ASUS

adminSeptember 26, 2018
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5min

Asus is well known for producing first-rate desktop PCs, laptops, tablets, and hybrid devices. In the last few years, Asus also started producing a series of mid-range Android phones that are powered by Intel and Qualcomm SoCs, which is known as the ZenFone series.

However, with the launching of the ZenFone 4 Pro, Asus seems to finally throw their hats into the ring with this particular high-end phone. Let’s check out if it could indeed beat the various high-end phones in the market.

Zenfone 4 Pro

Key Features

  • Gorilla Glass rear and front
  • 5-inch ALOMED display, 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64GB storage, extendable up to
  • Gigabit LTE + 802.11ad Wi-Fi
  • 3600mAh battery with fast charging
  • Main camera: 12MP, 1.4µm, f/1.7, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
  • Secondary camera: 16MP 2x zoom lens
  • Front camera: 8MP, 1.4µm, f/1.9, AF

Design

Similar to the Zenfone 4, the Zenfone 4 Pro has a metal core with Gorilla Glass covering the front and back portion of the device. As a whole, the quality of the Zenfone 4 Pro’s frame is impressive.

Although the Zenfone 4 Pro has thick bezels compared to other high-end phones, the quality of the design and body can be considered as one of the best. It also features a 3.5mm headphone jack and a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080.

Hardware and Display

In comparison with its simple and neat design, the hardware that Asus uses for the Zenfone 4 Pro is of top-quality. The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and a 6GB RAM, which makes the Zenfone 4 Pro at flagship level.

Other great things about the Zenfone 4 Pro is the Gigabit LTE, which offers super-fast Wi-Fi with the most recent 802.11ad standard, and the 3,600mAh battery that supports fast charging as well.

Cameras

The Zenfone 4 Pro lets users shot beautifully vivid photos and videos with its high-quality Sony sensors across all its cameras. It also has a 2x zoom lens on its second rear camera, which functions quite well but is totally inconsistent with the other models of the series.

Apart from the zoom camera, the Zenfone 4 Pro also has a standard rear camera that is equipped with appropriate hardware in order to grant it lots of potentials. It has big pixels, wide aperture, and optical image stabilization, which enables it to capture a lot of light, making it adaptable in low light conditions.

The front camera offers a wide range of live beauty enhancements, which you can use to broadcast yourself using those enhancements in real-time.

Overall, the design and the hardware of the Zenfone 4 Pro make it an impressive phone. It certainly gives the feeling of being high-class. However, consumers might find the price to be a tad too expensive compared to their other models. I guess that is to be expected when you’re getting all the power and capabilities in one sleek design.


adminJune 11, 2018
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5min

Asus has yet again wowed the market with the recent launch of the ROG Phone, a high-performance smartphone that is designed for the mobile gaming enthusiast under their gaming brand, Republic of Gamers.

The ROG Phone signifies the entrance of ROG, a brand that has always been well-known for their gaming laptops, in the smartphone scene. It was presented at the Computex 2018 that was held last Monday, June 4.

The ROG Phone proves to be the flagship of Asus’s smartphones, with its specifications and features, but it has been visibly tuned to appeal to more serious mobile gamers. It is built with a modified Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip, the clock speed of which has been upped to 2.96GHz from the standard 2.8GHz. The ROG Phone is the first one to carry this faster version of the Snapdragon 845, which has clear benefits for the phone’s gaming performance.

Asus ROG Phone is More Than Just another Gaming Phone

What makes the ROG Phone exceptional is its pumped-up processor, which is perfect for power users who do everything on their mobile devices. It has 8GB of internal RAM and up to 512GB of UFS 2.1 storage, and of course, the modified Qualcomm Snapdragon 845.

To address the additional heat, which a faster processor may produce, cooling was made as a key component for the phone. The ROG Phone uses a 3D vapor-chamber cooling system, which boasts a heat dissipation area that is 16 times larger than standard systems.

Asus’s ROG Phone has an 18:9 aspect ratio, which makes its body narrower and easier to hold. To protect its screen from inadvertent damage, the ROG Phone is built with Gorilla Glass, and its water-resistant design protects the body against liquid infiltration.

