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honor 5X Smartphone Review

honor 5X Smartphone Review Rev. 2.0

The honor 5X (Amazon) is one of the most anticipated smartphones to come out of CES 2016. It offers a 5.5″ full HD display, and a second-generation rim-free fingerprint reader, powered by a Qualcomm octa-core processor underneath its metal alloy body at less than US$220.

The honor 5X (Amazon) comes in 3 colour options, with the Grey and Silver options priced at ~$209 (RM 899), while the Gold model retails at ~$219 (RM 939). However, all three models have the same features and performance.

Specificationshonor 5X Smartphone
Processor PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 616 (MSM8939 v2)
Processor4 x ARM Cortex A53 (1.5 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex A53 (1.2 GHz)
GPUQualcomm Adreno 405
Operating SystemAndroid 5.1.1 with EMUI 3.1
Display5.5" IPS display
- 1080 x 1920 resolution (403 ppi pixel density)
- 72.5% screen-to-body ratio
Memory2 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
Storage16 GB flash memory
microSD card slot (up to 128 GB)
Main Camera13 MP sensor
f/2.0 lens with LED flash
Selfie Camera5 MP sensor
22 mm wide-angle f/2.4 lens
Dual SIM CapabilityDual SIM, Dual Standby capability
- One MicroSIM slot + One nanoSIM slot
Connectivity802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz) WiFI
Bluetooth 4.1 (Class 1)
microUSB 2.0
GPSGPS / AGPS / GLONASS
Fingerprint SensorSecond-generation, rim-free touch sensor
Battery3,000 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery (non-removable)
ChassisDiamond-polished aluminium alloy body
Dimensions76.3 mm wide
151.3 mm tall
8.15 mm thick
Weight158 g (including battery)
Available ColoursSunset Gold / Dark Grey / Daybreak Silver

We are very fortunate to get our hands on one, and we present to you – our review of the honor 5X smartphone. Let’s get on with it!

Updated @ 2016-04-15 : Added a new Available Memory & Storage section.

 

Unboxing The honor 5X

The honor 5X (Amazon) comes in a hard aqua-coloured cardboard box, with a security seal on each side. In this video, you will witness our unboxing process and check out each component inside the honor 5X box. Take a look!

Inside, you will find the following items :

  • One honor 5X smartphone
  • One honor 5X travel charger
  • One micro USB cable
  • One honor 5X Quick Start Guide
  • One Huawei Warranty Card
  • One SIM card slot extractor
  • One strip of 6 IMEI number stickers

Next Page > Close Look At The honor 5X, Buttons & Slots

 

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The honor 5X Smartphone

The honor 5X (Amazon) has a large 5.5″ IPS display that covers almost its entire front – with a 72.5% screen-to-body ratio. To achieve that, honor eschewed the use of physical buttons, in favour of virtual on-screen buttons. The honor 5X comes with a screen protector pre-installed. It is not oleophobic and therefore attracts fingerprint smears but you should not remove it because the honor 5X does not come with scratch-resistant glass (e.g. Gorilla Glass).

The back metal chassis comes protected with a plastic film that doubles as an information sheet, with labels and tips. This plastic film has cut-outs for the fingerprint sensor and camera, so you can use the honor 5X without removing it, especially if you intend to fit a case over it.

The honor 5X (Amazon) uses a second-generation rim-free fingerprint sensor. As you have seen in the Initial Setup video, it registers your fingerprint in fewer steps. It is also much faster and more accurate than the previous generation sensor at reading your fingerprint. Once you have used it, it will become second nature to turn on and instantly log into the honor 5X by simply touching the fingerprint sensor.

Although higher-end smartphones are trying to go ridiculously thin, the honor 5X (Amazon) is reasonably thick at 8.15 mm. The slight increase in thickness not only allowed the inclusion of a large 3,000 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery, as well as an earphone port at the top.

