ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser Unlocked Smartphone, 3GB RAM, 32GB Storage
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- Unlocked GSM Dual Active SIM Smartphone compatible on GSM Networking including AT&T and T-Mobile
- Powerful performance with 3GB RAM and Qualcomm Octa-Core Processor
- 5.5” IPS Full HD Display protected by Gorilla Glass 4; 13MP Rear and 5MP Front Camera
- Equipped with Laser Autofocus Technology for camera focusing 2-3 faster than traditional smartphone cameras
- High-capacity 3000 mAh battery – Replaceable for increased longevity
- Model ZE551KL-15-3G32GN-SR; compatible with Micro SIM Cards
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ZenFone 2 Laser - Finally, Better and Faster Doesn't Come with a High Price Tag.
The Ultimate Balance of Beauty and Strength
ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser has a stunning design that seamlessly melds premium craftsmanship and technology together creating the ultimate balance of beauty and power, and it is affordable!
Laser Autofocus - Never Miss a Shot
ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser’s camera focuses 3X faster than traditional focusing methods. Unlike contrast-based autofocusing, Laser autofocus performs extremely well in low light environments. With ZenFone 2 Laser, your photos will look sharper than ever.
Protected by Gorilla Glass 4
The next-generation Gorilla Glass 4 offers unprecedented protection for your ZenFone 2 Laser with 2.5x strength over the previous generation. Your ZenFone 2 Laser’s display is 2-times less susceptible to drop damage and has an 85% less chance to break, giving you the ultimate peace-of-mind.
The Perfect Balance of Multimedia Performance and Battery Efficiency
Unlike most smartphones, ZenFone 2 Laser is equipped with a removable battery.
This provides two advantages:
One, increased longevity - your phone’s lifespan is no longer dependent on battery degradation.
Two, more battery while on-the-go - keep a spare battery with you for extra juice when in a pinch.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 and 3GB RAM
ZenFone 2 Laser features 64-bit processor - Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615.
With its superb performance and superior power-efficiency you’ll shoot sharp photographs at stupefying speed, record and edit HD video with minimal battery draw.
More headroom for more performance: ZenFone 2 Deluxe’s generous 3GB of RAM hits the performance sweet-spot, allowing you to open many apps simultaneously without worrying about slow-downs.
LTE Category 4 and Dual SIM
Featuring LTE Category 4 for download speeds up to 150Mbps.
Dual SIM, One Device, Perfect for travel. Adopt a worry free lifestyle with dual-SIM capability - never miss an important call or message again!
Travelling to a foreign country? Add a local SIM card without having to remove your personal number. Have a business line? ZenFone 2 Laser lets you have 2 numbers on one phone and easily select which number is designated for data.
DSLR in The Palm of Your Hand
In ZenFone 2 Laser we are introducing the Full Manual Mode, in which you can adjust all the settings of the camera manually by yourself. In total there are 13 professional settings and controls that you can manually adjust.
Richer, More Detailed Audio
ZenFone 2 Laser’s sound chamber has been improved in many ways. It is now 25% larger than before, with a five-magnet construction and metal voice coil, it delivers more powerful sound in every scenario -
Louder sound volume, Enhanced bass effect, Minimum sound distortion.
Tuned by the experts to provide you with the very best smartphone audio, ZenFone 2 Laser’s SonicMaster technology delivers crystal-clear audio — always. Whether you’re on headphones or speakers, you’ll experience richer, more detailed audio in everything you do.
Crystal-Clear HD IPS Display
ZenFone 2 Laser’s 1920x1080 IPS display provides stunning color and vibrancy.
It offers wide 178-degree viewing angles and an incredible 403ppi pixel density for the most realistic image. The ultra-sharp display reaches 72% of the NTSC gamut so you see more colors.
Photos and video are brighter, clearer and as vivid as they can be.
ASUS TruVivid Technology for the best clarity, brightness and touch responsiveness,, bringing everything closer to ZenFone 2 Laser’s surface — and closer to your touch.
