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ASUS and Google have just unveiled the Chromebit which is essentially an HDMI dongle that looks like the Chromecast, but has a lot more functionality under the hood. Plugging this device into an HDMI capable monitor will let you experience Chrome OS just like on a Chromebook. Google also announced four new Chromebooks earlier today, including the ASUS Chromebook Flip.

Make no mistake, the Chromebit is a proper computer in the size of a pen (or even smaller). This will take on Intel’s recently launched HDMI dongle which runs Windows 8.1 out of the box and retails for $150.

This device on the other hand merely costs $99, letting you try out Google’s new Chrome OS on the cheap. The device has 16GB of internal storage underneath along with 2GB of RAM, a Rockchip RK3288 processor and a full sized USB 2.0 port. This can let you connect wired peripherals like a mouse or keyboard. Since there’s only one port here, it’s wise to use a USB hub like device which will allow you to connect multiple accessories on one slot.

It’s a pretty nifty device and will be aggressively marketed by Google and ASUS over the coming weeks. Google has made it very clear that the Chromecast will continue to sell despite the launch of the Chromebit as they cater to a different sets of users.

Source: Google

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Google launches four new budget Chromebooks ranging up to $250

Posted by wicked March - 31 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Google has partnered with ASUS, Haier and Hisense to bring four new budget priced Chromebooks to the market. Prominent among these is the ASUS Chromebook Flip, which is a convertible device that can transform into a tablet or a fully functioning notebook on your call.

The Chromebook Flip comes with a 10.1 inch touchscreen display and can be rotated 360 degrees, hence the name. We must note that this tablet cannot detach itself from the keyboard, but merely flip backwards. But it’s a neat feature to have nevertheless.

ASUS Chromebook C201, the Hisense Chromebook and the Haier Chromebook 11 are pretty basic in their approach and don’t come with the bells and whistles of the Chromebook Flip. But the pricing of these devices make them very attractive propositions.

As for the hardware, all the aforementioned Chromebooks sport 16GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, 2GB of RAM and a Rockchip 3288 SoC. Other features include a front facing 720p camera and a total of two USB 2.0 ports.

The Chromebook Flip has been priced at $249, while the ASUS Chromebook C201 costs $169. The two Chromebooks from Haier and Hisense have been priced at $149, making them the cheapest of the lot.

Via: Engadget

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ASUS Chromebook Flip: budget netbook in tablet/laptop hybrid style

Posted by wicked March - 31 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

We somehow expect a lot from our netbooks nowadays, when before we only needed it for word processing and web surfing functionalities. But now we have a lot of high-end devices that can function as both a netbook and a tablet. Chromebook OS devices are also slowly growing in number, but they are either too expensive or on the other end of the spectrum, the low-end ones still leave a lot to be desired. But now ASUS is attempting to bridge the gap between premium specs and affordable prices with their new Chromebook Flip.

The 15mm thick (or we should call it thin) netbook runs on Rockchip’s new 3288 quadcore chip with 1.8GHz and ARM Mali-T764 GPU graphics. The full metal device has a full HD IPS touchscreen and a convertible hinge that will make it easier for you to turn it from a netbook into a tablet. It can be useful for both personal use and even professional use but it can also appeal to students, particularly for art education as the touch screen functions of the Chromebook Flip.

Speaking of Chromebook, a lot of the touch-friendly functionalities of Google are baked into the device, like automatic screen rotation (which will hide window management buttons when you go into full-screen mode), a new virtual keyboard (including handwriting support, which is why it’s very convenient for students taking notes), and many other features that we’ve come to expect from Chromebook OS devices.

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The way Chromebook Flip looks, you would expect it to cost a lot, but when you see its price tag, you would be pleasantly surprised. It will only cost you $249 (even cheaper than some of the smartphones out there) and it will go on sale this summer.

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ASUS intros Chromebit, a Chrome OS-powered HDMI stick

Posted by wicked March - 31 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

The smaller, the better. Computer nowadays don’t need to be bulky. From heavy laptops, our mobile computers are smaller now than ever. We have netbooks, ultrabooks, and of course, Chromebooks. As for desktop computers, you don’t need to get a CPU tower just to have a kick-ass system. You can either use your high-specced laptop, an all-in-one PC, or something as small as this: a Chromebit.

