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ASUS Zenfone 2 Deluxe: Same Zenfone with More Storage and Better Back Plate

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Here’s the ASUS Zenfone 2 Deluxe in the Flesh!

We’ve been using the ASUS Zenfone 2 Deluxe as our everyday smartphone workhorse for the last few days and we’d like to share with you guys our findings. To those who are not yet familiar with this phone, it basically has the same specifications as the ASUS Zenfone 2 except for a super generous serving of 128GB internal storage (which supposedly uses better storage tech as well) and a more glamorous back plate.

Here’s a refresher of the specifications:

ASUS Zenfone Deluxe Spec Sheet

SRP: Php17,995

  • 64-bit Intel Atom 2.3GHz Z3580 quad-core processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 5.5-inch full HD IPS display with Gorilla Glass 3, 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 128GB of storage, expandable via microSD up to 64GB
  • 13-megapixel rear camera, f/2.0-aperture, 5-element, autofocus with dual-color Real Tone flash
  • 5-megapixel front camera, f/2.0-aperture, wide-angle 85-degree lens with Selfie Panorama
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, NFC
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop with ZenUI
  • 3000mAh battery

Biggest Visible Difference? The Back Plate.

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In terms of design aesthetics the only major difference really is the back plate. Instead of the usual smooth brush metal or glossy finish, we get a textured one with multiple triangular curves. The color also changes a bit when you change your viewing angle and the light bounces off it. It’s a pretty mesmerizing and can definitely make a for a great conversation piece.

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Everything else is the same. The placement of the buttons, the camera, the front panel, etc. In fact, if you switch the normal ASUS Zenfone 2 back plate on this, no one could actually tell the difference unless they open your phone and check your internal storage capacity, hehe.

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By the way, if you’re rocking a Zenfone 2 and plan on upgrading to this, the bad news is that your tight fit cases probably won’t fit anymore. The glass and hard type cases we used for the Zenfone 2 didn’t fit but the silicone one was able to mostly due to it’s malleable material.

Marginal Improvement in Performance?

Antutu Score of the Deluxe
Antutu Score of the Deluxe

When it came to performance we didn’t really notice any boost or upgrade. Battery life, processing power, graphics, and display output were the same. However upon checking Antutu Benchmark Scores we noticed that the ASUS Zenfone Deluxe consistently outperformed the original Zenfone 2 by a few hundred points. The screenshot above is the score of the Deluxe while the one below is from the Zenfone 2.

Antutu Score of the Zenfone 2
Antutu Score of the Zenfone 2

Our theory here is that the hard drive technology they used for the Deluxe is more optimized. This is one factor that contributes to the over-all Antutu score. Take note though that you will barely, if at all, feel any difference in power or smoothness.

128GB of Juicy Internal Storage!

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The real reason anyone would ever want the Deluxe is the juicy 128GB internal storage. You can literally cram multiple seasons of your favorite TV series and several movies in this thing without even needing to buy a micro SD card. If 128GB still isn’t enough for you then put in a 64GB micro SD card. That’s probably overkill already though, hehe.

So should you get one?

If you’ve set your sights on the Zenfone 2 64GB ROM 4GB model, you might actually just want to go for the Zenfone 2 Deluxe. You’ll be spending a couple of thousand pesos anyway for a 64GB micro SD card. Might as well just spend a little more and just go for this one. You get a cool and mesmerizing back plate to boot. 😛

That pretty much wraps up this review. If you want to see photo samples, battery life tests, etc., we encourage you to just check out our review of the ASUS Zenfone 2 since the specs are the same. You can find links to all of your ASUS Zenfone reviews below.

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Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Unbox.ph. During daytime he’s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime he’s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

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23 Comments

      1. in our area sale na agad ang Galaxy S6/Edge. Before pa inilabas yung plus versions at nag price roll back globally. wawang Samsung. Some shareholders are gonna be so annoyed next year. Lelz

        But anyway I’m not interested in this storage capacity. Di ko nga mapuno ang 8 GB eto pa kaya? For this price makakabili na ako nng mid ranger and a glorious Wi-Fi external HDD.

  1. If 128GB still isn’t enough for you then put in a 64GB micro SD card. That’s probably overkill already though, hehe. -> 5 yrs from now pagtatawanan mo statement na to

  2. the problem sa zenfone is yung battery and screen..my zen 1 is wasted after 7 months..screen is no longer responding that well..i love the updates that asus rolls out..ansipag and full support sila..but the problem that most users encounter is the battery appetite of the processor, its intel natural yang nag over heat at nag battery drain pag uminit na..its blazing fast..my sister has the zen 2 4gig ram version..pero may mga downsides na syang nakikita..no doubt the zen series is a monster phone with a bang for the buck price and performance..sa mga nag cocompare sa note 5 dito, di naman dapat..iba target goal ng samsung for that flagship, better sa s6 natin sya i tapat..i did not go with the note 5 from my note 3, i decided to go with note 4..its a daily driver with more than enough power,fast and reliable, sa konting difference dito sa bagong zenfone, makaka kuha ka parin ng note 4 brand new at 21-22k..the most important thing is a removeable battery..!basahin nyo po muna ang battery life expectancy for mobile devices..maganda kung mabilis ang device, para sakin na every 2-3 years mag palit ng phone..battery is everything..its not the size, not how new..but how reliable and dependable your phone is..at the end of the day, di investment ang phone..!willing ka ba na iwanan phone mo for 1-2 weeks sa service center para lang mag papalit ng battery?ako kahit saan makakabili ng pang palit..128 gig b?may mem card napo na 128 gig antagal napo..kaya to basahin ni note 3-4..not a fanboy but i weighed out the pros and cons..after market support wins all the time for me..gamit yan na nasisira, mahalaga na may support ka na makuha pag nag break down device mo..add in accessory and other compatibility sa 3rd party devices..i will go with a known device model and manufacturer all the time..yung deluxe version?bleehh..mukang baku baku yung back cover..may faux carbon fiber cover pero di masyadong maganda..di porket sinabi na malaki internal memory is maganda na agad..di naman lahat ilalagay mo sa internal memory eh..i liked my zen 1, but di parin ganun ka reliable..merry christmas..

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