ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser: 5 things you didn’t know

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 Stef dela Cruz, MD 0 Comments

Pardon me for blabbering, but I’m just absolutely blown away by the new phone that arrived in the mail today: the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser! It’s gold, it’s sleek, and it definitely blows its competition out of the water.

ASUS Zenfone 2 LaserI was going to review the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser for Tech Envy and I thought it would end up receiving a blah rating – that is, until I started using it.

Priced at PhP7,295, I’ve detailed 5 important reasons why I think the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser is rather underpriced. Plot twist: There’s more to the phone which I haven’t included in the Tech Envy review – and I’m sharing all of it with you below!


5 things about ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser that you didn’t know

Aside from the 5 features I mentioned in my Tech Envy review, here are a few more things everyone looking for a smartphone should know about the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser.

1. The Zenfone 2 Laser’s screen is quite versatile

Yes, it’s Corning-hard (details here). But is that all? Thankfully, no.

zenfone 2The screen provides clearer, more vivid images, thanks to its thinner layers! The thinner the screen, the better the transparency.

The screen also remains functional even when it’s wet. Water doesn’t “confuse” the sensors! Hurray for rainy days!

Lastly (and I think my brother will love this part), the screen responds super-fast. It can save you 20 to 40 milliseconds of reaction time! Yes, when you’re a gamer, the milliseconds count.

Zenfone 2 has a screen possessing a response time of 60 milliseconds. (Other phones usually have a response time of about 100 milliseconds.)


2. The 5MP front camera can give you the best selfies ever

In case you’re not sold on the back camera’s power (but why not?), let’s take a look at the front camera. It’s got a 5MP aperture that allows you to take awesome selfies!

zenfone 2 selfieIt also has real-time beautification, so you’ll look better in your selfies without ever using a filter. (God, I hate filters.)

The Zenfone 2 also provides a panoramic selfie mode. When taking a group pic, you don’t have to squeeze together just to fit in the picture!


3. ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser comes with a built-in blue light filter

Having a hard time sleeping at night when you’re using your smartphone? Blame it on the blue light.

Did you know that the blue light emitted by your phone actually wreaks havoc on your sleeping pattern? Let’s hear it from Harvard: “While light of any kind can suppress the secretion of melatonin, blue light does so more powerfully.” Melatonin, by the way, is a hormone that influences sleep.

Blue light has a major influence on what time you sleep. It actually shifts your sleeping time by up to three hours!

blue light filterTime to activate that blue filter if you don’t want to lose sleep!

If you don’t want to wake up feeling (and looking) like a zombie, avoid bright lights – blue light in particular – about three hours before you catch your zzzs.

Thankfully, with a blue light filter, the Zenfone 2 Laser won’t be keeping you up as much as your old phone. The blue-light filter inherent in every ASUS Zenfone 2 reduces blue light by about 30 percent.


4. Zenfone 2 has something you’re unlikely to find in other phones: an ergonomically-designed back key

You’ve probably never even heard of a back key until today, have you? It’s a key that allows you to adjust your volume.

zenfone 2 back keyYep, you won’t find any buttons on the sides of this phone! Classy, I tell you, classy.

Now, here’s where I want you to get your phone and hold it in your hands as if you were about to use it. Notice where your pointer finger lands?

It’s somewhere around the upper back of your phone, yes? Well, that’s exactly where the back key (a.k.a. new volume key) is, where you can access it with ease!

By the way, don’t you worry about pressing it accidentally. You won’t. Believe me, I’ve been waiting for that to happen, but it didn’t.

It also helps that the back key looks awesome! It’s an oblong silver button with a geometric optical design which, in case you didn’t know, is a traditional ASUS trademark.


5. If your Zenfone 2 Laser gets stolen, it takes a selfie of the culprit

Having lived in the mugger-infested streets of Manila for about 20 years now, this feature makes me giddy with glee. I’ve been mugged in the past, by the way, and I would have been so happy if my phone took a photo of the three men who stole my phone!

So, here’s what happens. When you activate the Intruder Selfie feature in the Clean Master Security settings, the phone automatically takes a selfie after someone attempts to unlock your phone but fails.

intruder selfieMuggers, beware! The ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser will take your picture if you attempt to open it!

You have to activate auto-backup so that the picture gets saved to the cloud once the phone goes online. That way, you can access the selfie through the internet.


ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser: Specs you should know

Before I forget, let me show you what this beauty’s got inside.

Android 5.0.2
Dual sim slot
5-inch HD 720x1280-pixel Gorilla glass screen
8 MP back camera (has super resolution mode capable of producing ~52 MP images)
5 MP front camera (has panoramic selfie mode)
2 GB RAM (may come in 4 GB)
16 GB internal memory (may come in 8 GB)
1.2GHz CPU
3,000 mAh lithium-polymer battery
Slot for up to 128 GB SD card

Remember, these are just the features I didn’t mention in my Tech Envy review – don’t forget to read that so that I can catch you all up!

There is, however, one thing that’s been giving me much grief: I yearn for the purple Zenfone 2 Laser! The gold one I have right now looks great, but purple is so much more me.

How about you, which color would you choose? For Christmas, why not give yourself a gift that’s worth it? Get yourself an ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser! You won’t be disappointed.

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She maintains a health column in Health.Care Magazine and contributes to The Manila Bulletin. Add her to your circles.