On the heels of its well-received ZenFone 2 smartphone, Asus announced the ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition, which boasts 256GB of internal storage. This could be a boon for smartphone users who enjoy having large numbers of music, video, and image files on board without resorting to the cloud or streaming. The catch (for now) is that the ZenFone 2 Deluxe was announced in Brazil with no word for other markets.
Asus unveiled the new device Thursday at an event called “Incredible Comes to Latin America” in Sao Paulo. Besides the 256GB of internal storage, the ZenFone 2 Deluxe has two Ergonomic Arc back case designs to choose from: a multifaceted polygonal option (“crystal-inspired Drift Silver”) and a textured option (“high-tech Carbon Night”). The rest of the phone’s specs mirror the now regular version of the ZenFone 2.
The new deluxe model will also come preloaded with the racing game Asphalt 8, along with prepaid credit for in-app purchases.
“We are very excited to bring our latest ZenFone models to the Latin American market,” Asus CEO Jerry Shen said at the event.
The ZenFone 2 Deluxe will launch in Brazil in September. There’s no word yet for release in other markets.
Asus’ move to unveil a smartphone with 256GB of storage is sure to grab attention in light of the recent letdown over the absence of a 128GB version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and frustrations over Apple’s stubborn adherence to its baseline 16GB iPhone models.
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