In the world of television, spin-offs are a common sight as many networks try their hardest to keep that rare gem of a tv show alive. I completely understand this desire to milk every last drop out of your prized cow simply because money is hard to make in this world where piracy is rampant.
Generally, many of these spin-offs tend to fall flat and the way I see it, there are two big reasons why this happens. The first is that the show doesn’t live up to the hype. It’s hard to follow in the footsteps of something as big as, say, Friends for example (we’re looking at you Joey). Secondly, it doesn’t eventually break off from the original and find and identity of its own, or that special niche that makes a show special.
In the world of smartphones, it seems, that there exists this same desire to spin off into various other versions of an OEM’s flagship or popular device.
Some spin-offs are designed to make their flagship devices more accessible with lower price points by omitting one or two key features but keeping the feel the same. Others try to incorporate one new key feature that’s absent from the main device.
The latter is where ASUS’s Zenfone 2 Laser comes in. In case you haven’t realised it yet, the keyword here is “laser”, which means that this spin-off device’s camera comes with a laser autofocus. And as with spin-offs, the question remains, does it float or does it fall?