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Asus Zenfone 2 Laser Review

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Last updated on October 19th, 2015 at 05:22 pm

Asus recently announced its budget Android Device, the Zenfone 2 Laser at an attractive price of just Rs 9,999. The key aspect of this device is the 13 MP shooter at the back which is not at all new in this sub-10k price point, but the laser focus is making it one of the best smartphones to buy under the 10k price point. Other than that, does it stuck up against its competitors? Well, that’s what we are going to find out in this review.

Box Contents

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Box Contents of Zenfone 2 Laser

Sliding the box cover, we are presented to the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser itself Wraped in a plastic film. Keeping that to the side, and digging further in the box, we get our usual warranty and user guides in English. We also get an Asus branded power brick with the device which charges at 5.2V/1 A. Other than that we get the USB to microUSB cable but there is no presence of a pair of earphones in the box which is a bit disappointing.

Design

The Asus Zenfone 2 Laser has the exact same desgin that of its ancestor, the Zenfone 2. At the front their is a 5.5 Inch display with three touch type capacitive buttons at the bottom for the back, home and the multitasking tray. Just above the panel, we get the earpiece with the usual set of sensors alongside the 5MP selfie shooter and a tiny notification light.

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Back of Zenfone 2 Laser

On the bottom is a microphone along side the Micro USB slot that can be used for charging as well as data syncing. At the right we find an indent to open the back panel, other than that, both the left and right sides are completely clean. Asus has placed the power button at the top which is a pretty awkward position in my opinion but no one would bother it much because the Zenfone 2 Laser features double tap to wake up screen and put the phone to sleep. There is also a 3.5mm jack and a noise cancellation microphone. At the back of the device, Asus has included a laser focus alongside the 13 MP shooter with LED flash, below which we find our volume lockers. There also is the Asus logo, Zenfone logo as well as a wide speaker grill even though the speaker is just on the left side. Opening the back panel of the device, we are introduced to the huge 3000 mAh removable battery along with dual SIM card slots capable of 4G connectivity and a microSD card slot supporting cards upto 128 GB.

The back of the phone is made up of matte plastic and feels good to hold. The matte finish also has it’s disadvantage, the phone attracts fingerprints which destroys that classy look. The phone is thick at the center while just 3.5mm on the edges. This design also increases the grip of the phone making it more comfortable to hold.

Display

The Zenfone 2 laser features a 5.5 Inch panel which is still 720p. Although the resolution is not FHD, the viewing angles are decent and the color saturation is good as well. Comparing the display with the Moto g 3rd Gen, I really think that Zenfone 2 laser has better display, the blacks are more black, It has higher contrast and even the saturation is better. The display tweaks we can do is a cherry on the top.

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The display of the Zenfone 2 have always been decent and this one follows the regime. I mentioned in the Moto G3 review that if someone tries to look carefully, you may see the pixels but its not the case on Zenfone 2 Laser.

Performance

The device packs some impressive specs at the price point that it has to offer. It packs in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Processor (MSM8916) which is a quad core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz coupled with Adreno 306 GPU for handling the graphics department. This is not one of the chipsets which provides you with the best in class performance, but it surely handles Zen UI without any issues but lag may be faced by users during intensive gaming at the highest available settings. Coupled with the chipset we have 2 giga-bytes of DDR3 memory for snappy multitasking along with 16 GB of storage for installing your apps and games.

I tried playing heavy games like Asphalt 8, Real Racing 3 , Fifa 15 etc. and it worked well. I noticed a bit of lag in Asphalt 8 but other than that, the gaming performance is good. Talking about the multitasking capabilities, the phone starts to restart the apps with the fourth App which is really bad. The Moto G 2015 is able to handle 8 apps at once that is double os this phone. This is due to the Zen Ui which eats up the major part of the free RAM. But a casual user most of the time uses only around 3 apps at a moment so it should be fine. We also did some benchmarks with this guy and It really impressed us. It outperforms Moto G 2015, Redmi Note and even Yu Yureka.

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Camera

Now let’s get back to the main striking feature of this device by Asus, the camera. As I mentioned earlier, the Zenfone 2 Laser comes with a 13 mega-pixel shooter at the back of the device with LED flash and a laser auto focusing unit which is unique at this price.

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As the camera is the main factor, we would be doing a separate camera review, so check this space in 2-3 days and you will find the link of it.

Connectivity

The Asus Zenfone 2 Laser is a dual SIM device and is capable of 4G connectivity. The device handled 4G without any issues. I am based in Delhi so I used Airtel 4G and with full bars I was able to get around 30MBps which is extremely good as on the same location with same SIM I was only getting around 20MBps on Motorola Moto G. The device supports 802.11 B/G/N Wi-Fi and has Bluetooth 4.0. The sound quality through the earpiece is also excellent and I had no problem what so ever.

