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    ASUS is doing a great job with the ZenFone 2 (though some believe the company is overdoing the amount of variants), and the company has even turned a profit last month. While this is in part due to the success of the ZenFone 2, it is just one side of the story, as a recent report claims that online smartphone sales are responsible for the company's improved phone shipments. Asus Digital International (ADI) is an e-commerce joint venture established by Asustek Computer (80 percent stake) and online shopping operator Uitox, which is responsible for online smartphone sales, through its ...

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    Sure, you may consider yourself a big Android user: you've got an Android smartphone, probably a tablet, and maybe even an Android Wear smartwatch. And that's all well and good for mobile tech, but what about at home? Sure, the low cost of entry has made Chromecast pretty affordable to pick up, but in some ways that's just a half measure – what about Android TV? If your media center isn't quite as Android-ified as it could be, now's looking like a pretty good time to make up for it, as Amazon slashes its asking price for the Nexus Player. We saw Google's set-top box debut last fall, ...

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    ASUS already offers smartphone shoppers a lot of wildly different options under the same ZenFone 2 name. Just the other day we were talking about the sheer number of different phones being sold as ZenFone 2 models, varying in everything from screen size, to SoC choice, to RAM amount. And as if the two new ZenFone 2 models we learned about earlier this week weren't enough, not it looks like we've got yet another one incoming, a model that pushes the technical specs of the series to the limit. Right now, the crown jewel in the ZenFone 2 lineup has been its 4GB RAM option, a rarity in the ...

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    Late last week, a report claimed that Asustek's Chairman Johnny Shih was considering a possible HTC acquisition. The Taiwanese company isn't doing well financially, and the HTC One M9 wasn't the savior the company hoped for. At that time, there was no official comment from HTC, but it came earlier this week, in the form of a statement that said HTC "will not consider a merger with Asus"... well, then, maybe, with someone else? Whether HTC's statement should have more vehemently denied everything -- or the phrasing is exactly like it was intended to, in order to leave room for ...

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    Fortunes have a funny way of shifting in the smartphone market, and yesterday's popular manufacturer could well find itself the subject of tomorrow's bankruptcy sale. HTC sounds like its luck has taken a dive in recent months, so when reports surfaced late last week that ASUS had been thinking about acquiring the firm, the idea may not have seemed so crazy. And certainly, the “it's probably not going to happen, but we've been talking about it internally” commentary that came out of ASUS sounded like a realistic position for the company to have. But before we get too ahead of ourselves, ...

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    The ASUS ZenFone 2 is the best smartphone in the company's lineup right now, and arguably, one of the boldest smartphones in the mid-range market. Or, you could say the ASUS ZenFone 2 is a mediocre device that's trying too hard to be the best in the lower end market. Or, the ASUS ZenFone 2 sounds kinda like the other phones I talked about just now, but somewhere in between. Well, I can say that the ASUS ZenFone 2 is actually all of the above. Our Editorial Director Michael Fisher debated the merits of choosing one of two ZenFones 2 (that is the correct way to execute that plurality, ...

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    It's no secret that lately HTC isn't doing extremely well financially. Despite the HTC One M9 being a flagship smartphone in every sense of the word, the market didn't seem to react positively to its arrival. Most complaints were referring to average camera performance -- though a recent update addresses just that -- and its "boring" looks borrowed from the predecessor, the One M8 (though other companies like Samsung and Apple managed to pull this off and get away with it). ASUS on the other hand turned a profit with smartphone sales and the company is doing pretty well. Combine the two ...

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    Last month, thanks to impressive sales of its latest smartphones, ASUS's smartphone division turned a profit. The company sold over 1.5 million smartphone units in the time period, and is only forecasting that number heading in the upward direction moving towards the future. It's likely that a good reason for this sales number increasing is thanks to the ASUS ZenFone 2 arriving in North America. We reviewed the phone fairly optimistically, given the great value it gives (it's a wonderful tradeoff between power and pricing). It has been more of a success than likely a lot of ASUS's other ...

