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30
Jul

We have the ASUS ZenFone 2E: ask us anything!


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There’s plenty of content on the ASUS ZenFone 2 out there, but not everyone knows about the ZenFone 2E. This AT&T prepaid phone was announced with a $119.99 price point, surely a cost that will raise some eyebrows. It’s much cheaper than the average ZenFone 2, which was already considered super affordable!

Is there a catch? Will this phone fulfill your needs? It does sport a nice set of specs for the price, including an Intel Atom processor, 1 GB of RAM and a 5.0-inch screen. It could be the perfect phone for the casual user who doesn’t like contracts.

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Curious about the phone? You will want to keep it tuned to Android Authority. Our very own Joshua Vergara got a hold of this device and is getting ready to put a review together. Meanwhile, we just wanted to take the time and let you ask us anything about the ZenFone 2E. If you want to know any specific details about the handset, just hit up our ASUS ZenFone 2E forum page and shoot us any questions. Josh and other Android Authority team members will be checking in frequently. You can also leave your doubts here and we will do our best to clear them!

Ask us anything at the ASUS ZenFone 2E forum thread

29
Jul

Mid-range smackdown: Oppo R7, Samsung A7, Asus ZenFone 2, and Sony Xperia M4 Aqua


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OPPO R7, the company’s mid-range champion.

Not too long ago, it was surprisingly difficult to find an unlocked, capable smartphone for an affordable price point. To get a mobile device that worked properly, it wasn’t uncommon that users would need to spend anywhere around $500-$800. Luckily for everyone, a number of device manufacturers have been releasing smartphones that are capable of handling everyday tasks, but still won’t break the bank.

Specifically, lesser known but rapidly growing smartphone companies such as OPPO and Asus have been releasing some great devices, and so have well-known manufacturers like Samsung and Sony. But how do the most prominent mid-tier smartphones from these companies compare? While this is not a complete list by any means, we decided to pit just a few mid-range handsets against one another to see how they fare.

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Specifications

Today we’ll be comparing the OPPO R7, Samsung Galaxy A7, ASUS ZenFone 2, and the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua. It should be noted early on that we haven’t reviewed the Galaxy A7, though given its comparable specifications to the competition, we thought it to be a good device to add to the comparison. Although these smartphones bring somewhat similar specifications and price points to the table, many of them still differ from one another when it comes to overall user experience. Before we get too far into the details, let’s take a look at the specification list below:

  OPPO R7 Samsung Galaxy A7 (A700FD) Sony Xperia M4 Aqua ASUS ZenFone 2
Display 5.0-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080 x 1920 resolution 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080 x 1920 resolution 5.0-inch IPS LCD display with 720 x 1280 resolution 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1080 x 1920 resolution
Processor 1.5 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53 Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 1.5 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 (4GB RAM),
1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3560 (2GB RAM)
RAM 3GB 2GB 2GB 2/4GB
Storage 16GB, expandable up to 128GB 16GB, expandable up to 64GB 8/16GB, expandable up to 128GB 16/32/64GB, expandable up to 64GB
GPU Adreno 305 Adreno 405 Adreno 405 PowerVR G6430
Camera 13MP rear f/2.2
8MP front-facing f/2.4
13MP rear camera
5MP front camera
13 MP rear camera
5MP front camera
13MP rear camera
5MP front camera
Software Color OS 2.1, Android 4.4.2 KitKat Samsung TouchWiz, Android 5.0.2 Lollipop Android 5.0 Lollipop Zen UI, Android 5.0 Lollipop
Battery 2,320mAh, non-removable 2,600mAh, non-removable 2,400mAh, non-removable 3,000mAh, non-removable
Dimensions 143 x 71 x 6.3mm, 147g 151 x 76.2 x 6.3mm, 141g 145.5 x 72.6 x 7.3mm, 136g 152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9mm, 170g
Fast charging Yes No No Yes

Display

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Bringing a great price tag and solid specs, the Asus ZenFone 2 is one of the best mid-range options on the market.

