If there’s one thing we’ve learned from ASUS throughout the years, the company and its CEOs think highly of their phones, to the point of calling them “better than Apple, better than Samsung.” Still not satisfied with its success, the Taiwanese manufacturer set another high bar for itself.
Another new year, another Consumer Electronic Show to cover. Although the event will be held in Las Vegas from January 5 to 8, there’ll be lots of product announcements before and after the show. Here are some of the more exciting brands to watch out for.
ASUS is adding yet another variant to its seemingly limitless ZenFone 3 lineup, and it’s of the Zoom variety.
Yet more news for ZenFone fans. Yesterday, we wrote about the ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe and gave you a preview of what to expect from the company’s luxe smartphone in our unboxing video.
About that 5.5-inch ASUS ZenFone 3 Max that got us all excited last month: It now has an official price, which was revealed during the phone’s recent launch in India.
As much as we adore the ZenFone 3 Max with its large battery and sleek physique, we can’t help but feel ASUS could do better — and, we may be right. Based on a newly launched product page on the company’s official website, there’s a larger 5.5-inch model on the way. With a ZC553KL model name, it looks to be more than a cosmetic update. Here are five reasons why we think the upcoming ZenFone 3 Max will rock.
Squarish designs and poor battery life plagued early smartwatches because of technological limitations, but now, the newest models are looking more like traditional, not-as-smart watches and performance is certainly improving. ASUS is the latest company to jump on the round watchface ship with the ZenWatch 3, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
This is it: the final entry in our supersized smartphone series. After covering large handsets that specialize in selfies, look like a premium flagship, and load up on the specs sheet, we’re now looking at a phone prioritizing an ultra size above all else. Indeed, the 6.8-inch ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra will astound you with its absurd proportions and premium packaging.
Phones that can last longer have risen to popularity lately, in large part thanks to Pokémon Go, essentially a smartphone battery’s worst nightmare.
And if, you’re still in the market for something that can get you past the first day, the ZenFone 3 Max is among the better choices out there. It’s fitted with a 4,100mAh battery for up to 18 hours of web browsing or up to 87 hours of music playback (ASUS’ words, not ours).
ASUS today unveiled pricing details for the ZenFone 3 and its multiple variants in the Philippines. And man, are they expensive compared to a year ago.
To put into context how the current price compares to the previous generation, recall that the ZenFone 2 came in at P14,995, or $320, for the version with as much RAM and storage as the new ZenFone.
Back in 2014, ASUS debuted its own line of smartphones amid declining PC sales. And despite being the new kid on the block, the Taiwanese electronics maker managed to do relatively well in a market that has tripped up so many others, some of which had been in the business for decades and were considered infallible.
As many of you know, we’re only a few short weeks away from seeing ASUS’ signature smartphone series hit the streets in many parts of the world.
As of this month, it’s reportedly already available in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. Next up are Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines in August. A ZenFone 3 launch event is expected to take place in India sometime in September. Shipments could be headed to Europe, Japan, and the United States later in the year.
Launched alongside the ASUS ZenFone 3 Laser in Vietnam, the ZenFone 3 Max is yet another budget phone with a rather attractive calling card. This time around, the promise is a battery that lasts for days, with the option to charge another mobile device using the Max’s reverse charging mode.
Besides the ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Ultra, and ZenFone 3 Deluxe, there’s another ASUS smartphone you should watch for in 2016: the ZenFone 3 Laser.
But unlike the other ZenFone 3 models launched in May, the newly unveiled Laser feels less like a luxury phone and more like a step above most phones in the budget category. It’s certainly an upgrade over its predecessor, last year’s ZenFone 2 Laser, not just in looks—the 2016 version is easier to hold and use, and is encased in a metal unibody construction—but also in performance.
While the world awaits the arrival of the ZenFone 3, in Vietnam, two new ASUS budget phones were made official as the company continues its 2016 makeover of popular smartphone spin-offs.
ASUS’ next product announcement in the Philippines has been revealed, giving fans a date to circle on their calendars. It’s official: The Taiwanese smartphone maker is launching the ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Ultra, and ZenFone 3 Deluxe on August 14, alongside a refreshed line of ZenBook notebooks and Transformer 2-in-1 devices.
