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ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser to launch in U.S., starts at $199

by Jacob Kleinman | November 2, 2015November 2, 2015 6:00 pm PDT

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ASUS Releases ZenFone 2 Laser

ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser delivers a premium phone with laser auto focus, octa-core performance, dual active SIM, Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and removable battery to value-conscious users

KEY POINTS

  • Lightning-fast laser auto focus 13 mega-pixel PixelMaster 2.0 camera
  • Dual active SIM with selectable LTE data connectivity
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor with Adreno 405 graphics
  • Removable battery

Fremont, California (November 2, 2015) — ASUS today releases the unlocked ZenFone 2 Laser for users seeking a premium phone with an excellent camera, dual active SIM, expandable storage and removable battery. The latest addition to the ZenFone 2 lineup features an ergonomic design for greater comfort and a 5.5-inch 1080p display protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for unprecedented damage protection.

Powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 with Adreno 405 graphics delivers an excellent performance without sacrificing battery life. The high-performance processor is matched with 3GB of RAM for fluid multi-tasking and snappy system responsiveness.

New to the ZenFone 2 Laser is an enhanced PixelMaster 2.0 camera with laser auto-focus for lightning-fast and laser-sharp images. The 13-megapixel rear camera packs a wide-angle F/2.0 aperture lens composed of 5-elements for crystal clear images. Dual LED real tone flash enables the ZenFone 2 laser to capture images in low-light situations while maintaining natural skin tones.

The ZenFone 2 Laser supports dual active SIM for simultaneous connectivity to two cellular networks. Dual active SIM is perfect for users that want to consolidate two phone-lines into a single device. Selectable LTE data connectivity enables users to switch which SIM card is used for data through the Android settings, which makes the ZenFone 2 Laser perfect for international travelers.

Expandable memory and a removable battery makes the ideal for enthusiast users that want greater control of storage and power. A micro SDXC slot supports 128GB memory cards for quick and easy storage expansion to accommodate music, movies and select applications. The removable 3000mAh high-capacity battery ensures the ZenFone 2 Laser gets excellent battery life that lasts through the entire work day. Power users that desire longer runtimes can quickly swap out a fully charged battery for extended periods away from a power source.

Pricing and availability

The ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE551KL) 16GB will available for $199 and the 32GB for $249 at Newegg and the ASUS Store in November.

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Way back in January, ASUS wowed us with the ZenFone 2, which packed an impressive amount of technology into a $199 smartphone. Now the company is back with a new version of the device that adds even more power without raising the price.

The ZenFone 2 Laser was unveiled earlier this year, but on Monday the company revealed plans for a U.S. launch. ASUS will start selling the new phone through its online store and at Newegg sometime this month. It may also be available from Amazon and B&H, according to some reports.

The ZenFone 2 Laser shares a lot of similarities with the original ZenFone 2. Both phones pack a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 3000mAh battery and expandable storage. The new model adds laser auto-focus for the rear camera, Gorilla Glass 4 and a removable battery. It also swaps in a Snapdragon 615 processor and 3GB of RAM.

Once the new phone goes on sale, you’ll be able to pick one up with 16GB of storage for $199, or upgrade to 32GB of space for $249.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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