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Asus unveils a new Zenfone 2 Laser for the US, out today for $199

Asus loves confusing people with the names of its products, so today it’s launching the Zenfone 2 Laser in the US. Only, this being Asus, of course there’s a catch when it comes to the name. See, this isn’t the internationally available Zenfone 2 Laser. Actually, it’s none of them – since there are amazingly no less than four different Zenfone 2 Laser models out there already: the ZE500KL, ZE500KG, ZE550KL, and the ZE601KL.

In the US, however, you’re getting the never before seen Zenfone 2 Laser ZE551KL. This device comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with laser autofocus (hence the name) and dual-tone LED flash, a 5 MP selfie cam, 3GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of expandable storage, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615 SoC running the show (with a 1.7 GHz octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU), 4G LTE, dual-SIM functionality, and a 3,000 mAh battery. Android 5.0 Lollipop is the OS version employed, underneath Asus’ own ZenUI.

The ZE551KL is compatible with AT&T, T-Mobile, and MVNOs operating on those carriers’ frequencies. It won’t work on Verizon, Sprint, or other CDMA carriers. The smartphone should become available today at the Asus online store and Newegg.

For the 16GB version, you’ll have to pay $199, while the model with 32GB of built-in storage will go for $249. The prices are valid without any requirement of signing a long-term carrier contract, as the phone is being sold unlocked.