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The Intel oneAPI Unified Programming Model Revealed!

Intel oneAPI Unified Programming Model Overview!

At Supercomputing 2019, Intel unveiled their oneAPI initiative for heterogenous computing, promising to deliver a unified programming experience for developers.

Here is an overview of the Intel oneAPI unified programming model, and what it means for programmers!

 

The Need For Intel oneAPI

The modern computing environment is now a lot less CPU-centric, with the greater adoption of GPUs, FGPAs and custom-built accelerators (like the Alibaba Hanguang 800).

Their different scalar, vector, matrix and spatial architectures require different APIs and code bases, which complicates attempts to utilise a mix of those capabilities.

 

Intel oneAPI For Heterogenous Computing

Intel oneAPI promises to change all that, offering a unified programming model for those different architectures.

It allows developers to create workloads and applications for multiple architectures on their platform of choice, without the need to develop and maintain separate code bases, tools and workflow.

Intel oneAPI comprises of two components – the open industry initiative, and the Intel oneAPI beta toolkit :

oneAPI Initiative

This is a cross-architecture development model based on industry standards, and an open specification, to encourage broader adoption.

Intel oneAPI Beta Toolkit

This beta toolkit offers the Intel oneAPI specification components with direct programming (Data Parallel C++), API-based programming with performance libraries, advanced analysis and debug tools.

Developers can test code and workloads in the Intel DevCloud for oneAPI on multiple Intel architectures.

 

What Processors + Accelerators Are Supported By Intel oneAPI?

The beta Intel oneAPI reference implementation currently supports these Intel platforms :

  • Intel Xeon Scalable processors
  • Intel Core and Atom processors
  • Intel processor graphics (as a proxy for future Intel discrete data centre GPUs)
  • Intel FPGAs (Intel Arria, Stratix)

The oneAPI specification is designed to support a broad range of CPUs and accelerators from multiple vendors. However, it is up to those vendors to create their own oneAPI implementations and optimise them for their own hardware.

 

Are oneAPI Elements Open-Sourced?

Many oneAPI libraries and components are already, or will soon be open sourced.

 

What Companies Are Participating In The oneAPI Initiative?

According to Intel, more than 30 vendors and research organisations support the oneAPI initiative, including CERN openlab, SAP and the University of Cambridge.

Companies that create their own implementation of oneAPI and complete a self-certification process will be allowed to use the oneAPI initiative brand and logo.

 

Available Intel oneAPI Toolkits

At the time of its launch (17 November 2019), here are the toolkits that Intel has made available for developers to download and use :

Intel oneAPI Base Toolkit (Beta)

This foundational kit enables developers of all types to build, test, and deploy performance-driven, data-centric applications across CPUs, GPUs, and FPGAs. Comes with :

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  • Intel oneAPI Data Parallel C++ Compiler
  • Intel Distribution for Python
  • Multiple optimized libraries
  • Advanced analysis and debugging tools

Domain Specific oneAPI Toolkits for Specialised Workloads :

  • oneAPI HPC Toolkit (beta) : Deliver fast C++, Fortran, OpenMP, and MPI applications that scale.
  • oneAPI DL Framework Developer Toolkit (beta) : Build deep learning frameworks or customize existing ones.
  • oneAPI IoT Toolkit (beta) : Build high-performing, efficient, reliable solutions that run at the network’s edge.
  • oneAPI Rendering Toolkit (beta) : Create high-performance, high-fidelity visualization applications.

Additional Toolkits, Powered by oneAPI

  • Intel AI Analytics Toolkit (beta) : Speed AI development with tools for DL training, inference, and data analytics.
  • Intel Distribution of OpenVINO Toolkit : Deploy high-performance inference applications from device to cloud.
  • Intel System Bring-Up Toolkit (beta) : Debug and tune systems for power and performance.

You can download all of those toolkits here.

 

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The Avengers AVR116T & AVR10T Tablets Revealed!

On 2 March 2017, SNS Network revealed the Avengers AVR116T and AVR10T convertible tablets. In this Marvel-themed event, they even brought in Iron Man to officially launch these official Avengers tablets!

 

Iron Man Launches The Avengers Tablets!

Frankly, Tony Stark appeared to be suffering a hangover, but hey, at least he made it to the launch event! 😀

 

The Avengers AVR116T Tablet Hands-On Preview

Featuring the Avengers logo on its back cover, the Avengers AVR116T has a large 11.6″ HD display, a quad-core Intel Atom x5 processor and 4 GB of RAM with 32 GB of internal flash storage.

 

The AVR116T Specifications & Price

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  • 11.6” HD display (1366 X 768)
  • Quad Core Intel Atom x5-Z8300 Processor
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 32 GB storage (expandable up to 64 GB MicroSD)
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home
  • Rear 5 MP camera and Front 2 MP camera
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB Type C, Micro USB, Micro HDMI
  • Launch Price : RM 1,449 / ~US$ 319

 

The Avengers AVR10T Tablet Hands-On Preview

The 10.1-inch Avengers AVR10T is a 2-in-1 convertible tablet that has a glowing Arc Reactor on its lid. It is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom x5 processor and comes with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal flash storage.

