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Asus ZenFone 2E Review: A Disappointing Low-End Entry In The ZenFone Lineup

Competition in Android smartphones is better now than it's ever been, and not just in the flagship segment. With devices like the Moto G, the ZenFone 2, and various Blu designs, the mid-range is heating up with phones that are jam-packed with value. But how about the low-end, entry phone segment? For those people who just want a device that runs a few apps, plays a nice round of Threes, and maybe browse for some sports scores? Before a few years ago, they were limited to whatever bottom-of-the-line, low-margin phones Samsung and LG would spare.

These days things are a little different.

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ASUS Announced A Bunch Of New ZenFones... But Only One Of Them Is Actually New, And It Has A 5,000 mAh Battery

ASUS is riding high on ZenFone Fever, and at an event in India called - wait for it - Zenfestival, the company announced a slew of new ZenFone models. ZenFone 2 Deluxe, ZenFone 2 Laser, ZenFone Selfie, and ZenFone Max. Well, actually, only one of them was new - the ZenFone Max. The Laser, Deluxe, and Selfie were all announced previously, but the Max is the only really interesting one anyway (it even has a laser, don't worry).

The ZenFone Max is clearly targeted at emerging markets, blending an extremely large 5000mAh battery (how thick is this phone?) with a much more modest Snapdragon 410 processor, compared to the speedy if power-hungry Intel Atoms in the standard ZenFone 2.

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[Update: Winners] Tell Us How You'd Make The ASUS ZenFone 2 Even Better, And You Could Win One Of Five 64GB Models

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Affordable phones are good, but how about free phones? Those are my favorite kind. And today we've got 5 free phones for you - 64GB ASUS ZenFone 2s, to be precise.

I've used this phone a lot, and I have to say, it really is pretty great.

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The New Asus Zenfone 2E Is Available Today On AT&T GoPhone Service, Priced At $119.99

Asus has seen some success with the budget-oriented unlocked Zenfone 2, and now a less expensive variant of the device is coming to AT&T as a prepaid GoPhone. The Zenfone 2E keeps many of the design cues from the Zenfone 2, but pulls back on the spec sheet a bit.

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[Deal Alert] Asus ZenWatch Drops To $129.99 On The Google Store (Down From $200)

Asus announced a new ZenWatch several weeks ago, and now the original ZenWatch is getting a price drop, presumably to pave the way for the new version. It used to sell for $199.99, but now you can have the first-gen ZenWatch for just $129.99.


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Asus ZenPad S 8.0 Now Available At Best Buy With A 2048x1536 8-Inch Screen, Intel Chip, And $200 Price Point [Update: Cheap 7-Inch ZenPad Too]

Asus has a history of making inexpensive Android tablets. While it doesn't make Nexus tablets anymore, the Taiwanese OEM is still chugging along in the tablet market. The latest tablet from Asus is the ZenPad S 8.0, and it's now available at Best Buy in the US. It doesn't appear to be for sale through any other channel yet.

2015-07-10 13_06_57-Asus ZenPad 8_ Intel Atom 32GB Black Z580C-B1-BK - Best Buy

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TWRP Now Available For The Asus ZenFone 2, LG Optimus G Pro, B&N Nook HD, and Nook HD+


XDA-Developers Member Gets Windows 7 Running In A Virtual Machine On An ASUS ZenFone 2

Windows Phone, eat your heart out. Android is now capable of virtualizing a full and up-to-date Windows desktop operating system. Well, one phone is at least, and it's probably not one you would have guessed: the ASUS ZenFone 2. XDA-Developers forum member ycavan managed to get Windows 7 running on his phone using a variety of custom tools, some impressive technical skill, and quite a lot of patience. Check it out in the video below:

To be clear, this is Windows 7, virtualized, running on a local virtual machine client accessed via the aSPICE KVM client for control. Windows is not being emulated (it's been done with older versions).

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[Android Wear Manual Flashing Tutorials] How To Flash OTAs To An Asus ZenWatch

In part two of our series on manually flashing OTAs to Android Wear devices, we're going to take a look at the Asus ZenWatch.


Before beginning, make sure you have the following:

  • The latest Google USB driver and platform tools, both of which can be installed via the Android SDK.
  • The OTA ZIP file that you want to flash.

How To Flash

  1. Go into the Settings app on your watch, then scroll down to "About," and tap on it.
  2. Scroll down to the build number and repeatedly tap on it until you see a toast notification telling you that you are now a developer.
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[Deal Alert] Buy An ASUS ZenWatch For $150 (25% Off) On Newegg And Receive A $10 Gift Card

Compared to other "premium" Android Wear watches, the ASUS ZenWatch is kind of square. No, I mean it's literally a square. Okay, technically it's a rectangle, but you know what I'm getting at here. When manufacturers decide they're going to fancy up their Android Wear devices, they tend to make them circular, as was the case with the Moto 360 or the LG Watch Urbane. Not so with this one.

The ASUS ZenWatch sells on the Play Store for $200. You can get it for $15 less on Amazon, at the moment, Newegg will let you walk out with one for just $150.

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