped the rivals like Lenovo and Motorola by offering latest Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection on the screen. In my weeklong usage, it survived the wear and tear easily. The three capacitive navigation buttons below the display are not backlit though. I liked the removable back panel with a matte finish which also features a volume rocker like the LG G2.</p> <p class="p1"><b>Serious Imaging horsepower</b></p> <p class="p1">The rear panel of Zenfone Laser features a 13 MP lens with much touted Laser Autofocus technology and dual LED flash. There is a decent 5 MP front camera for the selfie lovers.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>The rear camera aided by the Laser autofocus is pretty fast as I saw. It locks on objects fast and lets you snap images with enough detail. In low light, the image quality suffers as expected, but the dual flash does help things. I found the overall imaging performance pretty impressive, especially in its segment. The phone also offers good video recording performance.</p> <p class="p1"><b>Solid performance</b></p> <p class="p1">Despite some rivals like Lenovo K3 note acing synthetic benchmarks, I found the Zenfone Laser offering solid real world performance. The apps launch quickly and multitasking is also smooth. The device also handled games quite well without heating issues. It is likely that the two higher end versions will also run smoothly.</p> <p class="p1"><b>Summing it up</b></p> <p class="p1">Frankly, you will find very little to grudge about the Zenfone Laser. It ticks almost all boxes from spec to design and software. The bloatware bundled by Asus on top of Android Lollipop is annoying though. However, its decent balance of price and performance and impressive imaging performance puts the device ahead of many category contenders.</p> <p class="p1"><strong><span class="s1">Ratings</span>:</strong></p> <p class="p1">Build and Design: 7.5/10</p> <p class="p1">Display: 8/10</p> <p class="p1">Software: 6/10</p> <p class="p1">Camera: 8/10</p> <p class="p1">Performance: 8/10</p> <p class="p1">Overall: 8/10</p> <strong>Recommended Products</strong>

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