 

The AVR10T Specifications & Price

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  • 10.1” IPS display (1280 X 800)
  • Quad Core Intel Atom x5-Z8300 Processor
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 64 GB storage (expandable up to 64 GB MicroSD)
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home
  • Rear 5 MP camera and Front 2 MP camera
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth0
  • USB Type C, Micro USB, Micro HDMI
  • Launch Price : RM 1,249 / ~US$ 279

 

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The SNS JOI 11 2-in-1 Tablet Revealed!

On 2 March 2017, SNS Network revealed the JOI 11 tablet, with three optional accessories – the JOI Metal Keyboard, the JOI Leather Keyboard and the JOI Active Pen.  This is a dual OS (Windows 10 + Android) tablet that readily converts into a laptop with the optional keyboard. Check it out!

 

The SNS JOI 11 Tablet Revealed

The founder and Managing Director of SNS Network, Ko Yun Hung, presented the key features of the new JOI 11 2-in-1 tablet.

Then Vivian and Harry gave an in-depth demonstration of the JOI 11 tablet, with the two keyboard options and the JOI Active Pen.

 

The SNS JOI 11 Tablet Hands-On Preview

The JOI 11 tablet features a sleek metal design with a 10.8″ Full HD IPS display. It weighs just 700 gm and is as thin as 8.8 mm. Internally, it has a quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor with 4 GB of DDR3 RAM and 32 GB of internal flash storage, which is expandable via a Micro SD card (up to 64 GB).

The JOI 11 boasts the new USB Type C port, which allows for faster charging speed and data transfers. It also has a built-in mini HDMI port for easy video and audio output to external displays. For greater productivity, you can pair with an optional detachable keyboard with metal or leather finishing, and a JOI Active Pen.

All of that is powered by a 8,400 mAh battery that is good for 6-8 hours of non-stop use.

 

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The SNS JOI 11 Specifications

  • Quad Core Intel Atom x5- Z8350 Processor
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 32 GB storage (expandable up to 128 GB MicroSD)
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home
  • 10.8” Full HD IPS display – 1920 X 1280 resolution, 3:2 screen aspect ratio
  • Rear 5 MP camera and Front 2 MP camera
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB Type C, Micro HDMI port

 

The SNS JOI 11 Price & Availability

Best of all, the SNS JOI 11 is available for pre-order at just RM 899 / ~US$ 199, with delivery in 2 weeks or so. The accessories are priced as such :

  • JOI Metal Keyboard – RM 249 / ~US$ 55
  • JOI Leather Keyboard – RM 199 / ~US$ 44
  • JOI Active Pen – RM 99 / ~US$ 22

 

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BIOSTAR RACING P1 Mini PC Released

Taipeh, 4 November 2016BIOSTAR is pleased to share the perfect life companion if you’re looking for computing solution that goes with you wherever you go or you just need to maximize space. The BIOSTAR RACING P1 Mini-PC is unlike any laptop you’ve used before.

Laptops tend to be heavy and have a consistent size and volume to them, offers no customization and most of all, are almost always expensive. Tablets on the other hand are just not useful for productivity and business tasks, have limited I/O ports, and aren’t made for long-term usage not to mention that again, they’re also expensive.

 

Perfect for Work and Study

The BIOSTAR RACING P1 mini-PC beats both tablet and laptop by offering the complete PC experience in a small package. Students for example may need to share dorms with other students or may not be able to bring an entire desktop with them but they don’t require a laptop in class, the BIOSTAR RACING P1 makes it easy to have a PC without taking up a lot of space.

Tablets may seem idle but they are heavily underpowered and are unfit for productivity work. The lack of connectivity, storage and actual applications make it also a challenge to work in a tablet environment which makes the BIOSTAR RACING P1 mini-PC an ideal alternative if you’re a mobile professional that needs a portable workstation on different work sites.

The BIOSTAR RACING P1 makes it easier to manage and maintain your personal workstation without worrying about shared data and information and since you can carry it with you, you don’t need to worry about people sneaking around your workstation when you’re not at your desk.

Your Best Family Home PC

The BIOSTAR RACING P1 mini PC is also the perfect household PC, allowing a perfectly clean desktop. Store family photos, videos and watch them with the family or with a projector in your living room to share on special occassions. Relive special moments with the RACING P1. The BIOSTAR RACING P1 mini PC is so easy to use and removes the daunting big box that our grandparents can now focus on the screen without worrying about being intimidated.

BIOSTAR changes this with the BIOSTAR RACING P1 Mini PC which unlikes other brands’ mini PCs offers a completely new way of thinking about the mini PC and breaks away from the ugly, router-like, oftentimes huge, heavy and pricey models that other brands offer for their mini-PC line up.

The BIOSTAR RACING P1 mini PC aims to improve the situation and it achieves all these by implementing a set of features that makes it a completely different product than any before it.’

 

The BIOSTAR RACING P1 Features

Featuring support for the BIOSTAR’s signature VIVID LED DJ and 5050 LED FUN modding features that allow customization of BIOSTAR motherboards to feature customizable LED lighting, the RACING P1 also implements this feature and supports customizable LED lighting and LED strips via the 5050 header allowing a really personalized mini PC. To add to the personalized styling, the RACING P1 reflects its naming with a carbon fibre design top shell and RACING logo to bring out a unique sense of personal style.

