Asus Zenfone 2 Laser Review

Call Quality

Average is a good way to describe its call quality.

Unable to escape its sibling, the same robotic-toned voices are evident through using its earpiece. Despite that, at least the volume output through the earpiece is loud enough to allow us to use it in the noisiest of conditions. On the other end of the line, our callers mention that we sound subdued, but not entirely inaudible.

Battery


Under the hood, there’s no change to the battery cell – it’s still a 3000 mAh capacity in there. However, it should be noted that it’s now removable. Who knows if it’s due to the Snapdragon chip it’s using now, but the Zenfone 2 Laser doesn’t achieve the same longevity in our battery benchmark test as its Intel-based sibling. Topping out at 6 hours and 52 minutes, it’s a full 42 minutes less, which isn’t comforting because it now takes an obnoxiously long 208 minutes to recharge.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (US) 6h 52 min (Average)
Motorola Moto G (2015) 8h 3 min (Excellent)
OnePlus 2 6h 38 min (Average)
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 8h 29 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (US) 208
Motorola Moto G (2015) 251
OnePlus 2 150
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 206

Conclusion


Saturation seems to be the tactic that Asus believes will get them to reach new heights, but it’s almost maddening at the same time because the Zenfone 2 Laser offers very little distinction over the original model. Yes, its starting price point of $199 outright makes for an attractive prospect for consumers who are pinched. However, we can’t fully commit to recommending this over the original model solely due to its faster laser auto-focusing tech.

That’s an incentive for sure, but at the same time, there’s no substantial improvement to its overall quality. Additionally, there are other areas where the Zenfone 2 Laser lags behind its sibling. Taking into consideration that the hardware here is by and large similar, save for the chipset, we’d think that it would receive more of a discount at this point. Unfortunately, that’s not the case, so you might be better off picking up the original model – more so when it can be fetched at a discount nowadays.

Software version of the review unit:
Android Version: 5.0.2
Build Number: LRX22G.WW_user_1.14.40.550_20151008
Kernel Version: 3.10.49-ga8ebe4f




Pros

  • Faster auto-focusing time
  • Inexpensive price point
  • ZenUI packs some useful features for power users

Cons

  • No change to the camera’s quality
  • Shorter battery life
  • Takes much longer to recharge

PhoneArena Rating:

6.0

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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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