ZenBook UX305LA Review: Consider If You Are Willing To Spend

ASUS ZenBook UX305LA ReviewAsus clearly knows how to break the mold and create a completely breathtaking piece of machine. The Asus ZenBook UX305LA is proof of that. Clearly, we are in awe of the new offering made by the Taiwanese giant. Here’s why.

Firstly, it is a good-looking laptop available in three colours–black, white and a stunning gold. It is also available with different variations in color so buyers can choose from Core M, Core i5, and a Core i7-5500U. Apart from this, the laptop has many other features.

Looks:

The new Asus ultrabook is slim and has been tastefully designed with gleaming corners and clean sides. Apple Macbook Air has a clear completion in this one from Asus.

Weight:

It is feather light and we mean it. Weighing 1.3 kg, UX305LA feels like you are a carrying an elegant and a dainty book in your hands.

Display:

It offers crisp picture quality, thanks to a 3200×1800 pixel LED-backlit display. The colors don’t irritate the eyes and the best bit is you can work on this machine for hours without getting tired.

Battery life:

We expected a battery life of upto 15 hours, but the laptop lasts for only 10 hours. This is where Asus could have done some improvements.

Other features:

It comes loaded with two USB ports and features a HD webcam. The laptop also has a SDXC card reader a microphone-in jack, a headphone-out jac.

The laptop will go on sale in India from 15 October. ZenBook UX305LA runs on Windows 10 and is being billed at Rs 97,990. This might be a hefty price to pay but most of the features are worth that hole in the pocket.

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Asus Transformer Convertibles Take The Middle Path

Taiwanese manufacturer Asus has announced two new convertible gadgets, the Transformer Book T100HA and Transformer Book Flip TP200SA. These gadgets meet the requirement of people who want a tablet at one moment and a laptop soon later. User requirements of computing are so varied today that these convertibles will soon make a space for themselves.

Asus Transformer Book T100HA at a glance

The Asus Transformer Book T100HA is an easy-to-use tablet supported with a completely detachable keyboard along with 10.1-inch display at a resolution of 1280×800 pixels. Powered by the Intel Atom x5-Z8500, this tablet comes with a choice of 2GB as well as 4GB memory along with 128GB, 64GB and 32GB choices for storage. Not just that, the device also offer choices of the operating system you can install. Users can choose between Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro.

To ensure user-friendliness of the device, the makers have offered multiple connectivity options like 3.5mm headphone jack, Micro-HDMI port, Micro-USB 2.0 port, USB 2.0 port and USB Type-C port. The hybrid device is available in rouge pink, aqua blue, silk white and tin gray options. It also supports a 5MP rear camera along with 2MP front-facing camera.

Asus Transformer BookTransformer Book Flip TP200SA at a glance

Transformer Book Flip TP200SA, the name hints about its hinge that can flip 360 degrees. With a 11.6-inch display, the device boasts of a bright screen with a pixels resolution of 1366×768.

Although the device runs on  an Intel Pentium N3700 quad-core processor, the company offers a choice of using it on the Celeron N3050 dual-core chipset. There are two choices for internal storage, viz. 32GB eMMC or 64GB eMMC. Storage is easy with its 4GB drive that can be extended with an 128GB SSD drive.… Read the rest

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Hands On Review: Asus ZenFone Go Is Average

Asus Zenfone 2 Release DateAsus has launched its new phone ZenFone Go for the Indian market. We picked it up quickly from Flipkart to realize that it might not be a stellar phone but it’s comfortable to work with.

Features of the Asus ZenFone Go

The latest Asus phone runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop-based ZenUI because of which it is user friendly and rich in features. Like many newcomers, this is also a dual sim phone. I like this trend because you can easily swap from one network provider to another without any hassle. It houses a quad-core MediaTek (MT6580) processor clocked at 1.3GHz coupled with 2GB of RAM. To start with, most of the apps worked fine. Only time will tell how this phone faces the onslaught of more apps and multiple downloads. It could get sluggish in the longer run.