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Designed for maximum space-saving and portability, the BIOSTAR RACING P1 is VESA mount compatible allowing you to fix it to your monitor as desired creating extra space and leaving a clutter free desk. At 0.29L, its also lightweight and can fit in most bags letting you bring your computer everywhere.

Despite its size, the BIOSTAR RACING P1 packs plenty of power. The BIOSTAR RACING P1 mini-PC features an Intel Z8350 quad-core processor with clock-speeds up to 1.92G with a maximum TDP of only 2W allowing the BIOSTAR RACING P1 operate completely fanless hence completely silent operation.

Full 64GB of internal storage allows adequate space for operating system files and documents and 6-USB slots plus a microSD card reader allows complete expandability for storage.

 

The BIOSTAR RACING P1 Specifications

 

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The ASUS VivoStick Pocket-Sized PC Announced

31 August 2016ASUS today announced the ASUS VivoStick, a pocket-sized PC that turns any HDMI display or TV into a Windows PC or smart TV for work or play. VivoStick is powered by an Intel Atom processor with 2GB RAM, and has 32GB of onboard storage space. It delivers fast and responsive performance and is plug-and-play-ready without the need for complicated setup.

Despite its compact size, it has 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port and an audio jack, plus an internal cooling fan to guard against overheating. ASUS VivoStick is an affordable and space-saving PC that is ideal for the home or office.

 

VivoStick

Elegant design with Zen-inspired elements

The fountain pen-inspired VivoStick features smooth, elegant lines and an understated high-sheen luster coat. Its power button and HDMI cap sports the classic Zen-inspired spun-metal-effect finish. Its slim and compact design measures just 135 x 36 x 16.5mm to save precious desktop space; and it can be mounted on the back of a display thanks to its extension cable and VivoStick Holder.

Wireless home entertainment

Users can cast content to larger screen with ASUS HyStream, this app lets them mirror or stream Full HD movies, videos, or photos stored on their Android or iOS smartphones, tablets, or PCs to a HDMI-enabled TV in any home theater setup.

Users can control the ASUS VivoStick via their mobile phones or tablets with the ASUS VivoRemote app. This app gives users a wireless keyboard and mouse feature, one-click shortcuts to Home or the Windows start menu, as well as media playback and volume control. In addition, VivoRemote Center provides a mobile-like experience by grouping frequently-used apps in a single folder; users can also create categorized folders and shortcuts to open files or execute commands.

The ASUS VivoStick gives users the full PC experience anywhere in the home, allowing them to get work done, stream HD videos, or catch up with family and friends via social media apps on their TV. Xbox One support even allows users to access their console with VivoStick.

ASUS VivoStick can also be plugged into a projector for presentations or movies. In addition, users can bring VivoStick instead of their laptops when going on vacation; they can hook it up to their hotel room TV to watch videos on YouTube, Netflix or Amazon Prime.

For business or commercial use

ASUS VivoStick is ideal for individuals who are always on the go, or as a low-maintenance and cost-effective solution for a fleet of computers for business, commercial, and educational use. VivoStick can be used as a thin-client platform for call centers, computer labs in schools, or small businesses. The firmware-based Trusted Platform Module (fTPM) safeguards internal data structures against real-world threats.

Touchscreen support makes the VivoStick PC an attractive proposition as a cost-effect self-service guest computing kiosk in airports, hotels, malls, and tourist attractions. It works as a dedicated single-purpose point-of-sale (POS) machine at checkout counters, retail stores, fast food chains, and restaurants. It can serve as a digital signage solution for in-store displays, outdoor sign boards, or even outfield scoreboards.

To guard against theft when used in public places, an eyelet notch lets users secure the ASUS VivoStick to a monitor or display, with a buzzer sounding if it is removed.

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ASUS VivoStick Availability & Pricing

Launch Price = RM699 / ~US$175
Warranty = 1 Year
Availability = Now

 

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ASUS ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML) Review Rev. 2.0

When we covered the launch of the ASUS ZenFone Zoom, everyone clamoured to review it. It was literally the ultimate ZenFone smartphone – with its powerful Intel Atom processor, 4 GB of RAM, 128 GB of internal storage and a 13 MP camera with 3X optical zoom, laser auto-focus and optical image stabilisation!

Unfortunately, initial stocks were limited so ASUS sent us the 5.5″ smartphone model (ZE550KL) and the 6″ phablet model (ZE601KL) of their  ZenFone 2 Laser series instead. We are ecstatic to report that ASUS recently passed us a special edition of the ASUS ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML). So we present to you our definitive review of the ASUS ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML) smartphone!

Updated @ 2016-05-09 : Added additional information to various sections, and expanding in particular, the section on its photographic capabilities.

