Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe Review – Same Phone. Different Design.

When you look at the Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe, it is basically the Zenfone 2 but with cosmetic changes. It is available in either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage, and will only come with the 4GB of RAM variant unlike the Zenfone 2 itself which offers many choices for interested buyers. When it comes to price, these higher-end configurations still come within the same price range as that of the normal Zenfone 2.

Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe Review - Same Phone. Different Design.

Is There More to the Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe Than Just Being a Different Looking Zenfone 2?

As for the looks and build quality of the Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe, these are the only departments of the phone that are different from that of the original Zenfone 2. For its front and sides, both offerings from Asus share the same attributes. But for the back, it’s a whole different story.

The phone’s removable back panel is in a unique and delightful crystalline pattern. It is made with a dull matte finish with plenty of angular variations. This will allow the rear to glisten under light but it won’t have too much of a glare. While still under light, the phone will have its other parts appear darker and differently colored.

The rear of the ZenFone 2 Deluxe still as a curve which mainly helps with gripping the phone. For just about everything else with regards to the design of the phone, it is the same as the Zenfone 2. The button position and layout are still the same for both phones. This means that Zenfone 2 fans will have no problem converting to the Deluxe.

As for its specification and hardware, both phones, once again, share the same offerings. It still has that quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 SoC processor and offers 4GB of RAM. If the Zenfone 2 offers many variations in terms of internal storage (from 16GB to 128GB), the Deluxe will only offer two – them being 64GB and 128GB. The battery is non-removable and there are separate slots for the Micro-SIM cards and the microSD card. Up to 128GB of external storage capacity can be supported.

The phone’s primary SIM card slot is the only one that is 4G supported. The second one will only be limited to 2G connectivity. As for the Deluxe’s display, it offers a decent full-HD IPS-LCD screen and battery life is also decent as it is powered by a 3000mAh cell.

Ultimately, the Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe is nothing more than a cosmetic change to the Zenfone 2. Long-time Asus smartphone fans will be given a choice if they want something with regular smartphone looks or a handset that has a more classy look with the same hardware and software offering. In the end, it will come down to this choice as the price for both phones are practically the same.


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