Dual front-facing speakers use Smart Amp technology to produce more volume with less distortion for its dazzling audio. Depending on your preference, you can also plug in analog headphones or the new ROG Delta Type-C headset and immerse yourself in virtual surround sound with a measure of privacy.

ROG Phone’s integrated networking is also top-notch with Gigabit LTE cellular and WiGig-certified 802.11 and 60GHz WiFi. Its side-mounted port also supports Gigabit Ethernet over Type-C, HDMI, and USB. These Type-C ports work with regular chargers for convenience and compatibility.

What really makes ROG Phone shine is the included HyperCharge adapter, an upgraded adapter that integrates the charger IC that is typically in the phone, which increases the power delivery up to 20W and lowers charging temperatures for the handset. ASUS ROG Phone can charge its 4,000mAh battery up to 60% capacity in only 33 minutes and can get up to an 85% charge in just over an hour.

Asus’s ROG Phone also comes with a fingerprint reader which gives instant unlocking abilities to its owner. The ROG Phone captures 12MP images with the use of its primary camera, while the secondary camera takes 8MP wide-angle shots with a 120-degree field of view.

A New Era of Mobile Gaming

It really is impossible not to be amazed by the ingenuity and engineering that is evident in the ROG Phone. It’s definitely one of the most ambitious projects from Asus to date.

The Asus ROG Phone may have managed to set the bar high for mobile gaming. Its powerful technology and versatile accessories set the foundation in redefining what portable computers should be.


adminJune 10, 2018
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6min

Computex 2018, the largest computing show of the year, has now kicked off.

Computex 2018, which was held in Taipei, is the annual gathering place for the wider PC industry to show off its latest and best innovations. It is also the ideal place to exchange and discuss ideas about the future of personal computing and is often used as a launch platform for daring new concept designs and high specification gadgets.

One of the most noteworthy innovations presented at Computex 2018 is a dual-screen AI-powered laptop, which is called the ASUS Project Precog. If the Precog name sounds vaguely familiar to you, it’s because Precog was the name given to gifted and other-worldly beings that are capable of seeing the future in Tom Cruise’s film, Minority Report.

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What is Project Precog?

Project Precog, a concept developed by ASUS, is a laptop formed of two shimmering sheets of glass. ASUS intends this laptop to be powered by AI. Now, what exactly does that mean? It means that Project Precog has two screens that can predict how you’ll want to use your laptop. It can actually detect if there’s a mouse or keyboard around as well. Project Precog can even provide virtual mice and keyboards if there aren’t any real ones around!

Asus’s Project Precog can also anticipate where your fingers are over the laptop and shift its virtual keyboard around accordingly. On top of all this, Project Precog will even have face and voice recognition.

There are a lot of great features on this laptop. For example, Project Precog is optimized to function in a normal laptop mode, tent mode, and flat mode. And for all of the creative folks out there, it will also be compatible with a stylus. The Precog can also learn to predict when your meetings are and will be able to conserve battery effectively so as to ensure that you don’t run out of battery, which is a great feature for businessmen.

To make it simpler, this laptop is extremely smart although it is still a prototype. It’s meant to unite AI design and technology in an incredibly substantial way.

Project Precog

Project Precog as a Finished Product

As I’ve already mentioned, Project Precog is merely just a prototype. So, what will be its complete features as a finished product? Here’s a quick summary of what ASUS says will be in its final build:

  • Project Precog will have a dual-screen and AI setup.
  • It will be able to detect whether a keyboard or mouse is near and will instinctively give you virtual, on-screen ones if necessary.
  • When you are using the virtual keyboard, it can identify where your hands are placed above the frame and can accordingly shift the keyboard.
  • It can learn to recognize what part of the day your meetings or appointments are and will be able to conserve battery accordingly.
  • The AI will be compatible with Microsoft Office applications. One example cited was that Excel would suggest the best approach on how you would be able to present your data as you type or put it into a spreadsheet.
  • Project Precog can work in book, laptop, flat, and tent modes. It can also be used with a stylus. In addition, it will have face and object recognition.

Project Precog as a Finished Product

Of course, we still don’t have an idea on how expensive this laptop will be and also when exactly it will it be launched, but it’s an exciting concept and I am on the edge of my seat to get my hands on this one.



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