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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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    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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