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IFA 2015 | Asus announces Vivo Stick PC, ZenWatch 2, and ZenFone Zoom

Asus announces Vivo Stick PC, ZenWatch 2, and ZenFone Zoom
Asus announces Vivo Stick PC, ZenWatch 2, and ZenFone Zoom
Aside from the massive water-cooled GX700, Asus will be launching its latest PC stick, Smartwatch, and cameraphone before the end of this year.

Asus is well-known for its Zenbook notebooks and is reminding everyone at IFA that the company produces other electronics as well.

First, the Vivo Stick PC will instantly turn any HDMI-equipped TV into a full-fledged Windows 10 computer. Its small size (138 x 34 x 15 mm) houses an Intel Cherry Trail CPU, integrated HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), 2 GB RAM, and 32 GB of eMMC. Wireless connectivity supports up to 802.11n with Bluetooth 4.0. Additional interfaces include USB 3.0, USB 2.0, 3.5 mm audio, and a MicroSD port. Expect this to cost $130 USD at launch.

Next, the ZenWatch 2 was unveiled at CES 2015 and will finally be available in two sizes. Each configuration will have a Snapdragon 400 APQ8026 SoC, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB eMMC, and be IP67-certified against water and dust. Asus is now accepting orders through its online store starting at 170 Euros.

Larger configuration:

  • 1.63-inch AMOLED touchscreen
  • 320 x 320 resolution, 277 PPI
  • 400 mAh internal battery
  • 49.6 x 40.7 mm

Smaller configuration:

  • 1.45-inch AMOLED touchscreen
  • 280 x 280 resolution, 273 PPI
  • 300 mAh internal battery
  • 45.2 x 37.2 mm

Another highlight from CES 2015 was the ZenFone Zoom cameraphone, which is now back at IFA. The phone integrates a rear 13 MP camera with f/2.7 to f/4.8 aperture, 10 lenses, and a 3x optical zoom with image stabilization. Its laser auto-focus takes just 0.2 seconds in camera mode. Meanwhile, the front-facing 5 MP f/2.0 camera will incorporate wide-angle (88 degrees) lenses. Asus has not revealed any plans to launch the smartphone in Europe, but we are expecting it to come sometime this October at the earliest for 400 Euros.

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Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Allen Ngo, 2015-09- 4 (Update: 2015-09- 4)
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.