Asus ZenFone 2 Specs Review

The Asus ZenFone 2 is one of the very pleasant surprises unveiled at CES 2015. Asus really outdid itself in its signature value-for-money territory, outing a phone with 1080p display, 13 MP camera, fast 64-bit processor, and a hearty battery for two Benjamins in starting price.

Not only that, but the ZenFone 2 also has a version with 4 GB of RAM, making it the world’s first device taking full advantage of the new 64-bit hardware and software combo in Android land. Let’s make a quick run over the new specs of the ZenFone 2, trying to gauge our expectations for this promising device.

Design: taking a cue

Taking a little cue from LG, the ZenFone 2 sports a volume rocker placed fair and square on the back of the phone. By the company’s own calculations, its phablet has a screen-to-body ratio of 72%, which falls in the middle as far as 2014 devices are concerned, and offers the passable dimensions of 6 x 3.03 x 0.43 in (152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9 mm), though nothing extraordinary like the G3, for instance.

The ZenFone 2 has a chassis with a brushed metal texture, which again reminds strongly of the G3, and the dual tone flash on the back does nothing to disperse this impression. Asus isn’t being unoriginal, though, and promises a number of special “Transfusion” and “Illusion” models with rather unique shells – the former line combines two colors, while the latter offers some odd patterns to go with the phone’s shell.

Display

The Zenfone 2 display is a Gorilla Glass 3-protected, 5.5-inch panel with a flagship-standard resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, returning an excellent 403 pixels per inch count, and offering 400 nits of brightness. There’s really nothing to stand out in the screen specs department here, but for this starting price Asus’s offering is more than generous, and will fit most everyone’s needs.
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Processor and memory: first with 4 GB RAM and 64-bit mobile Atom

Asus has a long history with Intel’s mobile processors, and the ZenFone 2 isn’t breaking that trend, though it is now a trailblazer for the new 64-bit frugal Atom silicon. Namely, it sticks with the LTE-enabled Intel Atom Z3580 processor with four cores that can reach frequencies of up to 2.33 GHz, and a PowerVR G6430 GPU with OpenGL 3.0 support. This processor is proven to be both fast and frugal, so you won’t have any issues running the latest and greatest Android software on the ZenFone, including heavy 3D games.

The company’s biggest surprise with the handset is left for the memory department, though. The ZenFone 2 might start you off with 2 GB of RAM in the basic version, but the more expensive ones will come with 4 GB of RAM, making it the first smartphone announced with more than 3 GB of RAM, which the native 64-bit Android support, and the new 64-bit processors make possible now. Asus claims seven times faster gaming performance than the previous ZenFone edition, which has to count for something.

Interface: ZenUI

On the software side of things, the ZenFone 2 is making use of Asus’ proprietary ZenUI, slapped on top of the latest update to Android – 5.0 Lollipop. The company has worked a few new tricks into the OS, including actions and app shortcuts tied to gestures, special one-handed and “Kids” modes, and even support for custom themes and icon packs.
ZenUI has a variety of new features, including ZenMotion, SnapView, Trend Micro Security and ZenUI Instant Updates, which it now claims are part of life for 15 million users of Asus mobile devices around the globe.
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Asus ZenFone 2 Specs Review

The Asus ZenFone 2 is one of the very pleasant surprises unveiled at CES 2015. Asus really outdid itself in its signature value-for-money territory, outing a phone with 1080p display, 13 MP camera, fast 64-bit processor, and a hearty battery for two Benjamins in starting price.

Not only that, but the ZenFone 2 also has a version with 4 GB of RAM, making it the world’s first device taking full advantage of the new 64-bit hardware and software combo in Android land. Let’s make a quick run over the new specs of the ZenFone 2, trying to gauge our expectations for this promising device.

Design: taking a cue

Taking a little cue from LG, the ZenFone 2 sports a volume rocker placed fair and square on the back of the phone. By the company’s own calculations, its phablet has a screen-to-body ratio of 72%, which falls in the middle as far as 2014 devices are concerned, and offers the passable dimensions of 6 x 3.03 x 0.43 in (152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9 mm), though nothing extraordinary like the G3, for instance.

The ZenFone 2 has a chassis with a brushed metal texture, which again reminds strongly of the G3, and the dual tone flash on the back does nothing to disperse this impression. Asus isn’t being unoriginal, though, and promises a number of special “Transfusion” and “Illusion” models with rather unique shells – the former line combines two colors, while the latter offers some odd patterns to go with the phone’s shell.

