Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe Philippines 128GB Price is Php 17,995

Several days ago, I shared with you guys that Asus launched a ZenFone 2 Deluxe variant in Brazil with a whopping 256GB of internal storage -- and just like me, many of you got excited about the model and hoped that it would likewise be released here.

Well, yesterday, the Taiwanese electronics company - via ZenFestival Manila held at Green Sun AXON in Makati City - formally introduced Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe in the Philippines. But here's the thing: The model that we're getting only has 128GB of ROM. I know! I was wishing that we'd also get the 256GB version but I guess 128GB isn't so bad. And who knows? Some day, Asus might actually launch the variant with bigger storage in our country. We'll just have to wait and see.

Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe 128GB

Except for its sizable ROM and its unique back cover with 'multifaced polygonal finish', this Deluxe version has the exact same technical specifications of the best-selling Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML flagship release.

Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe 128GB

At its heart, this special model runs its Zen-UI-skinned Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system with a 64-Bit Quad Core 2.3 GHz Intel Atom Z3580 chipset, has 4GB of RAM for seamless and fast multitasking, and is powered by non-removable 3,000 mAh Li-Po battery pack with BoostMaster fast-charging technology.

Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe 128GB
I would like to give credit to the good folks at FoneArena for all images in this entry.

On the outside, ZenFone 2 Deluxe flaunts a 5.5 Full HD IPS+ TruVivid display panel underneath scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 3 touchscreen, a 13 MP autofocus main camera with Dual Tone LED flash and PixelMaster technology for enhanced low-light performance, a 5 MegaPixel selfie camera in front with wide-angle lens, Full HD video recorder, three capacitive navigation buttons below the screen, a volume rocker made of real metal that's located at the back, a microUSB 2.0 port, and a 3.5mm audio jack. Again, these specs simply mirror what you'll get on the regular ZenFone 2 ZE551ML.

Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe 128GB

In terms of design, the distinguishing characteristic of the Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe is its back panel, which features this first-of-its-kind finish that's reminiscent of diamond cuts. There are three colors currently available; White, Blue, and Purple -- all having an iridescent look that changes shade, gleam, or tone depending on how light hits it.

Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe 128GB

Offering such a generous amount of internal storage, this particular model - I believe - would be ideal for those who love taking photos and shooting videos. And because 128GB is almost as big as the SSD storage of some laptops, ZenFone 2 Deluxe can also be used as a remote or wireless file storage device.

Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe 128GB

Donning an official SRP of Php 17,995, Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe will be at all Asus Concept Stores and authorized retail stores across the country come the first week of September 2015.

As some of you know, Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML has been one of my daily drivers since its launch last April 2015 and I'm thoroughly impressed with the device. Given that this model comes with the same features and even offers a couple special enhancements, I think this freshly launched 128GB Deluxe version will be an even better purchase. I give it my two thumbs up!

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe ZE551ML 128GB Philippines
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen), Limited Edition Model
Price Category High-End (Flagship Level)
Dimensions152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9 mm
Weight 170 grams
Available Colors White, Purple
Operating System Android 5.0 Lollipop with Zen UI
Display 5.5 inches (~403 ppi pixel density), 1080 x 1920 pixels, IPS+, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, Gorilla Glass 3
Processor Quad Core 64-bit 2.3 GHz Intel Atom Z3580 chipset with PowerVR G6430 GPU
Internal Storage 128 GB of ROM, eMMC, expandable via microSD card slot supporting up to 128GB
Camera Main: 13 MegaPixels, 4208 x 3120 pixels, autofocus, Dual Tone LED flash
Front: 5 MegaPixels
Video Capture Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second for main camera, HD for front camera (TBC)
Audio and Video Playback MP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLAC, MP4, H.264
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, HSPA+; LTE Cat4, NFC
GPS Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS
FM Radio Yes
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity Gyroscope
Network 2G GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 and SIM 2, 3G HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, 4G LTE 700 / 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 17, 18, 19, 20, 28, 29), TD-LTE 1900 / 2300 / 2500 / 2600 (Bands 38, 39, 40, 41)
SIM Card Type Dual microSIM, Dual Standby
Battery Non-removable 3,000 mAh Li-Po battery
Uptime TBD
Value-Added Features Zen UI, Back Cover with Multifaceted Polygonal Finish, PixelMaster camera, Affordable price tag; Top-notch specs, Ultra-large 128GB of ROM, Fast Charging
Announcement ZenFestival Manila 2015 ~ August 29, 2015
Availability September 2015
Price Official SRP: Php 17,995