Asus is a Taiwanese handset maker that has been launching a series of impressive smartphones in Indian handset market. Its Zenfone series of smartphones have been a raving success in the market and boasts of a lineup that has a device to cater to all type of users. The handset maker has recently launched the second generation of the Zenfone series and it is bigger/better than before. ZenFone 2 Laser is another gemstone in the lineup that offers a perfect balance between specifications and price of the handset.
The design of the Asus Zenfone 2 is identical to the one found on previous Zenfone smartphone with an exception of the rear panel. Looking at the rear panel of the handset, it seems that Asus has taken cue from the rear mounted buttons on LG flagship devices. The brand has mounted the volume buttons on the rear panel and for some reasons, the power button is situated on top of the handset. The rear panel and buttons have a brushed metal finish on them, which only accentuates the elegance of the handset.
One of the highlights of the handset is the display, which big and clear enough to offer stunning visuals. The display of the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser measures 6 inches from corner to corner diagonally, which is big enough for all multimedia usage of a user. It offers a full HD resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, which facilitates a pleasant visual experience without any visual loss. The display is also protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 4 layer, which offers double the strength and durability as compared to the last generation Corning Gorilla Glass.
The user experience on the handset is worth a mention since it comes with the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system out of the box. The user experience is further enhanced by the Asus Zen UI, which the brand claims comes with thousands or improvements and enhancements over stock Android operating system. It offers integrated features like Zen Motion, customisation options and battery efficiency options.
Performance and Battery Life
Coming to the performance of the handset, Asus Zenfone 2 comes with an Octa-core processor that is clocked at 1.7 GHz. It is an Intel processor with 64-bit architecture that is much ahead of its contemporaries. Moreover, the processor comes coupled with 3 GB RAM for a splendid performance. The handset is driven by a powerful 3000 mAh battery that can deliver a day before it runs out of the juice.
Asus Zenfone series of smartphones is known for their impressive imaging prowess owing to the integrated photography features. The handset comes with a 13 MP camera on the rear panel that has been enhanced by the Pixelmaster technology from Asus. On its front panel there is a 5 Megapixel snapper for clicking selfies and video calling.
On the connectivity front, the handset comes with 4G LTE connectivity with CAT4, which enables a download speed of up to 150 Mbps. It is also equipped with 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and microUSB for the convenience of its users.
Asus has designed the Zenfone 2 series itself to give competition to some major league players in the market. However, these device itself are some of the main contenders of the handset. These include Xiaomi Mi 4i, Xiaomi Mi4, Lenovo K3 Note and Motorola Moto G 3rd generation. All of these devices are at par with each other and make it really difficult to make a choice.
Asus Zenfone 2 is without any doubt, one of the most value for money handset in the Indian market. However, the competition is as fierce as it gets in the price segment that the handset has been placed in. However, if you are looking for a handset that comes with Android Lollipop, has an interesting user interface and impressive imaging prowess, look no further.
|General Specifications||Launch Date||December 4, 2015|
|Model||Zenfone 2 Laser ZE601KL|
|Color||Gold, Grey, Red|
|SIM Card||Dual Micro SIM|
|Operating System||Android v5.0.2 (Lollipop)|
|Custom UI||Zen UI|
|Dimensions||164.5 x 84 x 10.5 mm|
|Processor & RAM||Processor||1.7 GHz Octa core 64 bit (1.7 GHz Quad + 1.2 GHz Quad) (Cortex A53)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 MSM8939|
|Display||Size||6.0 inches (15.24 cm)|
Scratch-resistant glass, Corning Gorilla Class 4
|Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope, Hall Sensor|
|Resolution||1080 x 1920 pixels, Full HD|
|Pixel Density||367 ppi|
|Screen to Body Ratio||71.66 %|
|Other Input Features||Multi-touch|
Dual-color LED Flash
|Rear Camera Sensor||Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)|
|Rear Camera Aperture||f/2.0|
|Rear Camera Features||Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)|
|Front Camera Features||Wide Angle Selfie|
|Rear Auto Focus||
1080p@60fps, Full HD, HD
|Battery||Battery Capacity||3000 mAh|
|Battery Type||Li-Polymer, Non Removable|
|3G||HSDPA 2100/1900/900/850, HSDPA 42.2 Mbps|
|4G||LTE Cat4 150 Mbps/LTE Cat4 150 Mbps|
Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n
|USB Port||microUSB 2.0, Mass storage device, USB charging|
|Entertainment & Multimedia||Ringtone||Music ringtones, Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration|
|Audio Format||AAC, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WAV, WMA|
|Video Format||3GPP, AVI, MKV, MPEG4, WebM, WMV, Xvid, DivX|
|Storage||Internal Storage||32 GB|
Up to 128 GB
|Calling & Messaging||Phone Book||
|Additional Information||Items in the Box||Handset with built-in Battery, Charger, USB Cable, User Manual, Warranty Card|