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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.

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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.

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Source: Red Dot 21, Android Police

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Limited edition Honor MagicWatch 2 design series unveiled

Honor taps into the world of art and fashion

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Time-pieces have always been more than just a way to tell time. In some ways, it’s become a form of self-expression. With that in mind, Honor launches nine limited edition Honor MagicWatch 2 designs.

The designs were made in collaboration with a number of rising stars in the worlds of art and graphic design including Jacky Tsai, George Greaves, Wang DongLing and Giovanni Ozzola. These were made with the vision of bringing together elements of illustration, graphic design, photography, sculpture and calligraphy.

HONOR x Jacky Tsai An Innovative Fusion of Pop Art and Chinese Craftmanship with “Floral Horse” and “Shanghai Tang Café” 

With two eye-catching limited-edition designs, named “Floral Horse” and “Shanghai Tang Café” respectively, Jacky fuses elements of pop art with iconic eastern influences using splashes of colour across the watch faces and straps.

“Floral Horse” by Jacky Tsai

With two eye-catching limited-edition designs, named “Floral Horse” and “Shanghai Tang Café” respectively, Jacky fuses elements of pop art with iconic eastern influences using splashes of colour across the watch faces and straps.

“Shanghai Tang Café” by Jacky Tsai

HONOR x George Greaves A Touch of Exotic with “The Palm Tree”

“The Palm Tree” by George Greeves

Bristol-based illustrator George Greaves is a master in dreamlike, archetypal imagery. Inspired by nature, the unisex palm tree design combines geometric elements with a muted color palette, evoking a sense of majestic landscapes and far-flung adventures

HONOR x Wang DongLing Reinterpreting Historical Calligraphy with “Cheng Hao, ‘Autumn Moon’, Entangled Script”

“Cheng Hao, Autumn Moon, Entangled Script 1” by Wang DongLing

Wang Dongling is widely recognized as China’s greatest living calligrapher and is known for his large abstract works that he calls “calligraphic paintings.” Bringing together poetry and painting, Dongling creates his work through performances where he translates the text of ancient Chinese verses into gestural interpretations of traditional characters.

“Cheng Hao, Autumn Moon, Entangled Script 2” by Wang DongLing

HONOR x Giovanni Ozzola Experimenting with light, photography and sculpture in “One Day”, Old Walls” and “Ficus” 

“One Day” by Giovanni Ozzola

Originating from Florence, Giovanni is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily in photography, as well as video and sculptural installation.

“Old Walls” by Giovanni Ozzola

His artworks have been exhibited internationally in numerous public and private institutions, including Fosun Foundation in Shanghai, 313 Art Project in Seoul, District 6 Museum in Cape Town, Tate Modern in London and many more.

“Ficus” by Giovanni Ozzola

HONOR x Zhou Li Creating movement and rhythm with dynamic lines and brunch strokes

“Peach Blossom Yard” by Zhou Li

Known for her oriental aesthetic and acute sensory observations of the world, Zhou Li is one of the most influential female artists in China. Zhou creates paintings, sculptures, installations and public arts using multiple mediums including oil paint, ink, charcoal and cotton textiles.

HONOR x Pencil Bryan Capturing the surreal through dreamlike illustration

“Pencil Bryan” by Xu Lei

Founder of Pencil Bryan’s design team, Xu Lei has produced a number of illustrations for high-end fashion magazines over the years as well as collaborating with a range of global brands. Xu is known for his surreal, conceptual art, with a vivid and unique style, combing the rational and the conceptual he is able to illustrate the perceived world with a unique, avant-gard perspective.

Honor MagicWatch 2 pricing and availability

The Honor MagicWatch 2 will be available in two sizes — 46mm and 42mm.  The 46mm variant is designed with an auto-racing watch panel for a sporty, bold and adventurous look, the 42mm variant is designed with fashion in mind.

It has a 1.39-inch full-color AMOLED touchscreen, customizable watchfaces, up to 14 days of ultra long-lasting battery life and a range of health and fitness features. There will also be three straps to choose from: including elastic rubber (an eco-friendly hypoallergenic material), leather and metal, you can customize the watch for any occasion.

The Honor MagicWatch 2 46mm Charcoal Black is available to purchase from GBP 159.99 in the UK on Amazon and eBay and coming soon to John Lewis starting  February 3, 2020. The 42mm Agate Black variant of the watch will be available from GBP 149.99 in the UK on Amazon and John Lewis starting from February 12, 2020.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 series pricing leak online

The 5G models are pretty expensive

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The tech community is busy scouring the Internet for details regarding Samsung’s next flagship. The Galaxy S20 series, as well as another flagship foldable from Samsung, will go official by February. Until then, leaks keep pouring about the details of these phones.

The latest of these leaks come courtesy of XDA Developer’s Max Weinbach. On Twitter, he posted the pricing information of upcoming Galaxy S20 phones. Note that the prices are approximate pricing in Euros.

For those who missed out on rumors, Samsung is revamping the naming scheme of its flagships. Expect a Huawei-like naming scheme on Samsung’s next generation of flagships.

The Galaxy S20 will supposedly arrive in 4G and 5G models. The pricing for 4G models is EUR 100 less than their 5G counterparts.

Furthermore, Weinbach believes the US pricing for S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra would be US$ 850, US$ 950, US$ 1200, respectively. The pricing is a notch higher than the current pricing of the Galaxy S10 series. However, it is worth noting that the Galaxy S20 will arrive with chock-full of improvements over its predecessors.

As for the Galaxy Z Flip, details remain scarce on what the phone will look like. However, Samsung teased a clamshell foldable last October, so this could be an early look at how the foldable will look.

The world will know more about Samsung’s next flagships at Unpacked 2020 taking place on February 11.

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Samsung Galaxy S20+ rumor roundup: 120Hz display, ultrasonic fingerprint scanner
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip rumor roundup: the next foldable smartphone

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Mystery 44-megapixel selfie cam surfaces on Twitter

Can you guess who made it?

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Image source: Arun Maini / Twitter

By now, we’ve heard of the 108-megapixel smartphone. But, have you heard of the 44-megapixel selfie shooter?

While the world is focusing on blockbusting rear cameras, a mystery smartphone maker has sneaked in a 44-megapixel front-facing shooter from under our noses. A famous British tech personality, Arun Maini, has leaked an unnamed smartphone with the world’s first 44-megapixel dual punch-hole camera.

Mysteriously, Maini has not revealed the device’s brand or model, prompting Twitter users to guess instead. While the guesses are undeniably varied, a clear leader is emerging as the rumored brand: OPPO.

OPPO has launched a similar user interface in the past. Most recently, the punch-hole camera was featured in the new Reno3 and Reno3 Pro. Further, the company uses a very similar layout and wallpaper on its phones.

However, the leaked phone is clearly not the recently released series. The Reno3 Pro has a sizable but smaller 32-megapixel selfie shooter. Whatever this is, it’s something new.

If anything, the Twitterverse is right. The leaked phone is likely an OPPO smartphone.

That said, we are now approaching the age of huge selfie shooters. Besides OPPO, Samsung is also rumored to launch a huge front-facing camera. Reportedly, the upcoming Galaxy S20 Ultra will carry a whopping 40-megapixel shooter in the front. Undoubtedly, 2020 is bringing the sexy selfie back.

SEE ALSO: Will the OPPO A9 2020 last our 10-hour binge-watch test?

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