A sigh of relief comes because it has an 8GB inbuilt storage. Like most other phones, it also offers expandable storage. Memory of the phone can be extended up to 64 GB. 

We loved…

It’s the look of the phone that really floored us. The angled bottom and clean black finish are delightful. A fairly large display of 5-inch with IPS display provides clarity when in use. Image quality is good with a screen resolution of 720×1280 pixels. 

Let’s come to the camera. The phone has an 8MP camera at the back with an aperture of f/2.0. So the pictures came out well. However, the 2MP front camera was a dampener. It has a dull look so people who enjoy selfies may not like it.

Sure enough, there are the regular features of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, GPS/A-GPS and Micro-USB connectivity options. Additionally, the phone comes with 100GB Google Drive storage. The price of this phone is about Rs.7999. Pick it up if you don’t want to do much with your phone.

 

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Asus’ ZenFone 2 Laser, ZenFone 2 Deluxe, ZenFone Selfie and ZenFone Max Launched

At the event of ZenFestival in New Delhi, Asus launched four smartphones in India. These are ZenFone 2 Laser, ZenFone 2 Deluxe, ZenFone Selfie and ZenFone Max.

 

Asus’ Latest Offerings Launched at ZenFestival- ZenFone 2 Laser, ZenFone 2 Deluxe, ZenFone Selfie and ZenFone MaxThe ZenFone 2 Laser is available in three variants. Both the models ZE500KL and ZE550KL come with 2 GB RAM. However, while the former costs Rs. 9,999, the latter is available at a price range of Rs. 13,999 due to other varying features like ZE500KL runs on Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 and ZE550KL runs on both Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 and Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 chipsets. Moreover, where ZE550KL sports a 5.5-inch HD IPS display, the ZE500KL comes with a 5-Inch display The ZenFone 2 Laser ZE601KL, which has 6-inch full-HD IPS display and 3 GB RAM, is up for sale at Rs. 17,999.

The ZenFone 2 Deluxe has identical specifications to the ZenFone 2 Laser ZE601KL model. Launched in April, it runs on 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Atom ZE601KL with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB on internal storage.

The ZenFone Selfie sports 13 MP front and rear cameras with laser autofocus, f/2.0 aperture, dual-color Real Tone flash and 28 mm focal length. This smartphone especially made to take selfies has been packed with few picture improvement tools for camera like Selfie Panorama mode, low light mode, enhanced beautification mode, backlight (HDR) mode, zero shutter lag and manual mode. The ZenFone Selfie has 3 GB RAM and runs on 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor clocked at 1GHz and 1.7 GHz with Adreno 405 GPU. 

ZenFone Max has 5000 mAh battery with 5.5-inch HD IPS display. It is powered by Snapdragon 410 and comes with 2 GB RAM and 8 GB or 16 GB of internal memory expandable upto 64 GB. The price for ZenFone Max, which will be available from October, has not been disclosed … Read the rest

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Macbook vs ZenBook UX305—ASUS Works Wonders With Limited Edition

Asus could take on the likes of Apple and thanks to its newest kid–  ZenBook UX305– limited edition we can almost vouch for this. In case you need a brain jerker, remember that the original ZenBook UX305 had plucked raving reviews.  To begin with, the limited edition has a sexy look and sleek corners. As soon as you flick it to life, the 3,200 x 1,800-pixel resolution makes its wallpapers come truly alive.  Computing is not a breeze– without the typical fan– thanks to Intel Core M on the UX305.


And boy, make no mistake about how beefy this slim ASUS laptop is at ASUS Works Wonders With Limited Edition ZenBook UX305
13.3-inch screen iced with 276 ppi pixel density surprisingly. The matte body gives you no worry of leaving behind fingerprints and the white color makes it classy.

Moreover, this limited tag means that about a couple of hundreds are up for sale in USA for a cool $999 on the official website. 

