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Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition unveiled in Brazil, packed with 256GB of internal storage

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Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition unveiled in Brazil, packed with 256GB of internal storage
Would 256GB be enough internal storage for your phone? In Brazil on Friday, Asus unveiled another variant of the Asus ZenFone 2, this time the Deluxe Special Edition of the handset. What makes this version so 'Deluxe' and 'Special' is the 256GB of internal storage that is stuffed inside the phone. That should be enough memory to store photos, videos, apps and other files.

The rest of the specs include a Gorilla Glass 3 protected 5.5-inch screen, carrying a resolution of 1080 x 1920. The Intel Atom Z3580 SoC is under the hood, with an quad-core 2.5GHz CPU and the PowerVR G6430 GPU. 4GB of RAM is inside, and a 128GB capacity microSD slot can be accessed by those who need more than 256GB of storage.

A 13MP Pixelmaster camera graces the back of the phone, while a 5MP snapper adorns the front of the unit. A non-removable 3000mAh battery is charged with keeping power running through the handset. Android 5.0 is pre-installed with the Zen UI running on top. The ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition comes with an exclusive version of racing game Asphalt 8, and two new back covers (Textured Black with red, and Illusion White with red accents). The phone supports 4G LTE (Cat.6), 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS connectivity. It features Dual SIM, Dual Active capabilities and the Asus Boostmaster fast charging technology.

The Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition will be available in Brazil next month, but pricing is unknown for now.


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source: AsusFanatics (translated) via FoneArena

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posted on 22 Aug 2015, 01:14 6

1. Jklaz (Posts: 159; Member since: 01 Jul 2013)


Honestly don't know how someone could use that much space with just their phone.. but it's good that phones like this will push other companies to bring up the avg. Even 32gb seems unacceptable to me now a days.. but 128 is a lot.

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 01:19 12

4. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa (Posts: 360; Member since: 29 Jul 2015)


I think big storage were needed if you want to record video with FullHD or 4K from the phone.

It's a shame that the latest Motorola with 21MP camera and the best Galaxy and also LG G4 doesn't have adequte storage.

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 01:42 23

11. neela_akaash (Posts: 1118; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


People will suddenly need 256gb storage when Samsung or Apple launches a phone with 256gb variant.

And they will also be happy to pay more than double the price of this Asus Zenfone 2 256gb model.

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 04:37 1

22. Tondern (Posts: 105; Member since: 23 Feb 2015)


Belive me if I could buy a Zonefone in my country, I would. Every credible hardware store in my country has loads of Asus products, including phones and tablets, just none of the Zen products :(

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 03:53 4

20. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


''Honestly don't know how someone could use that much space with just their phone''

Errr...Individual differences, needs? I, myself is keen on buying this so long as it will not go beyond $550 or something ..... My music collection is roughly around 300+ GB PLUS I LOVE watching HD movies.... Now if I can augment another 128GB on top of it this'll pretty much be my dream phone

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 07:41 1

27. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4274; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


You should look into some streaming/cloud services.

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 07:57 10

29. zeljonsu (Posts: 22; Member since: 24 May 2012)


coming from a country with inconsistent and slow network connection, streaming/cloud services still sounds bullcrap here... :)

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 09:23 4

33. TA700 (Posts: 68; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


"and a 128GB capacity microSD slot can be accessed by those who need more than 256GB of storage."

My collection of flacs is almost as much as yours :)
And the 2nd SIM slot is definitely useful, l'll definitely keep a lookout for Asus when it's time to upgrade my phone.

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 10:23 4

34. tomn1ce (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)


They did mention in the article that the phone has a microSD slot for up to 128GB… you must had missed that -_-

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 21:06 1

46. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2371; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


64GB was more than enough when I had a jailbroken iPhone, 'cause I'd most of the time prefer habdling my files on my Laptop/Surface Pro due to the inferior multitasking capabilities of the iPhone. But now with 64GB storage on my OnePlus, which can do a whole lot more Windows PC-like background tasks with it's 3GB RAM, it's starting to feel too small.

