Posts tagged with: Asus
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    Next month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is shaping up to be unusually uneventful when it comes to major new smartphone releases, as Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony and even Asus will likely wait for the Mobile World Congress in late February or separate dedicated spring announcements to exhibit their H1 2016 Android big guns. But why isn’t Asus, for instance, keener to unveil the ZenFone 3 exactly a year after the formal debut of the first few ZenFone 2 configurations? One relatively good guess would be that, like many of its rivals, the Taiwanese OEM is looking to pick up the ...

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    Where the heck is the ASUS ZenFone Zoom? Right now the crew at Pocketnow is well into getting ready for the CES 2016 trade show in early January, where we expect to see all manner of cutting-edge hardware. Back at the 2015 show, that lineup included the ASUS ZenFone Zoom, marrying a 13MP camera with an optical zoom lens – an outright rarity in the smartphone world. Sales were supposed to get underway later in Q1, but that never happened. We checked in with the phone again at IFA in September, and while the model wasn't canceled, it still didn't appear to be much closer to release. ...

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    As much as Apple may have tried to keep the launch of its first ever battery life-extending iPhone accessory on the down low, the interwebs blew up with mostly aversion to the “Smart Case’s” distasteful bulge. CEO Tim Cook quickly jumped to the defense of his design team, trying to excuse the poor aesthetic choice by highlighting ease of use and removal simplicity compared to often rigid third-party options. Still, what you see is what stays with you more often than not, and you can’t argue the iPhone 6 or 6s looks pretty when cloaked in the juice pack. Even worse for Cupertino, ...

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    We weren't expecting this one for our holiday guide. The ASUS-made Nexus 7 tablet from 2013 has been running at about $200 as of recently. Now, as we hear of another Nexus 7 coming our way via Huawei, we are in house clearing mode as a Groupon slash the price of the old one down by half. $99.99 is the price for the 16GB tablet. It was included in the Android 6.0 updates, too, so if you're really in it for the deals and steals of tech this season, get it while you can with a "Limited time remaining!" Source: Groupon Via: PhoneDog

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    It’s no secret tablet sales are slumping big time nowadays around the world, and if there’s one manufacturer capable of overturning the market crash, it’s Microsoft. Not Apple, definitely not Samsung, but Microsoft, with its steadily growing Surface family. What about low-cost Android specialists like Amazon or Asus? Well, the latter was at the forefront of the affordable 7-incher’s rise back when non-voice call-enabled Nexuses were still a thing, and the ZenPad line seeks at least part of that lost glory. Possibly the tab with the greatest bang for buck already, the Asus ZenPad S ...

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    Competing against smaller but aggressive and generous no-contract specialists like Cricket Wireless or MetroPCS can’t be easy nowadays for AT&T’s GoPhone division. A few timely deals on a slew of fairly attractive mid-range handhelds will go a long way in securing Ma Bell a robust portfolio of prepaid clients this holiday season, with Android enthusiasts allowed to pick up the ZTE Maven free of charge. No lengthy carrier agreements, no catches or strings attached, and just one condition – you have to activate the 5.1 Lollipop-running 4.5-incher on a $45 or up monthly plan. 45 ...

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    Updated December 9: The Nexus 6 has been dropped from the Google Store. Step back from the food court, I repeat, step back from the food court. Move away from the deals. Seriously, though, you might be on a sales safari come this weekend or a cyber chase on Monday. If you're the type of person to give away phones and smartwatches for the holidays, though, it helps to actually consider what you're getting and how it fits the person you're getting it for. Like a sommelier does with wine, we're given you our suggestions on what phones to look for when you're talking about your dorky cousin ...

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    They missed their ideal release window, inexplicably holding on to the versatile Chromebit for more than six months after the tiny computer’s formal introduction, and thus allowing Intel Compute Sticks to become ubiquitous. Of course, calling experimental “dongle computers” ubiquitous, mainstream popular or even growingly trendy is clearly a stretch, so Google and Asus probably didn’t lose a lot of money hesitating to load Chrome OS up on a flash drive-sized desktop. The Chromebit should go on sale any minute now at Amazon, Fry’s, and Newegg stateside, plus various retailers in ...

