Asus Launches Special Edition ZenFone 2 With More Storage, Special Covers

Asus launched the ZenFone 2 in May with some pretty impressive features, including an Intel Atom Z3580 SoC and 4 GB of available memory. The largest storage option was 64 GB of internal space with the option of an additional microSD card with capacities up to 64 GB. With the release of the new Special Edition, you can now get a ZenFone 2 with twice as much internal storage space.

The Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition comes equipped with 128 GB, but it otherwise shares most of its specifications with the $300 ZenFone 2. You'll find the same Z3580 SoC paired with 4 GB of RAM. It also offers dual-SIM support, just like the less expensive phone. The ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition does offer a couple of exclusives beyond the extra capacity, though.

Asus has included two special back covers for the new phone. One of the covers is made of carbon fiber, and the second cover is a faceted design with different shades of silver, which the company said is designed to feel great in your hand. In addition to the special back covers, the ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition features red trim around the screen. Asus altered the UI to match the red outline as well, giving the icons on the device appear black with red details.

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Header Cell - Column 0 ZE551ML-23-4G128G-SE
OSAndroid Lollipop 5.0
ProcessorIntel Atom Quad Core Z3580 (2.3 GHz), Power VR G6430, with OpenGL 3.0 support
Storage128 GB with Micro SD Card slot support up to 64 GB
Display1080 x 1920 FHD IPS (403 ppi) with Gorilla Glass 3
Battery3,000 mAh, non-removable battery
Camera13MP Camera f/2.0 aperture, dual-flash LED
5MP front-facing, wide-angle camera with f/2.0 aperture
Connectivity802.11ac, BT 4.0
Cellular and Wireless BandsGSM/EDGE: 850, 900,1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
WCDMA: Band 1/2/4/5/8
FDD-LTE: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/17/20
Network CompatibilityGSM Networks including AT&T, T-Mobile and providers utilizing GSM networks such as Straight Talk, MetroPCS, and Cricket Wireless
SIM CardDual micro-SIM
- Primary SIM - 2G/3G/4G
- Secondary SIM - 2G

The ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition is available now from Asus's webstore, Newegg, B&H and Asus's MSRP for the phone is $399.

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  • thehritzinator
    I have a Zenfone 2, and I'm even getting sick of all the options. Just let me buy all the damn covers, and I'll be happy.
  • FinalDrive
    I have the 64Gb ZenFone2 and am quite happy with it. It appears apart from the storage the new features will be covered up when you put the phone in a case that will actually protect the device. Save money and just get a bigger SD card, it only "supports" up to 64, but it would seem that any sdxc will work, heard several 128's function without issue.
  • zodiacfml
    I will be all over this if only this was a Nexus.
  • BulkZerker
    Isn't this basically running stock Android?
  • Chris_85
    "Deluxe Special Edition"? Seriously? Either "deluxe" or "special" is enough. Pick one. I'm almost surprised they didn't throw in "premium" and "gourmet" too.