Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition with 256GB Storage Complete Specs! Will It Be Launched in the Philippines?

Looking at the e-invite that our friends from Asus Philippines sent me last week for the ZenFestival Manila happening on August 26th, one would have to be absolutely dense not to expect the company to announce the Deluxe Special Edition of ZenFone 2 at the event.

Asus ZenFestival Manila
I mean, that background clearly shows what Asus calls the 'Multifaced Polygonal Finish' of Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe's removable back plate. There must be a reason why used that.

Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition

So, before we had our long weekend, I asked our buds from Asus Philippines last Thursday if they are indeed planning to release that limited edition model locally. They replied, "[Yes, Mark. It's one of the smartphone we are announcing this week.]" Exciting, eh?

Update as of August 29, 2015: Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe Philippines has just been launched! We're getting the 128GB version and it will sell for Php 17,995 when it hits stores shelves come the first week of September 2015.

Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition

For those who are wondering, Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe has almost the exact same technical specifications of the regular version -- but it has a more interesting back cover designs and it comes with ultra-large internal storage options, which means that you can use it as a wireless storage device!

Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition
I wonder how this feels in the flesh. Hmm. I think it'd be like holding a handful of diamonds.

Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition
Asus is also offering this alternative Carbon Night (or Carbon Fiber) finish. I've seen this before on another smartphone so I prefer the one with crystals.

But just how large is ultra-large internal storage, you ask? Well, Asus recently launched a ZenFone 2 Deluxe variant in Brazil that has a whopping 256GB of ROM! Believe it! That's double the flash storage of some of their notebooks.

And I bet your follow-up question is 'Are Filipinos also getting this 256GB model? And if so, how much will it be?' We'll just have to wait and see. Anyway, ZenFestival Manila happening just a couple of days from now so won't have to wait too long to find out.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe ZE551ML
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 64GB / 128GB / 256GB (TBC) 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 256GB of ROM, Fast Charging
Announcement ZenFestival Manila 2015 ~ August 29, 2015
Availability Q3 2015 (TBC)
Price TBA
Philippines - Php 17,995 for 128GB version