Ever since the Asus Zenfone 2 was announced in Las Vegas last month, we’ve been waiting for news of its availability and pricing. One reason for the excitement has been that that the Zenfone 2, or at least one variant anyway, is one of the very first smartphones to boast 4GB of RAM. And now it’s available to pre-order via AliExpress for $440.
The 7-inch, 1280 x 800 tablet sports a Intel processor under the hood, keeping up the trend with the Fonepad lineup. You’ll also find 2 GB of RAM, up to 16 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, and a 5 megapixel rear camera. The Fonepad 7 supports 7 LTE bands for a wide range of wireless compatibility, and the speakers are located on the front of the device, which is a nice touch.
Back in January Asus let it be known they were working on a successor to their Zenwatch smartwatch wearable. Part of their plans include extending battery life by looking for some new chip technology and possibly an alternative operating system to Google’s Android Wear. CEO Jerry Shen revealed late last week that the company is working on a solution that does not involve Android Wear as the way to achieve longer battery life in a smartwatch, although the Zenwatch successor may still get Android Wear.
At CES 2015, Asus had a spectacular release event that introduced the world to the first smartphone running 4 GB of RAM, among other awesome features. This smartphone I’m speaking of is, of course, the ZenFone 2.
There was, however, a brief bit about a ZenFone Zoom and how it’d have a 13 megapixel camera with 3x optical zoom and a 10 element lens. Official details from Asus have been fairly scarce on the device, so many were left wondering how all of that goodness would fit inside a thin smartphone.
Details are beginning to emerge that answer that question. It appears that Asus may be utilizing the HOYA lens to accomplish such a feat.
A new wearable from ASUS was recently certified by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). The design name for the wearable is VivoWatch and the description reads “health watch which can detect heart rate and sleep data.” Traditionally, the Vivo brand is designated for ASUS’ devices powered by Windows. The company already has the ZenWatch on the market today and that wearable features Android Wear; therefore, it could be that the VivoWatch ends up with an upcoming wearable version of Windows.
Next month in Barcelona for MWC 2015 is the likely time and place for ASUS to introduce the VivoWatch.
ASUS has just kicked off a competition, in which it’s offering designers a chance to win a ZenWatch by creating a selection of new faces for the device.
If drawing isn’t your forte and you’re not very artistic, don’t worry. There’s another way to enter the contest to win a shiny new smart watch, and that’s simply by voting for your preferred design. ASUS will also be rewarding three participants in the Fan Favorite voting round with a gleaming new unit, too.
Asus has been on a Zenfone tear lately, with the Zenfone 2 and Zenfone Zoom recently announced at CES, as well as a Zenfone 2 mini recently leaking and the Zenfone 5 being introduced to the Indian market. Now, the Taiwanese manufacturer is set to release a new C series of Zenfone in Malaysia.
The ASUS ZenWatch was one of the most attractive and functional smartwatches to hit the market in 2014, but it had a major flaw — poor battery life. It’s almost impossible to get just two full days of use on a single charge, which makes it a huge pain to use on a daily basis. Do you sacrifice power for functionality and carry a charger with your on your daily commute? Do you choose another brand of smartwatch that you find less inviting? Or do you go with a standard watch and risk not having important notifications displayed on your wrist?
Wait… Don’t answer those questions.
The Google hockey puck looks to be sliding into your local brick-and-mortar store soon!
In a recent article by Gigaom, the website discussed various locations where the writing appears to be on the wall that January 25th will be the release date for the Nexus Player. This device, showcased by Google last year in October, will be bringing you Android TV straight to your television screen.