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ASUS ZenFone 4 launches with Pro, Selfie, and Max models

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ASUS hasn’t shied away from teasing its next-generation ZenFone 4 lineup for the past few weeks, but all that build-up ends now. The ZenFone 4 series is finally here, bringing with it several variants for all sorts of markets.

We’re currently looking at a total of six officially named ZenFone 4 models: the midrange ZenFone 4, a high-end ZenFone 4 Pro, two selfie-centric phones in the ZenFone 4 Selfie and Selfie Pro, the ZenFone 4 Max that was quietly launched in Russia last month, and an additional ZenFone 4 Max Pro.

Those don’t include the minor variations some of these models possess. Already confused? Let’s break them down:

ASUS ZenFone 4

Despite being the torch bearer of the new lineup, the ZenFone 4 is in fact a midrange smartphone. That’s because it makes use of one of Qualcomm’s new efficiency-first processors — either the Snapdragon 660 or 630. So yes, there are two versions under its name, but the one equipped with the Snapdragon 660 will be slightly faster.

The rest of the specifications are what you’d expect from a phone of this caliber: a 5.5-inch Full HD LCD, up to 6GB of memory and 64GB of storage, and 3300mAh battery. What makes this special compared to the ZenFone 3 is its dual-camera system, wherein in the secondary 8-megapixel sensor delivers wider-angled shots compared to the primary’s 12-megapixel shooter. There’s another, single 8-megapixel camera on the front.

Pricing starts at US$ 399.

ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro

As the top-of-the-line model, the ZenFone 4 Pro has something the others don’t: Qualcomm’s best processor to date, the Snapdragon 835. That’s a big deal, because that puts this phone in line with the likes of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, HTC U11, and OnePlus 5 — that’s seriously good company to be associated with.

Another special feature is the 16-megapixel secondary camera at the back that’s capable of 2X optical zoom. Combined with the optically stabilized 12-megapixel shooter and 8-megapixel selfie cam, we’ve got all bases covered. Sealing the deal are the 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED, 6GB of memory, 128GB of storage, and 3600mAh battery.

As expected, it’s the costliest of the bunch. We’re looking at a price tag of US$ 599.

ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie

ASUS has finally brought its Selfie series back after total absence from the ZenFone 3 line. Like the aforementioned models, the 5.5-inch ZenFone 4 Selfie has a pair of side-by-side cameras — except this time, they’re in front.

The main selfie shooter offers a large 20-megapixel resolution, while the secondary lens provides wide 120-degree photos to fit more people into a shot. There’s a front-facing LED flash, as well, and its 16-megapixel rear camera is on its own, but should be enough for daily grinds. A lower-end Snapdragon 430 chip powers the phone, along with 4GB of memory, 64GB of storage, and a 3000mAh battery.

You can purchase one for US$ 279.

ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro

If the ZenFone 4 Selfie isn’t enough to satisfy your vanity, you may opt for the more capable 5.5-inch Selfie Pro. It has a faster Snapdragon 625 processor and DuoPixel front-facing camera technology that combines two 12-megapixel images into a higher-resolution 24-megapixel photo. Wide-angled selfies with the second camera are also possible, and beside it is another LED flash.

Other than that, the Selfie Pro is similar to its non-Pro counterpart. You get the same 16-megapixel rear camera, 4GB of memory, 64GB storage, and 3000mAh battery. In addition, there’ll be a bright red color option available, while the ZenFone 4 Selfie will settle for more basic pink and teal choices.

It’ll retail for US$ 379.

ASUS ZenFone 4 Max and Max Pro

Finally, we have the most budget-friendly of the set, the ZenFone 4 Max. Like its super-popular predecessor, the ZenFone 3 Max, the newer model prioritizes battery life with a 5000mAh capacity. Different this time, however, is the inclusion of a dual-camera setup at the back, which is rare at this price point.

One rear camera is 13 megapixels, while the other handles 120-degree wide-angle shots. The front-facing camera is less special with a single 8-megapixel shooter, but interestingly, there’s a LED flash beside it, as well. Keeping the electronics going is a Snapdragon 430 chipset with 3GB of memory and 32GB of storage under a 5.5-inch HD 720p LCD.

Take note that there’s also a ZenFone 4 Max Pro with a slightly higher-resolution 16-megapixel rear camera. Aside from that, it’s nearly identical to the regular ZenFone 4 Max.

Pricing and availability for all handsets will be added as soon as we get them.