Although not explicitly mentioned, the honor 5X has stereo speakers. The second speaker emits through the left row of ports in the picture above. The right row of ports is for the microphone. The honor 5X still uses a micro USB 2.0 port, instead of the newer reversible USB-C port.

 

Buttons & Slots

The honor 5X only has two physical buttons, because it uses virtual on-screen Android buttons instead of physical buttons. They are both on the right side – a volume switch and a Power button.

The left side has two slots. The upper slot is for a single micro SIM card. The lower slot fits two cards – a nano SIM card, and a micro SD card. The honor 5X (Amazon) is Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable, and you can use both SIM cards together with a micro SD card.

Next Page > The Initial Setup, Memory & Storage, The Cameras

 

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The Initial Setup

This video will show you the initial setup process when you power up the honor 5X (Amazon) for the first time. If you do not need to restore a backup, the whole setup process should take about 2.5 minutes. Note how fast it takes to register a fingerprint.


 

Available Memory & Storage

The honor 5X (Amazon) comes with 2 GB of memory of the LPDDR3 type. The Android OS takes up 467 MB, and the honor pre-loaded apps take up another 344 MB. After accounting for the cached processes, there is only 632 MB of free RAM to use. It would be helpful if honor can cut down on the background apps.

The honor 5X also comes with 16 GB of internal flash storage. This is expandable via a microSD card (up to 128 GB. Fresh out of the box, the honor 5X has just under 10.4 GB of available space (excluding the system files), of which 9.73 GB is free to use.

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Cameras

The main camera has a 13 MP sensor with a f/2.0 lens, supported by a single LED flash. The photos have a maximum resolution of 4160 x 3120 in the 4:3 format. If you prefer a wider format, the honor 5X will do that by cropping the image to 4160 x 2336 (16:9). It is capable of recording video in full HD quality (1080p).

The front camera boasts a 5 MP sensor with a f/2.4 wide-angle lens. It will deliver a maximum photo resolution of 2592 x 1944 in the 4:3 format. Again, a wider 16:9 format will crop that to 2592 x 1456. It will record videos in 720p quality.

For a smartphone in this price category, the honor 5X (Amazon) comes with a pretty decent set of cameras. We will examine its photographic and video recording performance later in the next page.

Next Page > honor 5X Camera & Video Recording Performance

 

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Camera Performance – Photos

The honor 5X’s main camera has a 13 MP sensor with a fast f/2.0 lens, which allows it to take pretty decent photos in relatively low-light conditions. The photos have a maximum resolution of 4160 x 3120 in the 4:3 format.

honor did not reveal what sensor was used in the honor 5X (Amazon) smartphone, but the pictures we took look like they came from the same Samsung ISOCELL S5K3M2 sensor used in Alcatel Flash 2 smartphone.

The Samsung ISOCELL S5K3M2 is a relatively noisy sensor. If you blow up the picture on a desktop, you can see consistent noise (speckling and artifacts). However, they are only of real concern if you are going to make large prints of these photos.

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Camera Performance – Video Recording

The honor 5X (Amazon) can record full HD (1080p) videos. You won’t get any image stabilisation, both optical and electronic, though. Here is a sample video we recorded of a piano performance by Mr. Yang I-Deun.


And this is a sample video taken at an ice skating rink.

The honor 5X (Amazon) did a reasonably good job of controlling the exposure of the subjects in focus, although the bright areas were overexposed. Overall, it was a decent performance for a smartphone at this price point.

Next Page > honor 5X Work, Battery & Recharging Performance

 

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the honor 5X’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

honor 5X ASUS
ZenFone 2 Laser
Samsung
Galaxy S6
Work Performance Score
(Average)
3898 3539 5078
Web Browsing 3756 3829 6788
Video Playback 4325 3835 3091
Writing 4370 4085 5918
Photo Editing 3250 2614 5357

The honor 5X (Amazon) is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor, but all that extra processing power does not matter much when it comes to basic work usage. It is only slightly faster than the ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser which uses a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor.

