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ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe’s reign may be more short-lived than we thought

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We had a feeling that the ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe’s reign on the throne would’t last long — it’s only started to catch on in certain Asian markets this month — but it may be even more short-lived than we thought.

ASUS is already sending out press invites for the next Zennovation event at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas. The event, which will be streamed live on ASUS’ website, will take place on January 4th, 2017, and it’s highly likely that the Taiwan-based manufacturer will use it as a launch pad to introduce a premium ZenFone handset built around Qualcomm’s next-gen Snapdragon 835 system-on-a-chip, the successor to the Snapdragon 821 found in today’s heavy hitters.

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The Snapdragon branding already appears on the invite, so we would be foolish to assume otherwise. ASUS has somewhat been a pioneer when it comes to using the best components available anywhere; the ZenFone 3 Deluxe — however late (and controversial) it may be — is among the first handsets to launch with the Snapdragon 821 in tow.

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Next year, ASUS could once again find itself in the same exclusive club as the likes of Google and OnePlus when all is said and done at CES 2017. Hopefully, if it does announce a Snapdragon 835-based phone, pricing will be competitive with industry disruptors from the Far East. That, or CEO Jerry Shen will take the stage rocking a transcendental product that’s more than just the sum of its glass, metal, and bleeding-edge silicon parts.

The ZenFone 3 Deluxe, though likable, lacks a headline-grabbing feature that truly distinguishes it from other flagships. Obviously, arriving late and being sold at roughly the same price as the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Apple iPhone 7 Plus doesn’t help its cause, either.

So now the waiting game begins, and we’ll be waiting with bated breath for news of updates. We’re pretty sure you will, too. In any case, we’ll be on the ground at CES 2017 on January 4 to find out all of ASUS’ intentions.

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Engineer builds glitter bomb with stinky farts for package thieves

A genius invention for revenge

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There are times when the receiver of a package is away, it’s just placed on the doorstep. This opens a chance for thieves to steal unprotected goods. Stealing is not cool, but instead of simply relying on the police, a former NASA engineer built something to teach thieves a lesson.

After a couple stole his package one afternoon, Mark Rober decided to create a device that would deliver an ultimate prank. Disguised as an Apple HomePod box, the carefully engineered creation is equipped with four cellular-connected LG G5 phones to record videos in 360 degrees. The phones let Mark see the spectacle of a glitter bomb that showers in all directions. Not only that, but it also fumes a stinky scent using a fart spray. 👀

It’s a harmless way to send a colorful and strong scented message. The only damage is the large amount of glitter that needs to be thoroughly cleaned.

Check out the epic video:

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Lenovo Z5 Pro GT makes every other phone look sad

First to come with Snapdragon 855 and 12GB RAM

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There are phones that surprise us; there are others that simply want to watch the smartphone landscape burn.

Lenovo launched the Z5 Pro GT, and it definitely deserves that overly long moniker. Not only is it the first smartphone to be powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 855 SoC, but it’s also equipped with a whopping 12GB of memory and 512GB of storage.

It doesn’t stop there: The Z5 Pro GT makes use of a slider mechanism similar to what Xiaomi implemented on the Mi Mix 3. This houses the 16- and 8-megapixel selfie camera setup under the slider, as well as the 16- and 24-megapixel shooters on the rear.

Coupled with a 6.39-inch 1080p AMOLED display with an under-display fingerprint scanner, the Z5 Pro GT demolishes most handsets launched in 2018. Even more impressive? The pricing!

Believe it or not, the max memory and storage configuration mentioned earlier retails for only CNY 4,398 or approximately US$ 640. This can lower itself to CNY 3,398 (US$ 495) for the 8GB+256GB variant, CNY 2,998 (US$ 435) for the 8GB+128GB model, or CNY 2,698 (US$ 390) for 6GB+128GB.

There are only a few downsides to this product. One, it doesn’t offer 5G connectivity despite having a compatible chipset; it may be because of the phone’s early release happening in January. Two, its battery capacity is only at 3350mAh, which is below-average for something that packs so much power.

All this info may not even matter to most consumers. Unless you reside in China or have access to reliable online retailers, chances are slim that you’ll see this outside of its homeland.

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Microsoft is finally launching the Surface Go in more Asian markets

A tablet that can run like a PC

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The Surface Go is the latest and most affordable Surface product from Microsoft that runs on Windows 10. It is an affordable offering to take on tablets from Apple and Samsung. The 2-in-1 device competes against the likes of the Apple iPad Pro and Samsung Galaxy S4 Tab.

The Surface Go starts in India at INR 38,599 (US$ 550) for the base variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC storage. The top-end option with 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD storage costs INR 49,999 (US$ 710). The Surface Go Signature Type Cover Black variant will cost INR 8,699 (US$ 125) while the colored variants will cost upwards of INR 11,799 (US$ 165).

Microsoft has partnered with Flipkart for online sales with introductory offers, including INR 4,000 off on Type Cover, free Hungama Play subscription worth INR 799, and discount offers from Thomas Cook and Kaya Clinic.

The 2-in-1 comes with a 10-inch LCD display that has an aspect ratio of 3:2. Like all other Surface products, it supports use of the Surface Pen for creative as well as note-taking purposes. It is 8.3mm thin and weighs just 520 grams.

Powering the Surface Go is a 7th-generation Intel Pentium Gold Processor coupled with Intel HD Graphics 615. The company claims it can offer up to nine hours of battery life with moderate usage and also houses a microSDXC card slot for memory expansion.

On the rear is an 8-megapixel camera while the front has a 5-megapixel sensor for video calls. It also includes Windows Hello for quick authentication. Charging is done via a Surface Connect port along with a USB-C port and 3.5mm headphone jack.

The portable machine is built to perform every task a normal Windows 10 computer can, offering increased flexibility and reliability when on the go. Though, this laptop-cum-tablet is built for light tasks like mails, browsing, streaming, and writing.

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