An overeager Jerry Shen was already in his seat when I walked into our meeting room at the ASUS headquarters in Taipei last week. The charismatic CEO sat clutching his new babies, a trio of smartphones – the ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe, and ZenFone 3 Ultra – unable to contain his excitement.
At the 35th annual Computex 2016 in Taiwan, within the walls of the biggest computer trade show in Asia, one homegrown company stole our hearts.
And not just because its upcoming smartphones proved to be everything we wanted, and more, but also because at least one more product in its diversified portfolio is just as exciting — if not even more so.
We spent some time with the Asus Zenfone 3 shortly after its launch in Taiwan last May 30. All three models are big upgrades from last year – sleeker, more powerful, with more features. But do they offer enough to go head to head with rivals released months earlier? Find out in our hands-on review.
You’ve seen the ASUS ZenFone 3 phones and heard all the specs and features they have to offer. You’ve seen their jaw-dropping prices as well. But what about their release date for the Philippine market? We’ve got you covered on that front as well.
Just as you thought water-cooling in a gaming notebook was overkill with last year’s ROG GX700, ASUS has upped the ante once again with its successor, the ROG GX800. Built with the same monstrous cooling system, the latest gaming laptop is now equipped with Intel’s most powerful Core i7 mobile processor and a pair of graphics cards that work together.
The wait is over. And ZenFone fans can finally exhale in relief (and squirm with excitement), as ASUS has at last made its big smartphone announcement of 2016 in its native Taiwan. The ZenFone 3 is now official, and so are its higher-end spinoffs, the ZenFone 3 Deluxe and ZenFone 3 Ultra. And, yes, we know: These phones look nothing like the plastic ZenFones that came before them.
Taiwan’s Computex 2016 trade show will run from May 31 to June 4, and one of its key moments will be the announcement of the ASUS ZenFone 3, which we’ve discussed on more than one occasion (see here and here, for example). A lot has been said about the phone, and yet ASUS has largely kept mum about its features and specs, leaving us to speculate what’s in store for us come May 30, when it makes its first appearance.
To that end, we’ve sifted through months’ of hearsay and published a video outlining everything we think we know about ASUS’ upcoming signature smartphone line.
We all know — and feel free to agree — the ASUS ZenFone 3 is due to launch in May or June this year. What has been shrouded with mystery, however, is the exact launch date of the much-anticipated midrange smartphone.
Thankfully, we can finally put all the guessing to rest, as ASUS has published a teaser video for the upcoming ZenFone, one that reveals the date in question.
ZenFone fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief because the ASUS ZenFone 3 now has a debut date set a few weeks from today.
According to the company’s countdown page, ASUS has scheduled the Zenvolution event on May 30 at Computex in Taiwan (yes, in its home turf), though for those who are not covering the announcement, it can be viewed live online at 2:00 p.m. Central time.
We’re always excited to hear about sub-$200 smartphones.
After all, just because you can’t afford the shiniest new phone being talking about, it shouldn’t mean you can’t get a good smartphone to match your needs.
In this particular price range however it gets tougher to find a phone that you’ll enjoy using.
But there are gems like Asus’ Zenfone 2 Laser. The phone has been around for almost a year now and it appears the company intends on keeping it around for a while longer.
Apparently, ASUS isn’t done recycling 2015’s ZenFone design language, what with the Taiwanese manufacturer introducing yet another smartphone touting the ZenFone 2 aesthetic.
Consider hearing us out, though, as the new ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser 5.5S brings more power and multitasking chops compared to its predecessor without upping the cost too much.
38 days of standby time and the ability to power another smartphone — the monster battery of the Asus Zenfone Max hasn’t been a secret for a while now.
The Taiwanese company itself teased the phone several times last year, first at a press event in India in August, and then later at the IFA Consumer tech show in Berlin last September.
We saw it again at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas last January, shortly before it began rolling out around the globe, and finally, last week it arrived at the GadgetMatch lab.