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Asus’ Zenfone 5 is the king of the MWC iPhone X knockoffs

Sure, Apple didn’t have any sort of official presence at this year’s MWC, but this was the week the iPhone X really came into its own. The company’s premium flagship was everywhere in spirit, through the design choices from the competition. For some it was the mere legitimization of the notch — for others, the inspiration was a bit more unabashed.

With Huawei’s P20 still over the horizon, the Asus Zenfone 5 the biggest and likely best iPhone X knockoff of the show. While it’s true that smartphones have looked more or less the same for several years now, the inspiration is undeniable — but for most users, that most likely won’t matter.

It’s an opportunity to pick up an Android version of last year’s hottest phone, on the cheap (not to mention with the headphone jack). The 5Z, which is the higher end version of the handset (due mostly to the inclusion of the Snapdragon 845), starts at $499. Not crazy cheap, but notably half the price of the phone from which it clearly draws so much inspiration and a couple of hundred bucks less expensive than the standard Galaxy S9.

I’m not sure I’m ready to say “the notch is here to say,” as I’ve heard uttered many times up and down the halls of Barcelona’s Fira this week, but we’re certainly going to be living with it until someone comes up with a better way to deal the whole front screen/camera clash. Or hey, maybe we can all just stop taking selfies.

I’d be pretty okay with that, too, if I’m being totally honest.

Granted, that last bit isn’t super likely. After all, the similarly named Zenfone 5 Lite (which will be the 5Q here in the States) differentiates itself with two front-facing cameras, including one wide angle. It also retains a fuller upper bezel.

The other big selling point for the handset is, naturally, AI. That’s AI in the LG V30S ThinQ sense of AI, mind. In other words, the system is working to determine what it’s shooting in order to get a better of idea of how to adjust its setting.

We’re still waiting on word about availability here in the States.

Huawei, Asus embrace the smartphone notch

The notch is here to stay. Two upcoming phones are reported to sport the awful, disgusting notch at the top of the screen. Huawei and Asus are following Apple and Essential down the notch hole.

Neither of these phones are confirmed or officially announced yet. Both the Huawei and Asus models appeared online ahead of their official unveiling. They sport, among with what I assume are top-tier specs, a screen that stretches from corner to corner minus sizable notches on top of the screen to house the cameras and earpiece.

It’s easy to see this trend hitting other gadgets. Laptop screens? Sure. Tablets? Yep. TVs? I hope not, but who knows anymore.

There’s another trend appearing, too: Pop-up cameras. By building the cameras into hidden doors and panels, makers are able to offer even smaller bezels and best of all, no notches. While only available on one production device and in one concept device, this trend could become an alternative to the notch.

Asus’ Blue Cave router has a gaping hole in it, but manages to look pretty sweet

There’s really no way you could miss the huge blue hole in the centre of Asus’ new router.

The rather aptly-named Blue Cave is the Taiwanese tech giant’s latest AC2600 dual-band Wi-Fi router.

But there’s more to the hole than pure aesthetic design.

Speaking to Mashable on the showfloor of the Computex technology show, an Asus spokesman explained that the antennas of the device are built into the roof, so you’ll no longer have those ugly rods sticking out of your router.

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The hole is meant to separate the antennas from the motherboard, which sits at the bottom of the router. 

The Blue Cave also touts the ability to handle large capacity transfers, to enable you to stream 4K videos and support wireless file sharing without lag.

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You can also manage the router from your smartphone or tablet — where you can control what apps can access the Internet and view network usage.

And in light of recent malware attacks, the Blue Cave also comes with “AiProtection”, the company’s security offering, powered by TrendMicro.

Asus has yet to officially announce how much the device is going for, but a spokesperson revealed that it would be “under $200.”

Soon, there’ll be no need to hide your routers behind your desks.

Stay tuned for more news from the Computex 2017 in Taipei, as we cover it from the showfloor.

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Asus skips robots at this year’s Computex event and flaunts super-thin laptops instead

Remember Zenbo, the cute humanoid robot that stole the show at Asus’ Computex press conference last year? Zenbo was absent from the stage this year, as were ZenFones. Instead, in an unusual departure for the event, which took place today in Taipei, Taiwan, the focus was solely on Asus’ new laptops, with the spotlight shining on the newest additions to its ZenBook line: the ZenBook Flip S and the ZenBook Pro UX550.

Asus claims the ZenBook Flip S is “the world’s thinnest convertible laptop.” It weighs in at just 1.1kg and is only 10.9mm thick (Asus’ press materials compared it to the HP Spectre x360, which weighs 1.29kg and is 13.8mm thick, and the MacBook Air at 1.35kg and 17mm).

The ZenBook Flip S’s 13.3in 4K touchscreen display can flip 360 degrees, while its specs–an Intel Core i7-7500U processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD–should ensure a fast performance. Asus claims the machine’s battery can last up to 11.5 hours and reach a 60 percent charge in 49 minutes, and it has a USB-C port for peripherals. The ZenBook Flip S will be available for sale in September starting at $1,099.

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Like its predecessor, the ZenBook Pro UX550 also has a 15.6in 4K touchscreen display–but this time it runs on Intel’s seventh-generation Core i7-7700HQ quad-core processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a discrete graphic card, the Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti. Another selling point is the ZenBook Pro UX550’s slim profile: it weighs 1.8kg and is just 18.9mm thick. Pricing will start at $1,299 when it hits the market in July.

Other laptops showcased today include the ZenBook 3 Deluxe (which debuted at CES in January), the $499 VivoBook S (it comes with up to a Core i7 CPU and Nvidia GTX 940MX GPU), and the VivoBook ($799, with a Core i7 CPU and Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU).

Asus unveils the world’s thinnest convertible laptop yet

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The world of convertible laptops just got its thinnest yet.

Asus unveiled the Zenbook Flip S on Monday in a large scale launch event, a day ahead of the larger Computex technology show in Taipei. 

The Zenbook Flip S is 10.9mm thin. In comparison, competitors like the HP Spectre x360 come in at 13.8mm, and the Apple MacBook Air measures 17mm. 

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The Taiwanese maker’s 13.3″ laptop features a 360 degree hinge, and weighs just 1.1kg — again, lighter than the HP and Apple competition.

It’ll be priced at $1,099.

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The Flip S also boasts a fingerprint security sensor, 4K display, and fully supports Windows Ink in Windows 10 — the OS’s support for onscreen pen input.

And like everyone else, Asus is also jumping on the USB-C bandwagon, with two ports for data and charging.

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But how durable is the laptop?

Asus claims it’s able to handle 20,000 open and close cycles, so it should last its lifetime in the average user’s hands.

With a blue and gold finish, the ASUS Flip S is also stunning to look at — though its shiny surface also meant that every smudge and fingerprint could be seen. 

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Asus also unveiled four other laptops at the press conference: the ZenBook 3 Deluxe, the ZenBook Pro, the VivoBook S and the VivoBook Pro.

The VivoBook S comes in at the lowest price point — at just $499.

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At the launch event, Asus Chairman, Jonney Shih, talked up the new laptops’ thin profiles, saying: “Our brand-new ZenBook and VivoBook line-up…[provides] everyone with a new definition of thin, beautiful and powerful laptops.”

Stay tuned for more news from the Computex 2017 in Taipei, as we cover it from the showfloor.

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