Asus is hosting its ZenFestival in India tomorrow, where it will be launching three smartphones — the ZenFone Selfie, ZenFone 2 Deluxe and the ZenFone 2 Laser. The company has already revealed the details of these smartphones, with only the price under the wraps. Since the preview event last week, we have spent some time with the ZenFone 2 Laser, and here are our first impressions.
As the name suggests, the ZenFone 2 Laser is a photography-centric smartphone with a rear camera that boasts laser autofocus. Speaking of which, it sports a 13-megapixel snapper at the back, supplemented with a 5-megapixel snapper up front. The primary camera is quite good, and it was able to capture some sharp images with a lot of details. Though Asus proudly talks about the half-a-second focusing, we didn’t notice any major difference. The selfie camera too is more than good enough for posting photos on social media websites. We will have a closer look at the smartphone’s camera in our review.
As far as the design is concerned, there is not a lot differentiating the ZenFone 2 Laser from the ZenFone 2. The new smartphone though has a rubberized back panel that provides a good grip, which is essential considering the size of the handset.
The front is dominated by the 5.5-inch display, capacitive buttons, the Asus logo at the top, and the shiny strip at the bottom, which is seen on all the ZenFones. On the top is the power button, and 3.5mm audio jack, while the bottom houses the micro-USB port. The back panel has the volume rocker, rear camera, dual-LED flash, laser autofocus, and the speaker griller towards the bottom. The overall fit and finish is quite good, and there is little to complain about.
Speaking of the display, the 5.5-inch screen boasts only an HD (1280×720 pixels) resolution. While it may seem like a compromise for those looking for a 1080p display, the display on the Laser is quite good. Color reproduction is good, and text looks crisp.
Under the hood is a Snapdragon 410 quad-core 64-bit processor paired with 2GB of RAM. On the software front, it runs on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop wrapped under ZenUI. In the time we have been using the smartphone, we haven’t come across any lags, and the experience has been quite smooth.
Connectivity options on the ZenFone 2 Laser include dual-SIM card slots, 4G LTE support, and it also features a removable 2,070mAh battery. We will have a closer look at the battery life when we review the smartphone.
On paper, Asus seems to have a strong device on its hands, and there is not a lot differentiating ZenFone 2 Laser from the ZenFone 2. The talking point is surely the smartphone’s camera and our first impressions are positive. It will be interesting to see the price at which Asus launches the ZenFone 2 Laser tomorrow.