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ASUS Introduces the Zenbo Robot

In this day and age, technology has greatly changed the way people live their lives. There are now modern devices that can do a number of different functions to make daily tasks easier to do. They offer conveniences that make everyday life more comfortable for many people, if not more enriching. But people still look for more conveniences in other areas in life. If companionship is the convenience that people look for, then technology may also have something to offer. ASUS for its part, introduces the new Zenbo Robot. ASUS has recently delved into robotics and initial result of its work comes in the form of the new ASUS Zenbo Robot. This robot is designed to provide assistance for just about any member of the household. This home robot has features capable of providing assistance, entertainment as well as companionship for each member of the household. The Zenbo Robot can be used to look after senior members of the family and look after their health and welfare by being the digital watchdog in the house when all the other household members are away. It can be used to remind people about taking their medication and even alert others through smartphones as a response if the Zenbo Robot senses certain emergency situations. People can also use it to remind them of appointments, exercise schedules or any other tasks that one needs to be reminded of. Children can use the Zenbo Robot for entertainment, education as well as a friend. It is also capable of  using social media, stream videos, record movies, making video calls, and do online shopping using voice commands and guided help. It can even be a part of a smart home and connects to other smart home devices that users can control remotely via their smartphones and tablets. Based on these and other functions, the new ASUS Zenbo Robot has quite a promising future, considering that ASUS has also tasked its partners to develop other enriching features as well as for its growing number of connected devices. The new ASUS Zenbo Robot was launched at the recent Computex 2016, along with the other new ASUS products. No pricing and availability details have yet been provided. Image Source: ASUS Read More

ASUS ZenBook 3 Ultraportable Laptop

Today's laptops are just a fraction of what they were in the past in terms of size and weight. People today are no longer just looking for powerful laptops, they also want them lighter and thinner. And that is just what many makers are now trying to do- make a powerful laptop lighter and thinner. And the competition in this area is quite tough. ASUS aims to come out on top with its new ASUS ZenBook 3 ultraportable. The ASUS ZenBook 3 comes out as thinner and lighter than the previous ZenBook UX305. It is thinner at just 11.9mm thin and weighs just two pounds. By comparison, the Macbook 13.2mm thick and 2.03 pounds in weight. But what makes the ASUS ZenBook 3 remarkable is that it sports a larger 12.5-inch display. In many aspects, the ASUS ZenBook 3 ultraportable is more powerful with an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD. Now, that's the high end model of this ultraportable that we're talking about. When it comes out, it is expected to cost around $1,999. But there are also lower end models also planned for those who prefer more affordable options for an ultraportable this thin and light. But don't get that excited yet as ASUS still remains mum on the availability details of the ZenBook 3. Image Source:   ASUS Read More

ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser Enters Premium Smartphone Market

Smartphones tend to become a person's go-to device for almost everything nowadays. Portable and powerful, smartphones comes with functions that many people today cannot seem to live without. It has become more than just a device to make calls. And as smartphones become even more powerful and with better added features, it will only get better and more popular. People tend to go for premium smartphones since they offer top of the line features. For such people, the new ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser smartphone. The ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser may be just one in a long line of new smartphones people can choose from in the market. But some smartphones just stand out from the rest. With features like its laser auto focus 13MP PixelMaster 2.0 camera, the ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser will surely appeal to users who love taking sharp clear photos with their device. The ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser also comes with a octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor with Adreno 405 graphics for superior performance even with apps requiring heavy processing with 3GB of RAM. The ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser smartphone also comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p HD display with tough Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for protection. The ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser also comes with an expandable microSDXC slot that can support up to 128GB of additional memory if the 16GB to 32GB internal memory may not be enough. And since smartphones today are becoming more power-hungry with the newer and powerful apps, a premium smartphone like the ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser comes equipped with a 3,000 mAh removable battery to provide the power that can last through the entire day. The ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser smartphone will be available in 16GB and 32GB versions. It is expected to come out sometime in November. Expected pricing is set at $199 for the 16GB model and $249 for the 32GB ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser smartphone. Image Source: ASUS Read More

ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi

Notebooks have evolved to cater to the needs of its users. Almost all gadgets out there have gone through this process at one point or another. The need for portability and versatility has allowed notebooks to come out in different iterations over time. Now, some notebooks have gone hybrid to cater to the needs of many of its users. ASUS is trying to leads the pack by introducing new hybrids like the ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi. The ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi is a hybrid notebook that comes with a power of a standard laptop in current standards. As a hybrid, people can use it as a notebook with its detachable Bluetooth keyboard or as a stand-alone tablet. It comes with a 1.2GHz Intel Core M processor that works quite well even without a cooling fan. Users can have a choice between 64GB or 128GB worth of storage, and either a 4GB or 8GB of RAM. The ASUS T300 Chi also comes with 12.5-inch touch screen WQHD display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. It also has a 7.2mm slim profile and weighs only 720 grams as a tablet. It also comes with a battery life of up to 8 hours of continuous use. And for a hybrid this thin, do not expect to find a standard USB port built in. But that can be addressed using an accompanying dongle if you need it. This hybrid only houses a micro-USB 3.0 slot along with a micro HDMI port and microSD slot for expanding the notebook-tablet hybrid's storage capacity. The ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi is available in either a basic or a higher end model. Price for the basic model starts at $699. The high-end model with upgraded specs goes for $899. Image Source: ASUS Read More

ASUS Zenbook UX305, The Affordable Ultraportable

Thin seems to be in when it comes to gadgets nowadays, more particularly when talking about notebooks or laptops. We have seen a number of slim notebooks in the market that is thinner than a typical pocket book and lighter as well. Despite their size, these slim notebooks are just as powerful as most of their larger counterparts. But one thing that may prevent people from having them is the price. These slim notebooks come at a hefty price that others may have second thoughts getting one. But that is about to change with the arrival of the more affordable ASUS Zenbook UX305 ultraportable notebook. The new ASUS Zenbook UX305 ultraportable notebook features a more affordable option for people who wish to enjoy the convenience of owning one. This notebook comes with the Intel Core M 5Y10 processor that allows for thinner notebooks. It also comes with an 8GB SDRAM and the Intel HD Graphics 5300 module. It has a13.3-inch Auto IPS FHD display and a 512GB SSD hard drive for the base unit. It runs on Windows 8.1 and comes with 802.11ac WLAN, BT 4.0 support, three USB 3.0 ports, and a built-in SD/SDHC card reader. The ASUS Zenbook UX305 may appeal to many people because of its slim profile. This ultraportable is just 1.23 cm thick and weighs 1.2 kg. Despite its slim size, the ASUS Zenbook UX305 comes with a battery that is good for 10 hours of use. But what may surprise many people is that this ultraportable is one of the most affordable around. The base unit of the ASUS Zenbook UX305 costs only $699, compared to similar ultraportables that usually cost in the thousands. There is a higher end edition of the ASUS Zenbook UX305 coming out in April that will come with better features such as a 3,200x1,800 touchscreen display and others. This high-end unit is expected to cost around $999, still cheaper than similar gadgets in the market. Image Source: ASUS Read More

ASUS Zen Watch

Smart watches have become the new in thing nowadays. Well actually, the idea may not have taken off as fast as it should be. But people are now noticing that such gadgets may find a place in their daily lives after all. Smartwatches provide added conveniences to an already convenient life. And that is not bad. That simply means people are even more time on their hands to do other more meaningful things. A smartwatch like the new ASUS Zen Watch aims to provide these conveniences in a device that takes on a more classic stance. Looking into the new ASUS Zen Watch and you may think of it as just an ordinary watch. Its classic design makes it appear that it is simply a wristwatch that everybody likes to wear. But underneath comes features that provide more than just a way to tell time. The new ASUS Zen Watch is one of the very first watches to come with the Android Wear, an operating system geared towards upcoming devices that people wear. The Zen Watch can be paired with your Android smartphone via Bluetooth to act as your phone's extension. Whenever you receive a text, you do not need to fish out your smartphone to read a message. You can do that through the 1.6-inch curved touchscreen display of your Zen Watch. You can also use it to answer calls or create text messages. You can even mute incoming calls to avoid disturbing your meeting by simply putting your hand over the watch display. The new ASUS Zen Watch also works as a wellness device able to monitor and keep track of your health-related data such as the number of steps you take, calories burned and your heart rate. You can also learn about information through your Zen Watch, which is also designed to recognize even voice commands. The smart device features are no longer just in your hands. It can also be on your wrist. The ASUS Zen Watch is available at Google Play for $200. Image Source: ASUS Read More

