Computex 2016: Zenvolution

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Computex is the biggest tech show in Asia organised in Taiwan every year. It is a great platform for the Tech giants from around the world to showcase their latest innovations.  At day zero, Asus has announced the number of products, including the much speculated Zenfone 3 models and a friendly home robot Zenbo. 

Zenfone 3 family

Complete ZenFone 3 Family - Computex 2016 Aswesay.com
Complete ZenFone 3 Family – Computex 2016

ZenFone 3 Deluxe – Key Features

  • Strong and light aluminium alloy unibody with Invisible Antenna Design
  • Ultra-thin 4.2mm edge
  • 5.7-inch Full HD (1920 by 1080) Super AMOLED display
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 Series processor
  • 6GB RAM
  • 23MP Rear camera and 8MP front camera
  • USB 3.0 Type-C port
  • Rear fingerprint censor: 5-finger registration / 360 degree recognition
  • 5-Magnet Speaker with High-Res audio
  • 1.3mm slim bezel
ZenFone 3 Deluxe front - Computex 2016
ZenFone 3 Deluxe front

ZenFone 3 – Key Features

ZenFone 3 is a feature-packed smartphone that brings premium design and empowering performance to everyone.

  • 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 by 1080) Super IPS+ display
  • Front and rear 2.5D contoured Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Equipped with a 16MP rear camera and 8MP front camera
  • first Snapdragon 600 Series processor with 4GB RAM
  • Rear fingerprint censor
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ZF3 Sapphire Black – angles

ZenFone 3 Ultra – Key Features

ZenFone 3 Ultra is a smartphone designed for multimedia lovers, featuring a 6.8-inch Full HD (1920 by 1080) display with a 95% NTSC color gamut for rich, vibrant images even outdoors in harsh lighting.

  • A 6.8-inch Full HD (1920 by 1080) display
  • World’s first smartphone with virtual 7.1-channel surround sound with DTS Headphone:X
  • Full-metal unibody chassis — the world’s first to have no antenna lines.
  • 23MP Rear camera and 8MP front camera
  • 4GB of RAM
  • Rear fingerprint censor
  • A high-capacity 4600mAh battery
  • Quick Charge 3.0 technology for rapid recharge times
  • ZenFone 3 Ultra even works as a power bank with 1.5A output for quickly charging other mobile devices.
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ZenFone 3 Ultra

ASUS Zenbo – A friendly and capable home robot

Zenbo is a friendly and capable home robot designed to provide assistance, entertainment, and companionship to families and meant to address the needs of each family member in this ubiquitous computing era.

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ASUS Zenbo – Your Smart Little Companion

Check out this video to know more about Asus Zenbo.

Stay tuned for more updates on upcoming events at Computex 2016.

Review:Live Unplugged with Asus Zenfone Max

Asus appointments Bollywood diva – Sonakshi Sinha as the brand’s first-ever brand ambassador in India. aswesay.com

Asus Zenfone Max entered the mobile market with much hype for its commendable long battery life. Asus has announced the new edition to its Zenfone Max on 23rd May 2016. It is touted to have the longest battery life for up to 3 days once fully charged! Yes, you heard me right! Zenfone Max is priced at Rs 9,999 for the 2 GB ram variant and Rs 12,999 for 3 GB. Asus has maxed everything in their newly launched phone be it the battery life, the processor or the storage capacity which pretty much justifies it being named Zenfone Max. Lets find more about the device.

Asus appointments Bollywood diva – Sonakshi Sinha as first-ever brand ambassador in India. aswesay.com
Asus appointments Bollywood diva – Sonakshi Sinha as first-ever brand ambassador in India.

Highlights of Zenfone Max-

Uncompromising battery life, OTG cable which turns phone into charger

Strong build and leather crafted design with amazing color options, chick n stylish

Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 

1.5 Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, available in 16 and 32 GB and expandable up to 64 GB

Design and Build

Beginning with the looks, nothing much has changed as compared to the previous Zenfone Max, as the looks are exactly the same. The rear camera and the placement of the side keys for volume and power are still same i.e. on the right edge of the phone. The back of the Zenfone Max is made of leather so it has got a good grip when you hold the phone and looks strong. As compared to other Zenfone models, this one has a more strong build but rest is same. It has a HD display of 5.5 inch and resolution of 1280x720p. The Zenfone Max screen has oleophobic coating , makes the screen fingerprint and smudge-resistant. The icons appear big, clear and sharp.

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Zenfone Max – 5.5” HD display
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Asus Zenfone Max – Leather crafted rear cover

 

I liked the colors of Zenfone Max, it is available in bright orange, aqua blue, white and the all-time classic black color. The colors have a nice summer-ish feel, the orange and the blue ones will surely brighten up your outfit! I think I am going to style this as my accessory too.

Battery Life

Once the phone is charged fully, there is no need to put it on charging for the next 3 days! Zenfone Max indeed makes you “live a life unplugged“. For a travel blogger like me, phone battery is always a big concern as I need to use my phone constantly for calling, camera, work etc. Also, using phone with 3G or 4G, often eats up the battery faster. But with Zenfone Max, when fully charged, it provides 914 hours of standby time or 37 hours of 3G talk time or 32 hours of Wi-Fi web browsing or 72 hours of music playback or 22 hours of video playback.

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Asus Zenfone Max – 5000 MAh battery

The OTG cable which comes along with the phone makes it possible to turn the phone itself into a charger to power up other devices. OTG cable also has a USB port. So, Zenfone Max acts like a power bank too, now that’s innovative! It has this huge battery of size 5000 mAh which makes the phone a bit heavier but who cares if its giving such a long battery life.