Display

The Zenfone 2 display is a Gorilla Glass 3-protected, 5.5-inch panel with a flagship-standard resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, returning an excellent 403 pixels per inch count, and offering 400 nits of brightness. There’s really nothing to stand out in the screen specs department here, but for this starting price Asus’s offering is more than generous, and will fit most everyone’s needs.
Asus ZenFone 2 specs review

Processor and memory: first with 4GB RAM and 64-bit mobile Atom

Asus has a long history with Intel’s mobile processors, and the ZenFone 2 isn’t breaking that trend, though it is now a trailblazer for the new 64-bit frugal Atom silicon. Namely, it sticks with the LTE-enabled Intel Atom Z3580 processor with four cores that can reach frequencies of up to 2.33 GHz, and a PowerVR G6430 GPU with OpenGL 3.0 support. This processor is proven to be both fast and frugal, so you won’t have any issues running the latest and greatest Android software on the ZenFone, including heavy 3D games.

The company’s biggest surprise with the handset is left for the memory department, though. The ZenFone 2 might start you off with 2 GB of RAM in the basic version, but the more expensive ones will come with 4 GB of RAM, making it the first smartphone announced with more than 3 GB of RAM, which the native 64-bit Android support, and the new 64-bit processors make possible now. Asus claims seven times faster gaming performance than the previous ZenFone edition, which has to count for something.

Interface: ZenUI

On the software side of things, the ZenFone 2 is making use of Asus’ proprietary ZenUI, slapped on top of the latest update to Android – 5.0 Lollipop. The company has worked a few new tricks into the OS, including actions and app shortcuts tied to gestures, special one-handed and “Kids” modes, and even support for custom themes and icon packs.
ZenUI has a variety of new features, including ZenMotion, SnapView, Trend Micro Security and ZenUI Instant Updates, which it now claims are part of life for 15 million users of Asus mobile devices around the globe.
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Hands On: Asus Zenfone 2 Review

When it comes to smartphones, all conversations should start with the HTC One M8 ($649, £549 and AU$899 off-contract) and the iPhone 6 (starting at $199 on-contract, £539 and AU$549 off-contract).

Attempting to enter the arena of the big dogs, Asus’ new Zenfone 2 (starting at $200, £120, AU$210 for 2GB RAM) is a handy device with a few neat tricks up its sleeve.

The HTC One M8, which we’ve voted the best smartphone in the world, boasts a Snapdragon 801 processor that functions at 2.5ghz, which makes it perfect for gaming, movies, photography and web browsing. At only 5.64 ounces (160g) and 5.76 inches tall (146.4mm), the Full HD HTC One M8 is a well-designed, Android-based device that accomplishes everything you’ll need a smartphone to accomplish.

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On the same end of the spectrum, the iPhone 6 and its iOS 8 operating system are a pleasure to use. Featuring a 4.7-inch (119.3mm) retina HD screen, and an A8 processor that operates at 1.8ghz, the iPhone one of the prettiest and fastest smartphones on the planet. It doesn’t hurt that it only weighs 4.55 ounces (129 grams) either.

Design

The new Lollipop-based Asus phone features a hard plastic chassis that will be available in multiple colors in the US, including silver and red. It features a 5.5 inch (139.7mm) Full HD Corning Gorilla Glass 3 screen and weighs a hefty 6oz (170g). At only six inches long (152.5mm) the ZenFone 2 shouldn’t weigh as much as it does, but you’ll hardly notice a difference when compared to the HTC One M8. If weight is a major factor for you, the iPhone is a much lighter choice.

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The silver bezel features a shiny matte finish along the back of the phone and along the bottom edge of the front. The front upper and side panels are built with shiny black plastic that is reminiscent of older iPhones. Your home, back and window buttons are tiny and unobtrusive at the bottom front of the phone.

At 0.43 inches (10.9mm) thick, the Zenfone is noticeably thicker than the iPhone 6 (0.27 inches, 6.9mm) and the HTC One M8 (0.37 inches, 9.4mm). Partly to blame for the Zenfone’s size problem is its replaceable back panel, which allows users to swap out SIM cards.

Asus Zenfone 2 review

The Zenfone’s battery runs at 3000 mAh. Similar milliamp phones, like the Oppo Find 7A, feature six-hour battery lives. Asus refused to give an estimate for the Zenfone, but they did say that – thanks to Intel’s Fast Charging Technology – it can charge from 0-60% in 40 minutes, which is in line with the fastest-charging phones in the world. Unfortunately, the battery can’t be replaced.

Despite the size and weight issues, it’s definitely an attractive device, especially when you factor in the multiple available color options.