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    ASUS is not making it particularly easy to keep track of some of its latest smartphones. You may know the ZenFone 2 as the affordable 4GB RAM handset we recently spent some time reviewing, but the story's far more complex than just that. ASUS also uses that same ZenFone 2 name to describe related phones with different SoC and RAM options – we're well used to phones arriving with different storage capacities, and maybe different SoCs in different markets, but the level of variety offered here is something else. As it turns out, ASUS isn't done with new ZenFone 2 models just yet, and at ...

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    Computex 2015 has kicked off in Taipei, which means that unveils from various Asian companies of their newest products will be coming out at a breakneck pace. One of those companies is ASUS, which has just come out with a bunch of Computex unveils. It has released a new Android Wear watch in the ZenWatch 2, a new trend-centered phone in the ZenFone Selfie, and a slew of new slates with new additions to the ZenPad lineup. The ZenWatch 2 is the one we'll focus on first. It comes in two sizes – a 37mm and a 41mm – and has Gorilla Glass 3, as well as IP67 resistance to dust and water. ...

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    Computex Taipei gets started early next week, and while the conference may not be the new-mobile-hardware smorgasbord of MWC or IFA, it does promise to introduce us to some fresh devices. We've been looking forward to new models from ASUS in particular, especially after hearing about a pair of new tablets that could be ready to debut. More than tablets, we could also be looking forward to a new smartphone, as ASUS teases the launch of the handset believed to arrive as the ZenFone Selfie. At least, that may be its name: rumors have sure depicted this hardware as having a pretty capable ...

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    In the US, the concept of the “$200 smartphone” isn’t likely to bowl anyone over. After all, carrier subsidies routinely bring retail prices at least that low for some of the fanciest devices around, and for many people that's enough. But when you break or lose that phone and need to replace it (or when you tally up the total of all those monthly installments) the line between "$200 smartphone" and "$600 liability" can get mighty fuzzy indeed. Is it possible to buy an unlocked smartphone that's just as inexpensive as a carrier-subsidized one, without sacrificing a flagship-level ...

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    Just as we're finally reviewing the ASUS ZenFone 2 (our video review can be seen here, and embedded below, while the full text review should arrive later today) that recently hit the US, another ASUS-made smartphone pops up, this time, certified by China's TENAA regulator. We're not sure what to make of it at the moment, as it could very well be the ZenFone 3, or a completely different model. What we can see, aside from the images in the certification, is that this particular unit sports a five-inch screen with 720p resolution, 64-bit quad-core 1.2GHz processor helped by a Mail GPU, ...

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    Next week brings with it the start of June, and that also means the start to the Computex trade show in Taiwan. The expo's sure to bring us news of all sorts of hardware, and a couple weeks back we heard tipped the possibility of ASUS introducing a couple new tablets: the ZenPad 7 and ZenPad 8. As we wait to see these guys go official, some renders of the latter have just leaked, giving us an early preview of what to expect. Maybe it shouldn't be a surprise at this point, having seen tablet manufacturers from HTC to Samsung recently embrace the 4:3 aspect ratio that was for so long most ...

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    For all the excitement on the high end, some of the most surprising developments in today’s smartphone world can be found lurking down in the midrange. We’ve just spent 24 hours with one of the most interesting of those developments: the ASUS ZenFone 2 US edition, and we've got some thoughts to share. In case you need a refresher: the ASUS ZenFone 2 US edition is the same model ZE551ML that blew our hats off back at CES 2015, except that it now bears a much more conservative back cover (on our test unit, anyway). Having officially gone on sale in the States earlier this week, the ...

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    For years, ASUS has been a "conference curiosity" for we Americans on the Pocketnow team. From the original PadFone tablet/phone hybrid to the bizarre FonePad to the monstrous ZenFone Zoom, the company has a penchant for building outlandish mobile devices – a habit that we quite appreciate in this ever-more-conservative world of smartphone design. But aside from occasional AT&T-bound variants like the PadFone X, precious few of these handsets ever make it to U.S. shores. ASUS made a big change on both fronts with today's announcement of the ZenFone 2's North American variant. ...

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    ASUS launched the ZenFone 2 months ago, all the way back at CES in the early days of winter. And in the time since, we've seen the phone go up for sale in various markets around the world. Now it's the US's turn to join this party, and at a New York City event this afternoon, ASUS shared the details behind the ZenFone 2's descent on North America. By this point, we're well familiar with the phone's hardware, and while there are a number of attractive components within, it's the beefy 4GB RAM option that's getting the ZenFone 2 the most attention. Today, we're most concerned with pricing ...

