ASUS Zenfone 2 Deluxe ZE551ML: A closer look

When ASUS Philippines released their Zenfone 2 last year, I knew that it will be my next phone once I decided to upgrade my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (yes, it really needs to retire :p). But I just love my gadgets that it’s hard to replace them until they’re dead. Last month, news broke out about the new models of ASUS Zenfone: Zenfone Selfie, Zenfone Go, Zenfone Laser, and Zenfone 2 Deluxe. The two models that caught my fancy were the Selfie and Deluxe. Zenfone Selfie because of the 13 MP front camera and Zenfone 2 Deluxe because of its large storage capacity.

Before my trip to Hong Kong, I finally decided to buy the Zenfone 2 Deluxe but when I asked someone from ASUS, it’s still not out in the market, even the Zenfone Selfie. I wanted to buy one prior my trip so that I can use it when I’m there.

I’m willing to wait it out till I come back but when I saw the Zenfone 2 Deluxe at the ASUS store in Mongkok Computer Center, its hard to walk away from this beauty.

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asus zenfone 2 deluxe front

I wanted to have the 128 GB storage but they don’t have it, they only have the 64 GB storage. I also asked if they already have the Zenfone Selfie but it’s not released in Hong Kong last month. So I finally settled on Zenfone 2 Deluxe with 64 GB storage, in Purple, priced at 2,499 HKD, around Php 15,000. It also came with a free tempered glass screen protector.


Model: ASUS Zenfone 2 Deluxe ZE551ML
Screen size: 5.5 inches
OS: Android Lollipop
CPU: 2.3 GHz Intel Atom processor
Memory: 4 Gb RAM / 64 Gb
Camera: 13 MP/5 MP front cam

These are just the specs I look for when buying a phone, but for a more detailed specification, check out GSM Arena. If you will compare, there’s no difference between the Zenfone 2 4 Gb/64 Gb and Zenfone 2 Deluxe 4 Gb/64 Gb, just the back cover.

Zenfone 2 Deluxe in Photos

The phone especially its multi-faceted back cover that looks blue/purple is really envy-worthy. My husband had a grand time capturing every detail of it.

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zenfone 2 deluxe back photo

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One downside of having edges in the back cover is it will be more prone to scratches, just what happened in the photo below. Notice the 2 dots on both side of the volume rocker?

asus zenfone 2 deluxe photos

zenfone 2 deluxe size comparison

size comparison with 5000 mAh slim Mi powerbank

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Sample photos using the rear camera

Just a few attempts in testing the rear camera. The photos were just resized and watermarked but no other adjustments were made.

sample photos using zenfone 2 deluxe

My verdict

It took me long to upgrade from my old phone but I’m very happy with my Zenfone 2 Deluxe. It’s sleek and classy, I love the multi-faceted back cover because it gives a luxurious feel and does not slide from my hands. The volume rocker at the back is something new to me and I like it this way, so that the sides are free from buttons giving it a seamless look. Now, I don’t have to carry 2 phones anymore because it’s dual-sim. The phone is very fast and responsive perfect for social media savvy moms like me who likes to multi-task.

Watch out for this phone to be released here, it’s worth the wait.


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