ASUS seems to be making pretty nice attempts to stay in the smartphone market – sometimes with cool customizations with its ZenUI or by launching an accessory like a ZenFlash. I did get a chance to review the ASUS ZenFlash along with the ZenFone Laser that the company just sent in. The ZenFlash seems to provide 400 times brighter flash than the usual flash that you get along with phones. Well, that’s what I read about it but I doubt that should be true. Note that the ZenFlash works only with ASUS devices.
The packaging contains the ZenFlash inside a silicone case along with a user manual and warranty card.
The ZenFlash also comes with an adhesive velcro tape that could stick to your device and the USB OTG cable that is wound around it which goes into your device’s USB port.
The pictures it could click in low light very pretty good – no doubt that it is a lot brighter than what the usual flash gives you but it is really not 400 times brighter. 400 times would be something like being in the sunlight. Although I am impressed with the brightness, I must say that the picture quality is average. The size of the picture remains around 1 – 1.5 MB. Also, you need to make sure the flash doesn’t reflect back from luminescent objects around the subject.
Have a look at these pictures taken using ZenFlash when people from our office went home and I turned off all the lights to see how the device performs in darkness. The ZenFlash is obviously of no use during daylight.
Is that very bright – no. But yes, brighter than the usual flash that comes with camera.
The only cons I can think of right now is the adhesive velcro tape that comes along with the ZenFlash s pretty bad – you won’t be able to remove it and place it back on your device for more than 5 times or so. That’s something ASUS should really think about.
ZenFone 2 Laser
Interestingly, all the pictures I took using the ZenFlash were taken with it plugged into the ZenFone 2 Laser. This could also be one reason for pictures not being that great because the ZenFone 2 Laser is a budget smartphone.
The device comes with a charger alone. ASUS does not give headphones along with any of its devices.
Quick Specs of ZenFone 2 Laser
- Dual Sim, 4G, 3G, Wi-Fi
- Quad Core, 1.2 GHz Processor
- 2 GB RAM, 16 GB inbuilt
- 3000 mAH Battery
- 5.5 inches, 1280 x 720 px display
- 13 MP Camera with flash
- Memory Card Supported, upto 128 GB
- Android v5 Lollipop
The ZenFone 2 Laser is priced at Rs. 9999 for the 2 GB RAM variant and Rs. 12999 for the 3 GB RAM variant. The one we received was the former and it seems to be a pretty good one. It is very much similar to the ZenFone 2 ZE550ML that I already have but I can say that the ZenFone 2 Laser has a better battery backup than the ZenFone 2 ZE550ML which is priced at Rs. 12999.
The device comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop – and seems to have received 3 OTA updates since we recieved it. The updates seem to bug fixes alone. Marshmallow updates may not arrive soon.
Memory management seems great with Auto Start manager and automatic power modes are great options for users who don’t prefer using external apps to achieve the same functionality on their smartphone.
Let us know your views about the ZenFlash and the ZenFone 2 Laser in the comments below.