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All posts tagged "Asus"

  • From Apple to Timex: the A to Z smartwatch guide

    Sick of smartwatches yet? Unfortunately, they’re here for the foreseeable future to enslave the wrists of the countless masses. While the technology is debatably still a relatively new breed, there is no shortage of confusing and overwhelming options on the market. From the stylish round-faced traditionalist, to the square button-laden wrist wrecker — there’s essentially a smartwatch suited for everyone, for all styles and all needs. With Microsoft and Apple yet to launch their contenders however, there’ll be even more options in the coming months for consumers to gloss over. For now, here is a list of smartwatches from A...

  • Asus Zenfone 4 review: the best $100 Android smartphone yet

    ASUS, apart from making the low-cost Nexus 7 tablets for Google, has mostly focused on high-end devices. Its PadFone lineup, which boasts of smartphones that turn into tablets at a moment’s notice, and the Transformer series of tablets have all been premium devices carrying a formidable price tag. So when the Taiwanese manufacturer launched the new Zenfone lineup of 4, 5 and 6-inch phones at rock-bottom prices, it took quite a few folks by surprise. Motorola might have stunned the world with the US$179 Moto G and the US$100 Moto E, but the three Zenfones are even better when it...

  • ASUS is readying the Robin, its sub-$150 Android Wear smartwatch

    If a Techcrunch report is to be believed, we could see ASUS joining Samsung, LG and Motorola in the ever-growing smartwatch sector. The selling point for their device? It could very well be the most affordable smartwatch of the year. The wrist wear (codenamed “Robin” according to @evleaks) will undercut the competiton, retailing for between US$99 and US$149 post release. This would make it nearly US$100 cheaper than both the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch. Slated for a September release, the Robin’s launch may spoil the Moto360’s party, which will set consumers back a now steep-looking US$249. While...

  • ASUS Transformer Book V is a 5-in-1 Android, Windows 8.1 wondermachine

    ASUS has unveiled its latest hybrid dubbed the Transformer Book V. The device is not only an ultra-thin laptop, but a tablet and a smartphone capable of running both Windows 8.1 and Android 4.4 KitKat, all rolled into one unique device. The 12.5-inch touchscreen machine, revealed by the Taiwanese manufacturer at Computex, is billed as “the world’s first five-mode, three-in-one converged laptop.” Essentially, this means that this machine can be used in one of five modes — as a Windows laptop, a Windows tablet, an Android phone, an Android tablet or an Android laptop. It’s possibly the only device on...

  • Beast mode: Asus unveils world’s first quad-mode, Dual-OS laptop [CES2014]

    After some 4K TV announcements by LG, Panasonic and Sharp at International CES today, Asus Chairman Jonney Shih jolted us awake with his usual energetic flair, revealing Asus’s 2014 lineup which includes new phones, a gamer-oriented monitor and the craziest four-in-one laptop-tablet we’ve ever seen. What Asus is calling the Transformer Book Duet TD300 is being touted by the Taiwanese company as the world’s first quad-mode, Dual-OS laptop and tablet. Asus, who alluded to the TD300 in a campaign pre-CES, revealed that the Dual-OS laptop-tablet hybrid runs on a fourth generation Intel Core CPU – likely Bay Trail – and...

  • Asus introduces PadFone Mini: tablet or phone, the Mini is both

    One of Asus’ oddities, the PadFone Infinity, gets a  cheaper and possibly more cheerful baby version of itself, rightfully named PadFone Mini, reports Engadget. Announced earlier today from Taiwan, Asus says that the US$405 PadFone Mini is coming to Hong Kong, China, Russia, Taiwan, Indonesia and Singapore. It also could possibly make its way to the US, depending on how well it sells. The video is so happy and upbeat, it makes us want one Asus’ PadFone Mini is actually two devices in one. At first glance, it’s a perfectly suitable 7″ Android 4.3 tablet with a 1280×800 screen....

  • Chromebooks, smartphones Asus’ saving grace for 2014 as profits dip 26%

    As Asus profits continue to dip (26% in Q3 said The Taipei Times), the Taiwanese company plans to focus on growing its smartphone side of the business in order to fatten its portfolio. “We remain optimistic about the desktop and laptop market, but our priority is to make the company’s smartphone business turn a profit next year,” said Asustek CFO David Chang. Laptops make up 57% of all Asus profit, the tablets 20% and finally motherboards (13%). The other 10% are surely made up of peripheral sales. For the 2014 Consumer Electronic Show (CES), Asustek CEO Jerry Shen promises that new Asus smartphones...

  • Introducing the new 2.2Ghz, $640 Asus PadFone Infinity

    The Asus PadFone Infinity is official and it’s not much different to the original, oddly enough. It’s almost so similar, that it would be hard for anyone to warrant purchasing it, but Apple’s been doing the same thing with iPhones for years, so who are we to complain? As Engadget reports, the primary hardware update is the CPU or System-on-a-chip (SoC) which is now a thrilling 2.2Ghz, up from 1.7Ghz in the original model. There’s some other slight changes as well, which we’ll discuss below. Before we carry on, and if you don’t know what the PadFone is, we suggest...

  • ASUS announces the ultra-portable, affordable 10.1″ X102BA laptop

    With IFA drawing to a close, ASUS has announced the X102BA which is an affordable 10.1-inch compact laptop that’s said to be ultra-responsive as well as ultra-portable with its multitouch display. ASUS markets the X102BA as being geared for work and play and it is definitely aimed at students. Although how “affordable” it will be, we do not know. ASUS hasn’t made any details clear on the X102BA’s price or availability. But it will come out with the Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 pre-installed. The X102BA will be available with 2GB/4GB DDR3 RAM and 320GB/500GB hard drive. Furthermore its powered...

  • Here’s the new Nexus 7

    The original Nexus 7 is one of the most-loved 7-inch tablets of the past few years. It’s sold millions upon millions of units and now Google’s going to try and bottle lightning twice with this, the new and yet to be named next-gen Nexus 7. Nothing is confirmed, even the source site is careful to “legitimize” these images. With a pinch of salt, take these videos and images you must. Androidcentral delivers the goods with images and a sneaky video of Google’s upcoming Nexus 7, which is rumoured to show up at next weeks Google event, according to CNET. Google...