 

ASUS ZenFone Zoom Specifications

SpecificationsASUS ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML)
Operating SystemAndroid 5.0 (Lollipop) with ASUS ZenUI 2.0
Display5.5" IPS touchscreen
1080 x 1920 pixels (403 ppi pixel density)
Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection
ProcessorQuad-core Intel Atom Z3590 (2.5 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorPowerVR Rogue G6430 (640 MHz)
Memory4 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
Storage128 GB eMCP flash memory
microSD card slot (up to 128 GB)
5 GB lifetime ASUS WebStorage
Front Camera5 MP sensor with f/2.0 wide-angle lens
Rear Camera13 MP Panasonic SmartFSI MN34130 sensor
Hoya 28-84 mm f/2.7-4.8 lens (10-element periscope design)
3X optical zoom + 4X digital zoom
4 stops Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS)
Dual-LED, dual-tone flash
Laser auto-focus system (0.03 seconds focusing, up to 50 cm)
Network Speed4G LTE Cat4+ : 50 / 250 Mbps
3G HSPA+ : 5.76 / 42 Mbps
SIM SupportSingle micro SIM card
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth v4.0 + EDR
NFC, micro-USB 2.0
GPSGPS / GLONASS / QZSS / SBAS / BDS
Battery3000 mAh lithium polymer (non-removable)
Fingerprint SensorNo
Other SensorsAccelerator, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Light, Hall sensor
Dimensions78.8 mm wide x 158.9 mm tall x 11.95 mm thick
3.10" wide x 6.26" tall x 0.47" thick
Weight185 g / 6.53 oz (with battery)
Available ColoursPure Black / Ceramic White

 

Unboxing The ZenFone Zoom

Our ASUS ZenFone Zoom [Lowest Price] came in a special edition box set, so it’s much larger than what you would see in a retail store. When you open up the box, you will find a welcome note printed on heavy cardboard. Very classy. Underneath, you will find the actual ASUS ZenFone Zoom box, a box of Zencredible Photocards and a Zenny figurine nestled in foam cutouts.

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  • One ASUS ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML) smartphone wrapped in plastic
  • One ASUS ZenFone Zoom leather strap
  • One 18W ASUS fast charger with power plug adapter and micro-USB cable
  • One set of Zencredible Photocards – the ASUS’ version of Cards Against Humanity (Special Edition box set only)
  • One Zenny figurine (Special Edition box set only)
  • One pair of ASUS ZenEar earphones with four spare earbuds
  • One set of User Manual, Warranty Card and strip of 3 IMEI stickers

Note that the Special Edition box only come with two extra items – the Zenny figurine and the Zencredible Photocards.

In the next page, we are going to take a close look at the ASUS ZenFone Zoom [Amazon] and set it up!

Next Page > The ZenFone Zoom, Premium Finish, Fast Charger

 

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The ASUS ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML)

In this video, we will show you how to quickly unwrap the ASUS ZenFone Zoom [Lowest Price] – just slide it out! And we will give you a quick tour of its key features :


The ASUS ZenFone 2 series is notable for their ambidextrous design. However, the ZenFone Zoom abandons it due to the periscopic lens arrangement, and its focus on photography. Instead of a central alignment, all of the ZenFone Zoom’s physical buttons are on the right side. There are not buttons on the left side.

First, you have the Volume rocker switch, which doubles as Zoom buttons. To zoom in, press the T (Telescopic) button. To zoom out, press the W (Wide) button. Right next to them is Power button. On the far end, you will find the Record Video button (small circular button with a red dot) and a dedicated Shutter button. Like on a digital camera, you can half-press the Shutter button to focus on an object before taking the shot.

The earphone port is located at the top, together with a microphone port. There is a second microphone port located at the bottom, next to the micro-USB port. Note the groove which allows you to remove the back cover, and the single speaker grille next to it.

At the lower left corner is a strap hole. It allows you to attach the leather strap, so you can loop it around your wrist. This will prevent the ZenFone Zoom [Lowest Price] from hitting the ground should it slip out of your hand.

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Premium Finish

At first sight, you can tell that the ASUS ZenFone Zoom [Lowest Price] is a bespoke device. It has a certain heft that imparts confidence in its build, with a beautiful anodised aluminium frame that terminates in a brilliant ring around the Gorilla Glass-protected display.

The frame is carved from a single block of aerospace-grade aluminium alloy and then polished, sand-blasted and anodised – in an elaborate 201-step process. ASUS certainly spared no expense in this model.

To give it the ultimate feel of luxury, the back cover uses the finest (literally) ox leather. Only 38% of the hide with the thinnest and toughest cut is used. It is then finished with traditional Italian tailoring. The leather cover not only feels great, it gives you a better grip.

 

Fast Charger

The ASUS ZenFone Zoom [Lowest Price] comes with a fast charger that delivers up to 18 W of power (2 amps of current at 9 V). You can recharge the ZenFone Zoom with any other charger, even use a micro-USB connected to a computer’s USB port. However, you won’t be able to charge as fast as you would with this fast charger (see our test results).

It is made up of two parts – the AC/DC converter, and a power plug that varies according to region. This modular design allows ASUS to manufacture the same fast charger for the entire world, and adapt them to local requirements using the modular plug heads.

