It’s rare that a company launches a smartphone with a base storage capacity that we’re actually impressed by.
That’s why we’re seriously excited by a new version of the Asus ZenFone 2.
It’s called the ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition – a stupid name, we know – and it comes with a whopping 256GB of internal storage.
Yes, we’re not talking about maximum microSD support. The 256GB is entirely built-in flash memory.
Compare that to the iPhone 6, for which Apple offers just 16GB storage for the entry-level model, and a maximum capacity of 128GB – paltry, by comparison.
The ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition is an otherwise capable phone too, with a 5.5-inch Full HD display, 13/5-megapixel cameras, a 2.3GHz 64-bit Intel Atom processor, 4GB of RAM, and 4G/LTE connectivity.
It also comes bundled with popular racing game Asphalt 8 pre-installed, with an unspecified amount of pre-paid credit included.
Unfortunately, there’s a huge caveat to this news:
“We are very excited to bring our latest ZenFone models to the Latin American market,” explains Jason Shen, Asus CEO.
Shen continues: “They offer Latin American consumers empowering luxury with perfectly-balanced beauty, functionality and performance, together with a premium user experience that can be tailored to the individual needs of mobile users.”
That means the Asus ZenFone 2 is only launching in Latin America for now.
There’s been no word from Asus on if we’ll ever see a wider release for the handset either.
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Fortunately, the IFA 2015 Berlin tradeshow is right around the corner, and we’re expecting Asus to make some announcements at the event in early Septemer.
Perhaps we’ll see a European/US version of this file-hoarder phone at the tradeshow.
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