Asus' Zenfone 2 and Zenfone 2E are affordable phones based on Moorefield Atom processors. For its latest Zenfone 2 Laser, Asus has ditched Intel's SoCs in favor of Qualcomm's ARM-flavored chips, and it's also given the camera on this phone a laser-based autofocus system. Asus says the rear snapper can focus in on a picture's subject in as little as 30 milliseconds.
As for the camera itself, Asus taps a 13-megapixel sensor and puts it behind an f/2 lens with an 85-degree field of view. The front camera is a more pedestrian five-megapixel affair that can take panorama selfies.
The Zenfone 2 Laser has an eight-core Snapdragon 615 SoC fed by 3GB of system memory and 16GB or 32GB of flash storage. If that's not enough room, a microSD slot can expand the onboard storage by up to 128GB. Those internals drive a 5.5", 1080p IPS display, and Android 5.0 Lollipop with Asus' ZenUI runs the show. The 3,000 mAh battery is non-removable.
Asus' budget offering is already available at Newegg, unlocked and free from the clutches of any carrier. $199 nabs a 16GB model, and the 32GB model will set you back $249. Currently Newegg only has the Zenfone 2 Laser in silver, but it will be available in white, red, and bronze.
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