Next Page > Inside The ZenFone Zoom, Mono Speaker & ZenEar, Setting Up The ZenFone Zoom

 

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Inside The ZenFone Zoom

Now, let’s take a look INSIDE the ASUS ZenFone Zoom [Lowest Price]. We will show you how to carefully remove the premium leather back cover to gain access to the SIM slot and the microSD card slot. Unlike other ZenFone 2 models, the 3,000 mAh battery is not user-removable.

The ASUS ZenFone Zoom [Lowest Price] uses the Intel XMM 7262 modem which has dual SIM, dual standby capability. However, ASUS only chose to include a single micro SIM card slot, so if you must have dual SIM capability, you are out of luck.

There is also a microSD card slot which allows for an additional 128 GB of storage. It may seem superfluous since the ASUS ZenFone Zoom [Lowest Price] comes with 128 GB of internal flash storage. But if you are going on an extended trip, 256 GB of storage can buy you peace of mind.

 

Mono Speaker & ZenEar

Interestingly, the ASUS ZenFone Zoom [Lowest Price] comes with a single speaker. However, ASUS appears to have put in quite a lot of work into this speaker.

ASUS engineers used a 5-magnet construction with a metal voice coil, which delivers a much higher volume with lower bass distortion. They also added a dedicated sound chamber for maximum audio expansion.

For the best audio experience, ASUS even threw in a pair of ASUS ZenEar earphones. They have a frequency response of 20-20,000 Hz with a maximum power output of 107 dB/mW. They also come with four spare earbuds.

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Setting Up The ZenFone Zoom

This video will show you the initial setup process. It will take you no more than 5 minutes to set up the ASUS ZenFone Zoom [Lowest Price] as a new device.

Once you finish setting it up and it loads the home screen, you will be amazed at how bright and sharp the IPS display is. The display is protected by the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 4. This makes it twice as hard to break in a drop, compared to Gorilla Glass 3 used in the flagship ZenFone 2 model. Gorilla Glass 4 has, so far, been limited to higher-end smartphones and phablets like the Samsung Galaxy Note5.

Next Page > Available Memory &  Storage, Camera Capabilities & Options

 

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Available Memory & Storage

The ASUS ZenFone Zoom [Lowest Price] comes with 4 GB of LPDDR3 memory, which is fantastic because it has quite a bit more bloat than the 5.5″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE550KL) and the 6″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) we reviewed earlier. Even so, you have at least 2.2 GB of free memory to use – more than what many smartphones (like the honor 5X) come with!

Out of the box, the ZenFone Zoom comes with 128 GB of internal flash storage. Once you deduct about 16.5 GB for the Android 5.0 operating system and 1.1 GB for the ASUS apps, you still have a whooping 111 GB of free space left to use!

That’s more than enough to store 30,000 pictures or 670 minutes of 1080p video. It is unlikely you will find the need to add additional storage space using a microSD card.

 

Camera Capabilities

The raison d’etre for the ASUS ZenFone Zoom [Lowest Price] is its special 13 MP PixelMaster 2.0 camera, which boasts a 3X optical zoom capability. While optical zoom is not a new capability in smartphones, it is exceedingly rare… especially without a telescopic mechanism.

In this regard, ASUS has achieved an amazing feat – delivering optical zoom capability without a protruding or telescoping lens. The ZenFone Zoom looks, works and feels like a smartphone. And they did this using an ingenious periscopic lens design created by HOYA.

The 10-element periscopic lens arrangement with dual high-precision stepper motors allow the ZenFone Zoom [Lowest Price] to deliver a focal length range of 28 mm to 84 mm. This 3X optical zoom can be further extended digitally for a total zoom length of 12X. This design has some drawbacks though.

Even at its widest, it isn’t very fast with an aperture of just f/2.7. Top smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Note5 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge sport much larger apertures of f/1.9 to f/1.7. When you zoom out all the way to 84 mm, the lens stops down to f/4.8. To compensate for the lower light input, the 13 MP camera is optically-stabilised for up to 4 stops.

Fortunately, ASUS chose to use the Panasonic SmartFSI MN34130 sensor in the ZenFone Zoom [Lowest Price]. Now, this is hardly the best 13 MP sensor they could have used (say, the Sony IMX214 or IMX 258), but it is way better than the dismal Toshiba T4K37 sensor used in the other ZenFone 2 models.

To round up the rear camera’s photographic capability, ASUS also threw in a laser auto-focusing system and a dual-tone LED flash. The laser focusing system is designed to accurately measure distance for close-up photography, while the dual-tone LED flash produces flash photographs with more realistic skin tones.

If you are into selfies though, the ZenFone Zoom only offers a 5 MP sensor with no flash, but the wide-angle lens is fast at f/2.0.

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Camera Options

Both the front and rear cameras use a 4:3 ratio for maximum resolution, with small crop sizes available in the settings menu. The main camera can record videos in full 1080p resolution, albeit only with electronic video stabilisation turned off.

The main camera also comes with a bunch of built-in software features like a HDR mode and a low light option that extends the camera’s ability to capture poorly-lit scenes by combining light from multiple pixels. You can also apply some filters or convert your pictures into GIF animation.

