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ASUS ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe details, images leaked by design website

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If you’re a fan of ASUS’ budget ZenFone smartphone series, 2016 hasn’t been too kind to you so far. Two major tech conferences have passed, and yet the Internet still hasn’t gotten a solid clue as to what the ZenFone 3 might look like.

The situation is particularly worrisome because it’s already April, and the next-generation ZenFone has been tipped for a launch event at Computex 2016 in June.

Will it have two rear cameras like the LG G5? A curved screen like the Samsung Galaxy S7? A smaller screen to match the trajectory of Apple’s recent product announcements? Or will ASUS surprise the bejeezus out of the industry by unveiling a flip phone, or today’s equivalent of a joke goldmine?

At this point, you might be asking yourself: “When will someone throw a bone to us fans who have been waiting for that bloody phone to show up?”

Wish granted. Meet a couple of leaked — albeit convincing — images of ASUS’ upcoming ZenFone 3 and ZenFone 3 Deluxe. And we’re not using the term “convincing” loosely here. Let us count the ways.

ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe leak

ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe leaked image

For starters, the images come from Red Dot 21’s design directory. If the name rings a bell, it should, especially in the context of ASUS phones: In 2014, the original ZenFone series bagged the Red Dot design award for mobile devices; the year after that, ASUS won a bunch of other awards for products, including, but not limited to, tablets and notebooks.

So, yes, the connection between Red Dot and the Taiwanese manufacturers is, if nothing else, strong.

A paragraph to describe the ZenFone 3 also appears on the Red Dot website. It reads:

ASUS Zenfone 3 Series is a mainstream smartphone that displays the beauty of craftsmanship and engineering. With 2.5D glass on both front and back sides, we intend to bring the meticulous glass artistry used in watches to smartphone. Beneath those glass lays a thin layer of decoration film with metallic spin texture, portraying the ASUS identity in a new form. A curved aluminum frame offers a robust architecture and a comfortable grip. Zenfone 3 consist of type C USB for speedy charging and file transfer, front flash for selfie in low light situation, laser focus for instant snapshot and finger print recognition for spontaneous ID check.

Going by that description, it sounds like the next ZenFone will have a curved-edge glass on both panels held together by a metal frame, a USB-Type C port with fast-charging capability, front-facing flash, laser autofocus, and a now-ubiquitous fingerprint sensor. It will also support some sort of smart flip cover that lights up to indicate different things.

Meanwhile, the description for the all-metal ZenFone 3 Deluxe reveals far less details.

Metal is the best material to enhance and present the craftsmanship of creating the best smartphone. However, it is also the obstacle to the antenna signal. As the result, the designers and engineers always challenge each other to balance the aesthetic of smartphone appearance design and the possibility of the engineering. Look back to every metallic smartphone, without exception, has some “necessary aesthetic flaws”for antenna on the back. These flaws could be the plastic lines, decorations, etc. By absolutely breaking down the principles of radio transmission, combining the design creative thinking and overcoming the limitation of manufacturing, ASUS Zenfone 3 Deluxe no longer needs to compromise and presents the first full-metallic smartphone in the world.

And then there’s the alleged design of the ZenFone 3: It looks a bit like the outcome of ZenFone Zoom and ZenBook engineers reaching a compromise after months of trying to brainstorm for a smartphone. We’ll let you guys handle the front and sides of the phone — but only if you let us do what we want with the back.

That ASUS would rather take a lot of inspiration from previous ASUS products than go back to the drawing board in an effort to get people excited about the ZenFone 3 seems likely. ASUS isn’t the most adventurous when it comes to designing handsets, after all. And if you need proof, look no further than past ZenFone models.

As always, we’ll keep our eyes and ears open for more details about the ZenFone 3 as they come. For now, feel free to speculate wildly over the authenticity of the images and information from Red Dot’s website.

Source: Red Dot 21, Android Police

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ASUS unveils prices of new ZenBook and VivoBook laptops

From the cheapest one to the most premium

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After showing off the new notebooks during Computex 2018 in Taipei and IFA 2018 in Berlin, ASUS has now brought all of them to the Philippines. Check out the prices of the new ZenBook and VivoBook laptops.

