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Asus has made a Zensation event at the ongoing Computex 2015 in Taipei, by announcing several fresh products on June 1 – ZenFone 2, ZenPad, ZenWatch 2 and more. Asus unwrapped ZenFone 2 which targets the affordable phone market, a handset that is unlocked, off-contract and perhaps, set to work with Windows PC connectivity. The phone comes in two versions – 1.8GHz and 2.3GHz. Both have the same builds, with a $100 price difference and slight variance in the internals.
ZenFone 2, 1.8GHz, is run by Android 5.00, powered by Intel Atom quad-core and has a 16GB storage, 2GB RAM, 3000 mAh battery, 13MP main PixelMaster AF main camera, 5MP PixelMaster, Wide View secondary camera and a couple of sensors, such as for proximity, ambient light, as well as an E-Compass, Gyroscope and G-Sensor. The 170-gram handset comes with a Gorilla Glass 3, 5.5-inch IPS LCD display, at 1080 x 1920. ZenFone 2 2.3GHz specs are no different, except the 2.3GHz of its Atom quad-core, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Both smartphones have a slot for a microSD card.
Asus unwrapped ZenPad, a line of 8-inch tablets ZenPad 8.0 and ZenPad S8.0, as well as lower-end models ZenPad 7-inch and ZenPad 10-inch. ZenPad 8 has the Intel Atom X3 processor, 1 or 2GB RAM and an 8 or 16GB storage under its hood. Android Lollipop will run the tablet. ZenPad’s back panel can be removed and replaced with cases of various textures and colors. A battery case can be hooked up to the tablet for more battery life.
The most attractive of all is ZenPad 8 S, a powerful, sleek and slim device with a 4GB RAM, as well as a PowerVR GPU that pairs with its Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core chipset. The build mirrors that of ZenPad 8, but its back panel is not removable. However, it is easy to hold and renders a plastic feel. Its 8-inch display bumps a 2048 x 1536 resolution, that is found in iPad and Nexus 9, matched by 400 nits brightness, as per Asus.
Asus also took the wraps off its smartwatch follow-up, ZenWatch 2. Google’s platform for smartwatches, Android Wear will run ZenWatch. The new Asus wearable showcases “always on” mode, a dimmer display face when the watch is asleep, for more battery life. ZenWatch 2 will come in silver, gunmetal and rose gold. People from the tech media have observed ZenWatch 2’s promo video is very similar to that of Apple Watch.
Asus Zensation at Computex 2015, which had ZenFone 2, ZenPad, Zen Watch 2 and more, also include the debut of Transformer Book T100HA. Asus said that the 2-in-1 Transformer Book T100HA is the successor of the TB T100TA. This 10.1-inch laptop can be converted into a slim tablet. Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5 series quad-core processor powers TB T100HA, and it comes with a 4GB RAM. Transformer Book joins the devices that make use of the new tech of USB Type-C port.
The 8.45mm, 850 gram Transformer Book T100HA promises 14 hours battery life and will be in four color variants –pink, white, grey and blue. Windows 10 will be inside T100HA when it comes out to the market in the third quarter. Microsoft’s upcoming OS is set to be in tablets and PCs on July 29.
As a successor of Transformer Book T100TA, the new device will likely be as well-rounded as the former. Asus noted that TB T100TA has been their best in sales for two-in-one hardware. Intel Trail quad-core chipset powers T100TA and the display sports a 1366 x 768 pixel HD resolution.
Asus Zensation at Computex 2015 did not only have ZenFone 2, ZenPad, Zen Watch 2 but also Asus E1Z LED projector, VivoPC VC65, Chromebox CN62 and more. The VivoPC VC645 will be the flagship of VivoPC machines with its small form factor, but with a space for two hard disk drives.
By Judith Aparri
Digital Trends: Asus debuts a new 2-in-1 Transformer Book at Computex 2015
Android Central: Hands-on with ASUS’ new ZenPad tablets
SlashGear: ASUS ZenFone 2 Review: A real Mid-range Smartphone Kick in the Pants
Business Insider: One of the new Android smartwatches looks a lot like the Apple Watch
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