Asus ZenFone 2 Laser

7.7/10 AVG.
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Specs summary


The Asus ZenFone 2 Laser's screen is 5.5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 Octa core 1.7 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 5.0 Lollipop (Update Available: 6.0 Marshmallow) operating system (OS).

13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3000 mAh battery.

The buyer could find a diligent, everyday companion in the ZenFone 2 Laser for little money.

- Nino Ricchizzi , Notebookcheck 

The Asus ZenFone 2 Laser is a modest Android smartphone with a great price-to-performance ratio. It's flaws are minor compared to its favorable price.

- Vince Font , Brighthand 

Reviews summary

Based on 6 reviews

What's good  

  • Excellent battery life
  • Quick and accurate autofocus
  • Smooth performance
  • Good build and decent design
  • Removable battery

What's bad  

  • Photo images washed out in daylight
  • Bad sunlight legibility

In a world of high end and expensive smartphones, Asus offers an affordable option with the Zenfone 2 Laser. Measuring in at 6 x 3 x 0.4 inches, experts could not use it easily one-handed, but found the curved back and flat edges provided a good handling experience. While the design doesn’t stand up to flagship phones, they still consider it quite sleek thanks to the good build and brushed metallic plastic case. Users can remove the back cover to replace batteries, access the dual SIM slots or increase storage via the microSD slot.

The 5.5-inch, 1080p LCD screen offers a pixel density of 401ppi. For its price, experts were quite impressed with its clarity, excellent details and “punchy” colors. While it pales in comparison to higher end devices, for the price they found it very impressive especially since Asus included Gorilla Glass 4. The only complaint they had was with its low maximum brightness. This made it difficult for them to see the screen on bright days.

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Unlike its predecessor – the Zenfone 2 – the Laser doesn’t feature an Intel processor. Instead, it features a midrange octa-core Qualcomm processor instead. While this leads to slightly slower benchmark scores, in real-life testing reviewers still found it quite responsive and fast during day-to-day tasks thanks to the 3GB of RAM. They didn’t experience any hiccups even when playing graphics-intensive games on the highest quality setting. And if up to 32GB of storage isn’t enough, the microSD card can accept up to 128GB. In order to keep the phone running, Asus opted for a 3,000mAh battery. Thanks to the less battery draining screen and processor, the battery lasted experts a full day. Plus, since it is removable users can swap it out with a fresh one if it ever gets too low.

The laser in its name comes from the laser autofocus on the main 13MP camera. At first, experts were worried it would be just a gimmick, but when put to the test they were surprised with how quickly and accurately it focused. This was especially noticeable when they took close-up shots providing nice depth of field and accurate focusing. Android Police adds, “…[it] is usually on the money with the first attempt.” With that said, the pictures aren’t perfect. While passable they noticed images were often washed out in daylight. Still, for the cost of the phone, it manages to provide excellent detail and decent color range.

Overall, reviewers highly recommend this phone to shutterbugs who don’t want to spend a ton of money on their smartphone. NDTV states, “…it looks decent, is built well and has a great battery life.” PC Mag adds, “The Zenfone 2 Laser offers moe bang for your buck than many unlocked budget phones, with an attractive combination of solid performance, camera quality and battery life.”

Reviews (7.7/10 Avg. rating)


Elegant design, mid performance

from Notebookcheck
The ZenFone 2 Laser can certainly settle down in the mid-range. Its HD panel scores with strong colors and rich black. The smartphone's removable battery and storage expansion options hardly limit long-term use. We cannot complain much about the input devices, either. Fast typing and good responsiveness were impressive. The poor call quality has to be noted unfavorably. Besides that, the casing is very slippery and susceptible for signs of use... Full review

Faster auto-focusing time, inexpensive price point

from PhoneArena
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... Full review
PC Magazine

An affordable, Intel-powered smartphone

from PC Magazine
The unlocked Asus ZenFone 2 Laser offers a solid mix of performance, camera quality, and battery life for a good price... Full review
Android Authority

One of the best bang for your buck smartphones of 2015

from Android Authority
While not without its issues, the positives of the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser far outweigh the negatives, and if value for money is what you are looking for, this device is certainly a very compelling option... Full review
Android Police

One of the best budget phones gets a little bit better

from Android Police

If you are on a budget and are not totally averse to OEM customization of Android, you should really give the ZenFone 2 Laser a look. Its strengths are in its value for dollar, the quality of its screen, UI performance, and overall camera experience. More importantly, though, my take is that it lacks a real killer flaw. And when you are shoppping for non-flagships (and flagships, to be honest), there’s almost always that one thing that’s missing and turns you off entirely.

To the extent that the ZenFone 2 Laser has one of those fatal flaws, it would be the software. B... Full review


A modest Android smartphone with a great price-to-performance ratio

from Brighthand

The Asus ZenFone 2 Laser is $199, which may be the deciding factor if you’re not looking to spend triple that amount on a Samsung or an iPhone.

It’s price-to-performance ratio is excellent. The presence of two 4G-capable SIM slots is also a nice addition, as is the laser autofocus and numerous camera settings that bring it a notch above many other smartphone shooters

The ZenUI interface may take a bit of getting used to, but there’s nothing inherently alien about the methods by which you get the smartphone to do what you want it to do. The learning cu... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date November 2, 2015
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, North America, Australia, South America, India, Philippines
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600 MHz
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 5.0 Lollipop (Update Available: 6.0 Marshmallow)

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 Octa core 1.7 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB or 32 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Body: 0.87 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery, USB Power Adapter
Power & Battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3000 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Red, Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.2 x 7.6 x 0.5 cm
(6 x 3 x 0.2 in)
Weight 181 grams
(6.4 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel Density 397 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 4, Glove friendly screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 13+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, Exposure value, HDR, Time lapse
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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