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    Well, this is confusing. Just days before almost certainly taking the wraps off a new family of respectable Android mid-rangers with relatively low price points in Taiwan, Asus decided to lightly refresh the original Zenfone Max in India. As far as we know, a radically redesigned and upgraded Zenfone 3 Max is on its way to a number of markets, including “developed” ones in Europe and possibly North America too, but for some reason, Flipkart gets an interim model virtually identical on the outside to the first-gen battery powerhouse. Under the hood, this “new” Asus Zenfone Max ...

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    It doesn’t look like Asus learned anything from past mistakes, once again cooking up way too many derivations of an otherwise compelling base phone. The ZenFone 3 family will debut at Computex Taipei before long in at least three sizes and up to a dozen configurations ranging in price from $110 to $370. The ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe and ZenFone 3 Max were showcased in a recent teaser video in partial obscurity, and several pre-release benchmarks came to light over the last few months to detail the specifications of half a dozen different models. Now, we get to see the purported Asus ...

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    Asus made us really nervous about the highly anticipated, overdue sequel (s) to the surprisingly successful ZenFone 2 family from last year, as early benchmarks showed certain ZenFone 3 variants packing Snapdragon 625 power, while others settled for 720p screens and 3GB RAM. That felt totally unacceptable even for an affordable 2016 flagship, given many mid-rangers nowadays offer 1080p display resolution and 4 gigs of memory. But as it turns out, there’s at least one truly high-end model in the pipeline too, with Galaxy S7, LG G5 or HTC 10-contending specs. Namely, an Asus Z016D that ...

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    Theatrical mode – engaged. With under two weeks to go until the formal introduction of the ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe and Max at the Computex trade show in Taipei, and possibly a month or so left before commercial launches in select global regions, Asus does what it often does best. A fast-paced 35-second trailer set to hypnotic music offers a quick glimpse at the “revolutionary” upcoming Android phones, revealing enough about them to whet our appetite, capture our imagination and preview some very specific major upgrades, but also leaving out plenty. We see the three ...

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    The “Zenvolution” might have been scheduled for the very beginning of Computex 2016, i.e. May 30, but Asus CEO Jerry Shen just told Digitimes the highly anticipated and long overdue ZenFone 3 roster will only see daylight in June. Perhaps the Taiwanese company feels its new “mid-range segment”-targeting smartphones deserve a dedicated, glitzier announcement separate from the bulk of forgettable ZenPads and ZenBooks, as well as still-in-development ZenVRs. Or maybe we’ll get to hear about and check out third-gen ZenFones in the flesh at more than one event, since they’re ...

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    You didn’t need to be a rocket scientist to suspect the third-generation ZenFone roster would break cover at Computex Taipei in late May or early June, after Asus chose to sit both January’s CES and February’s MWC out. But the Taiwanese device manufacturer doesn’t want you to wonder anymore, at least not as far as the announcement date and venue are concerned. You can witness the “Zenvolution” on Monday, May 30, starting at 2 pm CST, at the Humble House in Taipei, with the company’s Computex booth then open between May 31 and June 4 to showcase all the new products. All, ...

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    Smartwatch sales in general and Android Wear device demand in particular are still not as hot as analysts optimistically forecasted back in the day, with the vast majority of smartphone users simply not convinced of the wearables’ utility. On the bright side, if you’re at least willing to experiment, you can currently do so by paying less than ever before on the best hardware the fledgling market has to offer. Apple Watches are relatively affordable (by iStandards), Gear S2 deals should start to pile up soon with the S3 around the corner, and the Motorola Moto 360 Sport only costs two ...

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    If there’s one thing we didn’t like about last year’s affordable flagship-redefining Asus ZenFone 2 lineup, it’s all the confusion generated by branding so many different phones the exact same way. We had hoped the slowly rising Taiwanese OEM learned its lesson, with a more streamlined ZenFone 3 family therefore in the works in 2016, but already, we’ve seen four slightly distinct configurations paying GFX Bench pre-release testing visits in recent months. Oddly enough, none of the four appears to pack north of 3GB RAM, despite the ZenFone 2 setting a new memory standard for ...

