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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.”

While the brochure divulged the hardware, it didn’t give a clear cut price, so there’s no telling exactly where ASUS wants to try to land this thing in terms of price points. Chromebooks routinely launch for about $199 right now, so anywhere around the $149 – $189 range would probably be a safe bet.

Maybe we’ll see it dip below $100? Not likely, but we can hope. Keep an eye out for some official news from ASUS in the coming weeks.

source: OMG Chrome

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Rockchip toting ASUS C201 Chromebook could bring more affordable Chrome OS computing to work and school

Looks like a new ASUS Chromebook offering is on the horizon sporting a more cost-effective quad-core 1.8 GHZ Rockchip processor. The new device is being labeled as the “most affordable Chromebook to date.” A catalog listing outs some of the devices specs with an expected 1366×768 resolution 11.6-inch display, 16 GB eMMC and a VGA […]

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ASUS ZenFone 2 video released to hype launch, expected later this month

If you have been following along the smartphone exploits of ASUS lately, you are likely as excited as we are to see the official launch of the ASUS ZenFone 2, expected later in March in the U.S. To keep the excitement going ASUS has launched a new video that does a great job of highlighting the new Android powered phone.

ASUS first introduced the ZenFone 2 alongside the ZenFone Zoom back at CES in January. “TwoFones,” as Kevin the Tech Ninja would say. The specifications list was something we were very happy to see, with a 5.5-inch HD display backed by a 64-bit Quad-Core processor, up to 4GB of RAM, up to 64GB of internal storage, a 3000mAh battery and a 13MP main shooter.

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With specs like those, many expected the device to churn out a typical flagship price tag, in the $600+ range. However, ASUS has a little cost savings trick up their sleeve: their chosen processor is actually an Intel SoC, with an Imagination GPU. The end result, ASUS recently launched the ZenFone 2 in Taiwan, with the top tier unit just under $300. Downgrade to a 720p display, a slower processor, 2GB of RAM, a smaller battery and 8MP shooter for just $160.

Now that ASUS has released a teaser video for the western markets, we are hoping this means the device will soon follow. Sadly, we still have no word on when that may take place, but initial reports led us to believe later this month, we’ll have to wait and see.

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For now, best hit the bottom of this article to check out our first touch of the device from CES and official announcement for all the details on this interesting, and very affordable Android 5.0 Lollipop offering from ASUS.

What do you think of the ASUS ZenFone 2, could it be the phone for you?

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ASUS: you’re out of your mind if you buy a gold Apple Watch Edition

Asus on Apple Watch Edition

As we have come to expect from Apple, its first smartwatch is priced right at the top of the market. It seems that ASUS is willing to call out the Apple Watch Edition as more than a little overpriced, and has posted a rather amusing image on Twitter to express its sentiments (above).

In case you missed the announcement, the Apple Watch Edition options begin with a retail price of $549. However, the 18K-karat or rose gold options start with a much steeper $10,000 price tag! For comparison, you can purchase the ASUS Zenwatch for a far more modest $199.99.

We rather liked the ASUS Zenwatch in our review, but it appears that the company has not managed to grab as much of the smartwatch market as its Android competitors, such as LG, Sony or Samsung, according to recent sales estiamtes. With that in mind, perhaps a more aggressive marketing campaign might be just what ASUS needs.


Asus to release a xenon flash dongle for the Zenfone 2

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Alongside the launch of its latest Zenfone 2 smartphone in Taiwan, Asus also announced a new xenon flash dongle. The accessory is designed to dramatically increase the brightness of the camera flash compared with the standard dual-LED flash setup.

The xenon flash dongle connects up to the handset via a USB cable and then sticks to the back of your phone. It then syncs up with the camera app for a “400 times” stronger flash when taking a picture in low light conditions. Unfortunately, we don’t know if the dongle works exclusively with Asus smartphones or if it can be used with all Android devices.

Asus also announced a similar, smaller circular “LolliFlash” accessory, which is a dual-tone LED torch designed to add a little color to your pictures. It has its own battery and doesn’t communicate with the host device like the xenon flash dongle does, but can be secured into the headphone jack of any smartphone for stability when taking pictures. The LolliFlash comes with a set of color filters, either red, yellow or blue, which double up as protective covers.

Asus has not announced the prices or release details for either of the two camera accessories yet.


ASUS will soon let you add a xenon flash to its phones

Remember the good old days when phones came with a powerful xenon flash instead of just LEDs? Well, thanks to ASUS, you’ll soon have the option to add one to an Android phone — or at least to an ASUS one, anyway. The ZenFlash came to us as a surprise announcement at today’s ZenFone 2 launch in Taiwan: It’s a xenon flash dongle that connects via USB OTG, and you can stick it onto the back of your phone for that “400 times” stronger flash. Alas, it’s still early days so there’s no further detail on this device. No price, no date and no confirmation on whether the ZenFlash will work on non-ASUS Android phones.

