Some modern smartphones have a lot of built-in storage. While many entry-level phones have as little as 4GB of storage space, most have more… and it’s not uncommon to find phones that are available with 64GB or even 128GB of storage space.
Asus thinks it can do better: the company has just unveiled a smartphone with a whopping 256GB of built-in storage.
The Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe Special Edition is a variant of the Zenfone 2 I reviewed a few months ago. It’s a pretty nice phone if you don’t think 5.5 inch displays are too big.
The model I tested featured 64GB of storage, which seemed like plenty of space for music, apps, games, and other content, but there’s also a microSD card slot which you can use to store additional files.
With the new Zenfone 2 Deluxe Special Edition, you probably won’t need to use the microSD card slot, since the phone has 4 times as much internal storage space as the model I tested. Since built-in storage is usually faster and more reliable than removable storage (and since Android makes it easier to install apps to built-in storage), this is probably a good move.
Asus unveiled the new Special Edition phone in Brazil. It’s not clear if or when it will be available in other markets or how much it will cost. But the company also recently introduced a Zenfone 2 Deluxe with 128GB of storage which is expected to sell for about $360 in India. That model will also be available in Brazil (for a higher price).
For the most part, the additional storage is the only thing that sets the Zenfone 2 Deluxe line of phones from the original Zenfone 2. Other features remain pretty much the same, including a 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, an Intel Atom Z3580 processor, 4GB of RAM, 13MP rear and 5MP front cameras, Android Lollipop software, and dual-SIM support.
via Fone Arena
Now if only that 256GB of storage was something better than crappy eMMC…
Only cheap phones should have FullHD screen these days. 2k or better would be a good reason to upgrade. There is nothing more exciting than VR but they need to keep improving screens and motion sensor latency.
I’d actually like a high end phone with a less than high end screen. I don’t really need high resolution for any of my needs and I’d like to save a little money and a little power (mainly save power).
More than the laptop I am writing on 😀
Now all Asus needs to do is get their software right. Just release your phones with a vanilla android build.
They also need to improve their customer service. Having dealt with their warranty service on a high end router I’ll never buy another Asus product again–and I’ve bought a lot of Asus stuff over the years (motherboards, monitors, a netbook, etc.). Basically their warranty service consisted of my mailing a router to them and them mailing it back.
I’ve heard that from a few people. I initially started buying Asus products because they appear to have decent information about warranty on their site, and there appears to be self-serve options to follow up on the process online. Compared to most companies who just list their terms, and give you a number to call to start the process.
I got a DOA video card once, and the process was fairly simple, and they replaced it promptly.
I agree the ZenUI is crap and there is way too much unremovable bloatware. Nice hardware, but all the software add-ons makes this a No-Buy device.
Yep, its a shame. I was really interested in buying it.
It would be great if more companies did what Sony does. They have their dev team make AOSP builds for their customers to use.
This would make a lot of sense if it was a dual boot Android/Win 10 “universal app” phone hat could turn into a full PC when docked.
Saw the ‘casetop’ posted in the comments section a couple of days ago:
Really like the idea behind this. Sadly, I don’t personally feel that Android makes a good laptop/desktop OS. Will never touch Win10 with all the keylogging, data-mining built into it as a matter of principle. Still… could be a good solution for this ASUS phone and/or similar WinPhones.
You shouldn’t use an Android phone then.
I have an old Lapdock, so I am a fan of the general concept. But it is the execution that is often lacking. I don’t feel like Android works well as a desktop or laptop OS, and Windows lacks adequate app support as a phone OS.
The good thing is that the CPU/GPU’s in today’s phones are powerful enough to run a basic desktop environment.
The issue with this solution is that it would be typically much more expensive than microSD, and you have to get all the memory you need when you buy the phone–if a year or two you need than you thought you would, you’re sunk. Still, needing more than 256 would be needing a lot, and something you probably couldn’t even do with microSD on some phones.
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