Next Page > Camera Performance – Image Quality & Laser Focusing

 

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Camera Performance – Image Quality

The ASUS ZenFone Zoom [Lowest Price] uses the Panasonic SmartFSI MN34130 sensor, instead of the Toshiba T4K37 sensor used in the rest of the ASUS ZenFone 2 series. The pictures were distinctly superior all around.

Take the example of the elevator and the signboards. If you blow them up to 100%, the edges are no longer blurred with noise, with only some noticeable noise in the darker areas. Even those are greatly improved over the photos taken by the 5.5″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE550KL) and the 6″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) we reviewed earlier.

The following photos of the bubblegum balls and assorted fruits show how much better the ZenFone Zoom is at taking photos. The photos are not just much sharper (when blown up to 100%), they show a much better control of the exposure.

Generally, this camera performs best in well-lit scenes. Its zoom lens is not the very fast when wide (f/2.7 at 28 mm) and quite slow (f/4.8) when fully zoomed to 84 mm. In dim or pooly-lit scenes, you need to rely on its 4-stop OIS to reduce handshake.

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Laser Focusing Performance

The ASUS ZenFone Zoom [Lowest Price] borrows the laser auto-focusing system from the 5.5″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE550KL) smartphone and the 6″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) phablet.

It uses a laser diode to shoot laser beams at near objects to instantly determine their distances. This allows for faster and more accurate focusing than can be achieved using contrast detection or phase detection auto-focusing techniques. We tested its laser focusing capabilities using a neat little app that ships with the ZenFone Zoom – a laser ruler.

The laser focusing system is especially useful in low or poor lighting conditions. However, the laser diode has a low power output, for safety reasons.  You can only use it to measure distances of up to 50 cm. Anything beyond that won’t return a reading.

As you can surmise by now, 50 cm is also the range for the ZenFone Zoom’s laser auto-focusing feature. If it fails to detect any object in range, it will fall back to the original contrast detection auto-focus method. Even with the range limitation, it’s very useful if your subject is in range… especially if there are subjects nearby that may interfere with the auto-focus.

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Camera Performance – Zoom

You might be wondering – just how useful is the 3X optical zoom? Take a look at these comparison photos we took of various sceneries :

The 3X optical zoom really makes A LOT of difference. It allows you to reach out and take photos from a distance, even past the shoulders of people standing in front of you.

Of course, you can do digital zoom on all smartphones, but optical zoom offers the best image quality. The optical zoom also extends the total zoom capability of the ZenFone Zoom [Lowest Price] to a whooping 12X – 3 times further than what you can accomplish with only digital zoom.

You may also be wondering if the 3X optical zoom will allow you to deliver better bokeh in portrait shorts. Sadly, at maximum zoom, the aperture is only f/4.8. So there is a significant depth of field and poor background separation.

While portraits and indoor shots may not be its cup of tea, the ZenFone Zoom [Lowest Price] works great with scenery and architectural shots, where there is plenty of light and the depth of field is useful.

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Camera Performance – Video Recording

The ASUS ZenFone Zoom [Lowest Price] is capable of recording 1080p videos, albeit without any electronic image stabilisation. The good news is it supports optical image stabilisation, which works better than electronic image stabilisation.

The ZenFone Zoom’s optical zoom also comes in handy, giving you much greater flexibility and creativity when you record videos. Check out these three examples. The first is of chickens at a pet farm, the second of a gamelan (traditional Malay music) band, and finally, a piano performance by Mr. Yang I-Deun.

Thanks to the Panasonic SmartFSI sensor, the ASUS ZenFone Zoom [Lowest Price] is much better at controlling the exposure of the bright areas. They were only a little overexposed.

In the piano scene, it seemed to have some trouble focusing on Mr. Yang as we zoomed in. This was not seen in the first two videos which were brightly lit outdoor scenes, so it is probably a problem only in dim conditions. We hope ASUS will look into correcting this in the next firmware update.

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Work Performance : PCMark

We tested the ZenFone Zoom’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

 

ASUS ZenFone Zoom honor 5X Samsung Galaxy S6
Work Performance Score
(Average)
5829 3898 5078
Web Browsing 5751 3756 6788
Video Playback 4536 4325 3091
Writing 5270 4085 5918
Photo Editing 8400 2614 5357

The honor 5X (Lowest Price) may use the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor, but it is clearly no match for the quad-core Intel Atom Z3590 processor. The Snapdragon 616 has four A53 cores running at 1.65 GHz, with another four A53 cores running at 1.11 GHz. The Intel Atom Z3590, on the other hand, has four cores running at 2.5 GHz.

The ASUS ZenFone Zoom [Lowest Price] also beat the Samsung Galaxy S6, which is itself a very fast smartphone. It was particularly fast in photo editing and video playback.

 

Battery Life : PCMark

We then tested the ZenFone Zoom’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

Now we can see the Intel Atom Z3590’s processing power comes at the expense of battery life. The ASUS ZenFone Zoom [Lowest Price] uses the same 3,000 mAh lithium polymer battery as all other ASUS ZenFone 2 models, but only lasts just over 6.5 hours.

