The device we are reviewing has a 5.5-inch screen with 720 pixels resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor and 2GB of RAM. By the way, a variant with Snapdragon 615 processor and 3 GB RAM is also available in the market.
Your question would be that what is so special about laser? The Rs 9,999 smartphone has a laser-powered autofocus system, which fires a laser pattern that is not visible on the subject area and adjusts the focus. In theory, this will help in focusing faster and also produce great photos. Does this happen in practice as well? That is what we will try to find out in this review.
look and design
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser (ZE550KL) in appearance asus zenfone 2 as it is. The builds of both the handsets are similar. Asus has retained its concentric-circles pattern design in this device as well. If both the phones are put together then it becomes difficult to tell the difference.
There is no button or card slot on the side of the phone. The micro-USB port has been given place in the bottom. The power button and 3.5mm port are placed on the top. You can activate the device by double tapping and also launch selected apps through the touch gestures given in the user interface. Apart from turning the device on and off, you will not need power.
Like the Zenfone 2, the Zenfone 2 Laser has a volume rocker at the back of the device. We are satisfied with the display of this smartphone. It’s pretty sharp for a budget device. Colors and brightness are also suitable.
The dual-tone flash in the Ledger smartphone is on the left side of the camera and the laser is on its right. The backpanel is removable. The batteries are replaceable and the SIM card slot is built into the bottom. The laser has a hybrid SIM slot and 16GB of storage on the device. Due to less storage, the possibility of using dual-SIM becomes a little less.
Specifications and software
Moving away from its tradition, Asus has used the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset in the Zenfone 2 Laser (ZE550KL). The variant we reviewed has a Snapdragon 410 processor with 2GB of RAM. By the way, in addition to the Snapdragon 615 chipset in the expensive variants, 3 GB of RAM will be available. According to the processor, the laser looks a bit expensive handset. However, the laser autofocus camera setup makes the price worthwhile.
Other specifications include 16GB of internal storage, 13-megapixel primary and 5-megapixel secondary cameras, support for microSD cards up to 128GB, and a 3000mAh battery. Despite being a budget device, both the SIM slots support 4G.
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser runs on Android 5.0 operating system and on top of it Asus uses its Zen user interface. We are not fans of this user interface, but it does its job well.
There are many things to like in the user interface, such as better security and customization options. You can quick-launch the camera, just double tap the volume button. You can also choose gestures that will automatically launch selected apps, even when the device is in sleep mode. Zen UI has great customization options.
The Asus Zenfone 2 Laser gets its name from the laser autofocus feature present in its primary camera. On paper, the camera is way ahead as compared to the rest of the specifications of the smartphone. We get to see this type of camera setup in high-end devices.
Camera performance is good in suitable lighting and indoor setting. However, it gives a washed out image in daylight. This can be fixed to a large extent by using HDR mode or by focusing very closely, but it does bother to some extent. The sharpness and detail of the photo are suitable for devices under Rs 10,000.
One thing to note is that the laser autofocus system is less effective in taking pictures in distant and open places. This is because of the small receiving sensor. For this reason, it becomes a bit difficult to take pictures of moving objects. It is clear that the Zenfone 2 is more suitable for taking short distance pictures with a laser.
More information is recorded faster in short distance pictures. The laser autofocus system works fast and also focuses on the object properly. By the way, its laser system is usually only slightly faster than the upcoming autofocus system.
The camera app is very easy to use. You get many options in this. Accessing most of the important settings is very easy. It comes with tons of great filters and modes including Time Lapse, Depth of Field and GIF Image. There are many professional options in manual mode. The biggest drawback of the camera app is that you don’t get the option to record videos from the front camera. It can be fixed through third party camera software.
The camera performance goes in favor of the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser. It is worth noting that the rest of the specifications of this smartphone are similar to those of an entry level smartphone, so expect basic performance from them. Despite this, we had a pleasant experience with the performance of the handset. Dead Trigger 2 ran very smoothly. During this, there was no problem of phone overheating or battery draining too fast. Our test videos ran smoothly. By the way, sometimes it took some time while running the app and unlocking the device. By the way, this shortcoming will not bother the budget smartphone user.
The phone’s performance was good in the video loop test. The battery lasted for 14 hours after a full charge. Perhaps this was possible due to the 3000 mAh battery. In daily use, this phone will last a little more than a day.
Due to the laser autofocus technology, the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser does not look like the league of other phones under Rs 15,000 range. Primarily it is a budget device whose specifications are also average, but due to the excellent camera technology, this smartphone makes its own identity. At this price, you can hardly find a camera phone that delivers the best performance so fast.
Outdoor shooting, slightly weaker performance than its rivals, and slightly longer app opening times are the main drawbacks of the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser. However, using this phone gives a sense of trust. It won’t fail when you need it. Other than that, it looks good, has a good build and has great battery life.
Under Rs 10,000, the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser (ZE550KL) probably delivers the best camera performance in close environments. If you are fond of photography then this smartphone can be given a chance.