After the success of Zenfone 2 which was world's first smartphone with 4GB of RAM .Asus launched Zenfone 2 laser series .Asus launched three variant of Zenfone 2 Laser in India starting from Rs 9,999 with 2GB RAM Snapdragon 410 and with 3GB RAM ,Snapdragon 615 priced at Rs 13,999 and 6-inch Variant with 3GB RAM ,Snapdraon 616 priced at Rs 17,999 check our full review of Zenfone 2 Laser ZE601KL
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE601KL design is almost similar to Zenfone 2 which was launched last this year. On the front there is a 6- inch Full- HD screen compared to 5.5-inch HD Display on ZE550KL with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection and supporting 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution which offers vibrant colours, good brightness levels and wide viewing angles .
It has a 5MP front-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture and 85-degree wide-angle lens ,accelerometer, light, proximity, gyro and magnetic sensors, earpiece Asus branding and notification LED.There are three capacitive touch buttons below the display.micro USB port at the bottom along with a microphone.
On the top the phone has a power/lock switch along with the 3.5mm audio jack. There are no buttons on either side of the phone that measures 152.5 x 77.2 x 10.8 and weighs 180g.
The volume rocker however has been moved on the back side along with a 13MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, Real Tone flash, Laser Auto Focus.The Zenfone branding and loudspeaker grills are present at the lower back.The phone has two micro SIM card slots and a micro SD card slot underneath the removable back cover. Build quality is very good , it’s a plastic body, bulky in the center and gets slimmer towards the edges.
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) powered by a 1.6 Ghz 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor paired with 3GB RAM. On storage device include 32 GB of internal storage out of which 25GB is available for user which can be further expandable up to 128GB via microSD card. we played some games like Candy Crush Saga and Subway Surfers , Asphalt 8 Airborne and Modern Combat games run well without any heating or lag issue ,Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 does not heats up while using or playing games as compared to Snapdragon 615 .we tried running some benchmarks apps on AnTuTu Benchmark phone scores 33620 points . GeekBench 3 scores 507 ponits on single core and 2001 on multi-core. Quadrant standard scores 23904. Performance of device is fast we didn't had any issue .
On Camera Zenfone 2 Laser ZE601KL has the same camera which was used in Zenfone 2 laser 5.5-inch variant . It comes with a 13MP rear camera with laser Auto Focus for 0.3 second focus time and dual-LED flash. a 5MP front-facing camera for selfies.The rear camera of this phone features a five-prism Largan lens and Toshiba sensors, and is accompanied by a dual-tone, dual-LED flash. camera's laser auto-focus works really well getting the focus on the subject within seconds. This especially makes capturing close-ups a breeze.The dual-LED flash helps in reducing the noise and does a good job in filling light. On front it has a 5MP front camera takes good selfies.The camera app comes with a number of shooting modes, like Beautification, Auto, Manual, Night, Low Light, and even HDR and Depth of Field. standard automatic mode, a detailed manual mode, HDR, panorama, smart remove, GIF animation and time lapse . Beautification mode lets you set timer of up to 5 seconds while capturing photos; shots taken in this mode remove all imperfections from your face, and like Beauty modes in other phones, give a glazed look to the photo. However, under low light conditions, photos touched up by Beautification mode will be the best for Facebook, Instagram . Both Rear and front camera can capture good images in low as well day light conditions.Check Out camera samples below
Zenfone 2 Laser ZE601KL runs on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with Asus own ZenUI on top of it. It also comes with a theme engine so you can customize the look and feel of Android on the phone.Despite the heavy customization the interface feels very very responsive, which is a great thing. You don't ever get the feeling that the heavily customized interface is bogging down the performance of the phone. There are alot of bloatware. The number of pre-loaded apps is ludicrous. Overall, the interface makes the phone easy to use and even gives a large number of customization options.There are more than 10 preloaded app and most of them are useless. Also, Asus has broken down many features that you'd expect in one app into multiple apps which makes things more complicated. there is a app call ZenUI Movie app using which you can create Mini movie from the photos or videos available in the gallery. Asus has announced Marshmallow update for Zenfone 2 Laser ZE601KL which will roll out in April and will also replace some of ZenUI apps .Overall user experience is fast and smooth without any lag.
Connectivity & Battery
Dual SIM device comes with 4G LTE / 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS.
Device supports microSD card for expandable storage up to 128GB. Audio Quality on device is quite clear and loud both while on calls and listening to music
Zenfone 2 Laser ZE601KL is packed by a 3000mAh Removable battery which is able to deliver battery backup one day on single charge with normal use . While using data-WiFi, playing games, Listening songs for whole time we got battery back of 10-12 hours on Single charge. asus also provides power saving mode .
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