ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser 5.5 S ZE550KL Unboxing, First Thoughts

The ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser 5.5 S is an upgrade to last year’s ZenFone 2 Laser 5.5. The 5.5 S has a better processor (Snapdragon 615 Octa-Core from Snapdragon 410 Quad-Core), more RAM (3GB from 2GB RAM), a new GPU (Adreno 405 from Adreno 306), and bigger storage (32GB from 16GB). The price is also bumped up every so slightly: P8,995 from P8,695.

These mentioned spec bumps should make for a better experience (but we’ll reserve that for the full review). Let’s go around the ZenFone Laser 5.5 S before we list our first thoughts.


ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser 5.5 S ZE550KL Full Specs

  • 5-inch HD display, 1280 x 720 resolution, 276 ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • 5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor
  • 3GB of RAM (up to 128GB via micro SD), Adreno 405
  • Dual micro SIM, Android 5.0 Lollipop with Zen UI
  • 13MP rear camera with laser AF, LED flash
  • 5MP front camera with 85-degree wide angle lens
  • 3G, LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
  • 3000mAh Battery
  • Colors: black, gold, silver, white, and red
  • Php 8,995


First thoughts

The ZenFone 2 Laser 5.5 S seems indistinguishable in looks and in handling from the Laser 5.5. That’s because there are no changes – same display size and bezels, same removable plastic cover, same curves-in-your-hand back design and rear keys, the forehead and chins are still relatively big, and the capacitive keys remain non-backlit.

The contents of the box are also the same – the phone, charger, charging cable, headphones, pamphlets, all neat and tidy – not that we’re complaining, mind you.

While we couldn’t find fault with the Laser 5.5 when it came out – great features, camera image quality, battery life, and user experience, all of these relative to its price – we think we’ll also have no problems with the 5.5 S. Everybody loves upgrades. It will be the same, but better.

Upon first boot, while the Laser 5.5 S was downloading a ton of updates, I snapped a picture and I could tell the saving time was faster than the Laser 5.5. You could immediately see, upon tapping the review icon, the picture you took, and it loads fast. Okay, that’s enough.

See you at our full review.

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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for