It wasn’t too long ago that Asustek was muted to be discussing a takeover of its struggling local rival, HTC after its own mobile division posted a profit. However, the takeover rumour was strongly refuted by HTC shortly after becoming public news. Today, we have Acer’s CEO, Jason Chen, shooting down talk of a merger between itself and Asustek, stating that the joining of the two companies would violate Taiwan’s Fair Trade laws.
ASUS has announced pricing for their new ASUS ZenWatch 2 smartwatch and for those looking to get a smartwatch without dropping a lot of coin, the ZenWatch 2 may be a good option. The different versions of the ZenWatch 2 are slated to be available on retail shelves starting in October. When they arrive, the larger 49mm model will run €149 ($170 USD) while the smaller 45mm version will cost €169 ($190 USD).
The ZenWatch 2 will come equipped with a Snapdragon 400 processor, 512 MB of RAM and a 320 x 320 AMOLED display.
Anyone out there enticed by the ZenWatch 2? Be sure to check back for more IFA 2015 coverage from TalkAndroid.
Despite quickly taking over the top spot for smartwatches, the Apple Watch has not been the roaring success some may have hoped for. Manufacturers of Android-based smartwatches have already discovered this truth, that the wearables market has not yet caught on fire, as shown by poor results for 2014 sales when only 4.6 million units were shipped. Nevertheless, several companies are preparing to introduce a new wave of smartwatches at the IFA 2015 show next week in Berlin, including ASUS, Huawei, LG and Motorola, with a heavy focus on the use of Android Wear for the operating system. Read more
Earlier today, ASUS quietly launched a new variant of the ZenPad S 8.0 (Z580CA). This latest version is almost identical to the original. However, there are two alterations, which are both memory-related; the first being an increased amount of internal storage up to 64GB, and the other an extra two gigabytes of RAM, bumping the total up to 4GB.
ASUS has released a new update for the ZenFone 2, patching up the Stagefright exploit and bringing with it a handful of new features, bug fixes, and performance enhancements.
Earlier today, an unannounced ASUS-branded smartphone passed through China’s official certification database — TENAA. The high-end handset carries the model number Z00TDA and due to its lack of dual-SIM support is believed to be targeted at the American market.
I recently had the opportunity to spend a few days with an ASUS Chromebook Flip, a new entrant from ASUS to the Chromebook family with a couple interesting twists. The Chromebook Flip comes with a $249 price tag for a 2GB version and $279 for the 4GB version. Stores close to me rarely have Chromebooks actually in stock and the couple that do have tend to be low-end, bulky units that remind me of some cheap netbooks I had purchased for my kids a few years ago. The Chromebook Flip is a far cry from those units despite its small size and may be an enticing buy for consumers looking for a sleek Chromebook. Read more
ASUS announced the ZenFone Max today during a launch event in India, touting a massive battery of 5,000mAh. If you’re a power user and find yourself constantly running out of juice, the ZenFone Max might just be right up your alley.
The ASUS ZenWatch is now on sale for $129.99 through Best Buy and Amazon. While the ASUS ZenWatch 2 is available, the original ZenWatch is still a great performer, especially at this price point.
AT&T has revealed that the ASUS ZenFone 2E will be joining GoPhone, its line up of prepaid smartphones. The device has a price point of $119, with AT&T’s prepaid plans starting at $45 per month for unlimited talk, text, and 1.5GB of data.