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ASUS ZenFone Zoom packs 3x optical zoom into Android

ASUS ZenFone Zoom packs 3x optical zoom into Android

ASUS was gleefully teasing something special for its flagship CES 2015 smartphone, and sure enough it is, with the ASUS ZenFone Zoom squeezing in a 3x optical zoom. The new Android handset has a 5.5-inch Full HD display and runs the latest version, 5.0 Lollipop, but it's the backside which we're most intrigued by, with its 13-megapixel camera and laser auto-focus system. The latter we've seen on handsets from LG, such as the G3 and today's G Flex 2, but an optical zoom in a smartphone is altogether more unusual.

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ASUS dual-camera phone teases optical zoom

ASUS dual-camera phone teases optical zoom

ASUS may not be the first name you associate with either smartphones or photography, but the company could change all that with a new handset featuring an optical zoom. Teasing for the new phone began last month, most notably flashing a curious dual-lens camera on the back. While some speculated that it could be a return of 3D mobile photography - something consumers rarely warmed to - a new teaser indicates it's something far more unusual, with ASUS seemingly managing to squeeze an optical zoom system into its smartphone form-factor.

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ASUS Xonar U3 Plus soundcard comes in a USB dongle

ASUS Xonar U3 Plus soundcard comes in a USB dongle

If you're an audio nut and only have a laptop with you, then you're mostly out of luck when it comes to boosting your rig with a better audio system. Luckily for you, ASUS might have just covered your needs. The latest addition to its Xonar line is the Xonar U3 Plus, an external DAC that can fit snugly into USB ports to deliver the power of a home studio but at a very portable and inconspicuous size of a USB dongle.

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Bluetooth SIG holds clues to next ASUS ZenFone

Bluetooth SIG holds clues to next ASUS ZenFone

ASUS may be content with leaving us with only a 10-second teaser of what sounds like a dual camera smartphone, that doesn't mean we won't be able to see more information elsewhere. In this case, "elsewhere" happens to be the folders of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), which handles certification of Bluetooth-enabled devices. But while the filing does give us more details than what ASUS is willing to share, it unfortunately paints a picture of a ZenFone that might not match ASUS' hype.

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ASUS outs the E210: its first, really fan-less mini PC

ASUS outs the E210: its first, really fan-less mini PC

Mini PCs are really a dime a dozen of late, but very few of them can boast of the silence of a fan-less design. ASUS tried that early this year, but ended up shoving fans inside the Eee Box 1037. Now the company is taking another swipe at it with the E210. This Intel-powered fan-less mini PC tries to deliver just enough power to be a decent home server or basic desktop PC, without taking up too much space on the desk or the living room.

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ASUSTOR launches 50T, 51T high-performance NAS series

ASUSTOR launches 50T, 51T high-performance NAS series

ASUS subsidiary and storage solution provider ASUSTOR has just unveiled two new NAS lines, the 50T and the 51T, each with a 2-bay and a 4-bay tower model, for a total of 4 new storage options. Utilizing Intel's power-efficient Celeron chips, these towers are touted to be built for high performance, kicking the CPU into full gear when needed. And with a maximum capacity of 12 or 24 TB, the 50T and 51T series are poised to be perfect for both home and office use.

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ASUS ZenWatch hits Google Play, but you still can’t buy it

ASUS ZenWatch hits Google Play, but you still can’t buy it

The ASUS ZenWatch might be one of the better Android Wear devices around, and it’s finally available via the portal you might expect an Android Wear watch would be. The ZenWatch is now available on Google Play, and carries a price we’d been expecting. At $199, it contradicts a previous listing at another retailer, Best Buy, undercutting it by $30. We’d heard since ASUS announced the watch it would run in that sub-$200 price range, so it looks like Google got it right.

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ASUS ROG Gladius mouse: Omron switches, detachable cable

ASUS ROG Gladius mouse: Omron switches, detachable cable

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) has introduced another gaming mouse: the Gladius. Designed for right-handed gamers and "ideal" for FPS sessions, the Gladius brings with it Omron switches as well as the ability to upgrade to different switches if preferred. Both the right and left mouse buttons are separate from each other, and both are rated for 20 million clicks, meaning you won't be wearing the Gladius out any time soon. This is joined by a detachable cable in micro USB form and a special coating ASUS says keeps issues with sweat to a minimum.

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ASUS ZenWatch hits Best Buy stores November 9

ASUS ZenWatch hits Best Buy stores November 9

As they tend to do, ASUS is coming on strong with a decent product at a more than affordable price tag with the ZenWatch. A new report suggests the newest Android Wear watch is coming, and soon. Starting November 9 (that’s two days away!), you can pick up the latest Android Wear smartwatch via Best Buy. As expected, the ZenWatch checks in at a much lower price point that the smartwatches it competes with. At $199, it undercuts the rest, but doesn’t skimp too much on the spec sheet.

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