SEE ALSO: ASUS ZenFone AR review

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Google will contribute $800 million via ads to fight Coronavirus

Here’s why it’s a notable contribution

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Google has committed to donating more than US$ 800 million to support businesses, organizations, and healthcare workers as part of its fight against the Coronavirus pandemic. Breaking it down, it says it’ll give the World Health Organization (WHO) and global government agencies a total of US$ 250 million in ad allowances.

Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, confirmed that another US$ 340 million in ad credits will be provided to small and mediumsized businesses who’ve actively advertised via them over the last year.

Furthermore, the company is establishing a US$ 200 million investment fund to help small businesses get access to capital. Lastly, it’ll be offering US$ 20 million in Google Cloud credits to researchers and academicians to unleash the power of computing on the virus. Research requires an exorbitant amount of computing power since formulas, calculations, and simulation models are supremely complex.

Google may seem like a technology company, but business-wise, it’s the world’s largest advertising company. Everyone who has access to the internet has at some point, used a Google service. This is how the company attracts users via its suite of services and serves them ads. For a behemoth like Google, it’s easy to reach out because of its robust advertising network.

The company not only serves ads on its own services but also exports out ads to other websites via services like AdSense. While it may seem Google isn’t actually giving away money from its profits but from its revenues, it doesn’t matter. The end contribution to the cause is what matters. And the company is leveraging its power to reach out.

These ads can help local authorities across the world fight misinformation about the virus. Moreover, also spread awareness passively while people are indoors in isolation and constantly connected via the internet.

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Mi 10 Lite 5G is a midrange phone with quad-cameras

Sales limited to Europe for now

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The Mi 10 has been a sensational phone since launch and Xiaomi has now announced its younger sibling — the Mi 10 Lite. Just like the flagship, it also gets 5G support, but via a midrange chipset. This will offer consumers an option to buy a 5G phone, without the cost attached to a flagship phone.

As the name suggests, the phone is a slightly watered-down version of the flagship Mi 10. However, it’s still a strong contender in a segment that has just one competitor, the Nokia 8.3 5G. 5G roll-out is limited to a few regions, but hardware availability might prompt telecom carriers in developed markets to speed-up their enhancement efforts.

Coming to the phone, the front has a 6.6-inch AMOLED TrueColor display with a waterdrop-style notch. For authentication, an in-display fingerprint scanner has been added along with the standard face unlock option.

Powering the phone is an octa-core Snapdragon 765G chipset, paired with LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 2.1. Backing these internals is a 4160mAh battery with 20W fast charging support. On the side, it also has Quick Charge 3.5 compatibility.

On the rear is quad-camera support consisting of a 48-megapixel primary lens. Unfortunately, Xiaomi hasn’t revealed the details of the other three cameras. However, considering all their previous phones with a similar setup, it’s safe to assume one of them will be a wide-angle lens along with a depth sensor for portrait photography. For selfies, a 16-megapixel sensor has been added on the front.

Mysteriously, Xiaomi also hasn’t revealed details about onboard RAM. Though, we know it’ll be available in two storage options — 64GB and 128GB. It’ll be available in white, grey, and a bluish-green gradient, with a starting price of €349 (US$ 385) from the first and second week of April in a few European markets.

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Leak reveals Lenovo Legion’s design and specs

Built with a cooling fan, physical triggers

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The gaming smartphone race is heating up. Despite harrowing situations, Lenovo is just about ready to reveal its new powerhouse. Lately, the company has released a few teasers pertaining to a powerful gaming phone on the horizon. According to the teaser, the Lenovo Legion will score 600,000 on the renowned AnTuTu scale.

Today, another leak has unveiled more details about the smartphone. Spotted on CNIPA, China’s patent organization, by Pricebaba Daily, the upcoming smartphone has a few tricks up its sleeve.

For one, the Lenovo Legion will likely carry a high-RPM cooling fan. Based on the new render, the rear has an incriminating “COOL” label next to a rendered fan. The phone also has a physical hardware switch to toggle high performance mode. It also has side triggers. Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen these details on a gaming phone.

Notably, the phone will have two USB-C ports: one on the bottom and one on the side. The extra feature allows uninterrupted gaming even while charging. Finally, the render depicts a large 5050mAh battery, a huge powerbank for gaming purposes.

However, for all the amazing features revealed in the leak, the render also has a Snapdragon 855 on the back. As we know now, the phone will likely carry Snapdragon 865 upon launch. Even without a previous leak, we are already in a Snapdragon 865 world. It’s probable that the render is an earlier version.

Chipset aside, the phone’s other details seem believable. Also, it’s only a matter of time before we see an official launch, anyway.

SEE ALSO: Lenovo unveils new ThinkPad L-T-X series laptops

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