VivoBook S330 — starts at PhP 45,995
VivoBook S430 — starts at PhP 47,995
VivoBook S530 — starts at PhP 56,995

ZenBook S (Core i7/8GB/256GB) — PhP 74,995
ZenBook S (Core i7/4K/16GB/512GB) — PhP 99,995

ZenBook Pro 14 — starts at PhP 99,995
ZenBook Pro 15 (Core i7/16GB/1TB/GTX 1050Ti) — PhP 119,995

ZenBook 13 (UX333) — starts at PhP 54,995
ZenBook 14 (UX433) — starts at PhP 62,995
ZenBook 15 (UX533) — starts at PhP 74,995

All the new VivoBook and ZenBook notebooks will be available nationwide starting October.

Check out our hands-on videos here:

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Huawei serves “juice” to Apple fans

It’s apparently “apple-free”

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Huawei has this trolling thing down to a T. While Huawei Singapore pulled off a “power move” of a stunt, Huawei UK was out on the streets handing out apple-free juice to Apple fans waiting in line for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

The company sent out a van loaded with “Huawei JU%CE that lasts” and equipped with charging stations for the battery-depleted phones of those who queued up for the new iPhones. It wasn’t exactly free though. People who wanted the “JU%CE” needed to post on social media using #HigherIntelligence to get their fix.

While the stunt is a clear dig at the iPhones’ battery life struggles, Huawei’s Director of Marketing in the UK and Ireland Justin Costello made it clear that this is a sign of things to come on October 16 when the company is set to unveil the Mate 20.

“We want people to know that there is an alternative to having a phone that lacks juice and lets you down when you most need it,” said Costello.

It’s quite a brilliant stunt that both hijacked the launch day of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max while also promoting Huawei’s own launch of their upcoming flagship. If that’s not hitting two birds with one stone, I don’t know what is.

Huawei threw the first jab when they thanked Apple for “keeping things the same” during the launch event of the iPhone XS and XS Max. The company effectively threw more punches with these stunts which begs the question: Should we expect a haymaker once the Mate 20’s launch comes around?

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate 20: What to expect

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Amazon makes a grand announcement of new Alexa-enabled Echo devices

A smart home has to have these

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Amazon continues to make a mark in the smart home market with their announcement of new Alexa-enabled Echo devices. The company announced a slew of devices, but let’s know more about the key Echo products that now have new upgrades.

Amazon Echo Dot

The new Echo Dot gets redesigned to look stylish and more modern. The plasticky design of the previous model is a thing of the past; the new model now has a fabric design that comes in three colors. The new model is also claimed to sound louder and better, but it’s still priced at US$ 50.

Amazon Echo Plus

The new Echo Plus also has similar upgrades with its new fabric design. It comes with an upgraded 3-inch speaker for stronger bass and clearer mids and highs. Like the Dot, the new model is still priced like its predecessor which is at US$ 150.

Amazon Echo Show

The gigantic Echo Show has been redesigned as well. It features a new body with a large 10-inch HD display. Of course, the new display comes with a new sound system composed of two 2-inch drivers with a passive radiator and Dolby audio processing.

It also comes with a new 5-megapixel front-facing camera for HD video calls. Alexa will soon support Skype audio and video calls, so you will be able to use Skype straight from your Echo Show. Additionally, it now has a built-in web browser. Pricing remains at US$ 230 like with the previous model.

Amazon Echo Auto

The Echo Auto is probably the most intriguing of the bunch. It’s a US$ 25 accessory (the cheapest Echo, yet) designed to let you access Alexa even while in your car. It powers itself from your car’s power outlet or a USB port and connects to the Internet via Bluetooth through your phone.

Using the Alexa app on your phone, it can play music or give you turn-by-turn navigation. You can also ask it pretty much anything you’d ask with other Echo devices.

The new Echo Dot, Echo Plus, and Echo Show are already up for pre-order and will go on sale starting October 11. The Echo Auto is also up for pre-order, but by request only.

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