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    Several OEMs have issued detailed announcements regarding Android 6.0 updates lately, with both names of phones due for software makeovers and loose timelines. A couple manufacturers in a hurry even got the Marshmallow ball rolling, while Samsung remains silent on the matter, helping professional tipsters earn a living. Then there’s Asus, which just came forward with official confirmation of future Android M “support” for the PadFone S, ZenFone 2 ZE550ML and ZE551ML, ZenFone 2 Deluxe, aka Special Edition, ZenFone 2 Laser (all configurations), and ZenFone Selfie. Good news? Sure, in a ...

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    Right now, it feels like we're on the cusp of a big new push into wearable devices, and this time we're not talking about smartwatches, either; augmented reality headsets may have hit a bit of a false start with Google Glass, but next-gen hardware like Microsoft's HoloLens promises to show us how things are meant to be done. Understandably, plenty of companies are interested in getting in on that action, and last month we heard about how ASUS was possibly interested in developing its own Windows Holographic hardware. At the time, the company wasn't quite ready to commit to the project, but ...

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    Huawei is without a doubt the greatest performer of the Android landscape so far this year, and we have no reason to believe the Nexus 6P manufacturers’ impressive growth will stop in Q4. Xiaomi also surged from the OEMs’ second tier to the global top five, LG phones seem to be on the rise at least stateside, and lower in the ranks, companies like OnePlus or LeTV threaten HTC or BlackBerry’s survival. But there’s one more device maker that managed to vastly improve its sales numbers in 2015, not getting the media attention it maybe deserves. We’re talking about Asus, viewed first ...

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    Just how many ZenFone 2 options does ASUS have right now? Don't worry; we can come back to you in a few minutes to give you time to count. From screen sizes, to RAM, to battery capacity, to storage, there are a ton of variables to consider when shopping for the handset, and ASUS only seems ready to deliver even more options. Back right before IFA got started we first heard about the ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition – and at the time, we found ourselves wowed by the 256GB of internal flash storage. Now it's finally time for that model to come to retailers in the US, and while the handset ...

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    The holiday season should help tablet demand surge sequentially after a dreadful few quarters, but year-over-year, things will continue to look gloomy for iPads, Microsoft Surfaces, and large-screen Androids alike from a global perspective. That’s the trend both Digitimes Research and TrendForce forecast for Q4 2015, when shipments in the plunging market segment are to reportedly total 58.7 million units. A decent escalation from the sub-par 48.7M result posted between July and September, but only a fraction of the 76.1 mil tally in the October – December 2014 timeframe. Like last ...

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    Taiwan’s most valuable global brand continues its invasion of the uber-competitive US unlocked smartphone landscape with yet another incredibly affordable ZenFone 2 configuration. This one carries the confusing ZE551KL model number, starts at $200, and offers among others Full HD screen resolution and 3GB RAM. First things first, let us stress the American ZenFone 2 Laser isn’t the same as the international variant, and it’s not identical to the ZD551KL, aka ZenFone Selfie, either. This is a scene-stealer in its own right, at 5.5 hefty inches, with upper mid-range Snapdragon 615 ...

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    We've recently heard not one, but two bits testifying to the fact that Apple, the leading tablet vendor on the market, isn't doing as well as some would have predicted, when it comes to the tablet market. Initially, we heard unconfirmed rumours that orders placed for the upcoming iPad Pro are cautious, then we heard reports that poor iPad sales are affecting the supply chain manufacturers. Apparently, the issue is a larger one, affecting all players on the market. According to the most recent IDC numbers, the entire tablet market is down. For the third quarter of the year, tablet shipments ...

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    Ah, Taiwan. For tiny quasi-country not recognized by the UN, it can fit a lot onto an island. Home to great food, extremely varied climate and a ton of techies — semiconductors to original equipment manufacturers to plain 'ol manufacturing in general. HTC has set up shop here along with Acer and ASUS. To make Taiwan feel important. the Ministry of Economic Affairs puts out an annual valuations list of the 20 largest global companies in the country. And for the third year in a row, Asustek has grabbed the top dollar spot on the list, cashing in at US$1.78B. Yeah, we know it's small fries, ...

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    The Google of today isn't afraid to try something new, and on the hardware front that's meant now-familiar things like Nexus phones and tablets, the Chromebook family, and the oh-so-affordable Chromecast. It's also generated some more out-there projects, like Google Glass or the modular Ara. And between those extremes we have efforts like the OnHub router the company launched back in August. We weren't completely sold on the idea of OnHub straight away, though saw that there was plenty of room for potential. Well, Google's wasting no time in bringing new features to OnHub as the second ...