 

Battery Performance – PCMark

We then tested the honor 5X’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

The honor 5X (Amazon) lasted just over 8.5 hours on the PCMark stress test. This is a stress test that simulates the worst possible workload using work apps. In our real world experience, we had no problem using it for 12-14 hours with light loads, although its battery life dropped to about 6.5 hours while playing games.

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Battery Recharging Performance

The honor 5X has a large 3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery, but it does not have Fast Charging capability. In fact, it only comes with a 5 W travel charger. Even so, it was able to recharge its battery pretty quickly.

Our tests showed that the honor 5X (Amazon) will recharge from 19% to 100% in just over 170 minutes (2 hours 50 minutes).

Next Page > honor 5X Overall & Gaming Performance, Our Verdict

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Overall Performance – AnTuTu Benchmark

AnTuTu is a nice benchmark for testing various performance aspects of Android devices.

honor 5X ASUS
ZenFone 2 Laser
Samsung
Galaxy S6
TOTAL SCORE 36983 24815 75222
3D SCORE 2446 294 20579
– 3D (Garden) 1492 199 8104
– 3D (Marooned) 954 175 12475
UX SCORE 16269 10540 24065
– UX Data Secure 4673 3174 5507
– UX Data Process 2438 2040 4392
– UX Strategy Games 2698 1507 6948
– UX Image Process 2599 1888 3413
– UX I/O Performance 3861 1931 3805
CPU SCORE 14031 11292 25402
– CPU Mathematics 2968 2460 7823
– CPU Common Use 4696 4114 7585
– CPU Multi-Core 6367 4718 9994
RAM 4237 2689 5176

Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the honor 5X’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Extreme test.

honor 5X ASUS
ZenFone 2 Laser
Samsung
Galaxy S6
Gaming Score 5543 2686 Maxed out!
Graphics Score 5046 2240 Maxed out!
Physics Score 8460 8876 Maxed out!
Graphics Test 1 27.5 fps 12.6 fps 59.6 fps
Graphics Test 2 18.3 fps 7.9 fps 49.6 fps
Physics Test 26.9 fps 28.2 fps 39.6 fps

The honor 5X (Amazon) did very well in this test, doubling the Gaming and Graphics scores over the ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser! It was only (slightly) slower in Physics.

 

Our Verdict On The honor 5X

After testing the honor 5X (Amazon), we can see why everyone’s raving about it. The honor 5X doesn’t waste effort on being the thinnest or the lightest. It just delivers a solid set of core features at a very affordable price point.

Large full HD display? Check.
Metal alloy body? Check.
Octa-core processor? Check.
Dual SIM with microSD card expansion? Check.
Decent cameras with 1080p video recording? Check.

It only has one fancy feature – a fingerprint sensor, and honor nailed its implementation. It’s very fast and accurate. In fact, it will become second nature to instantly turn on and log into the honor 5X by simply touching the fingerprint sensor with a registered finger.


We would like to applaud honor’s decision to support both micro and nano SIM cards. This may not seem important to everyone, but this may save a trip to the telco for those who are upgrading from another smartphone. We should also point out that you can use both SIM cards together with a microSD card for extra storage. [adrotate banner=”4″]We also like the large 3,000 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery. It lasted a solid 8.5 hours of non-stop benchmarking on PCMark. In real world usage, it should have no issues lasting 12-14 hours of non-stop use.

For the next version of the honor 5X, we would like to see a better camera sensor and a dual-tone LED flash. That would allow it to really shine in its photographic capabilities. We would also like it if honor would add scratch-resistant glass protection (with an oleophobic coating).

Overall, the honor 5X (Amazon) is a no-nonsense Android smartphone with a focus on practical features. If you want something that is sleek, not flashy; with only the features that matter, you can’t go wrong with the honor 5X.

