Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe Snapdragon 821 Variant Launched: Price, Specifications

Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe Snapdragon 821 Variant Launched: Price, Specifications

  • ZenFone 3 Deluxe with Snapdragon 821 has been priced at Rs. 52,000
  • Asus also unveiled the ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M) tablet
  • ZenFone 3 Deluxe packs 6GB of RAM

Asus, as promised, has revealed the availability details of the ZenFone range of smartphones. At an event in Taiwan on Tuesday, the company also unveiled a new ZenFone 3 Deluxe variant which will be the first commercial smartphone featuring the brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 821. The Taiwanese company also unveiled the ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M) tablet.

The all-new Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe has been priced at TWD 24,990 (approximately Rs. 52,000) and will go on sale later this year. Other ZenFone 3 Deluxe variants featuring Snapdragon 820 will go on sale early next month in Taiwan. No word on other markets as of now. Asus confirmed that ZenFone 3 is now available in Taiwan while the ZenFone 3 Ultra is up for pre-orders and is expected to be available by end of this month.

Apart from the Snapdragon 821 SoC, the new ZenFone 3 Deluxe also packs massive 256GB of built-in storage. Rest of the specifications of the new ZenFone 3 is identical to the ‘regular’ ZenFone 3 Deluxe models. It features a 5.7-inch full-HD Super Amoled display and packs a whopping 6GB of RAM and supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB). The rear camera sports a 23-megapixel Sony sensor with 4K video support and also packs an 8-megapixel front camera. There is 3000mAh battery on board. It measures 156.4×77.4×7.5mm and runs Asus Zen UI based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Additionally, there’s a ZenFone 3 Deluxe variant with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage as well.

Apart from the new ZenFone 3 Deluxe, Asus on Tuesday also launched the ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M) tablet featuring a 9.7-inch LCD display with a screen resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. The tablet packs 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It supports expandable storage via microSD card. There is an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. The tablet runs Asus Zen UI on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It is powered by a hexa-core MediaTek (MT8176) processor clocked at 1.7GHz and also sports a fingerprint scanner. According to Engadget, the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M) has beenreportedly priced at TWD 10,990 (approximately Rs. 23,000). It is expected to go on sale in August.

Asus at the global launch in May had revealed pricing of the some ZenFone 3 models, the Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE552KL) was priced starting at $249 (roughly Rs. 16,800), the Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL) priced at $499 (roughly Rs. 33,600), and the Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL) priced at $479 (roughly Rs. 32,200).

Google’s Android Wear ‘Angelfish’, ‘Swordfish’ Smartwatches Leaked in Images

Google's Android Wear 'Angelfish', 'Swordfish' Smartwatches Leaked in Images

  • Smartwatches are codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish
  • Angelfish will support LTE and GPS
  • Swordfish will be the smaller variant

Last week, reports of Google making two of its own Android Wear smartwaches surfaced online, and now leaked images of the two wearables have made their way to the Web. The previous report tipped that the two smartwatches have been codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish, and are expected to launch after the Nexus devices in fall this year.

The images have been leaked by Android Police, and it warns that the smartwatches have been recreated, in order to keep the source anonymous. The report asserts that the image is an ‘accurate representation’ of the leak, however it does not guarantee that the final product may look the same.

Angelfish is the high-end variant of the two smartwatches, and will be significantly larger and thicker than the Swordfish variant. The build includes a distinct crown button on the left, with small shoulder button on top and bottom. The display dons the customisable watchface of Android Wear 2.0 demoed at Google I/O this year. Apparently, Angelfish will not be compatible with Android Wear Mode watch bands i.e. no removable straps. The smartwatch will come with cellular connectivity (support GPS and LTE) to have the capacity to run standalone without pairing with a smartphone.

Swordfish is a significantly smaller smartwatch, with a single button protruding to the left. The report states that Google has tried to tackle the flat-tyre design issue by incorporating a thick bezel between the display and ring, making the display screen much smaller. There is a black gap before the display begins, which effectively removes Motorola’s flat tyre design, but makes the display look much small. Swordfish will be compatible with Android Wear Mode watch bands. It will not support GPS and LTE, and may not even include a heart rate monitor.

There is no word on the branding of these smartwatches. Whether Google is calling it Nexus, Pixel, or even just Google is not yet known. The pricing, exact availability, or technical spec details also remain undisclosed. In any case, we recommend that you take all of this with a pinch of salt, until Google releases official word.

Foxconn, Tencent-Backed Automaker to Release Self-Driving Electric Car by 2020

Foxconn, Tencent-Backed Automaker to Release Self-Driving Electric Car by 2020

An automotive venture backed by China tech giant Tencentaims to launch an electric self-driving car before 2020, entering a crowded field dominated by US-based Tesla Motors, the chief executive told Reuters on Tuesday.

Future Mobility, backed by Tencent and Hon Hai Precision Industries, is one of an expanding field of China-backed ventures that aim to take on Tesla Motors Inc as green energy car sales boom in China.

Although the venture seeks to produce premium cars like Tesla, it will attempt a different strategy from the US-based company that began with relatively limited production and focuses on a single model at a time, CEO Carsten Breitfeld said in an interview.

“Right from the beginning we define the platform, right from the beginning we define the production process to be mass production and right from the beginning we think of more than one model, a family of models, defined from this platform,” Breitfeld said.

Future Mobility also stands out for poaching its leadership away from big-name tech and autos companies.

Breitfeld formerly led the BMW i series electric car division and brought the core team with him to the new venture, with others joining from Tesla, Alphabet’s Google and Daimler’s Mercedes.

Future Mobility is in the midst of closing its Series A round of funding, which also includes dealership chain China Harmony New Energy Auto, Breitfeld said.

He declined to give financial terms of the first round or name other potential investors that the company is in talks with.

Karbonn Aura Power With 4G VoLTE Support Launched

Karbonn Aura Power With 4G VoLTE Support Launched at Rs. 5,990

  • Aura Power supports 4G LTE Band 3, 5, and 40
  • It runs Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • It sports an 8-megapixel rear camera

Karbonn Mobiles on Tuesday unveiled its new Aura Power smartphone priced at Rs. 5,990. The domestic handset manufacturer says it is targeting the “growing 4G subscriber base” with its Aura Power smartphone.

The Karbonn Aura Power supports 4G LTE bands in India – FDD-LTE Band 3 (1800MHz), Band 5, and TDD-LTE Band 40 (2300MHz). The smartphone also supports VoLTE (voice over LTE) with HD voice call compatibility, the highlight of the handset.

The Aura Power features a 5-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) IPS display. The dual-SIM smartphone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box, and supports 4G on one SIM at a time.

It sports an 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. It is powered by a 1GHz quad-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM. The Aura Power packs 8GB of built-in storage and supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 32GB).

Backed by a 4000mAh non-removable battery, the handset offers up to 17 hours of talk-time and up to 1200 hours of standby time. Connectivity options on the Karbonn Aura Power include GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with hotspot functionality, Bluetooth, FM radio, Micro-USB, and GPS, apart from 4G. It will be available in Champagne and Dark Blue colours. It measures 141×71.2x10mm and weighs 175 grams.

Karbonn Mobiles earlier this month introduced new entry-level Karbonn A91 Storm smartphone. The handset was now listed on the company site and was available to buy via an e-commerce website priced at Rs. 2,899.