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Asus have now launched an improved version of their Zenfone Laser which was released last month exclusively in Flipkart. Unlike the previous variant, the new Zenfone Laser comes with an octa core Snapdragon 615 SoC along with 3GB of RAM.
Apparently the new edition is a marked improvement from its predecessor which came with a quad core Snapdragon 410 on the inside. Needless to say that the new edition comes at a higher price - Rs 13,999.
At this price point, the Asus Zenfone Laser falls in direct competition with yet another popular phone donning the Snapdragon 615 SoC on the inside - the Xiaomi Mi4i. The Xiaomi device however is priced at tad lower at Rs 12,999. So let's find out which is a better buy!
Build & Design:
The Xiaomi and Asus devices are entirely different in terms of design language. While the Mi4i has opted for a boxy design with chamfered edges, the Asus Zenfone Laser has followed the design philosophy seen in the existing Zenfone range. It comes with a rounded back plate which is apparently made of plastics and is available in a no of colour. However as of now the red variant of the Zenfone Laser is available for sale.
The front of the Mi4i and the Zenfone Laser are strikingly different. Rather the Zenfone comes with a metallic strip at the bottommost part of the display flanked by the non-backlit capacitive menu, home and back button. Xiaomi Mi4i on the other hands come with an entire black front with the MI logo sitting on the top left corner of the display.
While the Xiaomi Mi4i come with a 5.0 inch Full HD (1920x1080) display, the Zenfone 2 Laser utilizes a 5.5 inch panel. Sadly, the pixel count is in the lower side as the Zenfone 2 Laser has a HD panel.
Hence if you are planning to buy a crisp and clear display then blindly opt for the Mi4i. In fact it has one of the best Full HD panels around. Further the Sunlight Display technology comes in handy when it comes to reading in challenging light situations.
Apparently there's isn't anything separating the two in this department. Both the device come with the ‘infamous' Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC on the inside. However the main difference lies in the RAM - the Zenfone 2 Laser comes with 3GB in comparison to the 2GB inside the Mi4i.
Zenfone "Laser"! The name says it all. Asus has packed the Zenfone Laser with a Laser Autofocus Sensor which enables the 13MP f/2.0 camera on the back to focus on an object rather fast. Apparently it uses both the Contrast Detection Autofocus (seen in all AF cameras out there) and a Laser Autofocus.
The Xiaomi Mi4i on the other hand features a 13MP f/2.2 rear camera utilizing a Sony/Toshiba Sensor. The camera is capable of shooting some excellent images. However the Zenfone 2 Laser should be your first preference if you are planning to buy a camera centric phone.
The Zenfone 2 Laser especially edges out the Mi4i when it comes to video recording capabilities. The footage shoot from the Mi4i significantly lacks details - especially when compared to the Zenfone 2 Laser.
On the front both have 5MP selfie snapper which can shoot 720p (HD) videos.
Both the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser and the Xiaomi Mi4i come with 4G LTE band support. Apart from that there are the regular set of WiFi b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 and A-GPS.
The Xiaomi Mi4i wins hands down when it comes to the battery department. It utilizes a 3120mAh Li-Poly battery on the inside in comparison to the 2420mAh unit on the Zenfone 2 Laser.
The device runs on the latest Android Lollipop with their own custom UIs on top. However the phones comes built in with two entirely different user interfaces. While Xiaomi Mi4i come with MIU7 on top, the Asus Zenfone Laser uses their own ZenUI.
As mentioned before the Zenfone 2 Laser and the Mi4i are very closely priced with a gap of Rs 1,000 lying between the two. Precisely speaking the Zenfone 2 Laser is priced at Rs 13,999 while the Mi4i comes at Rs 12,999.
Apparently spending some extra buck on the Zenfone 2 Laser might not be worth it if you are too high on camera. Most users mid-range buyers will be more than pleased with what the camera of Xiaomi Mi4i has to offer. In fact it is only those who are frequented to using high end flagship phones or power users will find the subtle difference between the two.
Hence the Xiaomi Mi4i would be a better buy at Rs 12,999 as it comes in a complete package.