 

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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")
ModelZE601KLZE550KL
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
Memory3 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM2 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
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
GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
NFCNo
Fingerprint SensorNo
RadioNo
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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The 6″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL)

In this video, we will show you how to quickly unwrap the 6″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) [Amazon] – just slide it out! And we will give you a quick tour of its key features :

ASUS designed the ZE601KL to be ambidextrous. Hence, they placed the Power button at the top, with the Volume rocker switch at the back. This allows for easy handling by both right- and left-handed users. ASUS placed the earphone socket at the top, with the speaker located at the bottom of the back cover.

For selfies, the 6″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) [Amazon] has a 5 MP wide-angle shooter in the front, but for serious photography, there is an 13 MP PixelMaster 2.0 camera at the back. The main camera is supported not just by a dual-tone flash to its right, but also a laser focusing diode and receiver to its left.

The ZE601KL is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 (MSM8939v2) SoC with 3 GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM, and runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop with ZenUI. Its 6″ IPS display has a resolution of 1080 x 1920, and is protected by Gorilla Glass 4.

 

Inside The ZE601KL

Now, let’s take a look INSIDE the 6″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) [Amazon]. We will show you how to remove the tight back cover to gain access to the two SIM slots, the microSD card and the 3,000 mAh removable battery.


 
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Battery & Card Slots

The 6″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) [Amazon] comes with two SIM slots, with dual standby capability. This means both SIMs are connected to the network, but only one can be used at any one time. It also comes with a removable 3,000 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery, and a microSD card slot that supports card capacities up to 128 GB.

The SIM1 slot is located on the upper right side of phablet, and can be accessed without removing the battery. The second SIM slot is paired with the microSD card slot above it. To insert a second SIM card or a microSD card, you need to remove the battery first. Make sure you insert the micro SIM card in the bottom slot. The top slot is for the micro SD card.

 

Stereo Speakers

The 6″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) [Amazon] comes with stereo speakers, but they are both located at the lower back of the phablet. The sound emits out the speaker grille near the USB port, so the stereo effect is reduced and only effective with the phablet is used vertically.

Incidentally, you will note that ASUS brought back the premium diamond-cut lines (with a 0.13 mm pitch) on the back cover. The 5.5″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE550KL) features a back cover with flat matte finish.

Next Page > Setting Up The ZE601KL, Available Storage & Memory, Camera Capabilities

 

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Setting Up The ZE601KL

This video will show you the initial setup process. It will take you no more than 5 minutes to set it up as a new device.

Once you finish setting it up and it loads the home screen, you will be amazed at how bright and sharp the display is. The display is protected by the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 4. This makes it twice as hard to break in a drop, compared to Gorilla Glass 3 used in the flagship ZenFone 2 model. Gorilla Glass 4 has, so far, been limited to higher-end phablets like the Samsung Galaxy Note5.

 

Available Storage & Memory

Out of the box, the 6″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) [Amazon] runs on Android 5.0.2 and has 10.43 GB of free space, out of its internal 16 GB flash storage. As you can tell – that’s not a lot of storage space. Unless you are a light user, you are going to need to add additional storage via a micro SD card.

The ZE601KL also comes with 3 GB of LPDDR3 memory, which is great at its price point. What’s just as important is the fact that the ZE601KL has relatively little bloat, leaving you with 1.7 GB of free memory to play with. That’s more than enough to run several apps at the same time.

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Camera Capabilities & Options

The 6″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) [Amazon] has a 13 MP PixelMaster camera at the back, and a 5 MP wide-angle camera in the front. Both cameras use a 4:3 ratio for maximum resolution, with small crop sizes available in the settings menu.

The main camera has a dual-tone LED flash to brighten up dark scenes. as well as a laser diode and sensor for faster and more accurate focusing even in the dark. The main camera can record videos in full 1080p resolution, albeit only with electronic video stabilisation turned off.

The main camera also comes with a bunch of built-in software features like a HDR mode and a low light option that extends the camera’s ability to capture poorly-lit scenes by combining light from multiple pixels. You can also apply some filters or convert your pictures into GIF animation.