To begin, let’s talk about the display. Mid-tier smartphones have come a long way on the display front, with many options now hitting the market with Full HD panels – and that’s true for the ZenFone 2, the Oppo R7 and the Samsung Galaxy A7. The big difference between these displays, however, is that the R7 and A7 both feature Super AMOLED displays instead of an LCD. AMOLED vs. LCD is still an ongoing debate, but much of the time you’ll find more vivid colors with AMOLED technology and there are certainly a number of folks that prefer AMOLED over LCD.

Unfortunately, Sony chose to go with a 5.0-inch 720p panel on their device, which might upset a few users hoping to get the clear 1080p resolution out of their mid-tier smartphone. Even though having a device with a lower resolution display might result in a tad better battery life, we’re sure most users would choose Full HD over this option if given the chance.

Performance

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With a Snapdragon 615, the OPPO R7 stands towards the top when it comes to performance.

When it comes to performance, none of these smartphones are particularly poor at handling everyday tasks, though a few still manage to stand out from the rest. The OPPO R7 and ZenFone 2 both performed really well in our full reviews, largely due to their impressive internals.

Featuring 3GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 615 CPU, the R7 is quite the competitor to the ZenFone 2 with 4GB of RAM and Atom Z3580 CPU. Both devices handle gaming quite well, and they do a great job at performing everyday tasks. The Snapdragon 615 found in both the R7 and A7 has proven itself to be quite a capable processor overtime, making both OPPO’s and Samsung’s offerings a great option for those looking for a device with a reliable processor. It should be noted, however, that we have not posted a full review of the A7, so we aren’t as informed on this device as we are with the others. As for the Atom Z3580, while it might perform similarly, Qualcomm processors tend to have better app compatibility and simply have a better rep (810 overheating drama aside).

Last on the list is the Xperia M4 Aqua. While this device features the same 615 processor found in the R7 and A7, our reviews have found that Sony’s offering tends to overheat relatively easily when playing games, which is one of our biggest points of contention with the device.

Camera

The M4 Aqua stands out when it comes to camera performance.

The M4 Aqua stands out when it comes to camera performance.

Oddly enough, all four of the devices we’re comparing today feature 13MP rear-facing cameras, though there’s still a big difference when it comes to image quality.

No matter which device you pick out of the lot, you won’t be disappointed in the camera department. But if you want a mid-range smartphone with a camera that stands above the rest, we’d suggest going with the Xperia M4 Aqua. In our full review, Sony’s offering consistently produced shots with great detail and with vivid colors. Sony’s camera app is quite simplistic and doesn’t come with too many features, though more can be downloaded separately.

Next up we have the OPPO R7 and ASUS ZenFone 2, which both produced average shots in our full reviews. Although we haven’t tested the A7’s camera for ourself, Samsung devices in the past have consistently produced well-balanced, accurate photos. Like most other smartphone cameras, these devices perform best in well-lit areas, with a noticeable decline in quality when moved into low-light situations. Ultimately, the R7 struggles in the post-processing department, while the ZenFone 2 fails to provide an acceptable amount of dynamic range.

All of the extras

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One of Sony’s signature features is waterproofing, and so it is great to see this present in the Xperia M4 Aqua.

Design and build quality are two big areas where manufacturers are shifting focus in the mid-range market, and all four of these smartphones surely don’t disappoint on that front. Whether you choose to go with the familiar design language of Sony’s Xperia M4 Aqua or the premium-feeling OPPO R7, we’re sure most of you won’t have to sacrifice too much when it comes to overall design.

OEMs are also noticeably focusing on their software experiences, too. All of these devices feature software that’s been toned down significantly throughout the past few months, which has been a big pain point for mid-rangers in the past. OPPO’s simplified ColorOS provides a much smoother overall experience, while the ZenFone 2, Xperia M4 Aqua and Galaxy A7 are much more feature-rich than the others. When it comes to software, it ultimately comes down to which OEM skin you prefer, but you really can’t go wrong with any of these options.

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Quick charging? Yes please!