Features

Remember those neat tricks I mentioned? Well, the Zenfone has a time-saving trick that most of you will love. From the phone’s locked desktop, you can scribble a command (such as the letter C) onto the screen and the device will automatically open the pre-determined application. If you draw a C, you’ll unlock the camera. If you draw a W you’ll unlock the web browser.

Asus Zenfone 2 review

You can set these commands to whatever application you’d like: so if you never use your web browser but you always use Facebook, you can set it up so that if you draw a W you’ll see your Facebook feed. Unfortunately, you can only set five commands. But that’s a cool start.

Another innovative feature is the phone’s double-tap to shrink command. By tapping your thumb against the screen you’ll be able to shrink the size of your desktop to 60% of its normal size. This is ideal for one-handed smartphone use, which can get clumsy when trying to reach the farthest corners of your screen.

Photographers will absolutely love the Zenfone’s 13 megapixel camera, which is darn good for a smartphone. The iPhone features an 8mp main camera, while the HTC One M8 features a disappointing 4mp camera. Neither holds a candle to the Nokia Lumia 1020, which sports a 41-megapixel camera – the best in the business.

The Zenfone runs a 64-bit Intel Quadcore Z3580 processor that tops out at 2.3 GHz – just slower than the HTC One M8, but faster than the iPhone 6. It’s a zippy phone that will accomplish most of your business and personal tasks with ease.

Early verdict

The Zenfone 2 packs a lot of cool features into one speedy little device. It’s easy on the eyes, nice to touch, and offers time- and space-saving features that make it a joy to use. Its 13-megapixel camera will make shutterbugs happy, and its fast-charging battery won’t leave you in a lurch on getaways. However, the Zenfone 2 is a bit heavier and thicker than the iPhone and it doesn’t run as fast as the HTC One M8, so it will probably find itself sitting near the lower end of the upper echelon of new devices.

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Several things about Intel’s Core M CPU

Things are finally heating up for Intel’s cool-running processor, with Apple utilizing a 1.1 and 1.3GHz dual-core versions in its latest, and first fanless, MacBook. Intel first announced its Core M CPU at Computex Taipei in June, providing few details but touting the platform’s ability to power a new generation of fanless tablets and 2-in-1 laptops. Manufacturers such as Lenovo and Dell have announced products based on Core M.However, do you know there are several models about Core M CPU?

Let me show you the details.

All of the chips have a default TDP (not SDP, mind you) of 4.5W, Core M 5Y10 and 5Y10a both share a base CPU clock speed of just 800MH and a GPU base clock speed of just 100MHz. The 5Y70′s base CPU clock is just a little higher, at 1.1GHz. The top-end 5Y71′s CPU can go up to 2.9GHz, and GPU can go up to 900MHz.

Now, two powerful tablets are on sale on TD, there are CUBE i7 and TECLAST X1 Pro 4G.

CUBE i7 powered by 5Y10c, with an 11.6 AUO screen, 1920*1080, 4GB RAM + 128GB SSD ROM, support FDD-LTE network. Learn More >>

TECLAST X1 Pro 4G also is powered by 5Y10c, with a 12.2 inch Ultra Retina screen, 2560*1600, 4GB RAM + 128GB SSD ROM, support FDD-LTE network. Learn More >>

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Leadcore Powered Xiaomi Redmi 2A and Pink Mi Note Released

Xiaomi on the occasion of its fifth anniversary has unveiled a more affordable variant of the Redmi 2, the Redmi 2A. The Chinese company alongside also unveiled the Mi Note (Pink Edition). Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun at an event in China unveiled the two new products.The Xiaomi Redmi 2A has been launched at CNY 599 (approximately Rs. 6,000) and will be available at a special price of CNY 499 (approximately Rs. 5,000) on April 8 in China. The Xiaomi Mi Note (Pink Edition), on the other hand, has been priced at CNY 2,499 (approximately Rs. 25,000), which is slightly more than the original Mi Note that was launched at CNY 2,299 (roughly Rs. 23,000) for the 16GB model.

(Also see: Xiaomi Redmi 2 vs. Xiaomi Redmi 2A)

The new Redmi 2A is cosmetically identical to the original Xiaomi Redmi 2; though the former features a different CPU. The Redmi 2A is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Leadcore (L1860C) Cortex-A7 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. The Xiaomi Redmi 2, on the other hand, is powered by a 64-bit 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Cortex-A53 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. Another highlight of the smartphone is it supports 4G LTE, much like its sibling.

