When it comes to technology, I’m usually all for the pursuit of making things as portable as possible so when ASUS announced that they had created the world’s thinnest 2-in-1, my eyebrows were raised.
The ASUS ZenFone 3 series is finally out and they are not the same phones that you used to know. The early ZenFones were cheap and cheerful but the Taiwanese brand is now setting their sights on the top end of the segment.
One day before Computex 2016 kicks off, ASUS announced three brand new smartphones to add to their ZenFone lineup, the ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe and ZenFone 3 Ultra.
If you’re waiting for the next iteration of ASUS ZenFone smartphones, you won’t have to wait any longer. ASUS has just released a teaser for the ZenFone 3 and it’s officially launching on 30 May in Taipei.
UPDATE: the ASUS VivoWatch sold for RM 799 during the pre-order during the weekend.
If you’re into a non-Android Wear or Apple equivalent wearable, you might just be in luck, as ASUS will start taking pre-orders for their no frills activity tracker, the VivoWatch from tomorrow onwards. Brought to you by ALL IT Hypermarket, the pre-order will only last for two days, the 21st and the 22nd of November.
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Barely a year since the original ZenWatch made its debut, ASUS has released its new ZenWatch 2 that’s also powered with Android Wear. With newer smart watches putting more emphasis on fashion and style like the Apple Watch, the new ZenWatch now comes with 3 case colours and a choice of 18 different strap and colour combinations. To better suit men and women, the ZenWatch 2 now comes in 2 sizes of either a 22mm or 18mm width strap option.
After the Zenfone 2, ASUS is expected to announce its new ZenPad tablet series at Computex 2015. You can expect Intel Atom powered internals and the front display is pushing a 4:3 aspect ratio that’s similar to the iPad.
Now a new leak of its ZenPad 8 has revealed more of its exterior design. The back is shown with a dual texture design with a leather-like appearance at the bottom for better grip. The power and rocker buttons are placed on the right side and the front appears to have dual stereo speakers as well. There’s an exposed slot on the left which could be used for an expandable microSD card slot.
Computex is approaching fast and ASUS has already started sending out invites for the launch of the ZenWatch 2 in Taiwan during the ICT trade show.
The last few years have seen a lot of new things for ASUS, including new tablets, laptops and of course phones. This time, we are expecting not only the ZenWatch 2 but quite possibly their new ZenPad series of tablets as well.
Apart from launching its new tablets and convergence devices, ASUS has also refreshed its ZenFone 5 with better hardware and support for faster 4G LTE connectivity. On the exterior it looks pretty much the same as the Intel based ASUS ZenFone 5 with Dual-SIM slots.
While it gets the same 5″ 720p HD display, the refreshed ZenFone 5 runs on a 1.2GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 2GB of RAM and a choice of either 16GB or 32GB of on-board storage. It gets a slightly larger 2,110mAh capacity battery and also gets a microSD expansion slot. During a hands-on at Computex, the ZenFone 5 is already running on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat with its ZenUI. The rest of the specs should remain unchanged with a 8MP main camera and a front facing 2MP unit. Of course, the specs would likely to vary depending on markets and there’s no indication when the 4G LTE version would arrive in Malaysia.
Check out the hands-on video of the device by MobileGeeks after the break.
Ahead of Computex, ASUS had teased what seems to be their latest PadFone hybrid device which offers a convergence of Phone, Tablet and Laptop modes. When Jonney Shih took the covers off its latest sequel, ASUS has taken convergence to a whole new level with 5 modes – a Windows Laptop, a Windows Tablet, an Android Phone, Android Tablet and a Android Laptop. This new hybrid offering is called as the Transformer Book V, offering 5 different modes in a 3in1 solution. The only thing that’s lacking is a Windows Phone mode.
The full specs of the Transformer Book V has yet to be revealed. From the event, the smart phone which slots behind the tablet is a 5″ unit that’s powered by a 64-bit Intel Atom Quad-Core processor with 4G LTE connectivity. Juicing up the phone is a 2,500mAh battery which is said to last 10 hours of web browsing.
The tablet station is a slim unit with a 12.5″ HD display that can be used independently as a standalone Windows 8.1 Tablet. As comparison, the previous PadFone tablets were merely a display which is powered by the phone unit.
The tablet can be a Android 4.4 KitKat device when the phone is docked on it and comes with a massive 128GB of storage. With the keyboard attached, this gives you a full laptop mode in either Windows and Android experience. There’s no word on its availability but you can be assured that this will not come cheap.
Check out some images from the launch after the break.