This new Chrome OS stick from ASUS is a small device that offers full computer services. Think Chromecast but with more computing powers. All you need to do is plug it into any display, a monitor or a TV, and you have a mini computer. This small Chrome device is like one portable Chromebook because you can bring and use it anywhere. No need to lug around a heavy laptop if you have this Chromebit carrying your important files with you.

Plug the Chromebit into an HDMI port and you’ll soon have Chrome OS running. The small HDMI dongle also features Bluetooth, WiFi, a full-size USB port, and microUSB. Of course, like any other computer, you can use a mouse or a wired keyboard but you can always use Bluetooth versions.

The Chromebit is powered by a Rockchip 3288 quadcore processor. It will be available this summer for less than $100.

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ASUS launches Zenfone 2 in Europe

Posted by wicked March - 31 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

It was not a question really of if it would happen, it was more of when it would happen – and that day has arrived for ASUS to launch its new flagship phone the Zenfone 2 in Europe. Still buzzing from the record sales of its original Zenfone series – selling around 10 million units globally – ASUS is raring to see if people in Europe will take to the new improved flagship as well, having sold most of its units in Asia.

There will be three Zenfone 2 models out in the market in France starting March 31st, and while there is still no information on which countries will follow suit, we expect that information to be available shortly. The main version of the Zenfone 2, model number ZE551ML will be available for at a limited time offer of €299 or around USD$322. After the introductory price though, the standard retail will be €349, or USD$375.

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This “flagship” model will have a whopping 4GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, powered by a 2.3Ghz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 CPU. This will have a 5.5-inch full HD (1080p) display, microSD card expansion, 4G LTE connectivity, and a 13MP/5MP camera combo. The 3,000mAh battery is not bad as well, and it runs on Android Lollipop with ASUS’s ZenUI on top.

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There will be two other models, namely the Zenfone 2 ZE550ML and the lower-end Zenfone 2 ZE500CL. They will be sold at USD$268 and USD$193 respectively. Both phones will already be LTE capable. And if you’re not really sure about the Zenfone 2, ASUS is apparently willing to give you your money back within 2 months if you’re not satisfied.

VIA: GSM Arena

ASUS Zenfone 2 arrives in Europe with €179 price tag

Posted by wicked March - 31 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Following its launch in Asia, the ASUS Zenfone 2 is now making its way to Europe, with prices starting at just €179, ranging up to a still modest €349. The big talking point with the Zenfone 2 series is the option for a colossal 4GB or RAM, but the range has plenty more to offer too.

As we previously covered, there are a range of Zenfone 2 variants in production and three of them are heading to Europe.

The most expensive is the ZE551ML variant, which costs €349 and comes with the 4GB of RAM, a 2.3GHz Intel Atom Z3580 processor, 1080p 5.5-inch display, a 13MP rear camera, 32GB of internal memory and a 3,000mAh battery. For €249 you can grab the ZE550ML, which sports a 720p 5.5-inch display, 1.8GHz Z3560 SoC, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory, with the same camera and battery as the most expensive model.

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The more budget friendly option is the ZE500CL model, which features a 1.6GHz Atom Z2560 processor, a 720p 5-inch display, 2GB of RAM, 8GB storage, 8MP rear camera and a smaller 2,500mAh battery. All of the handsets feature a microSD card slot and Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box.

France will be the first country to receive the Zenfone 2, ahead of a wider rollout across the region. Asus France is currently offering the ZE55ML variant (the 4GB one) for €299, for a limited time only. A US store release is stated for this spring and an Indian launch date is expected on April 13th.

The third-gen ZenFone 3 to feature a fingerprint recognition sensor

Posted by wicked March - 30 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Despite the fact that the ZenFone 2 was unveiled in early January, many are turning their attention to the ZenFone 3. Even Asus is getting antsy about the next-gen ZenFone. According to CEO Jerry Shen, Asus will release the ZenFone 3 complete with a fingerprint recognition sensor. However, from now until the point that the ZenFone 3 is released may be a long time to wait. But it’s possible we may not have to wait that long at all.

The company also revealed that we may actually see this technology in the second half of this year when the ZenFone 2 gets a facelift. Even so, the third-generation ZenFone, will feature the same tech and is expected to debut in early 2016.