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    There’s all this talk about the Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5, Xiaomi Mi 5, HTC 10, Huawei P9 and Meizu Pro 6 contesting the Android heavyweight title during the first half of 2016, but no one seems to be taking another contender with a great deal of potential very seriously. Granted, its predecessor never showed true flagship ambition. Yet that’s exactly what made the ZenFone 2 so popular, with an ultra-low price tag and surprisingly solid specs in tow. We’ve had reason to believe the Asus ZenFone 3 series would up the hardware ante for a while now, as fingerprint recognition and USB ...

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    There's a solid chance your smartphone has a higher-res screen than your living room television, and new models like the Vivo Xplay 5 could even have more RAM than your laptop, but there's one area where phones still seem to come up short, year after year: storage. The flash chips themselves may be a bit speedier on more recent hardware, but in terms of sheer capacity the industry's been at a standstill – and that makes it imperative that we stretch available storage as far as it can go. Unfortunately for owners of the ASUS ZenFone 2, it appears that a recent update has been eating up ...

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    When Asus publicly tackled names of devices with Android 6.0 on the way and update timelines for the first time, it forgot two crucial things that greatly displeased ZenFone and ZenPad owners. Specifically, no actual schedule was announced, and both seasoned veterans and promising rookies were excluded from the list. But now, the Marshmallow-ready roster has grown by a couple, and more importantly, we have a (vague) deadline to look forward to. Unfortunately, you still need to wait until at least April to see the ZenFone 2 brought to date as far as software goes. We’re guessing the ...

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    We don’t see “experiment phones” as often as we used to. Smartphone design is largely homogenizing around a limited range of design options and aesthetics. Whenever a company takes a risk, targets a specific niche, it’s always exciting to see what might arrive. Asus is doing just that for the camera crowd, building a phone around one specific feature. This isn’t just a “camera phone”, the clue to their targeted demographic is in the name of the device. Immediately we can drop any pretense of this being an “all rounder” phone, but who is this device actually for? Does the ...

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    It's rare that we see a manufacturer build a phone around one specific feature. Not just the camera on the phone, but the ZOOM on that camera. Only a few manufacturer's have tackled this feature. Often it results in the Frankenstein combination of camera and phone, like the Samsung K Zoom which is really more camera than phone. From a phone perspective, Asus has a better solution for keeping the whole zoom mechanism contained. A series of prisms and lens elements are mounted periscope style to keep the lens from telescoping out the back of the ZenFone Zoom. For those interested, we have ...

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    As is often the case in the weeks leading up to an event as glamorous as the Mobile World Congress, we’ve recently been flooded with rumors, teasers and outright confirmations of devices headed for Barcelona announcements. But today, we want to talk to you about a company that’s looking to skip MWC 2016, and instead unleash its big guns at Computex Taipei between May 31 and June 4. Taiwan-based Asus will apparently take its sweet time before updating the wildly successful ZenFone 2, limiting the number of ZenFone 3 configurations to just two or three main ones. We only know the ...

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    The Asus ZenFone Zoom is a smartphone built around one specific feature. No. Not the camera. The phone's name is a dead giveaway. This device is built around the zoom on the camera. We're talking niche of a niche, as we've seen camera focused phones before, but few with this kind of optical hardware capability, and none in recent memory which didn't have a telescoping lens popping out of the back of the phone. It's an audacious experiment to be sure, one which Asus should be celebrated for trying, but does it actually work? Is the Zenfone Zoom the king of this niche? There's only one way ...

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    You only get one chance to make a good first impression. It’s a strategy we’ve seen before. If you want some headlines and media coverage, design a phone around one specific feature. ASUS is following in the footsteps like of devices like the Lumia 1020 and Samsung K Zoom, building a phone not only around camera prowess, but on the ability to get closer to your subject. It’s only been 24 hours, but we’re ready to share some thoughts on the ASUS ZenFone Zoom. ASUS ZenFone Zoom unboxing and first impressions Click here to watch this video on YouTube! Hardware The ASUS ZenFone Zoom ...

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    In the world of smartphones, most manufacturers produce "all rounder" gadgets with feature sets designed to be accessible to a wide majority of consumers. It's always exciting when a company experiments with a smartphone built around one specific feature or designed for one niche demographic. Smartphone camera debates can be visceral, but Asus thinks they have a killer feature which we haven't seen in such a slim form factor: a hardware, optical zoom. It's an incredibly novel design involving periscope-like prisms, which maintains a consistent profile and prevents the need for a ...