Next Page > Camera Performance – Photos & Videos

 

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Camera Performance – Photos

The 6″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) [Amazon] uses the same Toshiba T4K37 sensor used in the flagship ASUS ZenFone 2 smartphone. The pictures no longer suffer from the yellow cast we saw in our ZenFone 2 Camera Shootout, but it still exhibits considerable noise. This is not a problem when the pictures are posted online on Facebook, Twitter, etc. but they are obvious when the pictures are blown up on a computer screen.

Take the example of the elevator and the Dala horse. They look perfectly sharp and well-defined. But if you blow it up to 100%, you will see the noise blurring the edges. That said, this has been improved since our ZenFone 2 Camera Shootout.

Thanks to its bright f/2.0 lens, the ZE601KL handles shaded or dim scenes well, and a decent job in bright scenes. The light fixtures and warning signs were both located in shaded areas with relatively low light.

These pictures of various fruits again show the abilities and limitations of the ASUS PixelMaster camera. They appear well-exposed and well-detailed. Only when you blow them up, will you see the edges blur from the sensor noise. This is most evident in areas of high contrast, like the stripes of the bubblegum balls.

Overall, the 6″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) [Amazon] produced well-exposed and sharp pictures that are more than good enough for online use. Its sensor noise is only apparent if you blow up the pictures to 100%, and while you may lose some details in the bright areas of a scene, the most important thing is that the objects in focus are well-exposed.

Next Page > Video Recording Performance, Laser Focusing Performance

 

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Camera Performance – Video Recording

The 6″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) [Amazon] is capable of recording 1080p videos, albeit without any form of image stabilisation. Here are two sample videos we recorded. The first is of a piano performance by Mr. Yang I-Deun, while the second is of skaters at an ice-skating rink.

The 6″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) [Amazon] has some trouble controlling the exposure of the bright areas. They were all overexposed. This is similar, but to a lesser extent, to what we saw with the ASUS ZenPad 7.0 tablet.

We hope ASUS looks into this, because other than this exposure problem, the ZE601KL did a great job of recording both scenes. Mr. Yang and his audience, as well as the skaters, remained properly exposed.

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Laser Focusing Performance

The 6″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL)‘s main claim to fame is its laser focusing system. It uses a laser diode to shoot laser beams at near objects to instantly determine their distances. This allows for faster and more accurate focusing than can be achieved using contrast detection or phase detection auto-focusing techniques. We tested its laser focusing capabilities using a neat little app that ships with the ZE601KL – a laser ruler.

The laser focusing system is especially useful in low or poor lighting conditions. However, the laser diode has a low power output, for safety reasons.  You can only use it to measure distances of up to 50 cm. Anything beyond that won’t return a reading. As you can surmise by now, 50 cm is also the range for the ZE601KL’s laser focusing feature. If it fails to detect any object in range, it will fall back to the original contrast detection autofocus method.

Next Page > Work Performance, Battery Life, Battery Recharging Speed

 

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Work Performance : PCMark

We tested the ZE601KL’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

ASUS
ZenFone 2 Laser
(ZE601KL)
honor 5X Samsung
Galaxy S6
Work Performance Score
(Average)
3492 3898 5078
Web Browsing 3351 3756 6788
Video Playback 3773 4325 3091
Writing 3574 4085 5918
Photo Editing 3291 2614 5357

Both the 6″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) [Amazon] and the honor 5X (Amazon) use the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 octa-core processor, with some difference in clock speeds.

The ZE601KL has four A53 cores running at 1.65 GHz, with another four A53 cores running at 1.11 GHz. The honor 5X, on the other hand, has four A53 cores running at 1.5 GHz, with the second cluster running at 1.2 GHz. That’s why while they may both use the same processor, they exhibit slightly different performance characteristics.

