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    The ASUS ZenFone 2 is a phone to definitely keep on your shortlist if you're looking for a new device. It impressed us with the occasion of our review, and, if you're lucky enough to live in specific markets, you can also get a special edition which packs a whopping 256GB of internal storage. The company is preparing to capitalize on the success of (and buzz around) its ZenFone line-up, and will prepare no less than 6-7 new models next year. Company CEO Jerry Shen said these new 2016 ZenFone series smartphones will mostly pack 5.5-inch displays, and next year's line-up, according to the ...

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    The ASUS ZenFone 2 is available is so many options that it is sometimes hard to keep track, but it's definitely a good thing, as the company is able to offer something for everyone. And, given the cutthroat competition in the mid-range smartphone market (especially around the $300 price tag), OEMs are constantly striving to differentiate, bring something new or different to the table. The diamond/crystal inspired pattern on the ASUS ZenFone 2 above might not be your thing, but the carbon-fiber look of the same phone below might be. And, even if both aren't, you should still seriously ...

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    One of the biggest trade shows of the year for smartphones, tablets, wearables, and more is sneaking up on us fast, with IFA 2015 a mere two weeks away. We're looking forward to bringing you all the great new products the manufacturers involved have to announce, with the help of the Pocketnow crew we're sending to Berlin to cover the event. As we start planning whose hardware we want to check out first, ASUS has just dropped a teaser for its own event, alluding to all variety of product types. From phones, to PCs, to smartwatches, we see a lot of gadgets featured here, though we find ...

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    Back when Motorola released the first Moto G in 2013, we were taken aback by how nice a smartphone could really be for under $200. Since then, it seems like nearly every OEM has tried its hand at the "premium midranger" business model, cramming the best specs and most compelling software into as inexpensive of a smartphone as possible. We've seen some great budget smartphones hit the market in early 2015, one of which is the Asus Zenfone 2, an Intel-based powerhouse with a great camera and absurdly powerful hardware. Motorola's newly released third-generation Moto G  brings a nice update ...

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    Update (8 Aug, 2:00pm Eastern): "Make them laugh, make them cry, make them wait." - Charles Dickens The latter ain't the case this week. Enjoy. Sometimes the news comes not in a solid column from a single direction, but as a scattershot shower-spray from every corner of the space. Today's podcast reflects just such a week in mobile technology, with tech news as far-flung and varied as the menu items on an appetizer mixer from Applebee's. All that (plus a larger-than-normal helping of your listener mail) is waiting for your ears on episode 160 of your favorite tech podcast: the Pocketnow ...

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    There's a real increase in budget smartphone demand in Japan, claims a recent DigiTimes report. Apparently, users in Japan are looking for inexpensive SIM-free smartphones, and ASUS seems to benefit a lot from this trend (becoming the third smartphone vendor in Japan, after Apple and Sony). The report claims that ASUS ZenFone sales have been booming recently in Japan as a direct effect of this market behavior, something other manufacturers (and competitors) have noticed and are preparing to adapt. Taiwan ODMs (original design manufacturer - a company that designs and manufactures a ...

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    Qualcomm hasn't enjoyed much positive fame with the Snapdragon 810 processor, mainly because of how unreliable it can be with heating issues. ASUS is another company that's had a great idea with the PadFone lineup, but has failed to wow consumers into buying a product in massive quantities, even if it makes a lot of sense. That said, PadFones haven't really been famous in the spec department, and ASUS would decide to add the latest and greatest Snapdragon to its future PadFone, we could be in for something great. Leaksfly is reporting that ASUS might be teaming up with Qualcomm for its ...

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    ASUSTeK Computer CEO Jerry Shen expects the company's tablet business to break even this year, according to a DigiTimes report citing the executive. The company registered operating losses last year, as well as in the first half of 2015, for its tablet business, acknowledged the executive. To counter that and break even in 2015, ASUSTeK has not only adjusted its supply chain, but has also reportedly decreased the number of new models in order to reduce total operating cost. DigiTimes also cites a Chinese Apple Daily report according to which ASUSTeK expects to ship around 6-7 million ...

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    Tablets are a strange thing. Most people don't upgrade them near as often as they do their smartphones, and the entire purpose of tablets is still debated among many confused consumers. Because they're not as popular as their smartphone counterparts, OEMs don't make tablets at as quickly a pace as they do phones, and so we're a little short on new devices to wave in your face. Thankfully, tablets keep like leftovers from a pasta dinner, and not that month-old milk you haven't bothered taking out of the fridge, and some of the best tablets in early 2015 are the same tablets from 2014, and ...

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    We're already moving into the second half of 2015, and it's been a great year for smartphones — and the people looking to buy one. We've seen devices improve across the board at all different price points, from the affordable to the high-dollar. It's getting harder and harder to buy a *bad* phone these days, as the market grows more mature and full of great options all around. But of course, there still has to be that one "gotta have it" phone. For all different kinds of people, these are our top picks for the best smartphones in early 2015. [embed width="780" ...

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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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