Battery

Battery back-up is one area where Asus has definitely improved over the flagship Zenfone 2. The smartphone is backed by a 3,000 mAh battery unit. Zenfone 2 Laser manages to deliver a decent battery back-up. The smartphone lasted for 14 hours with heavy usage that includes a lot of reading, texting, music playback, social networking, a bit of gaming, calling, etc. With moderate usage, you can make it work for 16 – 18 hours on a single charge.

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UI

This new device by Asus still comes with the Zen UI, a skinned version of Android based on Android Lollipop, which has some really impressive features but it tends to slow down the device. ZenUI comes with Zillions of pre-installed apps and If you have a 512Kbps connection then you will have hard time updating them. I have used other UIs too and a lot of companies pre install several apps but they make sure that the phone doesn’t slow down. This is not the case with Zenfone 2 laser. It gave me several hiccups and lags which I really don’t like at all. Addition to that we also get a little customizablity but that animations and stuff eventually slow dowsn the phone and with mere 2GB of RAM, it may become worse.

Coming to the good part, we do get options like double tab to wake, smartgroup and One-handed mode which I really envy. Here are some screenshots of the UI-

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Conclusion

The Zenfone 2 laser is a great phone for Rs. 9,999, It has an awesome camera, Good battery life and equally good 720p Screen. Overall the Zenfone 2 laser is something we call bang for the buck. Zen UI is one the best customisable Android version in which you can change almost everything, One handed mode and double tab to wake is a cherry on the top.

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Fix – OnePlus 7T not charging

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The OnePlus 7t is one of the best phones available in the sub 600$ range. It provides great build quality, awesome display, and best specs at a decent enough price. With this, it improves upon the OnePlus 7 with a 90Hz refresh rate screen, some camera improvements, and faster charging. There are tons of other minor improvements, and it all makes up for a more refined and reliable overall smartphone. The 7T is an excellent low-cost flagship. However, some users suggested that they were facing charging issues on their OnePlus 7T. So we are going to have a look at how to fix OnePlus 7T not charging.

Solution – Fix OnePlus 7T not charging

Method 1 – Restarting your 7T

One of the best solutions for your device not charging is to just restart it. Even with OnePlus sometimes the software can become buggy, it can hang and just not accept any charge. The first solution is to restart your 7T by pressing and holding the power button for 5 seconds and press on shut down. Once it restarts, chances are, your phone will charge as usual.

Method – 2 – Installing any Pending Updates on OnePlus 7t

As said above, charging issues often occur because of the software. If your phone is still turned on, check if your phone has any pending updates. If yes, then update it. These are the basic options that one must go through if their phone is not charging.

Method 3 – Changing the Cable | OnePlus 7T not charging

OnePlus 7T not charging

OnePlus is another apple in a lot of terms and After Apple, OnePlus is known for week charging cables. The USB C cable can often fry at the ends and can cause the cable to dis-function. A bad cable can also short circuit the phone’s USB C port so it is best to use the cable in its best condition and replace whenever necessary. If your OnePlus 7T not charging, try charging it with another cable or another adapter. To be honest, the quality of the OnePlus cables is not that great. Mine got frayed within two years of us so there is a high possibility that your adapter or the cable is the root cause of your phone not charging. Here is the link to a good USB – C cable which is compatible with your phone.

Also Read: Asus ROG Phone Review

Method 4 – Turning on USB Debugging on the OnePlus 7T

If the restarting of the phone has not worked and It is not the cable then you should try the third method. This works only if your phone is turned on. Go to about phone in settings. Tab build number seven times until you see the dialog saying you are now a developer. After that go back to settings and now you will see developer options. Go to developer options and check the option saying USB Debugging. This will force the phone to accept everything from the USB port. This even though is used by app developers but can fix your issue.

Method 5 – Clean the USB – C port

Phones are often kept in our pockets and a lot of times pockets have lint in them. The lint can then build up in the speakers, mic jack or the USB port. Before going to a service center or doing an experiment yourself, just take a toothpick or a paper clip and try to get all your lint out. This will take some patience but there is a high chance it might work. This is because when lint is present inside the port, the cable is not able to get inside completely and proper contact between the pins is not made. So it is suggested to clean the port thoroughly.

Method 4 – Replacing USB C Port | OnePlus 7T not charging

OnePlus 7T not charging

If your phone is still not charging then its the port on your phone that has gone bad. If you are not comfortable opening your phone then it is best to visit the service center. You can find the nearest service center from here. If you don’t mind tinkering with your phone then here is the link for the USB port of OnePlus 7T. Buy it and replace it on your 7T. You can consult this guide for disassembly of your phone.