The second surprise of the day was the circular LolliFlash, which is essentially a basic dual-tone LED torch (with its own battery) that can be secured onto the headphone jack of any phone. Unlike Lenovo’s version, there’s no communication between the LolliFlash and its host; you simply leave the light or lights on before you take a shot — especially a selfie. It’ll even come with a set of three color filters — red, yellow and blue — that double as protective covers, but we imagine most users will just leave them at home. Again, ASUS has yet to announce commercial availability, but we can’t imagine this simple device can cause much damage to one’s wallet.

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Intel powered Asus Zenfone 2 launches in Taiwan

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Announced earlier at this year’s CES, the Asus Zenfone 2 has now gone on sale in Taiwan, with a number of versions costing anywhere from NT$4,990 ($160) up to NT$8,990 ($290), all of which very reasonable.

The Asus Zenfone 2 range is spit into a number of configurations. Some come with slightly different Intel Atom Z3580 or Z3560 SoCs with varying clock speeds, there’s a choice between 720p and FullHD displays, up to 4GB of RAM, and 16/32/64 GB internal memory options. Fortunately, all models come with LTE connectivity, dual-SIM and microSD card slots, and Android 5.0 Lollipop.

The list below should help you get your head around some of the options and their prices.

ZE551ML (4GB) – NT$8,990 ($290)

  • 2.3 GHz Intel Atom Z3580
  • 5.5-inch 1080p display
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB internal memory
  • 13MP rear camera & 5MP front camera
  • 3,000 mAh battery

ZE551ML (2GB) – NT$6,990 ($220)

  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB internal memory
  • Rest, same as above

ZE550ML – NT$5,990 ($190)

  • 1.8 GHz Intel Atom Z3560
  • 5.5-inch 720p display
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal memory
  • 13MP rear camera & 5MP front camera
  • 3,000 mAh battery

ZE550CL – NT$4,990 ($160)

  • 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2560
  • 5.5-inch 720p display
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal memory
  • 8MP rear camera & 2MP front camera
  • 2,500 mAh battery

All of the handsets are available from Taiwan’s largest carriers and can also be bought through Asus’ online store. As for a global roll-out, Asus states that the Zenfone 2 will be making its way to markets around the world in the coming months, with launch events planned for China, Hong Kong, France, Russia, Japan, Indonesia, India, and the United States.

For a closer look at the Asus Zenfone 2, check out our hands on and first impressions from CES.


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


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.


As alluded to above, the Zenfone 2 comes in two variants, with the lower model sporting a 64-bit Intel Atom Z3560 Quad-Core processor running at 1.8GHz, along with 2GB of RAM. The higher-powered model uses the 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 Quad-Core CPU, running at 2.3GHz and backed up with 4GB of RAM. Apart from those differences, both models share the same hardware:

  • Android Lollipop with brand new Asus Zen UI.
  • MicroSD card support, up to 64GB.
  • 16GB/32GB/64GB Internal Storage.
  • 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 Full HD IPS display (443ppi).
  • Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3.
  • 5MP Front-facing camera,f/2.0-aperture, wide-angle 85-degree lens.
  • 13MP Rear-facing camera,f/2.0-aperture, auto-focus with Dual-colour flash and Zero shutter lag
  • Dual Micro-SIM support
  • 3,000mAh battery, fast-charging technology
  • 152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9mm (thinnest point of 3.9mm)
  • Weighs 170 grams

The 2GB model is available to pre-order on AliExpress for $299.90, a bit more expensive than Asus’ previously announced price of $200. The 4GB model Zenfone 2 has a pre-order price of $439.90. Both the 2GB/4GB models up for pre-order have 64GB of internal storage, and they are available in Ceramic White/Osmium Black/Glamor Red/Glacier Gray/Sheer Gold colours. As yet, there is no firm date on shipping.


Via: PhoneArena
Source: AliExpress

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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.

The tablet/phone hybrid won’t blow you out of the water, but since it’s going to retail for around $250, it’s not a bad deal. It might not be for everyone, but ASUS has had some decent success with their Fonepad line, so don’t expect it to disappear anytime soon.

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ASUS definitely plans to release smartwatch not using Android Wear


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.

According to Shen, “we will have another (smartwatch) that is not based on Android Wear and features a longer battery life.” The other smartwatch he is referring to is something other than the second-generation Zenwatch which Shen says will use Android Wear. A non-Android Wear device could be announced alongside the next Zenwatch or it could be the third-generation of the device that gets the alternate operating system.

As part of their future strategy Asus is looking at a Mediatek system-on-chip that is still under development to power their forthcoming wearable devices. Combined with a new operating system, Asus hopes to squeeze seven days of life out of a single charge.

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