Asus ZenFone 2 Laser Review: A Good Camera Phone, But Lags Behind by a Large Margin

Asus ZenFone 2 LaserAfter Xiaomi Note, What could be the next affordable smartphone with good specs? The answer would be Asus ZenFone 2 Laser. Moreover, this smartphone has one of the best cameras of 13MP on the rear, along with laser auto-focus system attached to it.

Within the price bracket of Rs.10, 000, Asus ZenFone doesn’t offer a ground-breaking specs or incredible camera but its USP is laser auto-focus system.

Similar to other Asus ZenFone smartphones, Asus has just twisted and added some more features in existing Zenfone 2 units, to make a new phone out of the same mould. So, the question arises is that, does the smartphone performs better than the rest of the herd? Let’s find out.

Camera

It is a key aspect of the smartphone, as we mentioned above, the Asus ZenFone 2 Laser sports a 13MP rear camera with laser autofocus system. To our surprise, the camera gives a good image quality with colour saturation. Moreover, Images taken in the night or low light conditions are also good, however, the processing time is considerably longer when shooting in low light. And the dynamic range and depth of field are also remarkable. Apart from its excellent imaging capabilities, the ZenFone 2 laser has very expensive camera software that proffers tons of settings, tweaks and presets.

As mentioned earlier, laser auto-focus system is the USP of ZenFone 2 Laser and it definitely takes ahead of its competitors in the camera department at least. With the price range the phone offers a good camera, if users want a better camera, then be ready to shed more money.

Build and design

There isn’t much difference in design between Asus ZenFone 2 and Asus ZenFone 2 Laser. Asus has just tweaked spec sheet with its ZenFone 2 and made a new smartphone called ZenFone 2 Laser. Without taking a closer look at the build, users cannot differentiate with the two smartphones.

Display and UI

Again, ZenUI remains the same as other Asus smartphones that means there isn’t much to say about UI. However, Asus ZenFone 2 Laser has a 5.5-inch 720p display and it gives sharpness for affordability. It also provides decent viewing angles and colour saturation.

Performance

Things have quite changed here. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC, the weakest of Qualcomm’s SoCs right now. It is evident that the processor  been chosen to bring the phone into the sub-10K bracket, but this SoC performs way below the Intel Z3560 SoC that we saw in 2GB RAM variant of the Z. The phone is not a performer as Gaming or any processor taxing task show the phone’s inadequacy. However, Calling and audio capabilities are noteworthy.

Battery

Asus ZenFone 2 Laser is backed by a 3000mAh battery is one of the plus points. The device was easily able to last us a day with moderate usage, although Gaming drains the battery quickly, but its conservation is still respectable. The phone gives enough liberty to change the settings, which enables the phone to survive a day. However, the phone worked for 8 to 9 hours consistently on a normal day.

Verdict

Indeed, the phone has a good camera and laser auto-focus system, apart from that, ZenFone 2 Laser has a low-quality SoCs as it lags behind by a large margin as compared to Meizu M2 Note and YU Yureka. If, you intended to buy a camera specific smartphone then this is the one for you.

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