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    With the ZenFone 2, ASUS has tried to give users not just an affordable phone, but also one with some eye-catching specs: the model helped blaze the trail for phones packing a hefty 4GB of RAM, and we've subsequently seen the phone raise the bar in terms of solid-state storage, offering a big 256GB model. Sure, all these options can mean that shopping for a ZenFone 2 can get a little confusing, but we'd rather have the choice of some of these high-end specs than not. For a while now, we've also been looking forward to the ZenFone 3 – what can it hope to offer that the ZenFone 2 didn't? ...

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    Remember those deep discounts on the Nexus Player we told you about? Actually, we should probably ask: do you remember the Nexus Player? Do you want a new Nexus Player? Well, if you're happy with your Chromecast and you know it, clap your hands because at $35, you're paying $64.99 less for a more practical Google TV interface. But if you like a great deal and have a Target nearby, shop around and see if you can snag a Nexus Player on last-stage clearance. Depending on the store, you may see Nexus Players going for $24.98. If you see the red sticker on the box, it's going, going, gone. ...

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    Microsoft is always known as a software-first company, up to the point where you're stopped on your tracks by the Xbox. As a result it's easy to assume that Redmond was also planning for its new HoloLens to be a product built in house and not licensed to others as we see with Windows, but then again, a lot of opportunity would be lost there, and Microsoft knows that. Today it seems that ASUS CEO Jonney Shih and Microsoft's head of Windows and devices Terry Myerson have confirmed that ASUS will be building an augmented reality headset that will be powered by Microsoft's HoloLens software. ...

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    In 2015, almost every smartwatch maker on the market is emphasizing style over smarts. Both Huawei and Motorola recently told us their new watches were designed as timepieces first and geeky gadgets second, and Samsung's fancy new Gear S2 bears almost no resemblance to its cuff-like predecessor. Further, all these refinements have been round: a quick look at the Android Wear section of the Google Store and even the latest out of Pebble confirms that it's no longer hip to be square. ASUS doesn't seem to care about any of that. The company made headlines earlier in the year by ...

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    It’s the prettiest affordable smartwatch. No, it’s the most affordable pretty smartwatch. The two key selling points of the Asus ZenWatch 2 are likely equally impressive, even though the $150 Android Wear timepiece swims against the current as far as its shape goes, adopting a rectangular form factor instead of a “perfect” circle. But the design works nonetheless, primarily thanks to a super-robust stainless-steel case, as well as your choice of 45 or 49mm bands in an array of materials and colors. Granted, if you want to be an early adopter, Google only lets you pick up a 49mm ...

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    Microsoft's latest hardware is just days away from setting out into the public, but a little bread and butter action comes first. After all, Microsoft has the word "soft" in its name. Its ubiquitous Office software has gotten around better than its smartphones. And as we've found out in a joint press release with ASUS, the going around for Microsoft has just gotten even better. The two companies broadened an existing patent agreement between ASUS's phones and tablets (and phone-tablet hybrids) running Android and Microsoft's software and services. One of the marquee outcomes from this ...

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    A top five PC manufacturer in the yearly sales rank for half a decade now, and a protagonist of the low-cost Android tablets’ rise against iPads starting with the 2012 Nexus 7, Asus has only raised its previously modest smartphone aspirations earlier in 2015. The relatively inexpensive 4GB RAM-packing ZenFone 2 essentially put the Taiwanese OEM on the map, including stateside, and the expansion efforts will soon enter a new phase, as Asus plans to join forces with Foxconn, and build phones in India. Why is India the promised land all of a sudden? Firstly, because it’s the world’s ...

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    We already went hands-on with the Zenwatch 2 a few weeks ago, and not much has changed with the watch or our impressions since then, but it's important to know that there are multiple versions, and we'll be testing the baseline model — meaning a bigger display, and a texturized rubber watch band. The build quality is surprisingly solid given the Zenwatch's relatively low cost, starting at $129, and if you don't like the stock band, you can swap it out effortlessly thanks to the quick release pins. Possibly the biggest appeal of the Zenwatch 2 is its price point. You can pick up a ...

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