Asus CES 2015 Press Conference Live Blogby Ryan Smith & Ian Cutress on January 5, 2015 2:00 PM EST
02:32PM EST - And that's a wrap. On to the next meeting
02:32PM EST - Zenfone Zoom available in Q2 at $399
02:32PM EST - Zenfone 2 available in March at $199
02:31PM EST - Tagline: "See what others can't see"
02:30PM EST - SoC is not mentioned, but it's reasonable to guess the same as Zenfone 2
02:29PM EST - 5.5" 1080p display
02:29PM EST - Plenty of manual controls as well
02:29PM EST - Macro photography mode can go down to 5cm
02:29PM EST - Laser-based auto focusing mechanism
02:28PM EST - OIS present as well
02:28PM EST - 10 element lense set
02:28PM EST - "World's thinnest 3x optical zoom smartphone"
02:28PM EST - 3x optical zoom
02:27PM EST - Zenfone with an even better camera
02:27PM EST - New Product: Asus Zenfone Zoom
02:26PM EST - And of course Android 5.0 with ZenUI
02:26PM EST - LTE Cat 4, dual SIM
02:25PM EST - ZenUI browser to also include Trend Micro service to block potentially threatening websites
02:24PM EST - ZenMotion, SnapView, and more
02:23PM EST - More on the latest version of ZenUI
02:23PM EST - 16mil ZenUI devices sold so far
02:22PM EST - ZenUI, Asus custom skin for Android
02:22PM EST - 60ms response time, calling it "zero lag" input
02:21PM EST - 4GB of RAM, "dual channel"
02:21PM EST - Asus touting performance advantage, though Apple A8 is not mentioned
02:20PM EST - (Z3580 is a quad core 22nm Silvermont)
02:19PM EST - Processor is Atom Z3580
02:18PM EST - Beautification mode is back
02:18PM EST - Asus believes it has an edge here
02:18PM EST - Now discussing HDR photo quality
02:17PM EST - "Pixel merging" technology for low light photos
02:17PM EST - 13Mpix rear camera, f/2.0
02:16PM EST - Available in various back colors
02:15PM EST - 1080p IPS display
02:15PM EST - Slightly curved back, volume control is on the back of the phone
02:15PM EST - Brush metal finish, 3.9mm thick
02:15PM EST - Intel Atom powered
02:14PM EST - New product: Asus Zenfone 2
02:14PM EST - This presentation suddenly got very "two" heavy
02:13PM EST - Shipped 1.5mil ZenPhones per month in Q4 (or 4.5mil for the whole quarter)
02:13PM EST - Discussing the ZenPhone
02:12PM EST - Kirk has left the stage, time for the next product
02:12PM EST - Intel heaping praise on Asus, thanking them
02:11PM EST - Intel isn't holding back. Kirk is comparing Core-M to Qualcomm Snapdragon
02:10PM EST - Now on stage, Kirk Skaugen, SVP and GM of client computing for Intel
02:09PM EST - Asus is making a run at both the ultrabook and tablet markets with these configurations and prices
02:09PM EST - T90: $299
02:09PM EST - T100: $399
02:09PM EST - Prices, T300: $799 for 1440p, $699 for 1080p
02:08PM EST - T90: 8.9", Intel Atom powered
02:08PM EST - T100: 10.1"
02:07PM EST - T300: 12.5", 7.6mm thick, 720g, 1440p or 1080p display, 128GB SSD, Core-M processor, 4 or 8GB RAM
02:07PM EST - 3 sizes
02:06PM EST - Full size keyboard
02:06PM EST - 8 hour battery life
02:06PM EST - Jonney's phrase of the day: "Our Chi is
02:05PM EST - Discussing color gamut; since it's IPS it's likely full sRGB
02:04PM EST - 2560x1440 IPS display
02:04PM EST - 1.65cm thick, a hair thinner than the Macbook Air
02:03PM EST - x86 powered, runs Windows
02:03PM EST - Chi is a 2-in-1 detachable laptop
02:02PM EST - First product: Asus Transformer Book Chi
02:02PM EST - Asus is starting out with videos
02:02PM EST - Asus chairman Jonney Shih is on stage
02:01PM EST - Ryan is on the keys, Ian on the camera
02:01PM EST - We're here at Asus's 2015 CES press conference
02:01PM EST - Hi guys, we're back with another CES press conference
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xilience - Monday, January 5, 2015 - linkAre these phone prices unlocked, or with carrier contract?
DanD85 - Monday, January 5, 2015 - linkI assume the price of $199 for zenphone 2 and $399 for zenphone zoom are all on-contract price?
RaLX - Monday, January 5, 2015 - linkAccording to Gizmodo is off-contract prices.
danbob999 - Monday, January 5, 2015 - linksounds too good to be true
aryonoco - Monday, January 5, 2015 - linkWhy? Those are exactly the price range of the original Zenfone, and they've been very successful with them.
This is basically what a mid-range 2015 phone is going to look like, and they generally go for $200-$250 (outright, off contract).
Stephen Barrett - Monday, January 5, 2015 - linkmmm optical zoom
kron123456789 - Monday, January 5, 2015 - linkIt's 4 f******g GB of RAM in a f******g smartphone. And it's not even a flagship smartphone.
danbob999 - Monday, January 5, 2015 - linkWe need 4GB more than we need quad-core CPUs or 2k displays.
nikaldro - Thursday, January 8, 2015 - linkMore than 2K? Yes
More than quad cores? Hell no
Orwelian84 - Monday, January 5, 2015 - linkIntel is finally getting serious about Mobile it seems, which would be great more competition will mean better SoCs for us.
Also,if those are off contract prices I may seriously consider the Zenphone Zoom. I'll be waiting for a few reviews though, Asus products have been hit or miss for me in the past.