 

Were you able to fix your phone? Let us know in the comment section below 😀

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How to – Screen Record on OnePlus 8

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The OnePlus 8 is no more an affordable flagship in 2020. It is though cheaper than the main flagships, it still costs a lot. While its design refinements borrow elements from other flagships, it’s an undeniably sleek phone, with waterfall display edges and a punch-hole for the front-facing camera. It comes with a Snapdragon 865 and up to 12GB of RAM, the phone is high-performance despite costing notably less than most flagships, making it the cheapest 5G phone in many markets. Today we will show you the best way by which you can Screen record OnePlus 8. There are a couple of methods to Record Screen on OnePlus 8. One Uses OnePlus’s own screen recorder other uses an app. With Screen recording you can record gameplay eg recording PUBG, CNN, you can also record other videos you find on social media as well as you will be able to record stories of other people on WhatsApp/Facebook or Instagram. Having a way to Screen Record on your phone gives you a lot of opportunities to use it. Here are the methods by which you can Screen Record on OnePlus 8-

How to – Screen Record on OnePlus 8

Method 1 – Using Oxygen OS’s screen recorder

Notice: You will need an Updated OnePlus 8 to do this as Old version’s of Oxygen OS does not support this. If you have older Oxygen OS, try the method 2

Steps

  1. Open you quick settings from the notification bar
  2. You will find a pencil icon with which you can edit it
  3. Find the Screen Recorder option
  4. drag it to your Active Quick Settings box
  5. Press Back to Save the settings
  6. Not Press the Screen Recording Icon and you should be able to record your Screen on OnePlus 8.

Hopefully, Screen Record on OnePlus 8 should now be possible, if not follow the method 2 below-

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Method 2 – Using 3rd Part App

  1. Click here to download the recommended app for your OnePlus 8. This is a screen recording app which is supported by your phone.
  2. Now after installing the app, you will get a screen like this.
  3. Click on the Small Circle which has appeared on your Left side of the screen. Now what you’ll get is this.
  4. Click on the Center circle with the camera icon.
  5. Now click on Start on your phone.
  6. The video should start recording.
  7. To stop the recording, Go to your navigation bar and click on Stop.

Also Read: Best Bluetooth Speaker in budget

View the video you just recorded – Screen Record on op 8

Go to the gallery.

  1. In Albums, Go to the folder named Collection.
  2. Now you can share your video from here itself.

How to edit your Video you just recorded – Screen Record on OnePlus 8

  1. Go to Playstore and download Quik by GoPro.
  2. Now just select your video and start editing it!
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Fix Charging issues on Galaxy A50

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Galaxy A50 is one of the best mid-rangers out there. With a 6.4-inch super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. It comes with Android 9.0 out of the box though it can be upgraded to Android 10. Samsung always fits the phone with the best hardware available on smartphones. When we reviewed the A50, we termed it as the Best Samsung midranger you can get. Recently, our A50 was starting to get some troubles charging and today it completely stopped charging. When searched online we found that many other users were also facing the same issue. We were able to get a solution and today we will be sharing how to fix the Charging issues on Galaxy A50.

There is no simple solution that works for all. You would have to go through all the solutions to see which one works for you.

Method 1 – Restart the phone – Charging issues on Galaxy A50

Charging issues on Galaxy A50

Charging issues on Galaxy A50

Well, this might sound simple but the One UI of Samsung could have a couple of bugs. I have gone through many situations where things like camera stopped working and with just a restart it starts working again. So one of the best options you have is to just go ahead and do a restart. When you restart your A50, it will first stop all the running operations including the ones stopping you from charging. When the phone is again turned on, all the tasks start from the startup position which hence clears the error that might be coming.

Note: If your phone is not responding, you have to do a hard reset. This can be done by holding the Power Button for 7 seconds or until your phone switches off. This, however, will delete any of unsaved data that you might be working on at that time.

Method 2 – Update the phone – Charging issues on Galaxy A50

As said above, charging issues often occur because of the software. If your phone is still turned on, check if your phone has any pending update. If yes, then update it. This is the basic options that one must go through if their phone is not charging.

Method 3 – Charge while switched off

Charging issues on Galaxy A50

Charging issues on Galaxy A50

If your phone is not getting charged while it is on, try to charge it while it is switched off. This actually worked for a lot of people and could work for you as well. Sometimes the wall charger is not able to provide sufficient voltage to charge. As the phone requires energy to run, If the voltage is not enough, It will just not accept the charge. The best way to check this is by charging while the phone is switched off. If it is able to charge, then maybe try using a different wall outlet. You can also wait for some time as it is possible that the grid is doing some technical work because of which the voltage is low. By this time, you should have a reason as to why your phone was not charging. If not then continue reading below 🙂

Method 4 – Change the Adapter/ Cable

Charging issues on Galaxy A50

Galaxy A50 Picture

This may sound obvious but the culprit could be your adapter or the cable. To be honest, the quality of the Samsung cables is not that great. Mine got frayed within two years of us so there is a high possibility that your adapter or the cable is the root cause of your phone not charging. Here is the link to a good USB – C cable which is compatible with your phone.

Method 5 – The USB – C Port

With time often the USB – C port gets a lot of lint stored up in it. As the phone is always kept in our pocket, it pickups up little garbage from our pockets. To clean this, you can try blowing air onto your USB C port. If you are certain that the port is clean but it is still not working, it might just be that the port is damaged. For this, you can either go to Samsung service centre. You can locate a nearby store from here or if you are someone who likes to tinker with stuff, maybe try to replace it by yourself. You can get a full daughterboard for less than 5$ from Aliexpress.

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