February 19 2018
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Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe Review – The Zenfone repackaged

Asus, in the second iteration of the Zenfone series, has tried to give the consumer a huge variety to choose from. One phone from this range is the Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe. The Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe mostly has the same specs as the Asus Zenfone 2 (64 GB) apart from a back cover with a crystal pattern at the back.

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Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe ZE551ML specs:

  • 5.5-inch display
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution
  • 1.5 GHz quad-core Intel Z3580 processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 64 GB internal memory
  • 13 MP primary camera
  • 5 MP front facing camera
  • Android v5.0 Lollipop
  • 3000 mAh battery

The Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe comes for around 23K and offers 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal memory. Along with that, it comes with a 5.5-inch full HD display, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 13-megapixel rear cam, 5-megapixel front cam and a 3000 mAh battery. It runs Android 5.0.

The highlight of the Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe is obviously the back cover, which looks pretty great.

The Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe is designed to cash in on the hype generated by the 4 GB RAM Asus Zenfone 2 released early in the year which created a benchmark in terms of performance. But, with the changed market, this phone faces renewed challenges from phones such as the OnePlus 2.

The Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe is not just the Zenfone 2 released with a different cover, rather, it is one with many bugs resolved.

Let’s see what the Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe offers.

Display

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The Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe comes with a 5.5-inch full HD display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. If you have experienced the Zenfone 2, you would see that the Zenfone 2 Deluxe display offers slight improvements. The viewing angles are better and even sunlight visibility works pretty fine.

The display now also supports Glove Mode i.e. the screen is sensitive enough to be operated with gloves on.

Generally, we would have our reservations on a 5.5-inch display, but the display on this phone generally performs well.

Hardware

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The back of the Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe seriously looks awesome.

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It is something different from the market and is essentially something that can be used for showing off. The back cover is made of plastic, but is actually pretty sturdy, in fact, sturdier than a regular plastic cover. It also makes it easy to grab the phone. Although, it kind of lends a bit of weight to the device, making it a bit heavy at 170g.

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Thankfully, it is removable, so if it gets too scratchy over time, you can easily change it.

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That being said, it does look fancy in comparison to a regular Zenfone.

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The buttons are just the same as a regular Zenfone, with the power button on top and the volume rocker at the back below the camera and above the Asus logo.

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The 3.5-mm audio jack is located on the top of the handset while the MicroUSB slot is located at the bottom.

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The sides have been kept clean and the speaker is located the back.

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The physical home, back and return buttons are located below the display while the front cam is located above the display.

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In terms of design, the Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe offers something different than the regular deal.

Software

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The Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe runs Android 5.0, amply supported by 4 GB RAM onboard. Asus has empowered the Deluxe with a high level of customization with the Zen UI. You can choose from a stock Android-esque outlook for the device or an app drawer.

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Generally, the Zen UI is pretty responsive on the Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe. That being said, there are hordes of apps onboard that you don’t need. Although, some of them are useful too. For example, you can use the PC Link to use your smartphone on a PC.

We do hope that an Android Marshmallow update takes care of the little glitches that are there.

Camera

The Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe comes with a 13-megapixel rear cam and a 5-megapixel front cam.

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In terms of camera performance, we were generally satisfied with the Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe.

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               Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe Indoor shots in artificial daylight

The indoor shots came out a little grainy, though detailed and clear. We did challenge the camera by keeping the light low.

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Outdoor shots in daylight

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General shots in outdoor daylight

The outdoor shots came out good. Many were clear and the colors came out great.

The camera performance on the Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe is quite the same as the Zenfone 2 since it has the same camera onboard. The camera is fast and the macro shots came out good. White balance does seem a little bit of an issue. The front cam on the Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe is a decent selfie and video chat camera.

Performance and battery life

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The Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe has truly decent specs onboard. It comes with  4 GB RAM and a 1.5 GHz quad-core Intel Z3580 processor. Thankfully, unlike the current range of Qualcomm Snapdragon equipped phones, there aren’t any overheating issues.

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The 64 GB inbuilt storage is definitely like a cherry on the cake. You can throw anything at this phone and it will handle it well. Besides this, the PowerVR G6430 GPU performs well. The call quality is decent on the Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe. The speakers onboard are loud, but we would recommend that you play them at medium volume.

The battery life on the Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe is okay and can get you through a day of regular usage.

Verdict

The Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe is definitely a great accessory to flaunt around. It looks awesome and has a lot of power underneath the hood. The camera and the battery life work well. There is a lot on offer at a price of around 23K. In case, you already own an Asus Zenfone 2, we wouldn’t really recommend a switch.

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