Vivo V9 leaks ahead of launch with its own notch and dual cameras

Even Vivo has the notch fever



Despite presenting some of the most innovative smartphone designs in recent memory, even Vivo isn’t able to escape the need for a notch on its displays.

Based on leaks, the V9 — which would be the successor to the V7 series launched six months ago — will sport a full-body display hampered only by the black cutout on top.

And the iPhone X similarities don’t end there. There’ll likely be a vertically aligned dual-camera setup on the back if these live photos are to be trusted:

More observations can be made: A triple-card tray is on board (for one nano-SIM and two microSD cards); we have the old micro-USB port and audio port at the bottom; and the fingerprint sensor is placed on the back — no under-display scanner here.

As you’d expect from a Vivo phone, the focus will be around the selfie camera, which is anticipated to have a 24-megapixel sensor, but it’ll be interesting to see what the pair of cameras on the back are capable of.

According to the same sources, Vivo is planning to launch the V9 in India on March 27, which is the same day as the release date of the Huawei P20 series and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S.

Computex 2019

ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo offers largest secondary touchscreen yet

Touch Bar on steroids!



Without a doubt, having a single display on a laptop doesn’t cut it anymore for ASUS. After showing off what they can do with two separate displays on a notebook last year, ASUS now offers the new ZenBook Pro Duo (UX581), which is the company’s biggest effort yet.

It’s special for its ScreenPad Plus, a secondary 14-inch 4K touchscreen found between the 15.6-inch 4K OLED HDR display and keyboard. It can be treated like an extension of the primary screen or a hub for the ScreenXpert software, which delivers an array of handy apps and tools.

Of course, this combination requires a lot of power, and the ZenBook Pro Duo has that. It’s equipped with Intel’s 9th-generation Core processors, up to 32GB of memory and 1TB of SSD storage, and NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2060 GPU.

There’s definitely no space wasted on this machine. The main display owns a frameless four-sided NanoEdge design while the touchpad doubles as a virtual numpad. Connectivity is plenty as well, with two USB-A, one USB-C with Thunderbolt 3, audio port, full-size HDMI, and even Wi-Fi 6.

For those needing something a little more compact, the ZenBook Duo (UX481) is available, too. It features a 14-inch Full HD NanoEdge display complemented by a 12.6-inch Full HD ScreenPad Plus. As for power, there’s a 9th-generation Core processor and NVIDIA GeForce MX250 to serve you.

Excited to try these out yourself? You’ll have to wait a little longer as pricing and availability haven’t been been announced for each region yet.

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ASUS VivoBook S14 and S15 are colorful ultraportables

Also comes with ASUS ScreenPad 2.0



In addition to the slew of laptops announced by ASUS at this year’s Computex, the Taiwanese company also revealed the VivoBook S14 and S15 as sleek ultraportables equipped with the updated ScreenPad 2.0.

The ScreenPad 2.0 is basically the trackpad that can double as a second display. It was first seen last year on the ASUS ZenBook Pro 15. After proving that it’s more than just a gimmick, it makes a comeback and is now more refined. It is now bigger than before — measuring 5.65 inches diagonally — and ASUS claims it has a more fluid, smartphone-like performance.

That’s not the only feature that returned. The ErgoLift design is also here which lifts up the chassis of the laptop when the lid is opened, allowing for a more comfortable typing experience. For the display, bezels are kept slim thanks to what ASUS calls a frameless four-sided NanoEdge design. This also makes it possible to achieve a screen-to-body ratio of 88 percent.

Both the S14 and S15 are powered by an Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics, and up to 1TB PCIe SSD. There’s also an infrared camera mounted at the top that can be used for face login as an added security measure. The new VivoBooks also support Wi-Fi 6 that offers faster networking speeds than normal. For audio, Harman Kardon speakers are onboard.

ASUS wants the VivoBooks to be reflective of the user’s personality so they made the new series available in a variety of colors. There’s Moss Green, Punk Pink, Cobalt Blue, Transparent Silver, and Gun Metal.

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ASUS unveils 30th anniversary collection of its phone, laptop, and motherboard

For true ASUS fans out there



ASUS ZenBook Edition 30 | GadgetMatch

ASUS is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and what better way to celebrate this milestone than unveiling special devices during Computex 2019. For true ASUS fans out there, get ready to be excited about a limited edition smartphone, laptop, and motherboard.

ZenFone 6 Edition 30

The newly announced ZenFone 6 is already getting a new variant: the ZenFone 6 Edition 30. It’s essentially a ZenFone 6 with a few cosmetic changes to make it unique and a couple of internal upgrades to make the best ZenFone out there.

It features the now-iconic concentric-circle pattern we’ve seen with other premium ASUS devices in a special Matte Black color. To make the phone stand out, it has an embossed Edition 30 logo on its back.

ASUS ZenFone 6 | Image credit: SupraPixel

Inside, the ZenFone 6 Edition 30 is the most powerful ZenFone to date with 12GB of memory and 512GB of storage. Of course, it’s still powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chip and has an innovative Flip Camera system with 48- and 16-megapixel sensors. There will be 3,000 units available and it’ll come with a 30-month warranty.

ZenBook Edition 30

If ASUS’ smartphone gets a special edition, their laptop must also have one. The ZenBook Edition 30 is based on the new ZenBook lineup featuring the ScreenPad 2.0.

On the outside, the ZenBook Edition 30 is truly special thanks to its classic look with a futuristic twist. The laptop’s lid features a Pearl White genuine Italian leather that’s hand-crafted and hand-stitched. Complementing the lid’s white color is the Rose Gold diamond-cut edge and trim bar. To top everything off, this ZenBook has an 18-karat rose-gold-plated 30th-anniversary logo on the lid.

ASUS ZenBook Edition 30 | GadgetMatch

While the ZenBook Edition 30 has a luxurious exterior, it’s also a top-of-the-line notebook with a NanoEdge display, latest 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, and NVIDIA GeForce MX250 discrete graphics.

Additionally, it comes exclusively with a set of premium accessories, including a Pearl White mouse, a leather-like mouse pad, and a genuine-leather sleeve.

Prime X299 Edition 30

For ASUS fans that are PC builders, the company also has the Prime X299 Edition 30 motherboard. The earliest product of ASUS is a motherboard, hence the Prime X299 Edition 30 honors the legacy of the company.

The special edition motherboard supports the latest Intel Core X-series desktop processors with a new flagship 16-stage power solution and enhanced cooling. It has two M.2 slots with passive heat sinks, dual Thunderbolt 3 ports, and a DisplayPort. Connectivity-wise, it has built-in 5G Aquantia Ethernet, Intel Gigabit LAN, and Wi-Fi 6 support.

The motherboard also features a 2-inch LiveDash OLED display to show system stats with support for custom text and images for a personalized build. Furthermore, there’s a second LiveDash display in the new Smart Control Console which is an external module connected via USB.

SEE ALSO: ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo offers largest secondary touchscreen yet

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