Premium PixelMaster 2.0 Camera
ZenFone 2 Laser’s PixelMaster 2.0 camera takes stunning photos of your surroundings, even in low light.
It’s equipped with 13 MP Rear Camera with 5P Largan Lenses, ƒ/ 2.0 Aperture, Laser Auto-Focus, Toshiba Sensor, Blue Glass Filter, Dual LED Real Tone Flash for accurate skin tones.
And the 5MP wide-angle front-camera is perfect for taking selfies and video chatting with outstanding clarity.
Enjoy 100GB of free Google Drive Storage!
ZenFone 2 Laser comes with 100 GB of Google Drive storage, free for 2 years.
Enjoy the amazing benefits of accessing files on-the-go with your ZenFone 2 Laser and Google Drive. Redeem this offer in the Google Drive app by April 1, 2018.
For more information and instructions visit the official website.
What is an unlocked phone?
An unlocked phone is a device that is not bound to any carrier or plan. It allows you to choose your phone first and your carrier second. Upon selecting a plan, simply insert the carrier's SIM card into the phone and you're ready to go. If you decide you want to change carriers down the road or want to take an international trip, it's as simple as replacing your existing SIM card with a new SIM and activating your new plan.
What are the benefits of an unlocked phone?
Freedom: Choose the carrier with the best service or price. If you find a better deal later, you have the ability to change to a different carrier.
Travel: Take your phone internationally and use the carrier of your choice. It's as easy as inserting an active SIM card.
Selection: Choose the phone with the features you want, whether or not your carrier sells it, and get more service options without a contract.
How do I set up my unlocked phone?
The first thing you’ll need is a SIM card for your desired carrier. When activated, the SIM card will let your phone connect to your carrier’s network. If you decide to upgrade to a newer unlocked phone in the future, you can easily remove the SIM card from your old phone and put it in your new phone—just make sure you get the right size of SIM card (nano, micro, or standard) for your phone. If you want to use your phone while traveling internationally, you can easily buy a SIM card for a carrier that operates where you’re traveling. As long as it’s activated, you can just swap SIM cards when you arrive at your destination.
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|Camera Description||13 MP||8 MP||13 MP||13.0||8 MP||13 MP|
|Screen Size||5.5 in||5.5 in||5.2 in||5.5 in||5.7 in||5.5 in|
|Item Dimensions||3.4 x 6.4 x 2 in||3 x 5.9 x 0.3 in||2.9 x 5.9 x 0.3 in||3 x 6.1 x 0.3 in||3 x 6.2 x 0.2 in||0.38 x 6.09 x 2.96 in|
|Item Weight||0.6 lb||4.8 ounces||4.8 ounces||6.4 ounces||6.4 ounces||6.08 ounces|
|Operating System||Android||Android 6.0||Android 6.0||google_android||Android 6.0||Android|
ASUS, ZenFone2 Laser, Silver, 5.5" (1080 x 1920) FHD IPS (403 ppi), Gorilla Class 4, Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939, PowerVR G6430, with OpenGL 3.0 support, 3GB LPDDR3, 2 SIM card slots, Micro SIM, GSM/EDGE; HSPA+/DC-HSPA+, FDD-LTE; DSDS, 32GB Storage, Micro SD Card slot support up to 64GB, Integrated 802.11bgn, GPS, AGPS, Bluetooth V4.0 ( EDR + A2DP )/ Bluetooth Apt-X codec Android Lollipop 5.0
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After the very timely delivery of the ASUS ZenPhone 2 Laser I can tell you that the touch screen was 100% accurate and the screen size was great. The apps ect.. are easy to access as well. There are many higher end features on the phone and as for the camera it takes clear pics and gives you multiple controls to auto focus and more.