(Also see: Xiaomi Redmi 1S vs. Xiaomi Redmi 2 vs. Xiaomi Redmi 2A)

Other specifications include 4.7-inch HD (720×1280 pixel) IPS display with a 312ppi; 8GB of inbuilt storage expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB); 8-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 lens, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 2200mAh battery with fast-charging. It supports TDD-LTE Bands 38, 39, 40, and 41. Other wireless connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with Direct and wireless display functionality, alongside GPS/ A-GPS. It retains the same dimensions as the Redmi 2 as well, at 134.00×67.20×9.40mm.

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Xiaomi claims that the new Mi Note (Pink Edition) has been “tailored edition for modern ladies.” The Chinese company is also offering a 5000mAh battery power bank along with the handset.

For specifications, the dual-SIM and dual-standby Xiaomi Mi Note (Pink Edition) with Micro-SIM and Nano-SIM card support features a 5.7-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. It also packs Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. The handset sports a metal frame. It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera while there is a 4-megapixel front-camera also onboard with large 2-micron pixels.

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The phablet is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz alongside 3GB of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU. The Xiaomi Mi Note also supports 4G LTE connectivity and is backed by a 3000mAh battery with Quick Charge 2.0 technology.

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Teclast OS: Make Tablet Easier to Use

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There are 3 Teclast tablets can update to Teclast OS so far,  P98 AirX98 Air II and X98 Air 3G.

Easier to Use, Concise but Not Simple

Teclast OS focuses on user needs and usage scenarios, redefined entire Android OS of tablet, make tablet easier to use. Focusing on the user concerns, fuse scenarios o use, provide quality service to the user.

New Visual Aesthetics

Redesign all the interface visual effect, starting from the actual use of the user, from color to graphics, not only redraw the application icon, but also meet the user’s individual needs, a new design of various style theme, let Teclast users have more beautiful use feeling!

New System Experience

Teclast OS aims to change the tablet system experience, add new desktop icon arrangement function and 3D dynamic screen switching effect.

New Communication Experience

Teclast OS adds the world’s first designed transverse communication function for the tablet. Including the new change in the interface of calls and messages.

New Apps Experience

Teclast OS heavily customize the commonly used apps, not only newly design clock and calculator, but also collect various integrant apps, provides better app experience and upgrade service online for users!

Learn more about Teclast OS from official website. GO >>

But how the 3 tablets to update to Teclast OS? Let’s go to the official forum. Teclast P98 Air >> Teclast X98 Air II >> Teclast X98 Air 3G >>

You can buy the 3 tablets from TinyDeal.com. Teclast P98 Air >> Teclast X98 Air II >> Teclast X98 Air 3G >>

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How to change the language from Chinese to others on Android and windows 8.1?

Recently, we received a problem most customers concerned that the tablet is all in Chinese after resetting the tablet. Please don’t worry, this is the tutorial for you to change the language from Chinese to others on Android and windows 8.1. Follow me! (If  you can’t see the pictures clearly, please click it to see full size pictures.)

Android Tablets

1. Find out “设置”

2. Click “语言和输入法”

3. Click “语言”

4. Find the language you like, click it, and then you change the language successfully.

Windows Tablets

Note: We provide you two options to change the windows language, select one you like. We take French for exmaple in these two options, also, you can select other language you want to install in the same way.

Option 1:

1. Long press or right mouse button on the lower right corner, select “控制面板(P)”

2. Select “更换输入法”

3. Select “添加语言”

4. Find the language you want, take for example French, double click it.

5. Select the language, click “添加”

6. Click “选项”

7. Click “下载并安装语言包”

8. Wait for the current download to complete

9. After downloading is finished, click “使该语言成为主要语言”

10. Click “立即注销”, that is log off now, and then you change the language successfully.

Option 2:

1. Long press or right mouse button on the lower right corner, select “运行(R)”

2. Input “lpksetup”,click”确定”

3. Select “安装显示语言”

4. Click “浏览”

5. Find the language pack you have downloaded, select the file named “lp”, and then click “确定”

6. Click “下一步(N)”

7. Select “我接受许可条款(A)。”, and click “下一步(N)”

8. The language is installing, wait for a while

9. Language is installed, click “关闭”

10. Return to desktop, Long press or right mouse button on the lower right corner, select “控制面板(P)”

11. Select “更换输入法”

12. Select “添加语言”

13. Find the language we installed just now, it’s Franch, double click it.

14. Select the language, click “添加”

15. Find out the French, Click “选项”

16. click “使该语言成为主要语言”

17. Click “立即注销”, that is log off now, and then you change the language successfully.

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CX-10/CX-10A Motors Replacement Tutorial(Take CX-10 For Example)

Today I will show you that how to replace the motors of your CX-10/CX-10A quadcopter.

