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
- GPS/ A-GPS/ GLONASS
- 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.
Come comment on this article: Asus Zenfone 2 with 4GB of RAM becomes available to pre-order for $440
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.
Come comment on this article: ASUS refreshes their tablet/phone hybrid lineup with the Fonepad 7
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.
Come comment on this article: ASUS definitely plans to release smartwatch not using Android Wear
The smartwatch game has been slowly heating up over the last year or so. Much of that is thanks to Google and the Android Wear platform that gave manufacturers a simple to implement OS that would connect to Android devices everywhere. Many of the big players got involved right out of the gate and continue […]
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A couple of weeks ago, Jonney Shih, chairman of Asus, began talking about the company’s plans for future smartwatches. Longer battery life was one of the key improvements that the company wants to make, but Asus stated that it may need to leave Android Wear behind to accomplish this. Speaking this Friday, Asus CEO Jerry Shen reaffirmed that the company will be ditching Android Wear for at least one upcoming smartwatch, in order to achieve longer battery life.
No exact hardware details were given out about the new smartwatch, but previously Shih had suggested that Asus was targeting battery life that would last seven days. Shen also let slip that the non-Android Wear smartwatch may be powered by a new MediaTek SoC, which is said to still be under-development.
“We will continue to work with Google on Android Wear, and we will have another (smartwatch) that is not based on Android Wear and features a longer battery life,” – Asus CEO Jerry Shen
Despite the talk of an Android Wear alternative, Asus stated that its second-generation ZenWatch will still make use of Google’s wearable platform.
Instead of abandoning Android Wear completely, the company appears to be planning a separate smartwatch line that will offer a longer battery life at the expense of some of Google’s platform features. Previously, Asus also announced that is has two lower cost “wristband-like” devices in the pipeline, which will focus on the health and fitness market.
According to news out of Taiwan today, Asustek is readying new variants of the ZenFone 2. These new variants will be powered by Qualcomm and MediaTek. The reason for this diversification is Asus‘ goal to double its smartphone shipments this year and to top 17 million units by year’s end.
The lower-priced Qualcomm variant will debut sometime in the second quarter with a target for the mainstream audience. The MediaTek version will debut in India where 3G phones are popular. That version is set to debut sometime in teh second half of 2015 as a direct-successor to the Intel version.
Come comment on this article: Asus will introduce new ZenFone 2 models
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.
What is a HOYA lens, you might ask? If you go to the HOYA Corporation’s website, you’ll find specs for the lens like this handy chart:
Originally announced back in 2013, the Japanese company’s HOYA lens is a “lens unit with 3x optical zoom and optical shake reduction that features the industry’s thinnest size of 6 mm in depth.”
It’s not said whether HOYA has made any improvements on the lens unit since then, but this should give us some idea of what to expect.
Come comment on this article: Asus equips upcoming ZenFone Zoom with HOYA lens
A new wearable from ASUS was recently certified by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). The design name for the wearable is VivoWatch and the description reads “health watch which can detect heart rate and sleep data.” Traditionally, the Vivo brand is designated for ASUS’ devices powered by Windows. The company already has the ZenWatch on the market today and that wearable features Android Wear; therefore, it could be that the VivoWatch ends up with an upcoming wearable version of Windows.
Next month in Barcelona for MWC 2015 is the likely time and place for ASUS to introduce the VivoWatch.
Come comment on this article: ASUS VivoWatch wearable gets certified by Bluetooth SIG
ASUS has just kicked off a competition, in which it’s offering designers a chance to win a ZenWatch by creating a selection of new faces for the device.
If drawing isn’t your forte and you’re not very artistic, don’t worry. There’s another way to enter the contest to win a shiny new smart watch, and that’s simply by voting for your preferred design. ASUS will also be rewarding three participants in the Fan Favorite voting round with a gleaming new unit, too.
Designers who come up with the winning design in each of the following categories will all receive a ZenWatch: Overall Gold Medal, Best Beauty in Design, Best Practical Design, Best Creative Design, Best Student Design Award, and as mentioned above, the Fan Favorite — which is determined by the community voters, while the others are decided by ASUS staff.
Runners-up won’t go empty handed, either. Their hard work and efforts will be honored with a “one of a kind” ASUS certificate and a handwritten congratulatory letter.
The contest closes on February 10, with voting taking place up until February 28.
For more information on the competition, hit the source link below.
Come comment on this article: ASUS kicks off new ZenWatch competition
A few years ago, Asus released the original PadFone, an intuitive creation that combined a smartphone and tablet into a single unit by allowing the brains of the operation (the phone) to dock into the tablet frame. Last year, Asus released the PadFone S which offered a 5-inch smartphone coupled with a 9-inch base. According to a Japanese news site however, the company is going to be releasing a new, minor upgrade.
The new Asus PadFone S (PF-500KL) is said to come with a 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801, 3GB of RAM, up to 64GB of on-board storage, Cat4 LTE and Android 4.4.2. The phone supports wireless Qi charging. Both the original phone and tablet base station come with a 1920X1280 IPS full HD screen.
To be sure this is a very minor spec boost. However, the Snapdragon 801 is still a very fine CPU that can hold its own even in 2015, but with the extra RAM and storage capacity, the ability to maximize the device’s performance is better realized. This is all assuming the report is true mind you, as it links to Asus’ Taiwanese website, but no such product is actually featured, instead the original model from last year is listed.
While the PadFone line has never really caught on (perhaps due to its high price for the pair of devices) it is still an excellent product for those who want to streamline their devices.