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ASUS releases its first Android Go phone, the ZenFone Live

The initial batch of phones running Android Go has been... not great. As it turns out, hardware that wouldn't be out of place in 2010 doesn't make for a great smartphone experience in 2018. Seemingly out of nowhere, ASUS announced its first Android Go phone today, and it appears to be a decent product - at least on paper.

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ASUS now has an eBay store, and it sells everything from $5 external LED flashes to $1,900 laptops

Like many less prominent tech companies' stores, ASUS's US storefront is... lackluster. Its design looks straight out of 2005, it's not very well laid-out, and using it just isn't a great experience. Thankfully, ASUS recently created an eBay store, and we're hoping that it continues to work on and add more products to it.

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[Update: More sellers] Asus ZenFone 5Z up for pre-order now, arrives August 6

Asus announced the ZenFone 5Z all the way back in February. It's very much a 2018 Android device: it's got a Snapdragon 845, six or eight gigs of RAM, two cameras, and of course, that notch. Months later, the 5Z is now available for pre-order. You can reserve one now for the low price of $499.99.

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Asus Zenfone 5Q review: Pretty on the outside, but full of questionable decisions

At MWC, Asus showed off its 2018 Zenfone lineup. Most of the attention fell on the 5Z and 5, with their display notches and fresh designs. Perhaps left to the wayside was the lower-end device of this family, the Zenfone 5Q (or Lite, depending on where you are). It doesn't resemble its brethren whatsoever, right down to even lacking a notch.

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ASUS ROG Phone gets hands-on time courtesy of MKBHD

The concept of a gaming phone isn't new, but with devices like the Razer Phone and Honor's "GPU Turbo"-equipped Play and 9i, it's becoming increasingly popular. However, the award for most extreme gaming phone probably has to go to the ASUS ROG Phone, which has the specs to back up its crazy looks. MKBHD got his hands on an early unit, and there's a lot to talk about.

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LineageOS 15.1 now available for Moto Z2 Force, Xperia XA2, and more

LineageOS 15.1, based on Android 8.1 Oreo, is slowly rolling out to more devices. Last month, Oreo builds for the OnePlus One, Galaxy S5 Plus, and other devices became available. Since then, more phones have been added to the LineageOS 15.1 build roster, including Motorola's 2017 flagship and the Sony Xperia XA2.

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ASUS PixelMaster camera app now receiving Google Lens integration

At Google I/O, it was announced that camera apps from over 10 major manufacturers would be getting Google Lens integration. Since then, Sony's Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact and some newer Motorola phones have had this functionality added. Now, ASUS phones are being updated to support this as well.

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ASUS ZenFone 5Q now available at B&H, Best Buy, and more retailers for $299

ASUS's latest generation of ZenFones was introduced at MWC in February, and three months later, we're finally starting to hear about US availability. The ZenFone 5Q, which is called the ZenFone 5 Lite in other markets, has arrived stateside for $299. It can be purchased from B&H, Best Buy, Newegg, and several other retailers.

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ASUS ROG gaming phone announced with overclocked SD845, 3D vapor-chamber cooling, and ultrasonic buttons

Android gaming phones might not appeal to many people, but they must be selling well enough as companies continue to make them. The Razer Phone was last year's high-profile launch in the sector, and this year we've also seen efforts from Nubia and Xiaomi. Specialized ASUS brand Republic of Gamers (ROG) has just unveiled its own competitor at Computex 2018.

The ROG Phone boasts an exclusive Snapdragon 845 SoC with a higher clock speed (2.96GHz, Qualcomm's fastest ever), along with the world's first 3D vapor-chamber cooling system and an additional snap-on cooler. A lot of gaming phone features tend to sound like overkill, but ASUS has clearly decided to really go for broke with the ROG Phone.

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ASUS put 89 ZenFone 5s on a dancer to make this light show of a commercial

Advertising can get pretty stale these days, so it's always nice to see something different. ASUS took "different" and ran with it, throwing 89 ZenFone 5s on dancer Ian Eastwood to advertise the ZenFone 5/5z. The result is... quite the spectacle.

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