I sync (via SMB) my pictures, music, NAND flash backups, and Titanium backups of my installed apps between my Surface Pro 2 and my OnePlus One. Got to the point where I had only 7GB left. If I had more space, or at least a MicroSD card slot, I'd add videos to that sync process.

Even though I built my own cloud on a QNAP TS-470 Pro, cloud is no alternative, especially as I don't have unlimited data here in Canada (3GB is my cap) and can't guarantee signal strength will be sufficient everywhere I go. Local data FTW.

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 01:18 4

2. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa (Posts: 360; Member since: 29 Jul 2015)


This phone have MORE storage than computer from 10 years ago.

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 10:50 1

38. ibend (Posts: 3865; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


this phone have more storage than chromebook today -_-
(and my 8 years old laptop only have 160GB storage lol)

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 01:19

3. Chuck007 (Posts: 1054; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


I like how they use the ROG colour theme

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 01:20 4

5. Sheryb (Posts: 8; Member since: 16 Jun 2015)


OCTA CORE ATOM O.O

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 01:23 9

6. ThePython (Posts: 879; Member since: 08 May 2013)


I feel like some people would complain about the lack of expandable storage.

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 03:19 5

17. Podrick (Posts: 510; Member since: 19 Aug 2015)


QWERTYphone: No expandable storage= FAIL

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 05:51

47. redmd (Posts: 1250; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


And:
Non removable battery = FAIL

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 10:25 1

35. tomn1ce (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)


Someone did mention they wish the phone would have expendable storage for an extra 128GB. LOL

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 01:24 3

7. DONUT (Posts: 409; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


Asus is going bonkers with Zenfone 2 variants aren't they? and in the meantime, the Zenfone Zoom, announced the same time as the original Zenfone 2, is still nowhere to be seen :/

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 10:29 2

36. tomn1ce (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)


They are killing the Zenfone brand just like HTC killed the One brand… I just wish they would make a phone like this for the USA. Do like Motorola and stick all the radio bands in one phone including CDMA for verizon. 256GB of internal storage and I'll be happy.

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 01:30

8. dimas (Posts: 1977; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Asus is trying to get the flagship killer title from one plus 2. My guess would be $380-400 for this model.

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 10:52

39. ibend (Posts: 3865; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


but zenfone2 128GB already priced at $450

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 01:34 12

9. ninja_master (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


Meanwhile the note5 only have a maximum of 64gb non expandable storage *grabs deluxe special edition popcorn*

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 01:41 9

10. dimas (Posts: 1977; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Just wait for the because-sd-cards will-slow-your-phone & all-you-need-is-cloud team.

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 07:40 2

26. rishav20193 (Posts: 196; Member since: 18 Jul 2015)


if sd card does slow down the phone......then there are chances we may get new sd cards which won't slow down the speed & will be on par with UFS 2.0 standards

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 11:01

40. ibend (Posts: 3865; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


speed gap is too much.. UFS 2.0 max speed is 1.2GB/s while the fastest microSD UHS-II is 312MB/s
only SSD (sata 3.0), and usb 3.0 interface can reach that speed (as removable media)

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 08:39 5

31. joey_sfb (Posts: 5428; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Nonsense! How does a storage only use to store and access media files slow down your device?

Which manufacturer makes that claim? Seems like people that has bought phone without SD card are making all the excuses for them.

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 08:51 4

32. joey_sfb (Posts: 5428; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


The acid test would be to benchmark your phone with and without an SD card in the microSD card slot.

I have done it with several of my android devices, the result is zero differences in benchmark score.

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 02:22 6

12. SonyPS4 (Posts: 344; Member since: 21 May 2013)


I wish this is standard for all high end model.

