Taking a cue from its more respected and popular rivals, which almost always offer great deals on old flagship devices when new ones enter the scene, Asus has a surprise in store for the next 21 hours (and counting) for its cash-strapped fans unimpressed with the $250 ZenFone 3.
The 128GB ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition, brought to the US last November at $400, is available today only on Amazon with a sweet $130 discount. In addition to accommodating all the digital content you could ever need, both internally and on microSD cards, this ZE551ML configuration on sale also packs an impressive 4GB RAM.
Granted, the quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor is fairly sluggish (by 2016 high-end standards) and outdated, but the 5.5-inch Full HD display can still hold its own in a head-to-head battle with today’s sub-$300 Android heavyweight title contenders.
Of course, what makes the phone worthy of the Deluxe label aren’t its hardware specifications. Or the pre-loaded Android 5.0 Lollipop software, due to move to 6.0 Marshmallow… someday. Instead, it’s the “prestige race-car” exterior that truly catches the eye here, alongside a super-snazzy crystal-patterned Drift Silver rear cover and backup “sporty” carbon fiber look.
Sold with full 4G LTE support for US GSM networks including AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as a US warranty, the $270 Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition promises to deliver the “ultimate balance of beauty and strength.” While we’re not sure about that, the bang for buck is definitely “ultimate”, also considering all the other robust features in tow – 3,000 mAh fast charging battery, 13 and 5MP cameras, premium audio, and free two-year 100GB Google Drive cloud storage.