All four of these devices come with non-removable batteries, but that actually may not be a deal breaker. These mid-range offerings can all last around a full day on a single charge, though not much more than that. What’s more, you don’t have to worry about running out of space on your device, because all of them also come with microSD card slots.

The differences begin to really stand out when we take into account other attractive features such as IP68 water and dust resistance or quick charging technology. For instance, I’d much rather recommend the Sony option to anyone who spends the majority of their summer days sitting next to the pool, but I’d rather recommend the OPPO R7 or ZenFone 2 to someone who needs to charge their battery in half the time thanks to integrated quick charging.

Pricing and final thoughts

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OPPO R7’s design and performance put it towards the top of the list, though ZenFone 2 and the others follow close behind.

Choosing the right smartphone isn’t always an easy decision, and it can take some time to figure out what best suits your needs. Out of the pack, the OPPO R7 seemingly stands out above the rest if you’re looking for a powerful handset with an ultra-premium build and high-end features like quick charging. The ZenFone 2 certainly follows close behind, though many may be turned off by its choice of an Intel processor and its somewhat less attractive design (though that last point is completely subjective).

The Samsung Galaxy A7 also seems like a capable enough device, though we think it’s price tag may be too high for most users looking for a solid mid-range offering. As for the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua? Special features like waterproofing are great, though we certainly are a bit alarmed by the device’s apparent overheating issues.

Related: Best Android phones (June 2015)

All in all, this post is meant to condense our full reviews down to make it easier for you to decide on which phone is right for you. However, that’s not always the easiest way to get information across, so we’ve also linked our full reviews down below. Feel free to let us know which device you think is worth your hard-earned cash, and why the other smartphones won’t find their way into your pocket anytime soon.

More on these great devices

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23
Jul

ASUS Chromebook Flip review: small, solidly built, well-priced


ASUS Chromebook Flip review: small, solidly built, well-priced

I’m sick of reviewing Chromebooks. What was once the source of fierce debates about the future of computing is now a commodity: Most models have the same specs, the same internals and more or less perform the same. There are a lot of them, and most aren’t particularly good or particularly bad. They’re forgettable; unremarkable. That cranky preamble aside, I did want to test the Chromebook Flip. This machine, made by ASUS, is notable on a few counts. With a 10-inch screen, it’s one of the smallest around, even if it does hearken back to the days of the netbook. It’s one of the few with a 360-degree rotating touchscreen. The build quality is better than most, thanks to an all-metal chassis. The battery life is longer too, at 10.5 hours. Lastly, it’s cheap for what it is: just $249. Yes, there’s a catch — several, even — but all told, I recommend it anyway.

Hardware

Asus Chromebook Flip Review

I’m hardly the first person to compare Chromebooks to netbooks, but in this case, the comparison is apt: The Flip has a 10-inch screen and weighs less than two pounds, the same size as many of the first mini notebooks. The keyboard, too, is a throwback to ASUS’ Eee PC series, with small, island-style buttons, some of them not much bigger than a fingernail. In absolute terms, it’s not as comfortable to type on as the sort of keyboard you’d find on a larger machine. All things considered, though, the buttons feel generously spaced, considering the deck itself measures just 10.6 inches wide. None of the buttons are too small either — Enter, Shift and Backspace are all plenty big — and the underlying panel stands up well to vigorous typing. As it happens, I wrote much of this review on the Flip, not to mention: surfed the web and answered who-knows-how-many emails. Like I said, I don’t think I’ll ever prefer a 10-inch keyboard over, say, a 13-incher, but this one is at least decent. And if there’s anyone who can make a miniature keyboard people might actually want to use, it’s netbook granddaddy ASUS.

If there’s one way in which the Flip is different from netbooks of yore, it’s build quality. Forget the fact that netbooks never used to have 360-degree hinges like this, much less touchscreens — or that this form factor is still uncommon on modern-day Chromebooks. This thing is also more solidly built than I’d ever expect from a $249 machine. The machine is all metal, with subtle brushed detailing on the palm rest that both looks nice and helps mask smudges. I’ve also noticed that when I pick up the laptop in one hand — which I do often, since it’s so light — I don’t feel any flex in the palm rest where I’m gripping it.

