The third-gen ZenFone 3 to feature a fingerprint recognition sensor

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Despite the fact that the ZenFone 2 was unveiled in early January, many are turning their attention to the ZenFone 3. Even Asus is getting antsy about the next-gen ZenFone. According to CEO Jerry Shen, Asus will release the ZenFone 3 complete with a fingerprint recognition sensor. However, from now until the point that the ZenFone 3 is released may be a long time to wait. But it’s possible we may not have to wait that long at all.

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ASUS is preparing an ultra-affordable Chromebook with a Rockchip processor

asus chromebookChromebooks are already incredibly affordable, but ASUS looks like they’re preparing to undercut the competition even further with a cheaper model. The ASUS C201 is listed in an education ordering brochure and mentions specs like a Rockchip processor and an 11.6″ inch screen with 4 GB of RAM, and the catalog mentions that it’s the “cheapest Chromebook ever.” Read more

ASUS launching a new selfie-oriented ZenFone

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Taiwanese manufacturer ASUS has mentioned that the company will launch a new selfie centric ZenFone handset in the third quarter of the year. The company’s CFO, David Chang has mentioned that the announcement was initially expected to take place during the CES in January, but the company didn’t go through with the announcement and thinks that sometime around Q3 will be the ideal time to launch the device. Read more

Asus Zenfone 2 with 4GB of RAM becomes available to pre-order for $440

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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.

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ASUS refreshes their tablet/phone hybrid lineup with the Fonepad 7

asus fonepad 7ASUS has announced a refresh in their massive Fonepad line with the Fonepad 7. The device features some decent upgrades over previous models, plus Android 5.0 Lollipop right out of the box.

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. Read more

ASUS definitely plans to release smartwatch not using Android Wear

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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. Read more

Asus equips upcoming ZenFone Zoom with HOYA lens

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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. Read more