5 Things to Love About ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0

As a food and lifestyle blogger, I don't just love eating out, cooking and trying out products, but also enjoy the process of taking photos and sharing them online. And ever since I've started this blog, I've always had my ol' trusty Canon DSLR to thank for the decent photos I put up on here and on my social media accounts. But truth be told, it's not always a good experience to lug a heavy and bulky camera around. More often than not, it takes up a big space in my purse and can put a toll on my shoulders.

And that's where smartphones come in handy! At times when taking my DSLR along isn't convenient, a smartphone is enough to capture the moment.

Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5 Review

I've owned smartphones for many years now. However, I haven't been quite happy with their photo outputs despite their claim of taking good shots. For the past month though, I've been trying out the new ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0. And finally, I can say that I've found a smartphone that can accompany me to events, food trips, adventures and misadventures!

Zenfone 2 Back
Zenfone 2 Features
Zenfone 2 Laser 5
Zenfone 2 Unboxing
Top of Zenfone 2 Laser
Bottom Front of Zenfone 2 Laser
Side of Zenfone 2 Laser
Back Camera of Zenfone 2 Laser
Back Bottom of Zenfone 2 Laser

Display: 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels (~294 ppi pixel density)
Application Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Quad-core 1.2 GHz
Network: GSM / HSPA / LTE
OS: Android OS 5.0.2 (Lollipop)
Memory: 2GB RAM, 8/16GB Internal + microSD slot (up to 128GB)
Main(Rear): 8MP with f/2.0, laser autofocus, dual-LED flash
Sub (Front): 5MP with f/2.2, laser autofocus
Dimensions (HxWxD): 143.7 x 71.5 x 10.5 mm (5.66 x 2.81 x 0.41 in)
Weight: 140 g (4.94 oz)
Standard Battery: 3,000 mAh
Talk Time (3G): up to 36 hours
Others: Dual-microSIM
Colors: Osmium Black | Sheer Gold | Glacier Gray | Glamour Red | Ceramic White | Twilight Purple

1. Sleek Design & Colors

Zenfone 2 Laser Colors

The ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser 5 comes in a variety of colors. And while you can call me shallow, it's one of the great things I love about this phone. Just look at all the gorgeous shades it comes in! You can really show your personality through the phone color choice. And while at first I wanted the Twilight Purple, I have fallen in love with my elegant Sheer Gold Zenfone 2 Laser! (n˘v˘•)~♡

Apart from the color choices, the design itself is also very sleek. It's thin and have a curved back that fits nicely on the grip. The placement of the buttons and everything about this phone also look so sharp, sophisticated and bourgeois.

2. Fast Laser Autofocus

The biggest selling-point of the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser 5 is its fast laser autofocus, which is why it was named Laser. With focus speeds of up to 0.3 seconds, this phone is by far the fastest focusing camera phone I've ever used!

Finally, I can take clear and sharp photos of moving objects, or when I'm moving myself.

My Cat Relaxing
I've always had problems taking photos of my cat, as he moves around a LOT!
My Cat playing with a box
But not anymore! I can now capture sharp photos of him. ଘ(੭ˊ꒳ˋ)੭✧
Driving at 90kmph
Taken on the road at 90kmph!

3. PixelMaster 2.0 Camera

At the moment, Zenfone 2 Laser is the first phone in its price range to have an 8MP camera with a laser autofocus and dual-LED real tone flash. It also features an f/2.0-aperture Toshiba lens that focuses the subject in a snap and captures them with good details, saturation and contrast, especially in day-light conditions.

Plane window shot
Capturing architecture
Captures colos nicely
Manages even under lower light situations
Great at capturing food top shots!
Perfect for IG food photography!
Food photo under natural lighting
Food photo under ambient lighting
Still captures details under ambient lighting
From over a month of experience using the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser 5, I found it the perfect photography companion when I'm not in the mood to bring my DSLR. It might be quite a pain to work with under low light conditions, but it's a really gorgeous camera phone when used under natural lighting. d(๑^ں^๑)♡

4. Real-Time Beautification Mode

Apart from the main camera, ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser 5 also carries a 5MP front camera with autofocus. And while I'm not one who revels in taking multiple selfies, I have to say that this is the first time in a while that a camera phone brought out my inner selfie queen.