 

Battery Life : PCMark

We then tested the ZE601KL’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

The 6″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) [Amazon] lasted just under 8 hours, which is surprising since the 5.5″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE550KL) lasted over 12 hours on the same test. Obviously, the higher resolution screen and octa-core processor take their toll on battery life…

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Battery Recharging Speed

The 6″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) [Amazon] comes with Fast Charging capability that the 5.5″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE550KL) lacks. They both use the same 3,000 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery.

As the chart shows, it recharged from 17% to 100% in just 142 minutes (2 hours 22 minutes). It actually hit 90% in just 90 minutes (1 hour 30 minutes). In other words, the 6″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) [Amazon] recharges its battery about 31% faster than the 5.5″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE550KL).

Next Page > Overall Performance, Gaming Performance, Our Verdict

 

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Overall Performance : AnTuTu Benchmark

AnTuTu is a nice benchmark for testing various performance aspects of Android devices.

ASUS
ZenFone 2 Laser
(ZE601KL)
honor 5X Samsung
Galaxy S6
TOTAL SCORE 36961 36983 75222
3D SCORE 2538 2446 20579
– 3D (Garden) 1550 1492 8104
– 3D (Marooned) 988 954 12475
UX SCORE 15220 16269 24065
– UX Data Secure 4483 4673 5507
– UX Data Process 2609 2438 4392
– UX Strategy Games 2169 2698 6948
– UX Image Process 2988 2599 3413
– UX I/O Performance 2971 3861 3805
CPU SCORE 15384 14031 25402
– CPU Mathematics 3296 2968 7823
– CPU Common Use 4891 4696 7585
– CPU Multi-Core 7197 6367 9994
RAM 3819 4237 5176

Other than some minor variations in performance characteristics, the 6″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) [Amazon] was identical in performance to the honor 5X (Amazon) in AnTuTu Benchmark.

 

Gaming Performance : 3DMark

We tested the 6″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL)‘s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Sling Shot (ES 3.0) test.

ASUS
ZenFone 2 Laser
(ZE601KL)
honor 5X Samsung
Galaxy S6
Gaming Score 156 155 1508
Graphics 125 124 1510
Physics 1097 1149 1501
Graphics Test 1 0.3 fps 0.3 fps 8.6 fps
Graphics Test 2 1.4 fps 1.4 fps 5.3 fps
Physics Section 1 15.7 fps 18.8 fps 29.6 fps
Physics Section 2 11.9 fps 11.9 fps 15.4 fps
Physics Section 3 6.4 fps 6.6 fps 8.2 fps

Sling Shot is a very strenuous test, so it’s not surprising to see both the ZE601KL (Amazon) and the honor 5X (Amazon) flounder compared to the Samsung Galaxy S6. In the real world though, they both have no issues tackling the 3D games we throw at them.

 

Our Verdict

The 6″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) [Amazon] is the phablet of the ZenFone 2 family. Unlike the other ZenFone 2 models, it skips the Intel Atom for a Qualcomm processor. The model we received was powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor, which is n par for this price segment.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 is slower than the Intel Atom Z3580 / Z3560 processors powering the other ZenFone 2 models, but faster than the low-cost Intel Atom x3-C3230 that powers the ASUS ZenPad 7.0 tablet, or the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 powering the 5.5″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE550KL).

The 6″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) [Amazon] also comes with a full HD IPS display. This is perfect for watching 1080p videos, whether it’s recorded on the ZE601KL itself, or downloaded from the Internet. Of course, all that extra processing power and the higher resolution display come at a cost – reduced battery life. The ZE601KL has a 35% shorter battery life than the 5.5″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE550KL) on the same 3,000 mAh battery.

ASUS appears to have improved the 13 MP PixelMaster 2.0 camera used in the ZenFone 2 Laser. It no longer exhibits the yellow cast we saw in the flagship ZenFone 2 model. It has better exposure control – the subject is always well-exposed, although it overexposes bright backgrounds. The overexposure with bright backgrounds is also seen in the videos we recorded. The good news is the subject remains well-exposed. We hope ASUS can address this issue in a future firmware update.

