The ROG Phone 5s is the latest gaming phone from ASUS, and being part of the ROG lineup (arguably one of the biggest PC gaming brands in the world right now), the smartphone comes with the same kind of fluff, bells, and whistles you would see from the brand's PC components, including RGB lighting and its trademark, utilitarian "gamery" aesthetic its users have come to know and love. If the ROG Phone 5s is a little expensive for your tastes, but you still want to get those "true gamer" looks on your phone, don't despair: the phone's live wallpapers have been ported to other Android phones.
Asus' bombastic ROG Phone 5 is only five months old, but it's already getting a mid-cycle refresh. Say hello to the ROG Phone 5s and 5s Pro, which look very nearly identical to the original. That's because they are: aside from a slight bump with the latest Snapdragon 888+ chipset and a marginally improved 360hz touch sampling rate on their 144Hz AMOLED screens, they're pretty much the same. The 5s sticks with the decorative dot matrix RGB graphics on the rear, while the 5s Pro (above) upgrades the black-and-white rear screen from the ROG 5 Ultimate to a new color OLED display.
Your Android phone is probably powered by one of Qualcomm's processors. Whether it's the high-end Snapdragon 888 or the gaming-focused 780G, the company powers countless mobile devices without much competition. If you've always wanted to own a Qualcomm-branded phone, however, today's your lucky day. Created in partnership with Asus, the new "Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders" is now available for pre-order.
Asus's Chromebooks are some of the best you can buy today, but its naming structure is absolutely awful. Just a couple of days after launching the Chromebook Flip CX5-CX5400, the company is back with an upgrade to the Flip CX5-5500. Different laptops, near-identical names, and with this refresh, similar specs to boot.
Asus, you folks know that it's a good thing to help customers distinguish between your products, right? For example, the 15-inch Chromebook Flip CX5 is also called the CX5500, or the Chromebook C536 depending on your market. Now there's a new version, the CX5400 ... which Asus is also referring to as the CX5. This despite the fact that these are very different designs: the 4 in the name indicates that this is a 14-inch convertible Chromebook, which isn't all that helpful if you Google "Asus CX5."
Owners of the Asus ROG Phone 3 have been waiting for an Android 11 upgrade almost since the phone was released late last year. The update dropped yesterday, without a formal announcement from Asus, but it was spotted by a few users and confirmed to be working with a download. You can grab it now and flash it manually, if you're not patient enough to wait for an over-the-air update.
Asus announced three new Chromebooks back in January, including the ultra-premium CX9 that offers ridiculous specs for something running ChromeOS. Despite being listed on Asus' German website for a while, it's been strangely absent in the US. That finally changed this week as the CX9 is once again on the US Asus store and is available for pre-order.
Asus has built a steady presence in the mobile industry with help from its recent ROG Phone series. But it's been chasing a general audience (mostly in Asia) for much longer with its Zenfone lineup, attempting to please everyone and usually failing. Now, after a couple of devices with cameras that can flip from back to front, the Taiwanese brand is going small against a tide of big phones with the ⋮Zenfone 8.
Asus may not be spoken about in the same breath as Google, Samsung, and Apple, but it's quietly had an excellent first half of the year. The ROG Phone 5 is one of the fastest Android devices you can buy today — with a price tag to match — while the mainline Zenfone 8 offers a compact body without any loss in power. If you've been waiting for the latest Zenfone to reach the United States, you're in luck. Asus has made the device available on its storefront, providing a high-end experience at an affordable price.
Whether you're looking for a light, versatile player in your PC playbook or just an extra computer to run a server or some tasks in the backgrounds, Asus's Chromebook Flip C434 is a beautiful choice. And it's back near record low prices on Amazon right now.