ZenFone Live L1 officially launches as ASUS’ first Android Go phone

It also comes in higher memory models but with ZenUI



After launching their new midrange and budget Android phones, ASUS now unveiled their latest entry-level offering, the ZenFone Live L1. Since it’s a phone that doesn’t offer much, there’s not a lot of fanfare for its launch but it has something that most entry-level phones don’t: Android Go.

The ZenFone Live L1 is ASUS’ first Android Go-powered phone. Like with the ZenFone Max Pro M1, this new handset is one of the few from ASUS that doesn’t boot ZenUI. It joins the growing ranks of Android Oreo (Go edition) phones, namely the Nokia 1 and Huawei Y3 2018.

The phone has a 5.45-inch HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, Snapdragon 425 processor, and 16GB of expandable storage. Even with just 1GB of memory, the ZenFone Live L1 will be able to run well thanks to Android Go’s optimizations. 2GB/16GB and 3GB/32GB variants are also available, but they instead run ZenUI 5.0 on top of Android Oreo.

Camera-wise, it has basic shooters: a 13-megapixel main camera and a 5-megapixel selfie camera. The 3000mAh battery should be enough for at least a full day of use but it charges through a micro-USB port. It also lacks a fingerprint reader, so you’ll have to rely on face unlock using the front camera.

The ZenFone Live L1 will be available in Space Blue, Rose Pink, Shimmer Gold, and Midnight Black. No pricing is available as of writing for the Android Go variant, but the ZenUI versions start at IDR 1,399,000 in Indonesia or roughly US$ 100.

SEE ALSO: How Google’s Android Go is different from Android One


New leak reveals a much, much more expensive AirPods Pro

Costs as much as a midrange phone



Recently, the rumor mill reignited discussions over an upcoming AirPods launch in the midrange segment. Supposedly, the mid-2020 device will sell for more than a pair of regular AirPods but less than a premium pair of AirPods Pro.

Surprisingly, the rumors are still going. This time, Target, the American superstore chain, has apparently readied its inventory system for an unannounced AirPods product, according to a leak from tech YouTuber Jon Prosser.

The product — named the Apple AirPods (X Generation) — will retail for a staggering US$ 399.99. For reference, the AirPods Pro sells for only $249.99. Given the heightened price, the AirPods (X Generation) is likely a pair of headphones worthy of the price, especially since the AirPods Pro is already the top-of-the-line product for earbuds.

According to a follow-up from Apple Insider, Target employees explained that reserving inventory slots for upcoming products, especially regarding pricing information. However, the official name will likely change on launch.

Additionally, Presser has also asked Apple for a potential launch date. According to another tweet, Apple is still undecided whether to hold an event in March.

Still, with a pair of wireless over-ear headphones, Apple will be ready to take on a market populated by its subsidiary brand Beats and competing brands like Bose, Sony, and JBL. We’re dreading the potential charging case, though.

SEE ALSO: Apple lets you personalize your AirPods case

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Samsung temporarily shuts down infected Galaxy Z Flip factory

Coronavirus strikes again



The coronavirus epidemic is burning through the technology industry, leaving a trail of delays and shortages in its wake. So far, the virus has already torched Apple’s China-based manufacturers and the entire MWC 2020 event.

For the immediate future, the global epidemic can add Samsung to its list of victims. Previously, the South Korean company saved itself from the crisis, owing to its geographical roots. Unfortunately, if you turn into world news today, the virus has already made its way to South Korea.

In the city of Gumi, one of Samsung’s factory workers has contracted the disease, forcing the company to shut down the entire plant, according to a South Korean news outlet. The entire factory will open again on February 24. Additionally, the infected employee’s floor will remain shut down until February 25.

As for the workers themselves, Samsung has urged those who worked with the employee to put themselves in quarantine and undergo tests for potential infection. The company has also asked all employees to limit travel when possible, conducting business only through video calls.

Of course, Samsung has a tight hold on the South Korea business sector. The closure of just one factory probably won’t affect the company’s supply too much.

The affected Gumi factory specializes in Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Flip production. If anything, the temporary closure will only slow the foldable phone down partially. Regardless, it’s not a good look for Samsung, especially if the virus continues to spread across the country.


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Apple is likely working on a midrange AirPods Pro

Coming mid-2020



Have you bought into the wireless earbuds trend? Despite performing at a lesser capacity than wired earphones, wireless earbuds have infiltrated every major player in the tech industry. Currently, Apple, Huawei, and Samsung all sell their own variant of the growing market.

Now, Apple looks to expand their own catalog even further. According to Chinese publication Digitimes, the AirPods maker is developing a budget-friendly version of last year’s AirPods Pro — the AirPods Pro Lite.

Supposedly, Universal Scientific Industrial (USI), a Taiwan-based manufacturer will likely acquire orders from Apple for the upcoming device. The Taiwanese company is working with other manufacturers from China and the US to fulfill the orders.

According to the report, the AirPods Pro Lite will arrive sometime in the middle of the year. However, given the current situation in China, the device’s development might run into a few delays, especially if Apple pursues China-based manufacturers.

Because of the name, the AirPods Pro Lite will likely carry a price tag between the regular AirPods and the premium AirPods Pro. That puts it around US$ 199.

Despite being an accessory, the AirPods lineup is still one of Apple’s most successful products in the current generation. Of course, it helps that the audio accessory almost comes as a requirement for iPhone users.

SEE ALSO: Unboxing the Apple AirPods Pro

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