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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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    ASUS has been skirting the line between tablets and phones for years now with its Fonepad line of tablets, which unlike your run-of-the-mill slates, come equipped to handle traditional cellular voice calls. We've seen the company deliver Fonepad models in multiple sizes and with different hardware configurations, and this week we get to check out the latest addition to the family, upgrading the Fonepad 7 with some slightly more capable hardware. The new Fonepad 7 sports a 1280 x 800 seven-inch display, and like previous models, there's an Intel Atom SoC powering things, this time a 1.3GHz ...

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    ASUS launched the ZenWatch back at IFA 2014, its stylish Android Wear-powered foray into the smartwatch market. In the time since, we've heard the company divulge a little about what's next for it when it comes to wearables, and just a few weeks back a company executive talked about “simplifying” such a product so that it could run for a week on a charge – something that to our ears sounded like plans to ditch Android Wear. Now ASUS CEO Jerry Shen is shedding some additional light on the matter, clarifying that his company's future wearables will include both Android Wear models and ...

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    (Updated to correct a typo and clarify speculation regarding a 720p model.) You might say we've got a bit of a thing for the ASUS ZenFone 2 here at Pocketnow. It's only been a month since we first laid hands on the phone at CES 2015, and yet we've already had two full-length editorials from our resident Android guy about how the ASUS ZenFone 2 is at once the best bang for your buck and proof that other OEMs are overcharging for their flagship smartphones. Since its announcement, the device has also made a (virtual) appearance on nearly every episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, it's ...

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    After Android 5.0 Lollipop debuted with the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 last fall, Google was quick to start making Lollipop updates available for most of the rest of the Nexus family. We saw phones and tablets alike graduate from KitKat to Android 5.0, then 5.0.1, and most recently, a few select models have been graced with Android 5.0.2. And while that was great, not every Nexus device was so quick to join the Lollipop party: despite Google making numerous Lollipop updates available for its WiFi-only tablets, neither the 2012 nor 2013 cell-enabled Nexus 7 had seen similar updates for themselves. ...

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    I like a flagship phones just as much as the next guy, but you know what I like even more? Not having to fork over a fistfull of cash! Who's with me? Yeah, I thought so. Nonetheless, I still picked up a Nexus 6 just as soon as Google would take my money. I love my Nexus 6, but other than a bigger screen and a battery that charges fast, it's not much different than my Nexus 5, and my Nexus 5 cost a few hundred bucks less! Score one for the Nexus 5, right? WRONG! Even the Nexus 5, with it's very decent specs, is still way overpriced! That's not what we thought back when it was first ...

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    Flagships, mid-tier, and entry-level phones. Each have their own demographic target. Each carefully balances pros versus cons, and power versus price. Flagships generally cost between US$400 and $600 for smartphones, and a couple hundred more for phablets. Mid-tier phones typically run about half that, though things start to get muddy when you try and calculate the cost of a mid-tier or entry-level device without a carrier subsidy. What you rarely see is a phone with really good specs and a really low price tag. Then again, the ASUS ZenFone 2 seems like it might be such a device. We got ...

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    At CES this year, ASUS came ready to show off some very interesting new hardware, including both that 4GB RAM ZenFone 2 and the ZenFone Zoom with a camera capable of optical zoom. And while that left it with a solid handset showing, we didn't get to see the next chapter for its wearable offerings. Last year at IFA, the manufacturer introduced its Android Wear-powered ZenWatch, but for its follow-up it sounds like the company could be going in a very different direction: some recent comments from chairman Jonney Shih suggest ASUS might drop Google's wearable OS with the goal of improving ...

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    This past fall, Google broadened its Nexus lineup with the launch of the Nexus 6 phablet and Nexus 9 tablet, the first hardware to arrive running Android 5.0 Lollipop. But beyond those mobile devices, we also saw Google introduce the Nexus Player, a set-top box running Android TV, intended to expand on what Chromecast did to bring Android into our living rooms by giving users a one-stop hub for both media and gaming. And while Google was quick to make the Nexus Player available for sale in the Play Store, that's where it stayed – until now. Reports are coming in on multiple fronts of ...

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    Google's latest Android release is 5.0.2, though that might come as a surprise to even many Nexus users, as the company's been a little slow in getting updates out to its own flock of pure-Android hardware. First the 2012 WiFi Nexus 7 saw a factory image land back in December, and just last week a couple new images arrived for the 2013 WiFi Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10. If you've got a locked bootloader and aren't too wild about backing up your data just to flash a factory image, you may have been holding off on updating. In which case, we've got good news for you, as OTA packages for a couple ...

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    Of all the manufacturers who might give us the first commercial Android smartphone with 4GB of RAM, who did you think it might be? LG has a history of being a spec leader. Or maybe Sony? Heck, why not Samsung? But of all the names you might have offered, did you ever think ASUS would be among them? Nevertheless, ASUS came to CES ready to impress, and in addition to its optical-zooming ZenFone Zoom, the company introduced the ZenFone 2 with its (up to) 4GB of memory. We went hands-on with the phone before packing up and saying goodbye to CES for another year. With prices starting at just ...

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    We just saw ASUS unveil the ZenFone 2, and though it has an eye-opening 4GB RAM option, the phone failed to make good on that one, super-compelling teaser ASUS dropped the other day: a smartphone with optical zoom for its camera. While the ZenFone 2 didn't deliver in that regard, we didn't have to wait much longer into the manufacturer's CES press event to see how this feature will actually arrive, as ASUS draws the curtain back on its ZenFone Zoom. Like the ZenFone 2, we're looking at a 5.5-inch 1080p handset. There's another 3000mAh battery, as well as a 13MP rear camera and 5MP front ...

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    ASUS has been doing its best to tease its CES 2015 launches, and sure had us ready to expect the arrival of some new ZenFone models. With its press event now underway, that's just what we're getting, as ASUS reveals the ZenFone 2. The ZenFone 2 will have a 5.5-inch 1080p display with a minimal bezel, leaving the screen to take up 72 percent of the phone's footprint. The handset is powered by a 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 SoC, and it will be one of the first smartphones (and as far as we know, the first consumer-focused model) to arrive with 4GB of RAM. There will also be a 2GB RAM edition. On ...

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    The International CES begins in just a few days, with major press conferences lined up for January 5. That means the world is gearing up for one of the biggest tech conventions of the year: a great tech-filled beginning to 2015. Because CES encompasses not just mobile tech but the tech world as a whole, it's easy to get lost in the torrent of information that comes from the show. To try to help consolidate all you might have been hearing, we've rounded up the biggest and most relevant mobile rumors all in one place, ordered by manufacturer. Without further ado, here's our CES 2015 rumor ...

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    When it comes to CES 2015 announcements, some manufacturers are keeping us in the dark, others have been delivering vague teasers, and others still have been a little more direct in filling us in on what to expect. Take ASUS, for instance, which is managing to keep a few secrets under wraps as it lets us know to expect some sort of handset with exceptional imaging capabilities. There were those series of teasers a couple weeks back that seemed to hint at just that, talking about being able to “see what others can’t see” (while not teasing dual rear lenses, despite some far-flung ...

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