One of our favorite budget-priced business phones is getting an upgrade. The new "Deluxe" version of Asus' ZenFone 2 handset offers all the best features of the standard model but ups the internal storage to a whopping 256GB. That's four times the storage of the original ZenFone 2 and some of the most storage on a work phone at any price.
Like the original model, the ZenFone 2 Deluxe offers a few features you won't find in many other smartphones, including support for dual SIM cards. Dual-SIM phones are good for work, since they let you juggle multiple data plans, mostly eliminating the need to carry separate smartphones for work and personal use.
For example, the ZenFone 2 Deluxe makes it easy to switch to your work plan during business hours, ensuring that your personal data allotment isn't consumed by work. And if you're a frequent traveler, dual SIM cards let you quickly switch to a plan based in the country you're visiting, so you aren't hit with steep roaming fees.
The Deluxe also offers the same speedy performance as the original model, as well as the same roomy 5.5-inch display. That's good news for business users, as it provides plenty of space for screen-intensive work tasks like viewing documents and managing your email inbox. The phone itself is solid and well built, though the plastic design isn't especially memorable. You also get a microSD card slot, which lets you expand the phone's already-generous internal storage even further.
Availability and pricing details haven't been announced yet, but we expect buyers to pay a slight premium over the $300 cost of the original off-contract device. Check back to Business News Daily for a full review of the Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe as soon as we get our hands on it, or check out our picks for the top business smartphones currently on the market.