Asus Launches New ROG Laptops With Nvidia GeForce GTX 10-Series GPUs in India

Asus Launches New ROG Laptops With Nvidia GeForce GTX 10-Series GPUs in India

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Asus ROG Strix GL502VS is priced at Rs. 1,81,990
  • The Asus ROG G752VS is priced at Rs. 2,47,990
  • Both the laptops come with the new NVidia 10-series graphics card

After launching the Asus ZenBook Flip UX360CA, the company has now introduced two new Republic of Gamers (ROG) laptops in India. Expanding its lineup, the new ROG Strix GL502VS and ROG G752VS are powered by Nvidia GeForce GTX 10-series graphics card. The laptops will be available across all online and offline leading retail outfits at a starting price of Rs. 1,81,990 and Rs. 2,47,990 respectively.

As mentioned, the big highlight of the two laptops are the VR-ready Nvidia GeForce GTX 10-series graphics cards, and they includes Nvidia G-Sync technology as well.

The ROG Strix GL502VS comes with the GeForce GTX 1070 GPU, a 15-inch display with 178-degree viewing angle, and weighs approximately 2.3kg. It offers up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and is designed in a way to maximise cooling efficiency. In addition, there is also the company’s in-built GameFirst III technology to ensure lag-free gaming, and an interface that lets users choose between four preset package priority modes (Optimization, Game, Media Streaming, and File Sharing).

Asus also launched the comparatively cheaper ROG G752VS. This laptop is powered by a sixth-generation Intel Core i7 processor paired with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card and up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM. The unlocked processor comes along with an overclocking toolkit, allowing users to overclock the system to speeds of up to 4.0GHz. Additionally, it has a backlit anti-ghosting keyboard with 30-key rollover. The ROG G752VS comes in Armor Titanium, and Plasma Copper colour variants.

Asus launched its new lineup ROG gaming laptops in India in April this year. At that time, the company launched four laptops and two desktops to flag off the ROG series. In July, Asus even launched the ROG GX700 at a whopping price of Rs. 4,12,990. The premium gaming laptop comes with a detachable ROG-exclusive Hydro Overclocking System cooling module that has dual 92mm radiators the company says are capable of dissipating over 500W of heat. It is even bundled with ROG-themed suitcase to lug around.

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Asus ZenFone 3 Series First Impressions

Asus ZenFone 3 Series First Impressions

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The ZenFone 3 starts in India at a price of Rs. 21,999
  • ZenFone 3 Deluxe becomes the most expensive phone from Asus
  • It’s also the first Snapdragon 821-powered phone in India

Asus has introduced its new ZenFone 3 series of smartphones in India. At its ‘Zenvolution’ event in New Delhi, the Taiwanese company unveiled the new ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe, ZenFone 3 Laser, and ZenFone 3 Ultra smartphones. The company also launched the ZenBook 3 and Transformer 3 Pro devices at the same event.

Those familiar with the company’s ZenFone smartphone range may associate it with the budget-to-mid segment. The new ZenFone 3 range is here though, and it is more focused on the mid-to-premium segment. Asus CEO had previously told Gadgets 360 that the company was looking to break into the premium segment where it lacked the most. All the new smartphones under the ZenFone 3 range will try to fight it out in different price segments. The ZenFone 3 Deluxe is the company’s most expensive smartphone ever and will be taking on some heavyweights such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6s.

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There are few similarities in the ZenFone smartphone range as the four new Asus smartphones run Android 6.0 Marshmallow, feature metal bodies, USB Type-C, and support hybrid dual-SIM card slots. With a refreshed approach and a brand new range, will the Asus ZenFone 3 series make an impact in the Indian market? We will have to wait till all the phones go on sale. At the launch event, we got some time to play with the devices and below our first impressions.Asus ZenFone 3 design and display
In terms of design, the new ZenFone 3 series looks to be designed from scratch. At the event, the company touted that the ZenFone 3 series saw a “radical change” from what was seen on the previous generation.