In comparison, the 6″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) lasted just under 8 hours, while the 5.5″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE550KL) lasted over 12 hours on the same test. The honor 5X (Lowest Price), which uses a similar 3,000 mAh battery, lasted 8.5 hours. With such a short battery life, you will want to pack a power bank if you are going on a long trip.

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Battery Recharging Speed

Like the 6″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL), the ZenFone Zoom [Lowest Price] comes with Fast Charging capability, and a corresponding 18 W fast charger. Then we tested to see how fast it recharges from 20% to 100%.

As the chart shows, the ASUS ZenFone Zoom [Lowest Price] recharged from 20% to 100% in just 86 minutes (1 hour 26 minutes). It actually hit 90% in just 61 minutes (1 hour 1 minute). In other words, the ZenFone Zoom recharges its battery about 32% faster than the 6″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) [Lowest Price] and 2.4X faster than the 5.5″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE550KL).

This is really amazing performance. From our logs, we can see that it recharged the first 20% in just 9 minutes. So if you are short on power, even a short recharge can give you a significant boost in battery life.

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Overall Performance : AnTuTu Benchmark

AnTuTu is a nice benchmark for testing various performance aspects of Android devices.

ASUS
ZenFone Zoom
honor 5X Samsung
Galaxy S6
TOTAL SCORE 65914 36983 75222
3D SCORE 16839 2446 20579
– 3D (Garden) 6976 1492 8104
– 3D (Marooned) 9863 954 12475
UX SCORE 21371 16269 24065
– UX Data Secure 5896 4673 5507
– UX Data Process 4353 2438 4392
– UX Strategy Games 4118 2698 6948
– UX Image Process 2926 2599 3413
– UX I/O Performance 4078 3861 3805
CPU SCORE 23110 14031 25402
– CPU Mathematics 5196 2968 7823
– CPU Common Use 8699 4696 7585
– CPU Multi-Core 9215 6367 9994
RAM 4594 4237 5176

The Intel Atom Z3590 with its PowerVR G6430 graphics processor is definitely very fast. It was faster than the honor 5X (Lowest Price) in all aspects of this benchmark, even though the honor 5X was powered by an octa-core Snapdragon processor. The ASUS ZenFone Zoom [Lowest Price] is just a little slower than the Samsung Galaxy S6.

 

Gaming Performance : 3DMark

We tested the ZenFone Zoom’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

ASUS
ZenFone Zoom
honor 5X Samsung
Galaxy S6
Gaming Score 21372 7879 21166
Graphics 21748 7695 23298
Physics 20152 8597 16031
Graphics Test 1 112.6 fps 39.6 fps 120.6 fps
Graphics Test 2 81.5 fps 28.9 fps 87.3 fps
Physics Test 64.0 fps 27.3 fps 50.9 fps

The Intel Atom Z3590 really showed its mettle in this test. While the PowerVR G6430 graphics processor held up well against the Galaxy S6’s Mali-T760 graphics processor, the Intel Atom Z3590 delivered much better physics processing capability than the Galaxy S6’s octa-core Exynos 7420 processor.

 

Our Verdict

When we first saw the ASUS ZenFone Zoom, we knew we had to review it. It is a remarkable combination of innovation and art. With its ox leather back, it looks like an ultra-premium version of the ASUS ZenFone 2 smartphones that came out in the past year or so.

Its killer feature is, no doubt, its 13 MP main camera with its unique and innovative periscopic lens design. This allows the ZenFone Zoom to deliver 3X optical zoom without a protruding or telescopic lens. It is capable of optical focal lengths of 28-84 mm while remaining a svelte smartphone no thicker than 12 mm. Amazing!

ASUS also threw in every photographic technology they had in their bag – laser auto-focus, dual-tone LED flash, and 4-stop optical image stabilisation (OIS). They even swapped out the dismal Toshiba T4K37 sensor for a much better Panasonic SmartFSI sensor. The result – the best photographic experience in the entire ASUS ZenFone 2 family.

The ZenFone Zoom’s image quality is significantly better than its ZenFone 2 brethren. Even its videos were much better – less grainy with better exposure control. The 3X optical zoom was very helpful in many situations, giving us greater reach and creative options. You will also appreciate the ZenFone Zoom’s 4-stop optical image stabilisation. It effectively cancels out your hand tremors, helping to deliver sharper images and videos.

While the Panasonic SmartFSI is a superior sensor, it is hardly the best sensor ASUS could have used. In a way, the ZenFone Zoom could have been better. It could have been the best camera smartphone in the market if ASUS paired it with top-of-the-line image sensor like the Sony IMX260 used in the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

Intel may be languishing in the smartphone market but there is no doubt that their Atom processors are fast. The Intel Atom Z3590 used in the ZenFone Zoom is a quad-core processor. But backed by the PowerVR Rogue G6430 graphics processor, it trashed the octa-core Snapdragon 616 processor used in the honor 5X (Lowest Price) while coming close in performance to, or even beating in some aspects, the octa-core Exynos 7420 processor used in the Samsung Galaxy S6.

Of course, all that processing power comes at a price – battery life. The ZenFone Zoom could only lasted 6.5 hours in our battery stress test (from 100% down to 20%). The 6″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) and the 5.5″ ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE550KL), in comparison, lasted just under 8 hours and over 12 hours respectively.