I was worried about the overall options would be limited and I would feel like I was trapped by a default settings. This was NOT the case at all. The phone gives 100% settings freedom for person customization. It has very smooth controls and clear imaging. The sound is what you would expect from a small speaker such as the one in most phones. Not great but not bad either. It simply does the job. Headphones if you want better sound quality. As for the thin style of the phone I can say that the phone is very light weight. I would suggest that you buy a good case and screen protector. Remember that this phone is plastic and like anything you would want to protect, spend a little more $$ on a good case (One with a kickstand if you plan to watch movies, video, or games). As for the power button on top? Who really cares? You double tap the screen to put the phone to sleep and again to turn it on. If the power button was on the side or face it would be too damn easy to hit it while during daily use. The button on the top is fine by me.
In my opinion the phone is a $200 phone with a $600 feel to it. As for any questions you might have? Feel free to ask me anything. Thank you for reading my review and I hope it helped.
But that doesn't mean they aren't worth your consideration, if you are one of those people willing to look beyond Apple and Samsung.
Earlier this year, Asus introduced a new line of phones the Asus ZenFone 2. These were nice, carrier unlocked, relatively inexpensive phones that offered pretty good functionalty. They didn't have the best cameras on the market, or the best performance. But the phone reception on the phones is very good, and as long as you aren't pushing them too hard, they're attractive lower cost options.
One of the features that differentiated those earlier generation ZenFone 2 models is that they featured (relatively expensive) Intel processors, giving them a bit of a performance boost, but making those phones a bit like lone wolves in an ecosystem where Qualcomm Snapdragon processors rule, which, among other things, adds to the support costs for phone manufacturers who want to ensure every new Android update lands on their phone line.
So it's probably not a surprise that for their new iteration of the ZenFone, the Asus ZenFone 2 Laser, Asus has moved over to the Qualcomm platform. Beyond the change in processor, the main new feature of this iteration of ZenFones is that Asus has added laser assisted focusing technology to the (13 megapixel) rear-facing camera. On top of that, the specs of this particular phone are pretty solid: An upper-midline Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor (MSM8930) with associated Adreno 405 GPU. A full HD resolution (1080x1920) 5.5" screen. A larger-sized 3000mAh battery. A generous 3Gb of RAM and 32Gb of storage. Two sim card slots (you can have two phone numbers with this single phone--although few people use that feature). A second, 5 megapixel, front facing camera. And a micro-sd slot to add storage.
The phone comes carrier unlocked and is supported on all GSM networks (so in North America that would mean AT&T, T-Mobile and Rogers (in Canada), plus the third party carriers who use those networks).
In the box you get the phone, a USB cable, and a charge. You do NOT get a pair of headphones (honestly, given the quality of the included headphones with most phones, not a loss). Any Android compatible headphones will work with this.
Enough about specs and features. How good is this phone?
First off, the operating system. The phone comes with Android 5 (Lollipop). That's the good news. On the not as good side of things, to that Asus has added a bunch of (IMHO) unnecessary software on top, which they call the ZenUI. I mean, the added launcher and other software isn't terrible. But I don't think it adds much to the vanilla Android 5 experience and does add more software to slightly slow down your phone and possibly cause issues down the road. That said, one feature of the ZenUI I do like is that it automatically separates your apps into folders based on their category of function. (Photo apps, games, etc.). I do this by hand on my other phones with more vanilla Android interfaces, so having it done automatically (assuming you're OK with the categorization) is not a bad thing. As for responsiveness, I found the phone pretty fast. With about 15 apps opened, including Google Maps, three different browsers, a third party messaging app (Pinger), and a few other things, I was still able to open and play a low-stress game (Angry Birds) without any issue. Everything worked as it should and I could switch between apps and browsers without issue. Responsiveness of the browers remained good and fluid.
I wouldn't say the phone was MORE responsive than other mid/high end recent phones. But it was quite satisfactory.
In terms of ergonomics of the external buttons, the phone is...odd. The power button is on the top of the phone, not on the side where it's located on just about every other smartphone on the planet. I found that the position of the power button was very inconvenient for one handed operation. This might have been a deal breaker except for the fact that you can also do the equivalent of a power button push by double tapping the screen. While it took a little while to get used to that, once I did, I found that a wholly acceptable alternative to the physical power button. (You still need to use the physical power button to get to the Power Off menu, but I don't typically need to do that with one hand). The volume buttons are also oddly located: On the back of the phone, near the camera, not on the side. Almost immediately, I found this position for the volume buttons to actually be preferable to where you typically find that. They feel very comfortable there. I was worried whether the buttons would be more prone to pushing when the phone was in my pocket, but I didn't find that to be a problem.