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The one exception to this durability seems to be the screen, which tends to wobble a bit. You might not notice it so much in everyday use, but I got a big taste of it when I used the Flip on a bumpy Amtrak trip; every time the train jostled, so did the panel. Speaking of the display, you sort of get what you pay for here. The 1,280 x 800 resolution isn’t as high as many standalone tablets at this size (many of which are more expensive anyway), and the bezels are unusually thick for a touchscreen. That said, colors are accurate and although the screen washes out when you dip it forward, the IPS panel did a good job minimizing glare when I used it next to an open window on my recent train ride.

Still, the hinge is sturdy enough that I felt confident flipping the screen back into tablet mode or — more likely — Tent and Stand modes. I say “more likely” because Chrome OS was primarily designed to be used with a mouse and keyboard — precisely why we’ve yet to see any proper tablets running the software. I personally didn’t have much use for it as a makeshift slate (although the screen size was about right). I do like having the option of putting the keyboard under and watching Netflix with the screen in front of me — a particularly handy feature in confined spaces like a cramped coach seat. Let’s be real, though: I mainly used this in classic notebook mode, and I didn’t even have to use the touchscreen much, just because the touchpad was already precise. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad that the convertible form factor also happens to come with solid build quality, but I probably would have been just as happy to have a standard clamshell without a touchscreen.

Finishing our tour of the hardware, the Flip is well-stocked with ports, most of which are stacked along the right-hand side. These include two full-sized USB connections, a micro-HDMI socket, a microSD slot, a headphone jack and, on the other side, a volume rocker and power port.

Performance and battery life

SunSpider v.1.0.2* Google Octane Mozilla Kraken*
ASUS Chromebook Flip 700ms

6,748

5,527ms

Chromebook Pixel (2015, Core i5, Intel HD 5500) 298ms

23,907

1,428ms

Toshiba Chromebook 2 (Celeron N2840, 4GB RAM) 967ms

7,714

4,284ms

Samsung Chromebook 2 (11-inch, Celeron N2840, 2GB RAM) 525ms

7,223

3,936ms

Acer Chromebook 13 (NVIDIA Tegra K1, 2GB RAM) 609ms

7,051

4,816ms

Lenovo N20p (Celeron N2830, 2GB RAM) 567ms

7,288

4,287ms

ASUS C200 Chromebook (Celeron N2830, 2GB RAM) 483ms

7,198

4,291ms

Acer C720 Chromebook (Celeron 2955U, 2GB RAM) 342ms

11,502

2,614ms

Dell Chromebook 11 (Celeron 2955U, 4GB RAM) 340ms

11,533

2,622ms

*SunSpider and Kraken: Lower scores are better.

Let’s recap: So far, we have a machine with mostly good build quality, a mediocre display and a low price. ASUS had to cut corners somewhere to make it all work, and it would appear that “somewhere” was performance. The Flip runs a quad-core Rockchip processor — a presumably cheaper option than the Intel Atom or NVIDIA Tegra chips that power most other Chromebooks. Though the base $249 model has 2GB of RAM, we recommend you pony up an extra $30 to get the 4GB edition, which is the one I tested. Even then, it’s still slower than other Chromebooks (not that any of them are really fast). In benchmarks, it trails machines like the Toshiba Chromebook 2 that have a newish Intel Celeron N2840 CPU, though its SunSpider JavaScript scores aren’t the worst we’ve seen. In everyday use, I was easily able to juggle 10 tabs at a time, but with the lack of screen real estate I often didn’t even want to push it that far.

Startup is pretty quick: about nine seconds to the login screen. The only odd thing there is that much of that time is actually eaten up by a long pause before you even see the “ASUS” splash screen. By the time you see the company’s logo flash before you, you’re actually almost done booting up.

