Camera

The snapshot time is improved dramatically, but it does nothing to change its so-so image quality.

As we’ve detailed earlier, the handset’s main distinction is found in the laser auto-focus sensor that’s slapped on the back next to its 13-megapixel PixelMaster camera sensor from Toshiba. The same hardware configuration is present here, so that includes a 5-element Largan lens, f/2.0 aperture, and a dual-LED Real Tone Flash.

Much like its overall software experience, the camera interface certainly appeals to shutterbugs because of the vast shooting modes it offers, as well as the handy manual mode. Compared to its sibling, which had a snapshot time of 6.2 seconds, the laser auto-focus sensor cuts its time tremendously down to a mere 2.4 seconds. That’s undeniably fast and an improvement in itself!


Image Quality


The decrease in its snapshot time is swell and all, but it does little to change the camera’s overall quality. Images exhibit decent detail levels, with mostly realistic, though sometimes slightly warmed-up colors. Overall, images look quite good for such an inexpensive smartphone. When using some of the Zenfone 2 Laser's special modes, however, we notice some inconsistency in the results. For example, one of our test panoramic images ended up with an overexposed area, while most of the HDR pictures we took looked as if they have some kind of filter applied to them.

Unfortunately, low light performance isn’t a total wash – shots from the Zenfone 2 Laser are decently exposed, but there isn’t much to indicate it’s a strong contender either. In particular, details are smeary looking, colors appear dull in tone, and there’s some heavy presence of noise. There’s specifically a low light mode that increases the exposure, but images are scaled down to 3-megapixels – with even less detail present.

Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (US) 2.4
2.7
574
376
Motorola Moto G (2015) 3.4
5
658
641
OnePlus 2 3.7
4.3
No data
No data
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 4.2
No data
368
281



Video Quality


Video recording leaves more to be desired. It’s tolerable with its quality, but its a bit short on details, while its color reproduction seems a bit bland.


Multimedia

Strangely, the speaker output is weaker.

Choosing between the Google Play Music app and Asus’ own music player is completely going to be up to you, seeing that functionally, there’s not much separating them – albeit, Google’s music player sports a more visually appealing interface.

Micro dots on the back of the phone comprise its speaker grill, which unimpressively churns out a maximum 68.8 dB of audio power – short of the original’s tally of 72.7 dB. Everything sounds light and insignificant, even when it’s at the loudest volume. However, the AudioWizard tool offers some useful equalizer settings to better tune its quality.

Watching videos on its screen is a likeable experience, thanks in part to its sharpness, effortless playback, and some punchy colors to retain our attention. The only thing missing here is a multi-tasking implementation of some kind.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (US) 0.223
Motorola Moto G (2015) 0.377
OnePlus 2 0.91
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 0.489
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (US) 68.8
Motorola Moto G (2015) 78.5
OnePlus 2 76
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 77.7


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36 Comments

1. iWin_Droid

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

That's brutal, but 200 dollars is 200 dollars right?

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Oops!...I Did It Again..

13. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Not much laser, 6/10 - IGN

16. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

The thing i don't like about Asus phone is that their phone come loaded with bloatware. Yes! They can be worse than Samsung. If Asus ever choose to goes stock with regular update especially at their present selling price it will be a great buy at least for me.

27. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

I dont like how thick the phone is, minimum brightnes is also very high, bloatware is no problem if you can remove them (root). meizu m2 note is way better and cheaper..

29. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I have my fun with root now i tend to be less willing to root my phone because i like the assurance that non-root device offer. Most modern days app check for root and wants to enable their "enhance ability" which basically mean take control of my rooted phone. I have to block 99% of them. Quite a hassle, root still has a place in many geek's heart so pros and cons.

21. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

It sure is!

28. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

want to hear something funny? Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") have similar spec, priced at $300 and get 8.5 even more funny? Moto G 2015 use 720p screen, SD410 and get 9/10, lol

35. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

because the score is nothing but subjective...they have no point system at all that would justify WHY they gave it what it did. If they were to do say, 10 points for each check, then put a ratio in place for practicality, like calls being more than design camera being more than weight of device things like that. Then run the numbers and spit out a score. Here its...oh look pretty phone lets give it a 8.5, despite shaky video, call quality sucking and oh did we mention we like its shiny outside...

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The Phone Isn't That Great And Deserves The Rating It Got But I Guess You Really Can't Ask For Much Better At $200 Huh.

15. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

True that Jaden. Truuuuuue DAT.

18. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

You Know It.

3. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Come on now. It's for 200 bucks.

31. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

As far as PA John V is concern it will get 6 even if its priced at $10. Fortunately for Asus their core customers come from China, Taiwan and South East Asian and having a 2GB, 5.5inch FHD, 4G phone at $200 is still a good deal.

4. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

It's not a great device, so the rating is somewhat justifiable. I could get my self a much superior and brand new G2 for the price..

36. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

with warranty?

37. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Really? For that price you'll get top-tier Zenfone 2, which is better than that.

6. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

Zenfone 2 = HTC M9+? What??

10. crm_bstind

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 27, 2015

Not so great phone moto g3 alcatel idol 3 are much better than this

26. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

The Zenfone 2 Laser is better and cheaper than the Moto G and slightly better than the Idol 3 but cheaper.

17. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Stop complaining. This device is clearly INFERIOR to the Alcatel Idol 3! That very much deserves an 8.5 from PhoneArena, and it only costs 250USD. ASUS innovated with absolutely NOTHING with this phone, it's absolutely derivative, and for 200 USD, that's still no excuse. Alcatel innovated with the Idol 3, why didn't ASUS?

19. iWin_Droid

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

The Idol 3 is only superior to the Zenfone 2 laser in loudspeaker quality, not to mention the Idol 3's design looks more generic.

22. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Well said!

25. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Also the Zenfone 2 Laser is cheaper.

30. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

But it runs essentially stock Android, so it's faster and smoother. And screw the "generic" design, the Idol is easier to hold unlike this brick!

38. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

You can't debate Android skins and actually this Zenfone is easy to hold as well because of curved back.

33. MichiGo

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

I would take the OnePlus X over this

34. soldier820

Posts: 115; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

not a bad phone, and the price is nice

39. buy_from_cbuystore

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

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ZenFone 2 Laser (US)
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, Octa-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh

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