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Verizon Zenfone AR release could bring Tango mainstream

Verizon Zenfone AR release could bring Tango mainstream

The first ASUS-made Google Tango smartphone, Zenfone AR, will be released this summer with Verizon. Yesterday we were told by Google that the device was going to be made available this summer - which wasn't a major surprise. There's already one Lenovo-made Tango device out on the market and it's done predictably OK for sales - with relatively low amounts of units sold. With no carriers in the USA to show it off, it was doomed to do no better than mediocre - for the Zenfone AR, that might not end up happening.

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ASUS rumored to call it quits on ZenWatch, Android Wear

ASUS rumored to call it quits on ZenWatch, Android Wear

Android Wear smartwatches may have had a resurgence of interest in the month or two that followed the release of Android Wear 2.0, but that hasn't completely stopped its supporters from dropping off one by one. First there was Motorola, who has firmly decided not to have a new Moto 360. While not official, Huawei's own top honcho seems rather undecided and confused on what smartwatches are for. Now Taiwanese suppliers are whispering that ASUS might also retire the ZenWatch line soon.

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ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom is finally available in the US

ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom is finally available in the US

ASUS definitely took its sweet time. Not that it seemed to be in any rush to bring its ZenFone 3 Zoom to the market. After all, it isn't exactly competing in the same space as, say, the Samsung Galaxy S8. Nonetheless, 5 months is a pretty long time to wait between announcement and launch. Fortunately for the ZenFone 3 Zoom, it might still have a few things going for it.

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ASUS VG245Q monitor is designed for console gaming

ASUS VG245Q monitor is designed for console gaming

ASUS has launched a new budget-tier monitor designed specifically for console gamers. The VG245Q will likely fall within most gamers' budgets, but it boasts a nice array of features, not the least of which is a Full HD resolution and AMD Free-SYNC technology, as well as ASUS's GamePlus hotkey. To give console gamers incentive to use the monitor over their television, the monitor also boasts GameFast Input technology to deal with time delay.

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ASUS ZenFone AR hands-on: Google Tango sells us a BMW

ASUS ZenFone AR hands-on: Google Tango sells us a BMW

ASUS launched the ZenFone AR back at CES in January, but the Project Tango phone wasn't quite ready for its augmented reality close-up. Turns out, there are some ZenFone AR handsets floating around at MWC 2017 this week, not least being used by the team at BMW and Accenture for their iVisualizer demo. Imagine our surprise when the ASUS handset was whipped out - alongside the existing Lenovo Phab 2 Pro - for us to check out on video.

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ASUS standalone VR headset, ZenFlip hero coming soon

ASUS standalone VR headset, ZenFlip hero coming soon

There are currently two competing implementations of virtual reality available in the market. One makes use of a powerful but relatively immobile computer, be it a PC, laptop, or even gaming console. The other uses a smartphone to trade power for portability. ASUS already has the latter, with the just announced ZenFone AR. According to leaked internal documents, however, the manufacturer is also eying the former. ASUS is reportedly working on a standalone VR headset, but its "AIO" name leaves the door open to something slightly different.

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ASUS Tinker is almost a complete Raspberry Pi clone

ASUS Tinker is almost a complete Raspberry Pi clone

There's no denying that the Raspberry Pi has forever left a mark on computing history, making available a palm-sized computer board that, while no race horse, opened the doors to myriads of projects and devices, not to mention learning opportunities and inspiration for future inventions. The RPi has become so popular that it has no shortage of would-be rivals and clones. ASUS' silently launched Tinker Board, however, probably takes the cake for being almost an exact clone of the Raspberry Pi, I/O pin for I/O pin.

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Google Daydream adds ASUS, ZTE, Huawei phones, new headset

Google Daydream adds ASUS, ZTE, Huawei phones, new headset

Cardboard, Google’s first attempt at smartphone-powered virtual reality, was immediately available to almost every Android phone, and even some iPhones. In contrast, Daydream felt more like an exclusive club, with only the Pixel, and later on the Moto Z, as members. That club has just gotten a bit bigger, though not by much. Following announcements made at CES 2017, Google is formally welcoming four new smartphones into the Daydream fold. What’s even better is that it’s also announcing the first ever third-party Daydream headset to make it easier to, well, daydream.

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ASUS HiveSpot and HiveDot eliminate home WiFi dead zones

ASUS HiveSpot and HiveDot eliminate home WiFi dead zones

Among its CES wares is the ASUS HiveSpot and HiveDot mesh networking system, something the company describes as a modular and high-speed solution for home networks that’ll get rid of poor connections and dead zones in one’s residence. The system is comprised of HiveSpot and HiveDot ‘nodes,’ of which at least three are required to get a home mesh network up and running. The system maxes out at five nodes.

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ASUS ZenFone AR hands-on: Daydream and Tango under one roof

ASUS ZenFone AR hands-on: Daydream and Tango under one roof

The ZenFone 3 Zoom wasn't the only phone ASUS brought to CES, introducing us to the ZenFone AR as well. Of course, we had a feeling that such a phone would get a reveal thanks to an early leak from Qualcomm, but at this point, that's neither here nor there. The ZenFone AR has been made official, and it packs support for Google Tango and Daydream into the same device.

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ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom hands-on: Dual-12MP Android

ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom hands-on: Dual-12MP Android

As expected, ASUS has arrived at CES 2017 with the ZenFone 3 Zoom in tow. ASUS chairman Jonney Shih took the stage in Las Vegas to introduce us to the phone, which is looking to make a name for itself in the currently camera-focused smartphone market. The 5.5-inch smartphone features a dual camera set up that's capable of achieving an impressive 12x zoom, putting a lot of other smartphone cameras in check.

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Tango capable ZenFone AR leaked ahead of CES reveal in Qualcomm slip up

Tango capable ZenFone AR leaked ahead of CES reveal in Qualcomm slip up

CES is an exciting time, but sometimes companies get a little too excited and spill the beans on a new product before it's ready. Such is the case with the ASUS ZenFone AR, which was "leaked" in a sense by a Qualcomm blog post. The ZenFone AR will be the second Google Tango phone to hit the scene, following on the heels of Lenovo's Phab 2 Pro.

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