I’m quite sure most of you have heard about Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0. It has been making buzz around social media. But what makes this smartphone different? Here’s my Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0 review. I made it an easy read, especially for those who are not so techy.
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0: Design
Who wouldn’t like a thin and light phone? Well, there are a lot of smartphones in the market that are both thin and light, but not all have that ergonomic design. Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0 has curved back to comfortably fit the palm. Despite being thin (thinnest edge measuring 3.9mm), it has a nice grip. Aside from the curved back cover, the textured hairline design can somehow help in avoiding accidental slips. As for its weight, I find it perfect. It doesn’t feel like plastic.
Honestly, I used to think that rear key isn’t really useful. In fact, I thought it can be quite bothersome. When I first tried Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0, I then realized how helpful it is. It’s easier to adjust the volume while using the phone or even take a selfie!
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0: Display
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0 has 5 inches screen with 720 x 1280 pixels. For someone who love to take photos, I really appreciate how I can easily adjust the color temperature of the screen.
Just like the Asus Zenfone Selfie, it features Corning Gorilla Glass 4. What does this mean? It has improved performance against drops on rough surfaces. But obviously, this doesn’t mean that the glass can never ever break. It’s just tougher than others, especially at this price range.
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0: Camera
And of course, this phone is known for its camera. Asus Zenfone 2 Laser is the first phone in the price range to have a 8-megapixel camera on the back guided with a laser auto-focus. For those who are not so familiar, what does that “laser auto-focus” do? It focuses faster than other phone cameras, which means you’re less likely to miss special moments!
It also has a dual-LED real tone flash and a 5-megapixel camera on the front. By the way, the front camera is wide-angle, which means “groufie” shouldn’t be a problem.
took this photo in a low light environment using the front camera
Aside from its award-winning laser auto focus technology, the Zenfone 2 Laser has a lot of camera features.
- You can use the Manual Mode if you want to enhance your photography skills.
- There’s Low Light Mode to capture moments in low light environment. I tried it and I didn’t have problems focusing subjects. It’s a bit grainy, but it’s well compensated by its brightness.
Here’s a photo I took of the harbour in Hong Kong using the low light mode. Using its Auto function and another camera phone I tried, this exact photo is quite dark. I could barely see the buildings, except for the lights. Please note that it was very windy when I took this photo so my hands were a little shaky.
- If you have bright background resulting to dark subject, you can try the HDR mode to help fix the problem. Say goodbye to “against the light” dilemma!
- Depth of Field adds dimension to a photo. Asus Zenfone 2 Laser has Depth of Field feature to blur the background, making it look like it was taken using a DSLR.
left: using Auto; right: using Depth of Field function
- Super Resolution mode helps you capture detailed images. Take a look at this very crisp photo!
- If the wide angle front camera isn’t enough, there is a Panorama Selfie, allowing you to take 140-deg selfie so that everyone can be part of the shot!
- Of course, the rear camera also has Panorama!
Again, please note that it was very windy when I took this photo so my hands were a little shaky.
- For those days you don’t have that perfect skin, you can still take a selfie with its Beautification Mode. This feature provides skin softening, skin brightening, blush, eyes enhance, cheek thinning, and color correction.
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0: Performance
- With its Snapdragon 410 (quad-core) 1.2Ghz processor, it doesn’t seem to overheat when doing my daily tasks. It performs smoothly when launching applications and switching between them. I haven’t experienced any lags. Note though that I’m not a gamer and I don’t have a lot of apps.
- It has fast touch response.
- As for voice quality, I believe this has been enhanced compared to previous Asus phones I’ve tried before – no echo or noise.
- It has removable 3,000 mAhLi-Polymer battery, which is a good thing if you simply want to buy an extra battery instead of toting your power bank. As for the battery life, it can last for almost 3 days if you use it for minimal call and text only. If you use the Wi-Fi with 3G (single sim), it can last to a day and half. And if you’re using 4G, it lasts for half a day.
For its price PHP 8,695 (currently PHP 7,295 on Lazada), Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0 is definitely a bang for the buck. I’d say it’s perfect for those who love to take photos using their camera phone. For someone who is very O.C. when it comes to pictures, I wouldn’t say that it has the best quality photos. I wouldn’t complain though considering its price. In fact, it may be the best in its price range. Besides, photos are actually crisp in daylight, as seen in my photos above. It’s also value for money when it comes to performance.
Here’s a comparison of Asus Zenfone 5 and Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0. You can also read my review of Asus Zenfone 5 HERE.