[adrotate banner=”4″]The ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser’s hallmark laser focusing system only works for objects that are less than 50 cm away. It falls back to its contrast detection method for objects that are further away. Even with the range limitation, it’s very useful if your subject is in range… especially if there are subjects nearby that may interfere with the autofocus.

To use it properly, you should enable Touch Shutter so that when you touch on the screen, it will fire the laser, focus on the subject you just selected and take the shot – all in one go. This is especially useful for product shots where you want to focus on a particular part. The laser focusing system will guarantee that the part you want is in focus.

As such, we would recommend the 6″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) [Amazon] to those who do a lot of product or miniature photography. The laser focusing system would be very helpful in this aspect. The small storage capacity is a minor hindrance – one easily solved by adding a microSD card.

The 6″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) [Amazon] is best suited for those who want an affordable phablet with dual SIM, dual-standby capability and do not need a stylus. It offers an ambidextrous design with a large, full HD display protected by Gorilla Glass 4. All for just RM 1,099 (~USD 279). That’s a hard deal to ignore.

 

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OPPO F1 “Selfie Expert” Smartphone Revealed

January 21st, 2016 — OPPO F1, the first product of the newly announced F series, is now being introduced to the Malaysian market alongside its selfie ambassador, Nora Danish. Dubbed the “Selfie Expert”, F1 features a standout 8MP front-facing camera, a sophisticated photography platform, and powerful software specially designed to make capturing stunning selfies a breeze, all backed by OPPO’s spectacular build quality and design.

Introducing F1 to the Malaysian market, William Fang, Chief-Executive-Officer of OPPO Electronics said: “F1 is a selfie camera phone that we have tailored made for our local customers. It is a strategic decision for us to move our focus to a selfie-centric smartphone but we are confident that this selfie camera phone is going to be a hit in the midrange market as it is not only attractive with its extraordinary camera that assisted by selfie-focus software and hardware, its premium design, well-rounded internal builds that promises a sharper, steadier and longer lasting performance and with an irresistible price tag.”

“F1 is designed especially for selfie-lovers who can now skip all the hassle in putting on a full makeup and still look effortlessly, naturally beautiful. We are extremely thrilled to have our lovely Nora on board with us as the face of this new selfie savvy phone because Nora is truly a trend setter in mastering the art of selfies. In fact, her successful lifestyle has attracted more than 20 thousand fan ‘likes’ on Instagram on average per selfie. Her beauty, social savviness, expertise in her work and humble personality are values which are align with OPPO’s brand,” said Chen Lu, Brand Manager of OPPO Electronics

 

OPPO F1 – Tailored For Selfie Supremacy

The OPPO F1 features an 8MP front-facing camera with a wide f/2.0 aperture lens and a 1/4-inch sensor, allowing for 44% more light to enter the camera than an f/2.4 aperture lens, and resulting in shots that are 30% clearer than ones taken with an ordinary 5 MP front-facing camera. The F1 also offers OPPO’s ‘Beautify 3.0’ that removes blemishes, highlights a subject’s features and includes 3 different beautify modes along with 8 filters.

Meanwhile, to make snapping selfies in low-light conditions a seamless experience, F1 users can turn on the patented ‘Screen Flash’ feature to ensure natural-looking shots. With Screen Flash, faces will always come through bright, clear and natural. In addition, the OPPO F1 can snap selfies using hand gestures and spoken commands. By opening a palm in front of the camera, or simply by saying “Cheese!” users can activate an automatic selfie with an adjustable countdown.

Snappy performance is one more key factor in the F1’s outstanding user experience. The F1 sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 series Octa-core processor with 3GB RAM and 16GB ROM, which can be expanded by 128GB, providing abundant space for photo storage and ensuring multitasking fluency.

