Asus Transformer 2-in-1 PCs are Similar to the Microsoft Surface

Jun 10, 2016 - 9:47 AM - by dgstorm

We must apologize for dropping the ball on this news. It was reported a couple weeks ago, but it flew right under our radar. The news is potentially exciting for Transformer fans, because Asus is releasing new models!
We have the Transformer 3 Pro, the Transformer 3 and the Transformer Mini. The most notable thing about the design of these new Transformer products is that they are very similar to the Microsoft Surface line if products. This is because they have touchscreens, kickstands and portable keyboards.

Here's a breakdown of specs for each model:

Transformer 3 Pro -
  • 12.6-inch display with 2,880 x 1,920 resolution, 275-ppi pixel density and wide viewing angles
  • Intel Core i7 processor and up to a 1TB PCIe SSD and 16GB of 2133MHz RAM
  • USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 connections
  • Harmon Kardon speakers
  • USB 3.0 and HDMI ports
  • Compatible with ASUS accessories such as the Pen, a Universal Dock, an AudioPod (a quad speaker with surround sound) and the ROG XG Station 2, (a graphics dock that gives the humble tablet PC the power of a desktop computer, and is VR ready)
  • Available in Icicle Gold and Glacier Gray colors
  • 8.35mm thick
  • Includes a "stepless hinge" that lets you set the device at any viewing angle up to 170 degrees
  • Includes a Cover Keyboard that's backlit and offers "laptop-grade 1.4mm key travel" - keyboard snaps on magnetically
  • 13-megapixel rear camera plus a front-facing one as well - can use its camera for facial recognition thanks to Windows Hello
  • All metal Chassis

Transformer 3 -
  • 12.6-inch display with 2,880 x 1,920 resolution, 275-ppi pixel density and wide viewing angles
  • Seventh-generation Intel Core processor plus up to 512GB SSD and up to 8GB of RAM
  • USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 connections
  • Harmon Kardon speakers
  • USB 3.0 and HDMI ports
  • Compatible with ASUS accessories such as the Pen, a Universal Dock, an AudioPod (a quad speaker with surround sound) and the ROG XG Station 2, (a graphics dock that gives the humble tablet PC the power of a desktop computer, and is VR ready)
  • Available in Icicle Gold and Glacier Gray colors
  • 6.9mm thick
  • Built-in fingerprint reader on the side
  • Includes a Transformer Sleeve Keyboard

Transformer Mini -
  • 10.1-inch display
  • 8.2mm thin and weighs 790 grams with the keyboard attached and 530 grams without
  • Integrated kickstand with that stepless smart hinge design that lets you view it at any angle you like
  • Built-in fingerprint reader, though it's located on the rear instead of the side.

The ASUS Transformer 3 Pro starts at $999, the Transformer 3 will start at $799, and the Transformer Mini will start at $349.
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Asus is Developing 3 Different ZenFone 3 Smartphones

May 12, 2016 - 9:19 AM - by dgstorm

It looks like 3 is the magic number for the upcoming next generation of Asus ZenFones. Not only are we on the 3rd generation, but early intel indicates there will be 3 versions of the device. Here's what we have heard:
  • Three versions of the ZenFone 3: ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe & ZenFone 3 Max
  • Qualcomm and MediaTek chipsets used interchangeably although 90% will be Qualcomm chips
  • Coming in June (although may be revealed May 30th)

We will be keeping a sharp eye out for any further intel on the ZenFone 3 series. Sound off if you are a fan of Asus' ZenFone line of smartphones, and tell us what you think of this news.

Source: DigiTimes
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Intel Throws in the Towel on the Atom Processor

May 12, 2016 - 9:01 AM - by dgstorm

Sorry for not posting this here sooner. We had it up on our sister-sites, but accidentally missed posting it here. Even though this news is a couple weeks old, it's worth sharing, just in case you missed it previously.

This was a bit of a shock from out of left field late yesterday. Intel announced they will be cancelling their SoFIA platform and the next gen Broxton chips. That basically means they have effectively killed the Atom processor, which has been struggling to make any headway in the mobile world.

Intel did not clarify if this means they are exiting the mobile market altogether or if they are simply planning to move in a different direction with some unknown future tech. The principal reason for Intel's lack of success in the mobile chipset market isn't even just the heavy competition from Qualcomm, Samsung and MediaTek in the space. The fact of the matter is that the Atom chipset never lived up to Intel's media hype in performance or battery efficiency.

Now we are left wondering about future and current tech that utilizes the Atom processor. What does this mean for various mid-range smartphones and the upcoming Microsoft HoloLens? Apparently, they will need something new to power them in the future. Will it be Samsung, Qualcomm or someone else entirely?

For Microsoft at least, retooling the HoloLens for something shouldn't be too tough. In fact, most of the current rumint indicates that Microsoft was already planning on using Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 830 for the Surface Phone. If they are already partnered up with Qualcomm on this device, it seems like it would be easy to replace the internals of the HoloLens with a Qualcomm chipset. This is especially true considering it is still in the prototype stages.

What do you folks think? Is Intel getting out of the mobile market, or will they come up with something to replace the Atom?

Source: SlashGear
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