The screen is bright and clear, as you'd expect for a full HD screen. It didn't seem that the images were quite as vibrant as on some of the top end phones I've used, but certainly it's good enough.
Battery life was very good, as would be expected for phone with a larger battery like this one. For an average user, you should have no problem getting through a full day without recharging. In my preliminary testing, I had 35% of the battery left after a full day of power use. A non-typical test of playing video continuously (720p video) until a fully charged battery died gave about 11 hours of play time (with screen at about 70% brightness). The combination of the fairly hefty battery along with the conservative processor and screen shows its power here.
On top of the pretty great battery life, the battery is easily replaceable on this phone (snap off the back, change battery). In a world where more and more phones have gone to non-removable batteries, that's certainly a nice feature!
The phone, in terms of capability as, you know, a phone, worked quite well. It seemed to be able to pull in a stronger signal in the same place as an iPhone 6--although comparisons based on "reception bar" readout are always suspect. Callers told me I sounded very clear, both in standard and speaker phone mode. The built in speaker is clear, precise, and reasonably loud.
Finally, there's the camera. (You were wondering if I'd forgotten?) That's supposed to be the special allure of this phone, because the "laser assisted focusing" is supposed to allow the camera to focus more quickly and accurately, especially in low light. This is a relatively rare feature on camera phones, available only on a few other phones like the LG G3 (The laser assisted focusing sends out a beam that makes it possible for the phone to quickly and accurately focus even in low light. Most phone cameras auto focus by maximizing contrast/phase in the image, and this tends to start to fail in low light). And I did, indeed, find that the camera focused quickly and reliably on objects that were near to the camera. I have no reservations in asserting that in terms of auto-focusing, the camera in this phone works more reliably than any other mid-line phone camera I've ever used, and arguably better than the top end cameras in phones like the iPhone 6 and the Galaxy S6. That's the good news. The bad news? Well, outside of the focusing, the image quality from this camera is pretty average. Photos tended to be somewhat soft. Also, the laser focusing only works well for objects that are close to the phone. If you try to take a photo of something far from the phone, the laser assist has little effect (and in fact the camera automatically reverts to standard contrast based focusing). Finally, while the camera did reliably focus even in low light, the quality of low light images wasn't particularly impressive--images tended to be grainy. This isn't a surprise, but the quality of the (admitedly focused) images wasn't as good as you could get with the very best camera phones.
Then again, let's remember this is a relatively inexpensive no-contract unlocked phone.
On the whole, I found this phone to offer quite a bit to like for the price. No, it's not a competitor for the top end of the current generation if things like having the very best camera or playing the most demanding games are important. But it has an acceptable camera, a decent processor, a decent screen, good battery life, a replaceable battery (!), two sim slots and micro-sd expansion. A phone like this would have been amazing a few years ago, and it's still a good phone now.
It's worth considering that in terms of processor, GPU, screen size, and battery, this phone is very similar to the new highly hyped Moto X Play. It adds laser focusing but has an arguably slightly inferior camera, the Asus has 1Gb more RAM than the Moto X Play (3Gb versus 2Gb), and the Asus has a somewhat smaller battery (but both phones have large enough batteries for full day use). Depending on what you think is important and your budget (and current pricing when you're looking) comparing these two phones would be a great place to start.
The only issue I've run into is that Music over Bluetooth can get choppy, I think this is due to too much RAM usage as it clears up when I run the Power and Boost app and clear up some Memory (this model has more storage than the regular Zenfone 2 at the same price but has less RAM).
All in all I don't regret my purchase, and while I'm sure I'll go back to a Nexus when I have the money to do so, I'm going to suggest this phone to everyone I know who is doing off contract.