The camera of Asus' Zenfone 2 Laser may be able to focus on its subjects faster than average, but that phone trades Intel's Atom SoCs for a Snapdragon 615. It's not particularly eye-catching, either. Asus is bringing Intel-branded sexy back in the form of the Zenfone 2 Deluxe Special Edition, and this phone's got more than just good looks going for it.
The Deluxe Special Edition comes with two swappable plastic backs: one in a textured "Drift Silver" finish, the other in carbon fiber. Asus didn't just bling out the hardware, either. The company customized its ZenUI with red accents that match the ring around the sides of the phone, too.
Internally, this Zenfone looks similar to its regular-production forebears. The same 5.5" 1080p IPS panel from less special Zenfones is along for the ride here, as is the 13-megapixel rear camera and five-megapixel front snapper. A Moorefield Atom Z3580 runs the show, and it's fed by 4GB of memory. Unlike the vanilla Zenfone 2, the Deluxe Special Edition gets 128GB of flash storage. That space can be extended with microSD cards as large as 128GB.
The Zenfone 2 has been attractively-priced from the get-go. While the Deluxe Special Edition's $399 price tag might seem like a lot compared to the $199 price of the base model, it's surprisingly affordable compared to a 128GB iPhone 6S' $850 sticker. The Zenfone 2 Special Deluxe Edition is already available at Newegg.