Zenfone 2 Beautification
Left: Selfie with Beautification (skin softening)
Right: Selfie with Beautification
(LVL 10 cheeks thinning & eyes enhancement, bright red blush)
Okay, okay... I know I look nothing like the photo on the right as it looks too plastic surgerized. However, I just wanted to show you the extremities of the Zenfone 2 Laser's Beautification Mode. So far, from all the phones I've tried, this is the best built-in beautification mode!
  • Skin Softening - to smooth out blemishes and make skin look flawless
  • Skin Brightening - to make skin whiter
  • Blush - to add a touch of blush from a good selection of blush shades (no live preview)
  • Eye Enhancement - to make the eyes appear bigger and more doll-like
  • Cheeks Thinning - to make cheeks appear thinner and get that V-line

You can tweak and customize until you're satisfied with the best you. Most of the beautification features have level 1 up to level 10 intensity, so you can go from natural, subtly enhanced, or photoshop goddess.

5. Good Value for Money

Zenfone 2 Laser 5 Review

While I love all the features of Zenfone 2 Laser 5, the best thing about it would be the good value it offers versus its price. If you didn't know yet, this phone only retails at P7,295. Its design, interface, camera, and everything about it feels premium. And while I'd pay good money for a unit, at its price point, I can say it's a steal!

Zenfone 2 Laser Shooting Modes
ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser 5 (ZE500KL) retails at P7,295.
After over a month of using my ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser 5, I've really come to love it and treat it as my companion. Although it doesn't do that well under low light, it makes up for it by excelling in taking moving shots and sharp, vivid photos under natural lighting. And how can I not mention the crazy Beautifcation Mode that won't only make you look your best you, but is also tons of fun? I can also easily say that at just over P7,000, it doesn't look and feel cheap. Instead, it looks so elegant with its thin edges and curved back. If you didn't know the price, it can look like in the P20,000+ price range! o(≧∇≦o)

So if you're in the market for a good phone but in the P7,000 budget, then I highly suggest you to check out the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser 5 and #SeeWhatOthersCantSee. ໒( ” ¤ ‿ ¤ ” )७

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  1. Asus is LOVE. It's my dream phone ever since it was launched. Hopefully I can buy this this year.

  2. OMG! Ang ganda ng Camera nya.Super Linaw,Kahit malayo. Pag-iipunan KO talaga to.

  3. I agree! Super ganda nitong Asus Zenfone Laser 2 5.0.. im really enjoying using this fone. Im so thankful that my hubby bought this for me last christmas. :)

  4. I super agreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! I am an ASUS since 2nd year college and now I am 5th year! I also liked it how smooth their units and the OS are. Near to perfection but never I have been so irritated and complained about lagging, etc.

    As for this Zenfone Laser, I love the idea of having the best camera resolution that most of the Android users are going gaga for. I do love taking photos and I want to share it to the world in best quality. I am satified with the Zenfone 5 and I am 101% that this one will never fail me. <3

  5. I am seriously contemplating on buying this phone (current one dying on me hehehe). Great review!!

  6. Couldn't agree more that Asus is one of the most loved phone today! Ive been eyeing this phone as well. I also like their Selfie phone, saw it from my classmate and yes it is soooo good! My friends and i go gaga taking pictures from it! Papagandahin ka pa! Haha!It is a good steal, imagine having a phone with a good camera and quality ( which i think everyone thinks it really is a big deal) for only 7k? Wow! Hoping i can switch my phone with this, this is such s good deal. :)

  7. Thank you for the detailed review, I'm thinking of buying one for myself :)

  8. I agree! Super ganda nitong Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0.. im really enjoying using this fone. Im so thankful that my hubby bought this for me last christmas. :)

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