The ZenBook has bumped up its basic offerings too. Therefore, now you have with some improvements to the standard base model. Forget the Intel Core M-5Y10 processor for an upgraded. Intel Core M-5Y71, that has clock speed of 1.2GHz that swishes over to 2.9GHz on turbo.

The Limited Ed comes with 512 GB capacity on the basic configuration backed by RAM of 8 GB. No wonder this is worrisome for Apple that abs a measly 256GB storage on its MacBook priced at $1,299. Remember the Apple wonder is all of 12 inches. Other notable features of the Apple Macbook are-

·        226 ppi resolution

·        2,304 x 1,440 px resolution 

·        Single USB port against the USB 3.0 on the ASUS wareRead the rest

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Asus Padfone 2 Vs. Asus FonePad: The Secrets to Two Asus Phablets Revealed

Manufactured with almost similar names, Padfone 2 and FonePad are two phablets by Asus that have marked the entry of the Taiwanese firm into the niche world of Android.

A blend of smartphone and tablet, touted as phablets, let us compare the specifications and features of both the devices.

Starting with the 4.7-inch Asus Padfone 2, the device is slim, sitting at 10.4mm body. With an easy interface and unusual round grove pattern at the rear, the Padfone 2 is comfy to hold and use. The smartphone runs quad-core Qualcomm CPU and Adreno 320 GPU combo with 2GB of RAM. Interestingly this device can also roll out into a slot with a 10.1-inch tablet adaptor. It comes in 16, 32 and 64 GB variants with 2,140mAh battery.

Coming down to the huge 7-inch Asus FonePad, the device is made to accept a smartphone SIM for 3G calling. Built on Intel Atom Z2420 processor, the device uses PC-like Hyper-Threading cores. Backed by PowerVR SGX540 GPU, the tablet supports 1GB of RAM. The device has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, which makes it good for reading and watching videos. The FonePad comes in 16 and 32GB variants with a microSD card slot and 4,270mAh battery.

Common features in both the devices include Google’s Stock People app, Android messaging app, Google Play Store and Google Music Store among many.

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Second-Gen Nexus 7 Set for Release in July

If you are planning to buy a tablet anytime soon, wait until July as you see what Google has to offer. Certain reports indicate towards the launch of the second-generation 7-inch Nexus 2 tablet that Google plans to unveil in July. The ASUS-made Nexus 7 tab has brought valuable achievement to the internet search giant.

Considering its features, the Nexus 7 2 is expected to feature a 7-inch low-temperature poly-silicon (LTPS) panel, which is produced mainly by AU Optronics (AUO). AUO is the same firm that has the order for Apple’s iPad Mini 2.

Two days ago, yet another report in DigiTimes claimed that Elan Microelectronics is on track to ship touchscreen controller ICs for the next Nexus 7 iteration. Apparently, it is believed that Google will roll out around 1 million Nexus 7 2 tablets before the end May. It’s also speculated that the number might touch the mark of eight million before 2013 ends.

However, no specific release date for the Nexus 7 2 has been announced. If the tablet hits the shelves in July, Apple should be prepared for some tough completion for its iPad Mini 2.

Does the idea of the Nexus 7 2 interest you? Will you wait for the tab to hit the market? Share your comments with us.… Read the rest

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Vs Sony Yuga Vs HTC M7: The CES 2013 Gets Heated

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), one of the world’s largest events showcasing the latest in technology, is all set to begin at Las Vegas. And this year promises to be bigger and better than ever. Here’s what we’re hoping to see some of our favorite tech companies bring to CES 2013:

Asus: According to rumors, Asus will showcase some of its 7-inch tablets at the event. One such tablet we’re hoping to get a look at is the Asus ME172V, an affordable Android tablet with a 7-inch 1024X600 pixel resolution display, a low-end processor and a price-tag of $130. We could also get to see the Asus ME371MG, a 7-inch tablet with an IPS display having a resolution of 1280X800 pixels, powered by an Intel Atom processor, and a 3 MP camera. This tablet could be priced at under $250.

