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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 (Average)
OnePlus 2 6h 38 min (Average)
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 8h 29 min (Average)
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




UPDATE: You can now read our Asus Zenfone Zoom Review!

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

User Rating:

7.0
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