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    ASUS launched the first ZenWatch back at IFA last year, and ever since 2015 got rolling, the company's been talking about its plans for a follow-up. We heard that we could expect the smartwatch to arrive sometime in Q3, and that it should offer greatly improved battery life. Responding to rumors of possible delays, CEO Jerry Shen has now not only confirmed that the Q3 release timeframe is still on track, but that the company intends to introduce the ZenWatch 2 at Computex in early June. We also get an update on the battery situation, and while the dream of running a whole week on a single ...

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    After being tapped by Google to build Nexus tablets two years in a row, it sure looked like ASUS might be ready to parlay that exposure into some bigger business for its own tablet family. Instead, while we've seen the company release some interesting smartphones and accessories, its post-Nexus tablet offerings have been a little unremarkable. Is there still time to turn things around? We may be finding out soon, as it looks like ASUS is just about ready to introduce a few tablets under the new ZenPad banner. Right now, evidence points to the presence of at least two ZenPad sizes, a ...

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    We're coming up on four months now since ASUS first announced its ZenFone 2 back at CES in January, a phone (or should we say, family of phones, since the ZenFone 2 varies quite a bit in its configuration options) that's managed to stay in the headlines not just because of its very affordable price point, but because of just how well equipped it can be for such a budget-priced handset: you still won't see big-name Android flagships packing a solid 4GB of RAM, yet ASUS has managed to outfit the ZenFone 2 with just that kind of memory to spare. Now the manufacturer is getting ready to let ...

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    The ASUS Zenfone 2 has managed to create a lot of buzz, and, while we are still yet to review the device ourselves, it does need no introduction. However, opposed to the current flagship model, which is powered by Intel's chips (Atom Z3560 and Atom Z3580 for the 2- and 4GB versions, respectively), future phones in the mid-range, and mid-to-high-end range will likely be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 615 SoC (a 32- and 64-bit compatible octa-core chip). The information comes from ASUS CEO Jerry Shen, who talked about future devices in an interview embedded below. Shen consider's Apple's ...

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    ASUS introduced the ZenFone 2 on January 5, at the very beginning of the Las Vegas CES. Of course we went hands-on and said it might be a good buy. Thing is that there are two ZenFone 2 models: one that packs 2GB of RAM, and one that has double the amount, which should make its appearance in Europe soon. While initially ASUS has predicted sales of about 25 million units from the ZenFone 2 phones, the company has now revised its forecast, according to a report based on information from "sources from the upstream supply chain." The new, forecasted, ASUS ZenFone 2 sales are now at 30 million, ...

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    There are plenty of way to add some new functionality to your HDMI-equipped TV set, and dongles like Chromecast or Amazon's Fire TV Stick have made bringing streaming media to your living room a breeze. But sometimes you crave a little more power than access to Netflix and YouTube, and for that you can turn to some beefier dongles that give your TV the power of something closer to a full-fledged PC. Today Google shares news of just such an upcoming product, along with a few new Chromebooks. The Chromebit is set to formally launch this summer, manufactured by frequent Google collaborator ...

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    Feeling a little envious of smartphones with 3GB of RAM? Plenty of recent flagships have already made the step forward to offering such memory capacity, models like the Galaxy S6. But even with 3GB becoming more and more common, you can still pick up a phone that puts you further ahead of the curve, with the arrival of the first 4GB models. ASUS stands out not just for being one of the first manufacturers to deliver Android handsets with such an excess of memory, but also because of just how affordably it's doing so. After hearing about a launch in Taiwan earlier this month, we're now ...

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    When ASUS announced the ZenFone 2 back at CES in January we were struck by two very impressive figures: the low $200-ish starting price for the series, and the option for a phone with a beefy 4GB of RAM. Now, together those two would spell for one dynamite phone, but as we pointed out, we're talking about different devices here: there's the super-cheap ZenFone 2, and there's the 4GB model, but the cheap one only gets 2GB of RAM, and we didn't have a firm price for the 4GB edition. Well, now all those ZenFone 2 variants have gone up for sale in Taiwan, and we finally get proper insight into ...

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