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 02:29 1

13. lylee73 (Posts: 84; Member since: 18 Mar 2015)


I want to have it... but I don't have the money. Too bad. Dunno if the phone's performance is a flagship killer?

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 02:38 1

14. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2004; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


wooow,. i would get this over other top notch smartphones liked the specs ..

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 02:51 1

15. phonehome (Posts: 508; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


Meanwhile, Samsung will include 4gb of storage and a sealed 900mAh battery in the S7.

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 02:51

16. iusshpandeh (Posts: 250; Member since: 23 Jul 2014)


More than my PC! ( Surface Pro 3) O.O

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 03:36

18. SonyOwner (Posts: 86; Member since: 21 Aug 2015)


Asus is obsessed.
They just fall on the midrange category.

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 03:49 6

19. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


At least they try to be something different....and they're doing the right thing

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 03:58 9

21. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


While popular OEMs are going all out for the SoC/Benchmark/Sexyness race to the top thingy...ASUS is doing their own thing, w/c Ima bet would please a lot of media buffs, Good job ASUS!

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 11:10

41. ibend (Posts: 3865; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


yeah right, wish the they put front stereo speaker on next generation zenfone..
(and wish they make the real asus flagship, to compete with motorola's, xiaomi's, oneplus's, and meizu's flagship)

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 05:53 1

23. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


It's basically a mini-netbook at this point

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 07:03 1

24. WindowsiDroid (Posts: 134; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


Intel Atom Processor Z3580 is not an Octa-core Processor but a Quad-Core Processor with 4 Logical Processor. Aside from that typo error, Asus did really want to become more unique in terms of specs on this phone.

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 07:16

25. Tuxedo (Posts: 339; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


I wonder if it's possible to install Windows 10 Mobile? After all, it is running an X86 CPU and the X86 version on Android. With all that storage, you could dedicate 128GB to each and dual boot both Android and Windows. This device is very interesting.

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 08:05

30. mixedfish (Posts: 1154; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


Not possible.

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 11:17

42. ibend (Posts: 3865; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


if u can make boot startup selector menu, then its possible..
dual-boot tablet with atom processor already common though

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 07:56 5

28. Exige85 (Posts: 143; Member since: 12 Aug 2015)


Bravo,Asus, some companies are actually thinking, 256gb (a quarter tbyte),that's what am talking. This a what I expected to see on a very High phone like the Samsung Note 5 which DOESN'T have a micro sd-card. I would love to see produce a upper end phone too. 256gb +Plus Sd Card. I need to get this phone lol.

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 10:37 1

37. tomn1ce (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)


Not to mention that the maximum storage is 64GB and this is a flagship device. Knowing Samsung would only leave about 50-55GB for the user. Hopefully Samsung takes note and makes their 2016 high end devices line up with more than 64GB.

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 15:00

45. HighOnAndroidFTW (Posts: 185; Member since: 26 Apr 2015)


Hey if the big dogs continue to turn a blind eye to the communities it'll give a chance for a smaller player in other big opportunity countries to grow and quickly. Power to Asus.

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 11:44 2

43. legiloca (Posts: 1323; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


Asus was like In Your Face Samsung!

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 12:14

44. Beto_Lopez (Posts: 43; Member since: 14 Apr 2015)


Heavy Breathing

posted on 10 Sep 2015, 15:41

48. mog1254 (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)


Why can't Asus make this available for the US market? 4gb RAM and 256gb internal ? Plus add the massive 5000mah battery from the Zenfone Max. Asus would sell as many as they could make. This market specific stuff irks me. It's like England getting cars from Ford Europe or GM Europe that are far cooler than what is offered here. Asus? There are other markets than foreign ones. And even if I'd never use 256gb- it's nice to know that it's available. And it would sent a clear strong signal to Samsung/Apple that we're ALL tired of over-priced phones. Decent processor- better memory than 99% of other phones- and much better pricing than any Samsung/Apple phones. What's not to like??

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