(Also see: Asus to Focus on Premium Smartphone Segment in India)

The standard Asus ZenFone 3 sports 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3 panels at the front and rear, and 6.16mm all-round metal frame. With a side profile of 7.7mm, the ZenFone 3 never looked uncomfortable to hold. The ZenFone 3 also sports the iconic hairline concentric circle pattern at the back.

asus_zenfone_3_deluxe_screen_gadgets360.jpgThe ZenFone 3 Deluxe, on the other hand, features the sandblasted aluminium alloy unibody with what the company calls the “invisible antenna” design. The handset sports Corning Gorilla Glass 4 upfront. Despite a screen size of 5.7-inch, the ZenFone 3 Deluxe never seemed too uncomfortable to hold, and was easy to grip thanks to the curve at the rear. The metallic chamfered edges give the handset a premium and sturdy feel.

Much like the ZenFone 3 Deluxe, the ZenFone 3 Ultra also sports the “invisible antenna” design at the back. The handset sports a sandblasted aluminium alloy unibody and at 6.8-inches is definitely too big for one hand.

asus_zenfone_3_rear_gadgets360.jpgThe ZenFone 3 Laser also follows other ZenFone 3 smartphones and sports an all-metal body. At 7.9mm thin side profile, the ZenFone 3 Laser also offered decent grip with curved back panel.

Asus has placed the fingerprint sensor near the top of the rear panel, which easily allows the user’s index finger rest to unlock it. We see same placement of the rear fingerprint scanner module on the ZenFone 3 (seen above), ZenFone 3 Laser, and ZenFone 3 Deluxe.

asus_zenfone_3_deluxe_sides_gadgets360.jpgNotably, the ZenFone 3 Ultra houses the fingerprint scanner at the front, embedded in the home button. The company claims that the fingerprint sensor allows for rapid unlocking of the phone in just 0.2 seconds, and also allows up to five fingerprints to be registered. During our limited usage, the fingerprint was quick enough on all the devices including the large ZenFone 3 Ultra.

Asus has launched two ZenFone 3 models in India, the ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) featuring a 5.2-inch display, and the ZenFone 3 (ZE552KL) featuring a 5.5-inch IPS LCD panel with a full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) screen resolution. Screens on the ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) and (ZE552KL) models looked vibrant with decent colour reproduction. At 600nits of brightness, the display on both models never looked flat in terms of brightness or colours.

asus_zenfone_3_series_usb_type_c_gadgets360.jpgThe ZenFone 3 Deluxe sports a 5.7-inch Super Amoled display with a screen resolution of 1080×1920 pixels. It also features Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for protection from scratches. The company says that the handset comes with a contrast ratio of 3,000,000:1. During our limited usage, the display was crisp and sharp. It offered deep black backgrounds and colours showed up accurate.

The ZenFone 3 Ultra features a massive 6.8-inch IPS LCD display with a 1080×1920 pixels screen resolution. The IPS panel offers decent colours and the company claims it can deliver viewing angles of up to 178-degrees. The handset also sports Corning Gorilla Glass 4.

The ZenFone 3 Laser sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. At 500nits brightness, the smartphone offers a vibrant screen. It packs the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and comes with 2.5D glass. It also offers up to 178 degrees wide-viewing angle.

Asus ZenFone 3 camera
Asus claims that one of the biggest improvements in the ZenFone 3 is in terms of camera as all the phones in the series sports the company’s PixelMaster 3.0 tech. All the phones in the series pack Sony sensors for optics. The ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Laser, ZenFone 3 Deluxe, and ZenFone 3 Ultra sport 6-element Largan lens with protective sapphire glass cover. All the phones support OIS (optical image stabilisation) for photos while there is EIS (electronic image stabiliser) for blur-free video. The handsets feature dual tone flash and come with Super Resolution feature that creates a single, detailed photo at 4x with real-time automatic Super HDR.

asus_zenfone_3_deluxe_camera_gadgets360.jpgIn the limited time spent with the ZenFone 3 series, we found the camera app to be really fast. It locked the focus in no time and can be handy for some quick snapping. There are plenty of camera options for users to choose from. Some of the rear camera features include HDR Pro, Beautification, Super Resolution, Low Light (that automatically clicks images at 4-megapixels), night mode, and manual among others. All the ZenFone 3 phones sport an 8-megapixel front camera. We will reserve our verdict of the Asus ZenFone 3 series camera performance until we get a chance to put it through its paces for a detailed review.