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Zenfone Max bundled with OTG Cable

Processor

Asus has upped the processor now Zenfone Max comes with the 1.5 Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor which enables a more smoother multitasking experience. It runs on the latest Android OS, Android Marshmallow 6.0.1. Although, I am not much of a gaming person but for those who are addicted to play games on phone can expect awesome and faster gaming experience.

Camera

I always look out for the camera first in a phone. And I am impressed with Zenfone Max camera. It has a rear camera of 13 MP and a 5 MP front camera with dual LED flash. I liked clicking pictures using its low light mode. It captures the finest details and the pictures look more bright and lively. With the laser auto-focus, clicking pictures on a go is a lot more fun now, it captures the image in 0.03 seconds.

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Zenfone Max – 13 Mega pixel Rear Camera with laser auto focus

Sample Images

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Asus Zenfone Max – HDR Mode
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HDR Mode – Zenfone Max
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Night Mode

So, I would sum it up as a great phone for those who have to travel a lot for work as one need not worry about running out of battery. Its battery life is its most promising feature and makes it stand apart from rest of its competitors like – Xiaomi Redmi note 3, Gionee Marathon M5 Lite and Lenovo Vibe K4 Note. It looks great with its fresh eye-popping colors and leather grip design. It runs of latest Android version and a good value for money makes it a good buy.

 

Wearable devices: Best 5 smartwatch to choose from

Wearable devices

As an accessory, watch has always been my favourite. They add to the style quotient as well as an essential to complete a look. Undeniably, with the evolving technology, we have the luxury to incorporate both ‘style-n-tech’ into our attire. So, next time you decide to buy a watch for yourself, why don’t change it with a Smart-watch! I bring to you the top 5 smartwatch to choose from.

  1. Apple Watch

Apple had ventured into the wearable device market with its three sets of smartwatch – Apple Watch Stainless Steel, Apple Watch Sport and Apple 18 Carat Gold Watch edition. If you are looking for luxury smart watch with some amazing features too then Apple is the right pick for you.

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Apple watch

Apple might be the costliest of all in the wearable market but it offers you something unique! Now, paying just got easier as Apple Watch is enabled with NFC (near-field communication) technology as you just need to double click on the button at side panel of watch, hold the front of watch near POS terminal and with the vibrating pulse your payment gets confirmed. This feature is available to iPhone 5 and later series users.

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Apple watch – Sport

The Activity App installed makes sure to monitor your fitness regime and maintain your physical fitness goals!

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Apple Watch Edition 18 Carat Gold

With the introduction of Digital Touch feature, you can now send more personalised messages to your loved ones and friends. Draw an emoji all by yourself and share your feelings.

And I cannot end here without talking about the most notable feature of Apple i.e. Siri ! It just got more personal as you don’t need to put your fingers to work, draft and write a complete message to send rather just say it to Siri and your work will be done. So, no more need to type messages, time saving!!

  1. Moto 360 – 2nd Generation
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Moto-360 – 2nd Generation

The best part about Moto 360 – 2 is that it comes with affordable price range and has very classy look. The dial is circular in shape with size of 42 mm and 46 mm. It has Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 APQ8026 processor and 4 GB memory. Also, the basic Touch-screen, WiFi and Bluetooth features are available. Not only this but it also offers different strap styles like for men it comes in Leather as well as steel and for women it has a beautiful Gold blush leather strap. The price range varies from about 20k to 23k. So, I put it on no. 2 because it’s completely value for money.

I also found one of its feature really awesome that with just one tap you can change the color of the dial. It has also been designed keeping in mind the needs of women as its sleek and comes in good colors and looks way more feminine than the rectangular dial watches.

  1. Samsung Gear S2
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Samsung Gear S2
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Gear S2 is one popular choice among smart watches. It has circular shaped dial with 1.2 inch display and straps of leather in black color, platinum and rose gold. It has Exynos 3250 processor. Email, Bluetooth, WiFi and messaging are its connectivity features. And the price range is about 15k to 25k. It’s available at flipkart and other online shopping sites.

  1. Asus Zenwatch 2

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Asus Zenwatch 2 aswesay.com best smartwatch 2016
Asus Zenwatch 2

It’s incredibly good with the price range and features offered by Asus. The new Asus Zenwatch 2 has arrived in two sizes and three charming color themes – gun metal, rose gold and silver. It comes in the metal case with leather straps. The rose gold watch is extremely gorgeous and the one in silver metal with rectangular shape dial is one sure thing to look out for. Asus has come out with a much improved version as compared to its previous Zenwatch. As now it has display size of 1.45 inch and 1.63 inch. The design speaks luxury, comfort and class.

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It offers Bluetooth, WiFi support and messaging as its connectivity features. The internal memory is of 4 GB and its processor is Qualcomm Snapdragon 400. The only disadvantage I encountered is that it still has no GPS! Although, it has all the fitness tracking features and an all new wellness app. You can also control your phone’s camera with your Zenwatch like selecting front or rear camera and adjust the zoom. It has upto 48 hours battery life. Apart from this, you have a plethora of apps and software options to choose from.

It makes for a fantastic deal of looks, design, color and superb features at an much affordable price! It’s also exclusively available at Flipkart ranging from 12k to 15k!

  1. Huawei
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Huawei smartwatch

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Huawei stainless steel smartwatch is unarguably the best looking wearable, in absolutely nice packing. It’s stylish and suave looks gives it an edge over others. The price is about 23k and it only supports WiFi and Bluetooth facilities. Since it has no GPS so for the fitness lovers it might not be the safe bet. It has internal memory of 4 GB and Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. Everything good so far in terms of its build and design but Huawei has certainly kept the price a tad bit up!

 

So, choose the one which suits your style! Also, if you are looking to gift something unique to your loved ones then I guess this would be a great option.