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Interface and Functionality

For a mid-ranger, the ZenUI has no shortages of features.

Love it, or hate it, Asus’ ZenUI running on top of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop comes with its perks. For being one of the smaller players in the sea, Asus invests a lot into its customized Android experience, which is rich with various features that can cater to users who crave for a balance between personalization and functionality.

Sure, the visuals lean towards a cartoonish looking interface, but there’s a sense of control because nearly everything can be customized – including the fonts, transition effects, and much more. Even better, if the default theme isn’t to your liking, it can be swapped for any of the myriad in Asus’ online store.

Functionally, ZenUI competes to the same degree as some other power-centric experiences, like Samsung and LG’s custom skins, seeing that we have an abundance of tools and features at our disposal. On one hand, it’s nice having such a comprehensive set at our disposal, but it can come off as overcomplicated to some users.

System Performance

Even with the switch to Qualcomm’s chip, it performs to the same standards.

Asus partnered with Intel when it released the original Zenfone 2 earlier this year, but for the Zenfone 2 Laser, they’ve swapped out Intel’s silicon with one from Qualcomm’s camp – an octa-core Snapdragon 615 SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM and the Adreno 405 GPU.

The real-world performance out of the handset is pretty good for a mid-ranger, delivering enough responsiveness to all of the basic tasks we tend to do with our phones. Results from its various benchmark tests show us that its performance is very much typical of a mid-ranger, but hardcore gamers won’t be satisfied by its choppier graphics processing performance.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (US) 37548
Motorola Moto G (2015) 22406
OnePlus 2 50188
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 32175
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (US) 975
Motorola Moto G (2015) 1224
OnePlus 2 2258
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 933
Vellamo Browser Higher is better
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (US) 2022
Motorola Moto G (2015) 2186
OnePlus 2 3479
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 2254
Sunspider Lower is better
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (US) 1472.2
Motorola Moto G (2015) 1361.8
OnePlus 2 1236.9
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 1306.7
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (US) 14
Motorola Moto G (2015) 9.6
OnePlus 2 45
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 15
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (US) 5.5
Motorola Moto G (2015) 3.9
OnePlus 2 15
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 6
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (US) 309
Motorola Moto G (2015) 581
OnePlus 2 1068
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 495
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (US) 579
Motorola Moto G (2015) 528
OnePlus 2 876
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 664
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (US) 2320
Motorola Moto G (2015) 1554
OnePlus 2 3673
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 2402

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Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (US) specs
  • Display 5.5 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop ASUS Zen UI

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