We are still a day away from the official beginning of CES, at least for media, but that won’t ever stop the internet from digging up whatever it can find and sharing it. Detailed by Evan Blass (@evleaks) on Twitter, ASUS will introduce the ZenFone AR smartphone this week, which will be the second Google Tango device available on the market. (more…)
This may be last minute, but I think we’ve found the Cyber Monday deal of the day over at Amazon. The ASUS OnHub, Google’s Nexus-like take on a WiFi router that likely helped birth the idea behind Google WiFi, can be yours for just $89.99. That’s $110 off.
What is OnHub? It really is like the Nexus of routers in that Google created this smart WiFi platform, but had other people build the hardware. In this case, it was ASUS, but TP-Link also created one for Google. These routers are controlled via app, are dead simple in terms of control and setup, offer help and solutions when thinks get wonky with your internet, get smarter with automatic software updates, can automate parts of your home through IFTTT, and will work with Google WiFi units to turn your home into the ultimate mesh WiFi network. (more…)
The ZenWatch 3, which may be the only anticipated Android Wear smartwatch release for the end of 2016, launches next month in November. This watch was unveiled in late August, but at the time, ASUS stated it would launch in October. Apparently, that is no longer the case.
The ZenWatch 3 will cost only $229, which is quite the bargain when stacked against comparable smartwatches. (more…)
A new ASUS tablet is available exclusively at Verizon starting today, the ZenPad Z10. Featuring an extremely thin body (0.28″), coupled with a large 9.7-inch “2K” display (2048 x 1536), the ZenPad Z10 is a nice looking tablet.
Complete with radios capable of connecting to Verizon’s LTE-A network, users can hopefully breeze through their work thanks to a Snapdragon 650 hexa-core processor and 3GB of RAM. Additional specs include 32GB of built-in storage, USB Type-C, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera (5MP on front), 7,800mAh battery, microSD slot for up to 128GB of storage, and Android 6.0.1 “Marshmallow.” (more…)
Amazon has a couple of share-worthy deals for us to feast upon this afternoon. One is for a SanDisk 200GB microSD card at just $59.99. This card was at one time a couple of hundred dollars, but has since settled into a zone right around $80. At $59.99, you are saving almost $20 and getting all of the storage your current phone can handle.
If you don’t need storage for a phone, but would like a smarter WiFi setup at home, you may want to take a look at the Asus OnHub router that Amazon has priced at $129.99. That’s a solid $70 discount over the full retail price. Not familiar with OnHub? This is the brand of routers that Google is pushing, that are controlled through an Android app, and that are starting to do smart things, like work with IFTTT to automate your house. I tested one for months and loved the damn thing.
Both deals are ending soon.
IFA, the pre-Fall tech show that takes place in Germany each year, kicked off this morning to give many of your favorite companies a chance to show off their holiday product line-ups. One of the few that still uses IFA to announce entire roadmaps is ASUS and they didn’t disappoint this year by making the ZenWatch 3 official.
As expected, the ZenWatch 3 is a round smartwatch, unlike the first two ZenWatch entries. With this watch, ASUS is really focusing on design, noting in the press release that it was “meticulously fashioned from jewelry-grade 316L stainless steel,” a steel that is “cold-forged” and 82% stronger than conventional steel because ASUS wants this little guy to be able to “withstand the rigors of daily wear.” Asus says that you’ll also get choices of stitched Italian leather bands or “high-quality” rubber should you buy one. (more…)