Disassemble the four blades

1. Pull the four blades up and out. (You’re advised to make use of tool.)

Disassemble the upper cover

1. Turn over the quadcopter, disassemble the four small screws.

2. Disassemble the upper cover from the part in the red circle. (See the picture below)

3. Disassemble the rest three parts according to the step 1 and step 2

Disassemble the bottom case

1. Disassemble the bottom case from the red circle part (see the picture below)

2. Pull out the Printed Circuit Board (PCB) carefully

Please be careful to avoid breaking welding wire of the motor, and protect the battery as well as other components on the PCB

3. Disassemble the rest three parts according to the step 1 and step 2

Replace the motors

1. Remove the two lines from the pad

Pay attention to the protection of the components between the 2 pads. (the part in the red circle)

2. Weld the new motors of the four parts.

Attention: red/white line corresponds to the part with “×”, blue/black corresponds to the other part. (See the red circle in the picture below)

3. Done. (See the picture below)

Install the bottom case

Put the four motors into the corresponding grooves, and then press the PCB board to fix the motors.

Do not expose lines on the surface of the quadcopter.

Install the upper cover

Press the four parts on the corresponding parts on the bottom case.

Tighten the four screws on the bottom case

Install the four blades

Please make sure the four blades are in a same height level and with a moderate tightness.

  1. Test the quadcopter

Test the quadcopter under the adequate power status. You’re advised to refer to the user manual.

  1. Reminder

Please recheck and make sure the motors are definitely faulty before replacing.

Troubleshooting:

1. One or two motors do not rotate

Possible reasons:

A. The lack of power of the remote controller;

B. The lack of power of the quadcopter;

C. Please make sure you adjust the throttle and joystick at the same time.

2. One or two motors still rotate after the power has been cut off

Possible reasons:

A. Motors were broken after an impact or falling down;

B. There is a short circuit after an impact;

C. There is a breakdown in the internal program.

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CUBE i7 Intel Core M 4G FDD LTE Tablet PC

CUBE i7, the first Intel Core M Tablet we sale, comes with 11.6 inch 1080P AUO screen, 4GB LPDDR3 RAM + 128GB SATA3 SSD, support FDD LTE & TDD LTE Network, pre-installed Genuine Win8.1. Learn More >>

What’s new on Intel® Core™ M Processors?
Ultra Slim

Ready to go wherever and whenever you are. The Intel® Core™ M processor was specifically engineered for ultra-slim, super-mobile, fanless devices. That means devices that disappear into your briefcase or backpack, weigh less and operate as quiet as a mouse.

Real Performance
Be more creative in less time. With up to 2x the performance of your old PC2 and graphics that deliver a powerful and vibrant media experience, the Intel Core M processor makes multitasking on a single device faster and easier than ever. Go from games to presentations in a flash. Anywhere. Everywhere.

Ready for Business
Keep employees productive longer—no matter where they work. The Intel Core M processor delivers an optimal combination of business-class performance with long battery life in ultra-portable devices. Help protect data, user identities, and network access3 with the built-in security features available with Intel® vPro™ technology.

Maximum Versatility
Carry one device instead of two. The Intel Core M processor brings together the power of a PC with battery life of up to 20% longer4 in range of razor-thin, ultra-mobile 2 in 1 devices. Experience the power of transformative devices you can take anywhere and everywhere.

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Onda V975s come with Allwinner A83T

The first A80T tablet is on sale on TD now. Powered by Allwinner A83T, 9.7 inch Retina Screen, 1GB + 16GB, support up to 128GB expansion. Learn More >>

Based on TSMC’s industry-leading 28nm HPC process, A83T is designed to be a high performance but extremely power-efficient octa-core processor. For that reason, A83T packs eight highly energy-efficient Cortex-A7 cores that could run simultaneously at around 2.0GHz, and implements the advanced big.LITTLE architecture to maximize the battery life. Imaginations Technology’s outstanding PowerVR GPU is also combined in A83T to deliver the best balance between graphic processing performance and power consumption.

“ Octa-core is leading the market now, so after the remarkable UltraOcta A80, we’re here to release another extraordinary octa-core A83T for middle range tablet market,” said Jack Lee, the Chief Marketing Officer of Allwinner, “The system performance of Allwinner A83T octa core is definitely impressive, but that’s not all. Our customers will be amazed by its extremely low power consumption as well, which even outperforms most quad-core tablet processors in the market. ”

Another noteworthy feature of A83T is its implementation of Allwinner’s next-gen SmartColor technology, Allwinner’s latest achievements in display technology, which helps to deliver splendid image quality with higher resolutions, providing tablet consumers with eye-pleasing visual effects.

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