As I said in my recent review of Google’s second-gen Chromebook Pixel, Chrome has become more usable as an OS, partly thanks to a steady stream of improvements to the software itself, and partly because more and more services are now available in the browser (think: Skype, Spotify, Photoshop and popular messaging apps like Slack). As for Chrome, Google has steadily expanded the list of things you can do offline, so that you no longer need an internet connection for Gmail, Google Calendar, Drive, Google Play Music or Google Play Movies & TV. Many third-party web apps such as Pocket and Amazon Kindle Cloud Reader are now offline-capable, and there’s even a section of the Chrome Web Store set aside for apps that don’t need an internet connection. As I always say, the Chromebook setup will never be for everyone; there will always be people who need a proper Windows PC or Mac to install apps like Steam or iTunes. But personally, I’ve found I can survive on Chrome alone much better than I could even a few years ago, and I’m sure many mainstream users would agree.

Battery life

ASUS Chromebook Flip 10:49
MacBook Air (13-inch, 2013) 12:51
HP Spectre x360 11:34
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display (13-inch, 2015) 11:23
ASUS C200 11:19
Acer Chromebook 13 10:07
Chromebook Pixel (2015) 10:01
Microsoft Surface 3 9:11
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus 8:44
Samsung Chromebook 2 (13-inch) 8:22
Apple MacBook (2015) 7:47
Dell XPS 13 (2015) 7:36
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro 7:36
Acer Aspire S7-392 7:33
Lenovo LaVie Z 7:32
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 7:08
Lenovo LaVie Z 360 6:54
Toshiba Chromebook 2 6:34
Acer C720 Chromebook 6:27 (Core i3) / 5:57 (Celeron)
ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi 5:51 (Quad HD)/6:14 (Full HD)

The Flip is rated for nine hours of battery life, which I’d say is actually conservative estimate. In Engadget’s standard rundown test, which involves looping a full HD video at a fixed screen brightness, the machine lasted 10 hours and 49 minutes. In other words, it outlasted me in what was already a very long workday. With a more conservative screen setting and more intermittent use, I’m sure you could do even better. Even so, that nearly 11-hour showing is better than most Chromebooks we’ve seen, even battery life champs like the Acer Chromebook 13 and Google’s latest “Pixel.” Other than those two outliers, there’s otherwise a steep drop-off between the Flip and other Chromebooks, with some models struggling to even break seven hours. Basically, then, the Flip might be underpowered compared to the competition, but it makes up for it with outstanding endurance.

Wrap-up

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As I said from the outset, you’ll be hard-pressed to find another Chromebook with this kind of convertible design. Lenovo had the similar N20p, for example, but it got lukewarm reviews and is no longer available on the company’s site. That leaves a couple worthy competitors, none of them with a 360-degree hinge. Some favorites include the larger Acer Chromebook 13 ($350), which offers long battery life, a 1080p screen and a more spacious keyboard. We also like the 13-inch Toshiba Chromebook 2 (now $230), which has a low-glare IPS display (also full HD), along with fast WiFi and decent audio. Those models have more robust NVIDIA and Intel processors, respectively, allowing for slightly better performance than the Flip.

That said, the Chromebook Flip comes out to be nearly as good a choice, thanks to its versatile and extra-lightweight design, long battery life and surprisingly good build quality. Even if you rarely use the touchscreen, those attributes make it worth a close look. As a warning, its smaller-than-average keyboard might be a turnoff to some, but it’s still usable, especially if you treat this as a secondary computer, perhaps a travel machine to use on the go. That shortcoming aside, the Flip is still a good deal even if you spring for the pricier $279 model.

Filed under: Laptops, ASUS

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23
Jul

AT&T announces the ASUS ZenFone 2E for prepaid GoPhone subscribers


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AT&T and ASUS have just introduced a new smartphone called the ZenFone 2E for the budget-conscious crowd. This device is the newest in AT&T’s prepaid GoPhone lineup and only costs $119.99.