In addition to the outstanding selfie features, the F1 also offers a great overall photography experience. The F1 sports a 13 MP rear camera with an ISOCELL sensor for reducing pixel noise. The camera also features phase detection autofocus (PDAF), delivering a focus time of just 0.1 seconds, equivalent to the performance of an SLR camera. Meanwhile, the anti-shake optimization feature enables the camera to automatically select the clearest image from a huge buffer of image data the moment the shutter button is pressed.

The camera is backed by OPPO’s own Pure Image 2.0+ camera platform, offering a huge range of filters and plug-ins for everyone from the aspiring photographer to the meme-making savant. Users can also experiment with Ultra-HD, which creates 50 MP photos composed of four consecutive photos, or other eye-popping features like Super Macro, HDR, Double Exposure, Slow Shutter, Super GIF and more.

 

OPPO F1 – Born for beauty

OPPO believes beautiful photos need a beautiful phone to match. The 60-degree angles of the F1’s two eye-catching chamfered edges are the result of precise calculations and numerous rounds of testing to ensure an unbeatable hand feel without skimping on any of the visual impact.

Meanwhile, the OPPO’s designers scoured three countries in search of the finest aluminum alloy for the back panel. After putting the Japanese material they chose through close to 40 polishing procedures, the designers were able to make good on their vision of giving the F1 a texture like “metal silk”.

The F1 has a 5-inch display and is a mere 7.25 mm thick. Its thinness, together with its slight 134-gram weight, assures that the phone feels just right. With its 2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 Screen, twice as strong as ordinary glass, the OPPO F1 is extra scratch-resistant, making for a phone that’s both durable and attractive to the touch.

Next Page : User Experience, Specifications, Price & Availability

Best user experience ever

OPPO is improving its user experience all the time. And the new F1, with its featherweight price and heavy-hitting features, carries it forward again, bringing a snappy, fluid and stylish device to everyone.

With OPPO’s ColorOS 2.1, based on Android 5.1 and optimized for efficient use with the F1’s powerful battery, users can snap great photos non-stop. ColorOS is defined by efficiency and fun. With Screen Self-refresh technology, ColorOS allows the F1 to automatically adjust the screen refresh frequency to maximize battery life.

Other features include three-mode eye protection, app encryption, a security center suite, background clean-up for improved efficiency, data and energy saving, screen-off and screen-on command gestures, long screenshot, and simple mode, which is ideal for users of any age and past technology experience.

Phenomenal Dirac HD Sound is also in full effect on the OPPO F1. Providing high-fidelity stereo sound output for both earphones and speakers, Dirac HD Sound gives users an immersive, premium listening experience, regardless of which music player or app they use to jam out.

 

OPPO F1 Specifications

SpecificationsOPPO F1 Smartphone
Display5.0" IPS display
- 720 x 1280 resolution
- 294 PPI pixel density
Protection2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Operating SystemAndroid 5.1 with ColorOS 2.1
PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 616
- 8 x ARM Cortex-A53 processors
- Qualcomm Adreno 405 GPU
RAM3 GB
Storage16 GB internal flash storage
Upgradable to 128 GB via micro SD card
ConnectivityGSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz
FDD 1/3/5/7/8/20/28
TDD 38/39/40/41
SIM SupportDual SIM Dual Standby
Front Camera8 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Rear Camera13 MP sensor
Audio SupportGlobally-applied Dirac HD Sound
Battery2,500 mAh lithium-ion
Dimensions71 mm wide
143.5 mm tall
7.25 mm thick
Weight134 g (with battery)

 

Availability & Price

[adrotate banner=”4″]The OPPO F1 “Selfie Expert” smartphone has a recommended retail price of RM 1,198 (~US$ 279).

Online purchases for the device start immediately on 22nd of January 2016 at 00:00:00am on OPPOStore.com.my. The first 200 customers on OPPOStore.com.my for the F1 will come bundled with a free OPPO Selfie Stick.

Customers who prefer to check out the OPPO F1 before they make their purchase, please take note that the OPPO F1 will be available for offline sales starting from 25th January 2016.

 

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