HTC: HTC could offer a peek at the HTC M7 flagship smartphone for 2013 – featuring a 1080p resolution display and powered by a Qualcomm S4 processor. We can hopefully also get a look at 7-inch and 12-inch tablets from HTC running on Windows RT at the event.

LG: We’ve been hearing rumors that LG’s busy working on a high-end Android phablet with a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1080p and powered by a Snapdragon S4 processor. Maybe CES 2013 is when we get to see this nifty device? LG could also showcase its new range of SoCs powered by Cortex-A15 processors and Mali-T604 graphics that could power mobile devices as well as smart TVs and other gadgets.

Samsung: Of course, this is going to generate the greatest level of excitement at the event. World’s largest smartphone maker is expected to show its bendy 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED displays. We’re also hoping to get a peek at Samsung’s 13.3-inch slate that resembles the Asus Transformer, as well as Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which would be powered by a 1.6 GHz Exynos 4412 processor and have a screen with a resolution of 1280X800 pixels. Samsung might even showcase its Galaxy S4, but only to its company executives. Maybe it would even give us a little insight into its new range of Tizen smartphones during CES 2013.

Sony: Now, we all know how Sony is working aggressively to increase its lineup of Android-based smartphones. So maybe CES 2013 will be the event when Sony would take the wraps off its Sony Xepria Z or Yuga monster phone with a 5-inch display, as well as Odin smartphone, both of which would feature HD displays and Exmor RS cameras. Also expected to be showcased is the affordable HuaShen Android smartphone.… Read the rest

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Asus Announces A Bunch Of Windows 8 Touch Tablets

 

Asus Touch family has announced a series of Tablet which are going to run on Windows 8 OS. The bunch of tablets include a dockable tablet (Asus VivoTab RT TF600TG), lightweight notebooks (Asus VivoBooks F202E and S400), and the Asus Taichi dual-screen convertible Ultrabook/ tablet that has the ability to display two screens simultaneously.

“We intend to surpass the ‘touch future’ of IT industry by launching Asus Taichi and Asus VivoBook. We are assertive that our Windows 8 line-up will touch customers’ heart in terms of incredible product, incredible design, incredible quality and incredible service,” said Alex Huang, managing director, System Business Group, Asus India.

When asked about technology used in these devices,  Unaez Quraishi, sales and distribution director, System Business Group, Asus India, said, “Today’s launch of Asus Taichi, Asus VivoBook F202E, Asus VivoBook S400 and Asus VivoTab RT TF600 TG is an alluring proof to substantiate our prime focus on the mastery of technological innovation and design perfection. In view of the launch of these models in India, we intend to establish how important India is for Asus. Our consumers have given affirmative responses to our notebooks, tablets and other products. We anticipate capturing the market as to when they think of touch notebooks and tablets, they think of Asus.”

The company, in its official statement maintained that Asus Taichi is an unbelievable fusion of notebook and tablet which gives it amazing mobile flexibility. Lid open, Taichi is a powerful notebook with a crystal-clear full HD screen, an Intel core processor, and a backlit keyboard. Lid closed, Taichi is a lightweight tablet with a slim, tapered profile, and a multi-touch full HD screen for intuitive fingertip control with Windows 8.… Read the rest

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Thinner & Lighter:This Is How Asus PadFone2 Would Look

 

 

Asus is looking to beef up its standing in the smartphone-tablet market with its new phablet  PadFone 2. The company will do the unveiling of the device  today in Milan and Taipei. With just few hours to go for the event, a few pictures have been leaked on the web, courtesy @evleaks via Twitter.

PadFone 2’s smartphone will sport a 4.7 inch HD resolution display and a 13 MP camera would adorn the PadFone2 which indeed would make for a great photography experience.

Efforts have been drawn to perk up the docking mechanism of this PadFone2. . The dock has been redesigned to do away with the door-opening flip cover with a thinner exposed sliding one. Also the device is expected to be thinner and lighter as compared to its predecessor.

It will be powered by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor and would  LTE +HSPA capabilities.

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