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ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 long-term review: The laptop that brought me back to Chrome OS

I've never been a fan of buying expensive laptops, even once I could actually afford them. Just like with smartphones, there's a certain point where the added features can't justify the $1,000+ prices, unless you are doing heavy productivity or gaming. My first laptop was the ASUS Eee PC 1001PXD netbook, which I was pretty happy with at the time (now the 1024x600 screen sounds atrocious), but the casing eventually started to crack apart. I later switched to the original Dell Chromebook 13, but the limitations of the browser-only environment were too much to bear, so I bought a Surface Pro 2.

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[Deal Alert] ASUS ZenFone AR now $200 off: 6/64 GB $399, 8/128GB $499

The ZenFone AR was a peculiar device when it launched. Just looking at the specs, it seems rather beefy for the time—few phones with the Snapdragon 821 had 6/8GB RAM options. This was all intended for use with Google's Project Tango augmented reality platform, but that was unceremoniously killed last December. As a result, the ZenFone AR is getting a $200 price cut.

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Android 8.0 Oreo rolling out to ZenFone 4 Pro

ASUS is slowly making progress on updating its entire ZenFone 3 and 4 lineup to Android 8.0 Oreo. The ZenFone 4 received the update in December, followed by the ZenFone 3 in January. The next phone from ASUS to get Oreo is the ZF4 Pro, according to a new post on the company's forums.

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Hands-on with the ASUS ZenFone 5Z and 5 series: Shameless notch-envy

ASUS' Android phones might slide under the radar for most, but the company's new ZenFone 5 series probably won't. The company has had some trouble historically trying to penetrate the US phone market to any great depth—perhaps a result of its crowded, sometimes confusing product portfolio—but nonetheless it persists. Some of its phones have even been pretty good. But now that the wraps have been taken off its latest line of phones, it seems like ASUS has found a successful way to attract the attention it wanted: by copying the iPhone X's notch. 

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ASUS ZenFone Max Plus is now available in the US for $229

ASUS announced the ZenFone Max Plus early last month at CES, saying that the phone would become available in February. Well, it's the second-last day of February, and ASUS has technically lived up to its word; the ZenFone Max Plus is now available for purchase at a variety of retailers stateside.

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ASUS unveils ZenFone 5Z, 5, and 5Q with bezel-less displays, dual cameras, and more

Asus, as we expected, showed off the new ZenFone 5 family at MWC. Unlike years past, the Taiwanese company is keeping in step with modern smartphone trends, in some cases to the point of plain copying the iPhone X. Regardless, some of the new devices look fantastic and our initial impressions are relatively positive.

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ASUS just released a Chromebook Flip C302 with a Core m7 and 16GB of RAM, but you shouldn't buy it

ASUS has made some of the best all-around Chromebooks over the years. Just over a year ago, the company released the Chromebook Flip C302CA, a $499 model competing with the Samsung Chromebook Plus/Pro. It's still one of the best Chrome OS devices on the market, with its full-HD 13-inch display, 2-in-1 design, backlit keyboard, and dual Type-C ports. I've used one as my main laptop for about eight months now, and it served me well.

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[Update: New colors] ASUS ZenFone 5 Lite leaks with 18:9 display and quad cameras

It seems like Asus loves to create a muddled, crowded mobile product portfolio. While this strategy might work in the PC hardware space (where the Taiwanese company has plenty of respect, including from me), it just confuses and frustrates smartphone consumers. We already saw a possible leak a few days ago about one model in Asus' upcoming ZenFone 5 line, even though the ZenFone 4 family is still quite new, and now Evan Blass has shown off an image of the ZenFone 5 Lite over on Twitter.

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Qualcomm announces 18 OEMs will build 5G devices in 2019 with its X50 modem

At the company's "5G Day" event in San Diego yesterday, Qualcomm announced that it had secured 18 OEM partners to build 5G devices using its new X50 5G modem in 2019. Notable among them are handset makers Nokia (HMD), Sony, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, HTC, LG, ASUS, and ZTE. Conspicuously absent at the time of this writing is Samsung, though the two companies did just announce a long-term cross-licensing agreement, so you'd have to think they were on track to build a phone with this new modem, too.

Other companies in the list can be found in the press release below, though most of the others are in the component or supply chain side of the business.

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One ZenFone 5 model leaks ahead of possible MWC announcement, still rocking microUSB

It has been less than a year since the first ZenFone 4 model was announced, and only four months since various ZF4 variants started being sold in North America. Regardless of the ZF4 line still being pretty new, it appears ASUS is getting ready to announce the ZenFone 5, possibly at Mobile World Congress later this month.

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