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    How long have we been waiting for Android Wear watches to start sounding off? Models like last year's Huawei Watch were clearly packing integrated speakers, and it looked like it was just a matter of time before we'd see the software fall into place that would finally take advantage of them. But despite some indications that such updates were on the way, official speaker support has so far been elusive. Well, today's the day we've been looking forward to, as Google announces new hands-free features for Android Wear, including speaker support. Right now, the only two Android Wear models ...

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    It was one of the most interesting Android devices unveiled at CES 2015 (yes, 2015), at least as far as shutterbugs were concerned, but for reasons we never could fully understand, it was held off until IFA, then teased all over again, and ultimately slated for a long overdue “early February” 2016 release. This time, Asus made good on its promise, bringing the ZenFone Zoom (model number ZX551ML) exclusively to US retailer B&H Photo Video, after dispatching it in Taiwan and a handful of emerging Asian and European markets last year. Powered by a more than respectable quad-core 2.5 ...

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    Our review of the ASUS Zenwatch 2 from the late summer was, on the whole, positive. It was shrewd in its delivery of Android Wear and had a down-low cost to come with. If you're looking for a comparable smartwatch at an even lower price, though, you can also turn to ASUS. Its original ZenWatch has taken a price cut from an original retail price of $199 down to $99. You may be wondering why a late-2014 Android Wear watch kept its original price for so long and we are, too. For reference, there are three ZenWatch 2 models ranging in price from $129 to $199. The only major trade-offs between ...

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    Who’s ready for an onslaught of next-generation Asus ZenFones? Well, don’t get too ready just yet, as the first of likely many ZenFone 3 derivations is only tipped to go official in May with a fingerprint scanner and USB Type-C port in tow. A different Asus ZenFone 3 configuration, model numbered Z010DD, very recently got benchmarked through GFX Bench, and already runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow on a large but average-sounding 5.9-inch 1,280 x 720 pix res screen. That’s obviously the main reason we don’t think we’re looking at the highest-end ZenFone 3 variant here, since the best ...

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    CES 2016 hasn't even officially started yet (that happens on January 6, today, depending on your time zone), but we've already seen a lot of cool things in Vegas on January 4. Of course, there are a lot of things we expect to see at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, and a lot of things that will sadly be absent from the show floor. In case you missed something yesterday, here's a round-up of what happened on Day 1 (day zero, really). Acer Liquid Jade Primo Acer's Liquid Jade Primo isn't a stranger as the phone has been in the headlines before CES. However, we've learned that the ...

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    Some freaky hardware features have gone past their time on smartphones. Interpolated 3D screens and cameras? Ha, get out of here. Two cameras on one side? Not the case. At all. In fact, another sleeping lion of a camera feature is about to hit the states with some interesting innards. We've already talked about and also shown you the ASUS ZenFone Zoom and its progenitor(s), the ZenFone 2. But we've been wondering when we'd get our mitts on that HOYA 3x optical zoom hump for real. Paired with an already-great 13-megapixel PixelMaster camera from Toshiba and the wait hasn't been any easier ...

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    When we reviewed the ASUS ZenFone 2 — or, at least one of them — this year we noted that for an unlocked phone, this thing sure had quite the bloatware. The company sure loves packing on those feel-good additions where possible but this one might just take the cake, especially when we're talking about the fuss iOS is going through with its apps. AdBlock Plus has signed on with ASUS to get its services pre-loaded and activated on the manufacturer's in-house internet browser for Android starting early next year. There are only 15 million users reportedly using that browser. But whatever ...

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    The market for virtual reality headsets is in a funny place right now. We've got these promises of incredible tech right around the corner, with products like the Oculus Rift and HTC's Vive nearly about to hit commercial release, but so far, the vast majority of the potential customer base has yet to try out one of these headsets for themselves – and with VR, seeing is very much believing. The rest of us may be acting on faith, or the promise we've seen with more accessible options like Google Cardboard, but one way or another, there's some serious anticipation for these products. Other ...

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