The ZenFone 2E a 5.0-inch IPS LCD display with 1280 x 720 resolution, a dual-core Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of on-board storage and microSD expansion up to 64GB. It’s also 4G LTE-capable, and has an 8MP rear-facing shooter, a 2MP front camera, and a 2500mAh non-removable battery. It runs ASUS’ ZenUI software overlay atop Android 5.0 Lollipop, and comes in both Black and White color options with swappable back plates.

Take a quick look at the video below to see the device in action.

The ZenFone 2E is now available in both Walmart and Target retail locations in the United States, though it won’t be available in AT&T stores until Friday, July 24th. Best Buy will also have the device on sale starting August 2nd. Considering the list of decent specifications, $119.99 for the off-contract price of the phone really isn’t too bad at all. We’ll let you know when the device becomes more available, but for now, feel free to check out the press release by following the source link below.

22
Jul

AT&T adds the ASUS ZenFone 2E to the GoPhone line-up


Budget friendly phones have gained a ton of traction in the US in the last couple of years.  More and more people are opting for prepaid plans as they are a great alternative to high-priced contracts.  As a result, budget phones have gotten more attention from manufacturers, as they know customers still want a phone that can handle the day-to-day tasks without the price of a flagship.

Asus and AT&T have partnered to bring a no-compromise budget smartphone called the ZenFone 2.  For $119.99, you will get a 5-inch 1280×720 IPS display with 294ppi pixel density, Gorilla Glass 3 to keep things scratch free, 4G LTE, 1GB RAM, 8GB of on-board storage with the option to add a Micro-SD card up to 64GB, and it also comes with a 8MP rear camera with HDR mode.  In a comparison to a highly reviewed budget smartphone, the 2nd generation Moto G, all specs are the same with exception to the processor choice.  The 2nd generation Moto G uses a Snapdragon 400 whereas the ZenFone 2E uses the dual-core Intel Atom processor.  In regards to the price, the almost identically spec’d Moto G retails for 179.99, so if you’re trying to decide which phone is best, I think it is safe to say the Asus ZenFone 2E should be the phone to go with.  Keep in mind that Motorola has a reputation for providing the best service when it comes to updates to the software.

Specifications

Model ASUS ZenFone™ 2E
Operating system Android 5.0 (Lollipop) with ZenUI
Display 5-inch IPS display with 1280×720 (HD) resolution and 294ppi pixel density

Corning® Gorilla Glass®  3 with anti-fingerprint coating

PixelMaster Cameras 8MP front F/2.0 aperture, auto-focus, LED flash, 5-element lens

2MP rear, F/2.0 aperture

Video recording 1080p HD video recording
Network standards AT&T 4G LTE

FDD LTE 2/3/4/5/7/17/20

3G 850/900/1900/2100

2G 850/900/1800/1900

Memory & Storage 1GB RAM

8GB eMMC storage

Micro SDXC slot (up to 64GB, sold separately)

Wireless 802.11b/g/n

Bluetooth® 4.0

Connectors 3.5mm audio jack
Location sensors GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
Battery 2500mAh non-removable lithium-polymer
Colors White and black covers included
Dimensions (H x W x D) 5.83″ x 2.81″ x 0.43″
Weight 5.47 oz.
MSRP $119.99 with AT&T pre-paid GoPhone plan

 

ASUS press release – If you click the source be aware of the press release automatically switching to the ASUS homepage.

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22
Jul

This is the ASUS ZenFone 2E, AT&T’s latest GoPhone device


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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.

The ASUS ZenFone 2E features a 5-inch IPS HD display, a dual-core Intel Atom CPU, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front camera, and a 2,500mAh battery. AT&T says users should be able to get 20 hours of talk time and up to 8 hours of stand by time out of this device.

The device can be purchased at brick-and-mortar stores Walmart and Target for $119. It should arrive at AT&T locations on July 24, with availability at Best Buy starting on August 2.

Prepaid devices have been in the spotlight lately, with the LG Tribute 2 and Tribute Duo landing on Sprint Prepaid and Virgin Mobile earlier this week. The LG G Stylo, LG Tribute 2, and Volt 2 also recently landed on another Sprint subsidiary, Boost Mobile.