AT&T unveils Asus Padfone X specs

If we cannot count on Asus in revealing the details about its Padfone X, which was first unveiled during this year's CES, leave it to the carrier to squeal the juicy bits. AT&T has posted in its official blog a detailed list of specifications for the smartphone-tablet combo. The handset features a 5-inch display with 1920 x 1080 screen resolution, a 13-megapixel back camera, and a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter. Like any other Padfones, this smartphone can be docked and transfer data into its accompany tablet, which sports a 9-inch screen with 1920 x 1200 resolution and a paltry 1-megapixel front camera. The Android KitKat-powered smartphone sports a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 16GB of internal memory (expandable through microSD slot), and 2GB of RAM. Both devices are powered by its own battery (2300mAh for the handset, 4990mAh for the tablet dock). The Asus Padfone X will be available to cater AT&T's LTE-Advanced network and can also be connected to the Internet through WiFi, as well as transfer documents and files through Bluetooth 4.0. Other than that, we remain in the dark when it comes to pricing and release date. Source: AT&T Read More

ASUS VivoTab Note 8 now on Microsoft Store

The ASUS VivoTab Note 8 is one of the products the Taiwanese computer hardware company introduced during CES 2014, and now this Windows 8.1 tablet lands itself on the Microsoft Store in the United States. The 8.1-inch mobile device, which bears a name quite similar to Samsung's Galaxy Note phablets, comes with a 1,280 x 800 IPS display, a 1.33GHz Bay Trail-based Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, and support for Wacom pen input. It also carries some specs available on the MeMO Pad HD 7, such as the 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.2-megapixel front camera, and a 3950mAh battery. Microsoft has put up the ASUS VivoTab Note 8 on its market for $329 on the 32GB model, which is slightly higher than the $299 price tag that was announced during CES. If you are seeking for a 64GB version, you may have to wait a bit. It is nowhere to be seen on the Microsoft's online store. Source: Engadget Read More

Asus PadFone Infinity gets leaked

Asus released three PadFone models over the past years and reviews have been generally positive, even though consumers may find the concept of "a smartphone that attaches to an empty tablet base" too advanced for their liking. The Taiwanese company is said to be coming up with a successor model called Asus PadFone Infinity, but no one could confirm it until one blog leaked images of the upcoming device. EPrice posted photos of what it claims to be the new Asus PadFone Infinity, which looks just like the current PadFone, except that it also comes with a white model. Like its predecessors, the PadFone Infinity smartphone can be fitted into a tablet base, even if it is from previous models. The Asus PadFone Infinity will reportedly sport a Snapdragon 800 processor, as well as an uptick on performance efficiency. The photo also indicates a microSD slot placed next to the SIM tray. It is expected to be launched in Taiwan during the third week of September for around US$1,600. Check out this blog for more updates about the PadFone Infinity in the coming weeks. Source: Engadget Image source: ePrice Read More

Asus VivoBook X102BA coming next month

Netbooks may soon be a thing of the past, but there's still room for one more. A Sweden-based tech blog reports that Asus is gearing to unveil a new member of its Vivo family: the Asus VivoBook X102BA. This Windows 8-powered netbook allegedly comes with your not-the-usual specs, such as a 1GHz dual-core AMD A4-1200 CPU, Radeon HD 8180 graphics chip, a 10.1-inch touch screen with TN panel and 1366 x 768 resolution, 32GB of free cloud storage, an option of 320GB and 500GB hard drive, and 2GB or 4GB of RAM. The netbook is also packed with two USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 port, HDMI, VGA, an SD card reader, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, Ethernet, and a 3.5mm headset connector. Its battery should last for about five hours of operating time. The Asus VivoBook X102BA will supposedly include a free version of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 suite, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. This would be a useful productivity tool for a lot of consumers seeking for affordable feature-packed netbooks. The blog claims this new netbook from Asus will be launched around late September for 3299 kronas VAT included (about US$507). No word which markets aside for Sweden will include the Asus VivoBook X102BA on its shelves. Source: SweClockers Read More

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