ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) Phablet Review

When we reviewed the 5.5″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE550KL) smartphone, we noted that it was a divergent model of the original ASUS ZenFone 2. It uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor instead of an Intel Atom processor. It also came with a laser auto-focusing system to complement its 13 MP main camera’s contrast detection system.

For those who prefer a phablet though, ASUS offers the 6″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) [Amazon]. It is more than just a larger device, it comes with a more powerful processor, more memory, a better display and more. Take a look at this comparison of the 5.5″ and 6″ ZenFone 2 Laser models :

SpecificationsASUS ZenFone 2 Laser (6")ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser (5.5")
Operating SystemAndroid 5.0 Lollipop with ASUS ZenUI
PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 616Qualcomm Snapdragon 410
Processor1.65 GHz ARM Cortex-A53 x 4 cores
1.113 GHz ARM Cortex-A53 x 4 cores
1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A53 x 4 cores
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 405Qualcomm Adreno 306
Display6.0" IPS display
- 1080 x 1920 resolution
- 367 ppi pixel density
5.5" IPS display
-720 x 1280 resolution
- 268 ppi pixel density
Display ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 4Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Primary Camera13 MP PixelMaster 2.0 camera
- Toshiba T4K37 sensor
- Laser autofocus (primary) with contrast-detection autofocus (secondary)
- f/2.0 Largan lens
- dual-tone LED flash
Secondary Camera5 MP camera
- fixed focus, 85° wide-angle f/2.0 lens
Internal Storage16 GB flash storage
Storage ExpansionmicroSD slot
- supports up to 128 GB
SIM Card SlotTwo micro SIM slots
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby capability
- Both SIM slots support 2G / 3G / 4G
Two micro SIM slots
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby capability
- Both SIM slots support 2G / 3G / 4G
ConnectivityHSPA+ : 42 / 5.76 Mbps
LTE Cat4 : 150 / 50 Mbps
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, EDR
HSPA+ : 42 / 5.76 Mbps
LTE Cat4 : 150 / 50 Mbps
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
WiFi : 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP, EDR
Fingerprint SensorNo
SensorsAccelerometer, proximity, compass, light, Hall, gyroscope
BatteryRemovable 3,000 mAh Li-Po battery
Fast ChargingYes, comes with 10 W chargerNo, comes with 5 W charger
Dimensions84.0 mm wide
164.55 mm tall
10.55 mm thick
77.2 mm wide
152.5 mm tall
10.8 mm thick
Weight190 g170 g


Unboxing The ZE601KL

The 6″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) [Amazon] comes in a really nice two-piece retail box. Its key features are listed on the right and left sides of the box, with the device’s actual specifications listed on a sticker at the bottom. ASUS redesigned the unboxing experience with a plastic tab you can pull to slide out the inner box.

Due to the close fit of the two halves, pulling on the tab may not slide the box right out. Don’t pull too hard or it will actually power up the ZenFone 2 Laser inside the box! This actually happened to us in the video above.
[adrotate banner=”4″]Once you remove everything, you will find the following items :
  • One ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) phablet
  • One ASUS 10 W fast charger with 3-pin plug adapter
  • One micro-USB 2.0 cable
  • One ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) User Guide
  • One ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) warranty card
  • One strip of 3 IMEI stickers

In the next page, we are going to take a close look at the ZE601KL and set it up!

Next Page > Close Look, Inside The ZE601KL, Battery & Card Slots, Stereo Speakers


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