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All posts tagged "Asus"

  • These locally available Chromebooks have Android apps

    Chromebooks has received plenty of love internationally, becoming a viable alternative in many ways to Macbooks and Windows laptops. In South Africa, our choices are far more limited though, as we discovered when we sniffed around for locally available Chromebooks. Nevertheless, you can definitely find a few models if you check out the likes of Takealot, Makro and WebAntics. Takealot offers the Mecer Expression V2 Chromebook, being the cheapest Chromebook in South Africa by the looks of it (available for R2999 at the time of writing but usually R3499). Meanwhile, WebAntics and Makro offer a host of Acer Chromebooks. These local devices offer...

  • CES 2018: Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo bring laptops, convertibles

    CES 2018 isn't just about smart speakers, cars and gigantic TVs. Those on the hunt for new laptops and convertibles also have a few options thanks to HP, Lenovo, Asus and Acer. From gaming notebooks to super-slim laptops, we take a look at the new wares... What did HP bring? The US computer brand came blasting out of the gate with its Spectre x360 15 (seen above), claiming that it's the most powerful two-in-one device. The device will come in two flavours: an eighth generation Core i7 8705G CPU with Radeon RX Vega M graphics, or a quad-core eighth gen Intel Core chip and GeForce MX150...

  • 5 mobile brands that could be doing a better job in SA

    Between Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Xiaomi, there's no doubting that we've got a pretty healthy variety of smartphone brands in the country. From budget-minded devices to pricey superphones, almost all the bases are covered. In saying so, there are a few brands in the country (via distributors or directly in South Africa) that could do a better job of hawking their wares. Be it in terms of price or just actually bringing devices to the country, we'd like to see them step up. Xiaomi Local distributor MIA Group has done a good job of bringing well-priced Xiaomi phones to the country. In...

  • Asus Zenfone 4 range now official, dual cameras all around

    The Asus Zenfone family is one of the more innovative smartphone lines out there, often packing a host of features and an attractive price. Now, the company has announced the Asus Zenfone 4 range, all packing dual cameras of some kind. Flagship lineup First up, we have the vanilla Zenfone 4, packing a choice of Snapdragon 630 or Snapdragon 660 processor, 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. Other noteworthy specs include a 3300mAh battery, front fingerprint scanner and a 5.5-inch LCD screen (resolution not revealed). In the camera department, you're looking at a dual-camera setup on the back...

  • Chromebooks: who sells them in South Africa?

    Chromebooks may have had a slow start back in the day, but we've seen sales steadily increase and Google's support remain unwavering. But what if you want one of these laptops in South Africa? Of course, Google's own Chromebook range isn't in SA, but we asked some of the bigger tech brands about their devices. Acer Search for Chromebooks available in South Africa and you're very likely to find Acer laptops as an option. "We definitely do have Chromebooks in SA. They can be found at WebAntics.com and other online stores as well," a representative wrote in response to a Gearburn query. Aside from...

  • Asus Tinker Board: a 4K-capable rival to Raspberry Pi

    The Raspberry Pi's success has been rather phenomenal, but Asus thinks it can get in on the action too with the Tinker Board. Spotted by Hexus and Liliputing, the Asus Tinker Board offers a 32-bit quad-core A17 CPU (Rockchip RK3288), 2GB of RAM and a Mali T764 GPU for graphically demanding tasks. Otherwise, microSD expansion, WiFi, Bluetooth, a Gigabit LAN port, 3.5mm audio jack, four USB 2.0 ports and HDMI connectivity round out the package. The card-sized computer also touts support for 192Khz/24-bit audio and 4K video, making it ideal for multimedia on paper. As for operating systems, it doesn't have the...

  • Asus reveals iPhone 7 Plus with Android, first phone with 8GB RAM

    The CES news keeps coming this week, as Taiwanese tech brand Asus revealed several groundbreaking handsets in Las Vegas. The company revealed its first Project Tango handset and a dual-camera smartphone that takes an iPhone 7 Plus approach. First up is the Asus ZenFone AR, which features numerous sensors on the rear for Google's Project Tango augmented reality features. For the uninitiated, Project Tango is a deeper, more accurate take on augmented reality, allowing users to accurately measure real-world objects with AR tools, get accurate indoor directions and more. As a result, Asus has packed a 23MP main camera onto the ZenFone AR, along...

  • OnePlus, ASUS & Lenovo: 6 new smartphones that pack 6GB of RAM

    Thought 3GB of RAM was a ridiculous amount? Then you might not want to hear that 6GB of RAM is actually a thing this year. Believe it or not, but these handsets are out in the wild already. What would you do with this much memory though? Who knows, but here are a few phones that deliver in this regard. OnePlus 3 The most recent entry on the list, the follow-up to last year's disappointing OnePlus 2 is looking like a very capable smartphone. There's a Snapdragon 820 processor, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, so you shouldn't be wont for more horsepower then. Otherwise,...

  • ASUS Zenfone 3 trifecta announced, includes 6GB RAM option [Update]

    Catch all of the latest news, analysis and reactions from Computex 2016 right here. Update, 31 May, 4.05pm: Asus South Africa has confirmed to Gearburn that the ZenFone range won’t be making it to local shores. Original article: The ZenFone range by ASUS is certainly no slouch in the smartphone arena, delivering some solid specs and a decent price tag to boot. Now, the Taiwanese firm has used the Computex 2016 event to reveal the third generation of ZenFone devices, in the form of the ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe and ZenFone 3 Ultra. Zenfone 3 The lowest-end model, the ZenFone 3, packs a new octacore (ARM...

  • ASUS Zenbo intelligent home robot wants to replace your lap dog

    Catch all of the latest news, analysis and reactions from Computex 2016 right here. Robots are going to kill us all, right? Well, not Zenbo. ASUS is marketing its new home robot as a life companion that doubles up as a personal assistant, metal pet and a walking-talking tablet. "For decades, humans have dreamed of owning such a companion: one that is smart, dear to our hearts, and always at our disposal. Our ambition is to enable robotic computing for every household," ASUS's chairman Jonney Shih explains. Zenbo is the company's realisation of this idea, complete with anime eyes and an annoying...