ASUS Zenfone 2 Deluxe Review: super looks and 4GB RAM makes all the difference

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ASUS, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer seem to be making sure their smartphones come with the best hardware and appropriate specs. They have recently launched ASUS Zenfone 2 Deluxe and this is a fabulous smartphone to work with. We spent some time with it and this is what we found out.

Design

The ASUS Zenfone 2 Deluxe is available in purple and white colours. We received the white unit for review and quite liked what we saw. The smartphone body is supported by a U-shaped frame made from plastic, which curves gently at the four corners. The mobile phone is very stylish and has 170g weight. The ASUS Zenfone 2 Deluxe has a 5.5-inch IPS display and is very comfortable to use with just one hand. The display comes with Gorilla Glass 3 for protection, but we do recommend not dropping it.

Under the rear removable diamond-pattern back panel, there is a non-removable battery, two Micro SIM card slots and a Micro SD card slot. The power button and the 3.5mm audio port is located at the top of the device. The volume key is located at the back of the device, somewhat similar to the one found on LG phones. For charging the phone, the USB port is located at the bottom of the device. The primary camera is on the top right (rear) of the mobile phone, which comes with the dual-LED flash.

Performance

Under the hood, the ASUS Zenfone 2 Deluxe has the 2.3GHz Quad-Core 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 processor that comes with 4GB. Together they make sure the apps and games run smoothly. The users also get 64GB of internal memory to store files. Over that, there is the option to add up to a 128GB microSD card where users can store additional files.

Other features include Accelerometer, Proximity, Ambient light, Photo / Video Editor, MMS and Email. The smartphone also offers Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, GPS, dual-SIM support, 4G LTE and 3G on connectivity front.

The primary camera of ASUS Zenfone 2 Deluxe can capture 13-megapixel still image. For selfies, there is a 5-megapixel front camera. The camera captures very decent pictures. We loved the pictures this phone could take in well lit rooms and outdoors. The rear camera can autofocus and it also comes with dual-LED dual-tone flash. The dual tone flash helps in taking pictures with natural colours and the ones on this phone do a good job in keeping the colours intact.

On the interface front Games, music apps and video galleries ran extremely well. But, the mobile phone heats up really fast, while gaming or watching a movie. We faced no problems when it came the audio and call quality on the ASUS Zenfone 2 Deluxe. Screen, image and video quality is also quite nice.

Moving on to its battery life, the ASUS Zenfone 2 Deluxe does not manage to stay awake for a long duration. With 3,000 mAh battery inside it, it worked for 18 hours after a full charge (under nominal use). We tested the phone out with AnTuTu Benchmark and it managed a score of 41,085 points, which puts it up with all the big players.

Verdict

ASUS Zenfone 2 Deluxe is one of the most premium phones out there around the 20K budget. The voice quality is very good and the user can easily hear the other person. We did like the looks and the stylish design of the phone, the diamond shaped back pattern works for us. It has the latest Android Lollipop operating system based on ZenUI. The ASUS Zenfone 2 Deluxe can be picked up for Rs 19,999 and this phone is a steal at this price.

Pros

  • Quite Affordable
  • Decent performance
  • 4GB RAM

Cons

  • Gets heated up while playing games
  • Average camera
  • Average battery life
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Ajay Singh might still be studying English (Hons) from DU, but his skills over the language are pretty much top notch. He wants to quickly learn the ropes of journalism. Tech and gadgets fascinate him. His passion for the same drives him to research about new things tech. He tries to stay on top of gadget news. If there is a new tech toy launched, we are most likely to go up to him for its news. He likes to read and is crazy about travelling. He is also a cricketing ace and cannot resist a good Dosa.

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