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  1. I must admit that being so slim and light, as well as having no fan to kick off noise makes this 1080P multi-touch display and Bang & Olufsen speakers all for £649 makes this very tempting! Here's their press release
  2. . Starting with the laptops, ASUS make a big splash years ago and created the Netbook market, and it's dipped back into it with a new EeeBook X205. The EeeBook is surprisingly great value at €199 (£170) and is really well built and light. It ways only 980g and has a respectable Intel Atom quad-core processor, a claimed 12 hour battery life, a full sized keyboard, large touchpad, 1366 x 768 11.6" display. It feels really solid, and the keyboard is excellent to type on. It oozes quality when holding it, it's fanless and I can't help feel that this could make it's way under a few Christmas trees this year. It will be released in November. Slightly more disappointing is the new Zenbook UX305. At first glance, this is extremely desireable. It's super thin (12.3mm). The lovely 13.3" 3200x1800 display also makes an impact, and it also feels well built and light at only 1.2Kg and has an Intel Core M processor to keep it ticking along, and a claimed 10 hour battery life. So what's not to like? Well the keyboard unfortunately. It stinks and feels cheap. It's flimsy and has lots of bounce. The Eeebook's keyboard is better. There's no information yet on the release date, or pricing, but I wouldn't. Naturally, there was a tablet on display. This time it was a new 7" Memo Pad 7. It weighs only 269g and takes it's design inspiration from designer clutch bags (small handbags which posh ladies carry around in their hands ) It has a high resolution 1920x1200 display and is powered by another quad-core Intel Atom processor and 2GB Ram. It has a very respectable spec, and also battery life of 11 hours. It comes at, yes, €199 (£179??) and will be released before Christmas. What's not to like? Well, two things if we're nit-picking, firstly, it has a 5mp rear camera (2mp front), which is a bit behind the crowd, and, although it does look quite nice from behind, and feels well made, it has huge bezels surrounding the screen, and well, looks a bit old compared to most tablets these days. Finally, and unsurprisingly, there was the new Zenwatch. I found myself quite liking this Androidwear watch. It looks really good! It has a heart rate monitor in it which is used with it's Wellness app, and measures how relaxed you are, how many steps etc. Can you guess the price? Well it's €199, but curiously translates to £199 and will be out by Christmas. Of all the smartwatches I've seen today, this is the most attractive, but there's no information about the screen or the battery life as yet. I liked the curved screen, and it fitted well on the wrist. It also had a couple of interesting features such as double tapping to find your phone, remote (mobile) camera control, and covering the face to mute / ignore calls. Given how many of the first generation of Androidwear smartwatches have very similar functions, looks matter, and this one is a winner on that front.
  3. Here's a press release explaining the new parntership:
  4. We'll be covering the Windows, Android & Chrome Transformer Pads, tablets & laptops in future articles, but for now we're concentrating on the new ZenFone range, which, unlike some other manufacturers, will be available very soon indeed. First of all, let me say that while absolutely lovely products, the three phones launched tonight, the ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5 & ZenFone 6 (depicting their screen size), are not being pitched as absolute top-of-the-range Android devices. Their screens aren't QuadHD; their cameras aren't 20 MPix; their mass isn't 5 grams. However, what they are, are immensely usable, functional, very nice to hold, premium quality, fully specified handsets with the majority of features you would expect to find on the average Samsung, Motorola or HTC device. Asus are very much an Intel house. What this means is that they generally don't produce any device, be it a phone, laptop or tablet, which contains any processor other than an Intel chip. Subsequently the majority of the ZenFone range runs on the latest Intel quad-core Atom processors, tied to Android 4.4.2, ensuring not only excellent performance ratings, but also an exceptional range of available applications from the Play Store as well as all-important stand out battery life. It is worth noting however, that the Intel SOC doesn't yet support LTE, so any 4G Asus handsets are forced to use a "more traditional" ARM-based SOC, usually a Snapdragon processor. There is another side-effect, or more accurately a benefit, of Asus producing Intel-only devices - they get somewhat preferential pricing from Intel. What this mean to us, the consumer, is that we get to enjoy Asus' excellent products at rock-bottom prices! The ZenFone range starts at only £99.99 inc VAT! That's not an "on contract" price - that's the unsubsidised RRP for the ZenFone 4 in the UK! The ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 6 are available only as 3G (intel Atom based) handsets, while the ZenFone 5 is available as either a 3G (intel Atom based) or 4G (Snapdragon 400 based) handset. The entire range are available as dual-SIM handsets (this is apparently region dependent, but there's no mention of which regions it applies to) and have from 8GB internal storage on the ZenFone 4 up to 16GB on the ZenFone 6. All come with an external microSD card slot. The ZenFone 5 & 6 have Asus' PixelMaster technology which improves low light and other performance from the camera, which is 8MPix on the ZenFone 5 and 13MPix on the ZenFone 6. While it was fairly hard to get meaningful hands-on impressions last night, due to the phones not having SIM cards or configured wireless connectivity and the venue being in nightclub mode (so no meaningful pictures I'm afraid) the handsets all felt well made and solid in the hand, while the displays were bright and vibrant.The ZenFone 4 felt a little portly, mainly due to it being the same thickness (if not slighly thicker) as the ZenFone 5 & 6, which in turn felt more balanced and generally well rounded. To my mind the ZenFone 5 is the sweet spot of the range and certainly the one I think will sell in the largest numbers. UI response was smooth and fast, with Asus' additions and alterations to stock Android not detracting from the overall experience. There was some bloatware installed, but it didn't seem overly intrusive and was the usual Asus fare found on many other of their devices. The camera was nice to use, having been re-skinned from the stock Android camera to something similar to the latest Samsung camera offering. One interesting feature, if only by name, was that turning the flash to permanently on was described as "low light mode". The ZenFone range is available to pre-order from 21st August and will be shipping from 1st September 2014. The ZenFone range are priced as follows: ZenFone 4: £99.99 ZenFone 5: £149.99 (£179.99 for the ZenFone 5 LTE) ZenFone 6: £249.99 More information is available on Asus' website as listed below. Please note that some of the links on the ZenFone 6 page aren't curently working correctly, you'll need to add the page name to the end of the URL already in your address bar. (you'll get the idea) ZenFone 4: ZenFone 5: ZenFone 6:
  5. The 15" Zenbook NX500 particularly catches the eye which has a lot of power and a 4K screen
  6. There were four new devices to have a look at. The Zenfone 4, 5 and 6. We also looked at ASUS' unique mobile and tablet device, the FonePad 7 and also their tablet Padfone mini. The low light performance of the camera is something else!
  7. Despite always being told that there is no Plan B for Nokia if Windows Phone doesn't take off, new Chairman, Risto Siilasmaa, has admitted that there is a contingency plan. He wouldn't reveal what that plan is, but people will obviously gossip about Android. I prefer to talk about making wellington boots and selling the rest. Source As part of of Nokia's bullishness (BS for short), they've proudly announced how popular Nokia Store is. They've got 120 million registered users and provide 15 million downloads of apps a day, with over 100,000 apps available in 190 countries. All big numbers. Shame they plan to abandon all those people. Source Finally. Nokia doesn't seem to be so keen on the Nexus 7 and complain that Google and Asus have not even approached them to licence their wifi patents for use in the tablet. Odds on that Nokia won't go for Apple's blocking tactics, but rather go out with a begging bowl to keep them going. It seems that Nokia does have a cunning 'Plan B' after all. Source