Prepaid phones are an economical option for those that can’t afford the higher rates that come with flagship devices and full-fledged data plans. However, prepaid devices have never been that great in terms of hardware, but the selection is slowly getting better with more impressive devices on the horizon.

source: Asus

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21
Jul

Asus Padfone S2 to continue phone/tablet hybrid with top-end specs


If you thought that Asus’s previous flagship phone, the Padfone S, would be outdone by the more popular Zenfone series, a specs leak suggests that the phone/tablet hybrid system will keep going.

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According to a report via Mobipicker, the Asus Padfone S2 is being prepared for a March 2016 launch and will be rocking some top-end specs:

  • SoC:  Snapdragon 820
  • Display:  5.5″ QHD
  • RAM:  4GB
  • Storage:  32GB/64GB on-board
  • Cameras:  20.7MP rear and 8MP front
  • Battery:  3,060mAh

This is quite a list for a device that is far away, but in-line with specs we expect to see soon.

And what would the Padfone be with the corresponding tablet?  It is said that the Padfone S2 will dock onto a slab with a 10″ screen and 5,100mAh battery.

As always, especially with a report so early, take this word with a grain of salt.  Would you be looking forward to the Padfone S2 if this is what’s in store, or do you think it’s a tired concept?

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21
Jul

Asus ZenWatch now available for just $129 on Google Play Store


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If you are planning to buy an Android smartwatch, consider yourself lucky as the price of the Asus ZenWatch has been dropped to $129 on Google’s Play Store. Not only the ZenWatch is $70 cheaper than before, its shipping is completely free of cost.

The slash in the price has come in the wake of Asus’s announcement of the ZenWatch 2, the successor to it flagship smartwatch. Although we cannot confirm whether the price drop is for a limited period or permanent, there is no mention of a last date on the offer page.

The ZenWatch features 1.63-inch AMOLED display, Snapdragon 400 SoC, 512 MB RAM, 360mAh battery, IP55 water-resistant certification and Bluetooth 4.1. If that is not enough to impress you, the smartwatch also happens to run the latest Android 5.1.1. If you want to know more about the offer or buy the watch, follow the link provided below.

Source: Google Play Store

 

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20
Jul

Deal: ASUS ZenWatch available for just $129.99 from the Google Store ($70 off)


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ASUS may have already taken the wraps off the new ZenWatch 2, but that certainly doesn’t mean the company’s first Android Wear device is a bad option. The original ZenWatch is normally offered for around $199.99, but today you can pick up your own for much cheaper than that. Right now, you can purchase the ASUS ZenWatch from the Google Store for just $129.99, and that includes free shipping.

We’re not sure if this is a flash sale or a permanent price cut. But considering the massive $70 savings, you should probably pick this one up soon if you’re interested.

Don’t miss: Our list of the best Android Wear smartwatches

The ASUS ZenWatch features a 320×320 AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. It was also one of the first Android Wear devices to receive the big Android 5.1.1 update, bringing along with it a ton of notable features. The ZenWatch also comes with a premium feeling leather band, which still makes it one of the best looking Android Wear devices on the market. If you’re interested in picking one up for yourself, be sure to check out our full review and head to the Google Store link below for more information.

20
Jul

Snapdragon 820-powered ASUS Padfone S2 being prepared for March release


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You may recall last year when ASUS released its Padfone S. According to a new report, that phone could be getting a revamp early next year. The Asus Padfone S is nearly a year old, but was praised highly for the innovation brought to the market.

According to Leaksfly, the new product will be called the Asus Padfone S2. The device will likely be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chipset, which is going to debut in late quarter four. The new chipset will bring crazy high speeds while keeping battery consumption at a minimum.

According to leaked specs, the Asus Padfone S2 will sport a 5.5-inch 2K display. Inside, the Padfone S2 will come with a large 3060mAh battery, feature 4GB of RAM, 32GB / 64GB internal storage, and 20.7MP / 8MP cameras.

Via: Mobipicker

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