So if you’re an Asus fan, you’ll be happy to know that some of Asus’ phones will be getting even more features.

source: China Times
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ASUS US Invites Developers at XDA to Special Event

Posted by wicked March - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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ASUS has built a solid name over the years for their computer components, but in the last few years they have been expanding into the mobile market. With their Transformer series of tablets, their Padfone line, and being the tablet manufacturer for the Nexus 7 (as well as the 2013 version), they’ve solidified their place as a viable option in the mobile industry. In the 4th Quarter of 2014 they announced their ZenWatch, and at the beginning of 2015 they announced the new Asus Zenfone 2, with it being the main attraction at their booth at MWC and even releasing the kernel source for it as required by the GPLv2.

Outside of the Transformer and Nexus 7 tablets, the ZenWatch, and to some extent the PadFone, the US smartphone market has not been a strong place for ASUS. With the introduction of the Zenfone 2, they are looking to reverse that position, and are looking to developers at XDA to help them.

On April 28 in New York City, ASUS will be hosting a special event and are extending an invitation to developers at XDA to attend. The only requirements are:

  • The winners must be located in the US
  • The winners are responsible for their own travel and accommodations to and from New York City
  • The winners are asked to share their thoughts on the Zenfone 2 in the XDA forum
  • The invitations are non-transferable
  • One entry per individual. Multiple entries may invalidate your collective entries.

We will be picking 10 lucky winners at Noon EDT on April 3 who will be given an exclusive invitation to the event. So if you accept the Terms and Conditions listed above, head over to the form to enter. And Good Luck!

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ASUS is preparing an ultra-affordable Chromebook with a Rockchip processor

Posted by wicked March - 21 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

asus chromebookChromebooks are already incredibly affordable, but ASUS looks like they’re preparing to undercut the competition even further with a cheaper model. The ASUS C201 is listed in an education ordering brochure and mentions specs like a Rockchip processor and an 11.6″ inch screen with 4 GB of RAM, and the catalog mentions that it’s the “cheapest Chromebook ever.”

While the brochure divulged the hardware, it didn’t give a clear cut price, so there’s no telling exactly where ASUS wants to try to land this thing in terms of price points. Chromebooks routinely launch for about $199 right now, so anywhere around the $149 – $189 range would probably be a safe bet.

Maybe we’ll see it dip below $100? Not likely, but we can hope. Keep an eye out for some official news from ASUS in the coming weeks.

source: OMG Chrome

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ASUS takes a jab at Apple, shows off ZenWatch and ZenFone 2

Posted by wicked March - 12 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

I think this is the first time I’ve seen ASUS bold enough to take a jab at Apple and be intense in advertising the latest ASUS ZenFone 2. Why, the Taiwanese manufacturer has just posted a handy shopping guide obviously making fun of the very expensive Apple Watch. ASUS referred to Apple’s first smartwatch as the “golden watch”. No mention exactly of the product but it’s very obvious.

It’s a funny flowchart that ultimately points to the ASUS ZenWatch as the best and most “logical” choice. ASUS is implying that the golden watch is expensive and a mighty waste of money. (It makes one feel unworthy and guilty of having bad debts too. Ouch.) Buying an Apple Watch is crazy because of the price and that you’re better off with the ASUS ZenWatch which is much more affordable at $199.

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We’ve seen the ASUS ZenFone 2 at the CES 2015 earlier this year but it was only this week that the company released the smartphone  and announced the prices in Taiwan. ASUS also introduced some new ZenFone 2 accessories to improve one’s mobile experience.

And then yesterday, ASUS released a video overview of the phone. We’re not sure if this is an official ad because it runs over two minutes. However, it’s a good run-through of what we can expect from the latest ASUS smartphone.

The zen music in the beginning quickly caught my attention but it soon shifted to some disco electronica music that will make you get up and dance. It’s too dramatic what with the molten metal flowing into whatever when in reality, the ZenFone 2 is made of plastic. ASUS made sure to let us know that the phone is ergonomic with its arc design, has a stunning 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display, and has an impressive 13 megapixel Pixel Master camera that offers 400% better contrast.

This ASUS ZenFone comes in different models with varying specs. The high-end model boasts of 4GB RAM, a 3000mAh battery, a 64-bit 2.3GHz Intel processor, and a $290 price tag. That’s very affordable for a phone with high specs. ASUS also featured the BoostMaster technology which allows quick-charging of the phone (up to 60% within 39 minutes).

SOURCE: ASUS