Jonney Shih unveils ASUS’ newest flagship, the Zenfone 2



For the past month, ASUS has been heavily teasing its newest line of flagship devices, promising their debut at CES 2015. Just a few minutes ago, they did just that, and introduced the world to the ASUS Zenfone 2.

Of all the newest specs this smartphone has to offer, the biggest attention-grabber is that this is the first mobile device to feature 4GB of RAM. That’s right, we’ve finally crossed that threshold and will be putting those 64-bit CPUs to good use. The RAM will be dual-channel, giving the smartphone a 2x increase in performance.
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ASUS ZenFone Zoom debuts, includes 13MP camera with 3x optical zoom


The announcement of the ZenFone 2 was followed by ASUS’ debut of the ZenFone Zoom. As the name suggests, the handset is all about photography. The rear of the handset has a 13MP camera with 3x optical zoom, laser auto focus, and optical image stabilization. These are all cutting edge technologies that have yet to really make it into many mainstream devices (aside from the LG G3). The massive circle surrounding the lens is reminiscent of what Nokia did with its Lumia 1020, another handset that featured a focus on photography.

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ASUS planning to release three more wearables in 2015


It hasn’t been very long since ASUS released the ZenWatch but according to ASUS CEO Jerry Shen, the company is already planning a follow-up smart watch to the ZenWatch. In addition to the ZenWatch 2.0, two other wearables were mentioned by Shen that will focus on health related data, like step counting and blood sugar monitoring.

Shen, when speaking about a possible time frame for the release of the successor device, said that he is shooting for a third-quarter unveiling. The first ASUS ZenWatch was announced back on September 9th at IFA 2014 and hit the shelves in the United States on November 9th, so the Taiwanese company may stick to this release pattern. 
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Teaser video reveals ASUS plans on unveiling a new smartphone with optical zoom at CES


ASUS is notorious for releasing teaser videos before big events, and CES 2015 is no exception. There latest video is titled, “See What Others Can’t See” and has a series of tones which sounds a lot like Morse code.

The code translates into “optical zoom,” which obviously indicates that they plan on showing some sort of a device with that feature. We have yet to see smartphones with optical zoom, so this would be a huge feat. Yes, we have had phones like the Galaxy S 4 Zoom, but to me, that’s a camera with the ability to make and place phone calls. Those types of devices are just too big and bulky to really be classified as a smartphone. ASUS could be planning something similar or they could actually be incorporating optical zoom in something a little more compact, such as a traditional smartphone.

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[DEAL] Grab a new 2nd Gen Asus 16GB Nexus 7 for $135 + free shipping!

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Still in need of a good high-powered Android tablet, but have been waiting for the right deal? This might just be it as Groupon is offering Google’s 2nd Gen 16GB Nexus 7 made by Asus for a low price of $135 + free shipping (price shows $149.99 on the Groupon page, but apply the 10% off coupon code to get the price down to the $135 deal). While the tablet is ‘old’ by today’s standards, the 2nd gen Nexus 7 is still very much capable of handling any task you throw at it. With the device recently receiving Google’s latest Android software in Lollipop, you’ll get the latest and greatest at such a low price. If this deal interests you, check out the source link to purchase! For the unaware, here’s a quick rundown of the specs:

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ASUS’ next ZenFone teased in video for CES 2015


Everyone will head to Las Vegas for CES 2015 next month. To build hype, ASUS has released a teaser video for what it has coming to the Zen line. The video starts with a quote from physician Lewis Thomas and then scenes of liquid metal moving around. Briefly near the end, a handset appears. It seemingly has a two-button setup on the rear (like the LG G3) and two cameras. ASUS closes the video with the message “see what others can’t see.”

Hit the break for the video.

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Wireless Nexus 7 tablets to get Android Lollipop starting in December


The list of devices already getting Android Lollipop or about to get the update increased a little bit today when an ASUS spokesperson confirmed the “update will roll out for Nexus 7 LTE/3G models around the beginning of December 2014.” Of course we knew the update was coming to the Nexus 7 tablets, especially with the roll out for the WiFi-only versions getting underway last week. Now we know users of the tablets that carry the wireless chip in them will not have much longer to wait. According to ASUS, both the 2012 and 2013 models will get Lollipop.

The Nexus 7 tablets join the WiFi-only versions along with the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 10 tablets in getting an update. We still wait for word on an update for the Nexus 4. Meanwhile, Motorola is rolling out Lollipop to several of their devices and LG is on an aggressive schedule for the LG G3.

source: The Inquirer

Lenovo, Asustek bringing lower cost Chromebooks to market in 2015


Although Chromebooks have only grabbed a small part of the laptop computer market thus far, despite much success in the education sector, the race to bring out less expensive models to entice buyers appears to be heating up for 2015. A new report from Digitimes Research indicates both Lenovo and Asustek are preparing new Chromebooks equipped with Rockchip technology to hit the market at a $149 price point.

Thus far, most Chromebooks have been priced in the $200 – $300 range, so the products from Lenovo and Asustek could set new lows for notebook devices. Both devices are expected to come with 11.6-inch screens and the Rockchip processors, but other details are not yet known. Acer is currently the biggest Chromebook producer and these new devices would be priced 25% lower than the Acer C720 that runs $199. Digitimes Research indicated that in addition to the price pressure this move will create for other Chromebook producers like Acer, it will also put pressure on Microsoft which has been modifying license costs in an effort to stave off Chromebooks’ growth in the market.

Rockchip is a “first-tier tablet application processor (AP) designer” from China. They have worked with Intel on chip design and distribution. They are also a Google-certified solutions provider.

source: Digitimes