IFA 2015 | Asus announces Vivo Stick PC, ZenWatch 2, and ZenFone Zoom
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.
- 1.63-inch AMOLED touchscreen
- 320 x 320 resolution, 277 PPI
- 400 mAh internal battery
- 49.6 x 40.7 mm
- 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.