Asus ZenFone 3 software
One of the biggest improvements we noticed in the ZenFone 3 series was in terms of software. All the phones came with a brand new ZenUI 3.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The new interface looked less cluttered and simplified.

asus_zenfone_3_series_marshmallow_gadgets360.jpgThe ZenUI 3.0 comes with less bloatware as compared to previous ZenFone phones. Some of the highlights of the new interface are real-time animated weather and clock widgets; new parallax motion effect for wallpaper; an all-new Theme Store that comes with selected themes; Game Genie, a brand-new feature focused at gamers that lets you broadcast gameplay live via YouTube or Twitch; new photo editing tools in PhotoCollage with PhotoEffect app; new gesture support for double tap waking up the display, and the Mobile Manager, which clears the RAM and provides other features. We will have more about the software when we review the ZenFone 3 smartphones.

Asus ZenFone 3 specifications
Under the hood, the Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) is powered by 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, same as the ZenFone 3 (ZE552KL). The 5.2-inch variant however comes with less RAM and storage – 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage while the 5.5-inch variant packs 4GB of RAM and 64GB of inbuilt storage. The ZenFone 3 Laser is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 430 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM. The large Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL) is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. Lastly, the Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL) is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and it comes with 6GB of RAM. There is a special edition as well which is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and packs massive 256GB of storage.

asus_zenfone_3_series_rear_gadgets360.jpgWe didn’t face any lags while playing with any of the ZenFone 3 phones. All the phones were quick enough when it comes to launching apps. Out of the four phones, the ZenFone 3 Ultra with big screen and dual speakers is targeted at users that consume media on the go. We will reserve our verdict of the ZenFone 3 series performance until we get a chance to put it through its paces for a detailed review.

Asus ZenFone 3 price in India
The new Asus ZenFone 3 series has something for everyone but admittedly misses the budget segment entirely. The company has priced the ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) at Rs. 21,999, the ZenFone 3 (ZE552KL) at Rs. 27,999, the ZenFone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL) at Rs. 49,999, and ZenFone 3 Laser (ZC551KL) at 18,999. The ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL) starts at Rs. 49,999, with the Snapdragon 821 model priced at Rs. 62,999.

This year, Asus expanded the availability of the ZenFone 3 series, which means consumers should be able to easily get their hands on the new range. With the lowest pricing at Rs. 18,999, the ZenFone 3 range has definitely tried to shed the budget tag from its handsets but it will be interesting to see how well the phones do in the Indian market.

Stay tuned for our review of the Asus ZenFone 3 series.

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Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE552KL)

Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE552KL)

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

octa-core

Front Camera

8-megapixel

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

3GB

OS

Android

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

16-megapixel

Battery capacity

3000mAh

See full Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE552KL) specifications
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Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL)

Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL)

Display

5.70-inch

Processor

quad-core

Front Camera

8-megapixel

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

6GB

OS

Android

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

23-megapixel

Battery capacity

3000mAh

See full Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL) specifications
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    Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) (Black, 32GB)
    Rs. 21,900
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    Rs. 21,999
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    Rs. 3,890
Asus ZenFone 3 Laser

Asus ZenFone 3 Laser

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

octa-core

Front Camera

8-megapixel

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 6.0

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery capacity

3000mAh

See full Asus ZenFone 3 Laser specifications
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    Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) (Black, 32GB)
    Rs. 21,900
  • Flipkart
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    Rs. 21,999
  • Amazon
    Asus Zenfone C ZC451CG (Black, 8GB)
    Rs. 3,890
Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL)

Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL)

Display

6.80-inch

Processor

octa-core

Front Camera

8-megapixel

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

23-megapixel

Battery capacity

4600mAh

See full Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL) specifications
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    Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) (Black, 32GB)
    Rs. 21,900
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    Rs. 21,999
  • Amazon
    Asus Zenfone C ZC451CG (Black, 8GB)
    Rs. 3,890
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Asus ZenFone Zoom, ZenFone 2 Laser Receiving Significant Firmware Updates

Asus ZenFone Zoom, ZenFone 2 Laser Receiving Significant Firmware Updates

Asus earlier this week posted two separate changelogs on its forum for updates it is now rolling out to the Asus ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML) and the Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL). The updates bring a bunch of fixes and features but unfortunately does not bump the Android version up to v6.0 Marshmallow.

The firmware update v2.26.40.72(MR3.2) for the Asus ZenFone Zoom fixes issues related to incorrect charging status after taking the cable out; a bug seen during previous power-on via shutter key for the camera; occasional camera APP drop; drop SD card issue; and NR zoom parameter failure.

It also brings numerous improvements in the camera and modem section of the ZenFone Zoom. The update includes improvements for the auto exposure accuracy in auto mode, digital zoom image quality, auto white balance under artificial light source, modem stability issues, capability of returning to LTE service, auto focus speed, auto exposure accuracy, and digital zoom image quality.

Some other changes that come with the update are improved SIM drop issue, enabling of eMMC ver5.1, disabling of ALAC codec, addition of the new Project ID of HWIDMP_SD for SD card, Burmese language support in the ZenUI, and addition of Dr. Booster to improve the smartphone’s overall performance. The complete changelog can be seen on the company’s forum post.

As for the Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL), not many changes and improvements are included in the update v1.16.40.1338. The update features several app updates and adds new functionalities including Screenshot sound settings, Android for Work, ZenChoice, the All-in-One app solutions platform to make the smartphone perform better. It also improves Asus Cell Broadcast for overall stability and adds few camera features such as Pano Sphere Mode and the ability to adjust colour cast in Beautification mode. The complete changelog can be seen on the company’s forum post.

Asus however noted that it would take about one week for it to complete the rollout of the updates for the ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML) and ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL). Users can check for it by navigating toSettings > About > System Update.

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Asus ZenFone Zoom

Asus ZenFone Zoom

₹ 37,999

  • Design

  • Display

  • Software

  • Performance

  • Battery life

  • Camera

  • Value for money

  • Good
  • Quality camera with optical zoom
  • Sturdy build and good design
  • 128GB storage with expansion
  • Fast charging
  • Bad
  • Average battery life
  • No 4K video recording
  • Dated Android version
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₹ 37,999

₹ 37,999
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL)

Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL)

Display

6.00-inch

Processor

1GHz

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

3GB

OS

Android 5.0

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery capacity

3000mAh

See full Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) specifications
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₹ 17,999
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Asus Zenwatch 2: Attractive price tag

Asus Zenwatch 2: Attractive price tagThe Asus ZenWatch 2 is the second installment in the ZenWatch series. It has a stainless steel body which makes it look elegant yet simple at the same time. The ZenWatch 2 is thin, and in turn, comfortable to wear unlike many others available in the market. The one I got my hands on had a leather strap which further added to its elegance.

The review sample had a 1.63-inch AMOLED display. The colours were vibrant and though the resolution was not extraordinary, it was not that bad either. It houses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 512 MB of RAM, which seems to be the norm for almost all Android Wear smartwatches.

To use the watch, one needs to download Android Wear from the Google Play Store and then pair it with the smartphone over Bluetooth. Pairing and setting it up is quite easy and doesn’t take much time.

The user interface is similar to other Android Wear smartwatches. One can download the ZenWatch Manager with which one can access exclusive watch faces and also experience seamless integration between the phone and the watch.

The ZenWatch 2 has the power button on the side unlike its predecessor. It comes with a magnetic connector which snaps into place. I was able to charge the watch up to 50 per cent in 25 minutes flat! However, the 400-mAh battery could have been improved. It couldn’t last even half a day.

Like all other smartwatches, the ZenWatch 2 also has a plethora of apps that one can access, including pedometer, heart rate monitors, etc.

Priced at Rs 14,999 , the Zenwatch 2 doesn’t offer anything special but the price tag is sure to attract many.

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