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The good news is the ASUS ZenFone Zoom [Lowest Price] comes with fast charging capability. How fast? It recharges from 20% to 100% in under 1.5 hours! Even a quick 9 minute charge will give you a 20% boost in battery capacity. This is the best fast charging performance we have seen in the ZenFone 2 family.

The ASUS ZenFone Zoom [Lowest Price] is the ultimate smartphone of the ZenFone 2 family. It has the most powerful Intel Atom processor ever used in a smartphone, backed with 4 GB of RAM and a whooping 128 GB of internal storage. And it comes with a 13 MP camera with a 3X optical zoom, 4-stop image stabilisation, dual-tone LED flash and laser auto-focus. All in a sleek 5.5 smartphone form factor, wrapped in posh leather.

From what we understand, this is likely to be the last Intel Atom-powered smartphone to come out of the Intel-ASUS partnership. Of course, we hope that is just a rumour and the partnership will continue. But if it doesn’t, and you must have the best Intel Atom-powered smartphone ever made, the ASUS ZenFone Zoom is it.

We like it so much, we think the ASUS ZenFone Zoom [Lowest Price] deserves nothing less than our Reviewer’s Choice Award! Congratulations, ASUS!

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Our First Look At The STOM Spectrum i100

On the 12th of April 2016, STOM was born out of a collaboration between Thunder Match Technology, Intel and Microsoft. One of the two debut devices they launched was the STOM Spectrum i100 2-in-1 laptop.

STOM Spectrum i100

The 2-in-1 form factor melds a tablet with a detachable keyboard to offer the usability of a laptop with the convenience of a tablet. With a 10.6″ display, the STOM Spectrum i100 is one of the smallest 2-in-1 devices on the market to offer a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080.

The STOM Spectrum i100 is powered by the same quad-core Intel Atom Z3735F processor used by the STOM PC Stick, and runs on Microsoft Windows 10. It comes with 2 GB of DDR3L memory64 GB of eMMC flash storage and a 8,900 mAh battery.

If you need more storage, it has a microSD slot that should allow you to add at least 128 GB of additional storage. It also comes with one full-sized USB port, one micro-USB port and a HDMI port, if you need to display out to an an external LCD monitor.

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Close Look At The STOM Spectrum i100

During the launch event, we had the opportunity to check out the Spectrum i100 up close. Take a look at the video we recorded.

 

Early Bird Offer

The STOM Spectrum i100 will retail for RM 1099 / ~US$ 275, with one-year local warranty for parts and labour at 51 service centers nationwide. As an early bird offer, the first 500 units will be sold at just RM 999 / ~US$ 250.

It is available immediately at all Thunder Match Technology (TMT) stores nationwide, as well as the Microsoft Online Store at Lazada, and the TMT Online Store.

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Our First Look At The STOM PC Stick

On the 12th of April 2016, STOM was born out of a collaboration between Thunder Match Technology, Intel and Microsoft. One of the two debut devices they launched was the STOM PC Stick.

STOM PC Stick

Techies will immediately recognise the STOM PC Stick for what it is – their version of the Intel Compute Stick, manufactured by ECS.

The STOM PC Stick is powered by the same quad-core Intel Atom Z3735F processor used by the STOM Spectrum i100 2-in-1 laptop, and runs on Microsoft Windows 10. It also comes with 2 GB of DDR3L memory and 32 GB of eMMC flash storage.

If you are worried about expansion or connectivity, the STOM PC Stick comes with two USB 2.0 slots (one standard port, and one micro port). It even connects to wireless devices using WiFi (802.11b/g/n) or Bluetooth. Once you plug it into a HDMI display, it runs like the STOM Spectrum i100.

In other words, you are pretty much carrying the computing power of the STOM Spectrum i100 laptop in your pocket!

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Close Look At The STOM PC Stick

During the launch event, we had the opportunity to check out the STOM PC Stick up close. Take a look at the video we recorded.

 

Early Bird Offer

The STOM PC Stick will retail for RM 599 / ~US$ 149, with one-year local warranty for parts and labour at 51 service centers nationwide. As an early bird offer, the first 500 units will be sold at just RM 399 / ~US$ 100.

It is available immediately at all Thunder Match Technology (TMT) stores nationwide, as well as the Microsoft Online Store at Lazada, and the TMT Online Store.

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Where There Is STOM, There Is Thunder

That was how Adrian Yu, Managing Director of Thunder Match Technology put it, when he explained how they came up with the name for their new brand of digital devices.

STOM Is Born

As Malaysia’s largest IT chain store, it was just a matter of time before Thunder Match Technology (TMT) came up with their own brand of digital devices. In this video, Adrian Yu details how TMT rose from a small retail store to 93 branches all over the country, leading to the creation of STOM with help from Intel and Microsoft.


Bruce Howe (General Manager of Consumer Channel Group, Microsoft Malaysia), as well as Sameer Tupaki (Head of Marketing Intel, Malaysia and Singapore), were both at hand to witness the culmination of their collaboration with Thunder Match Technology (TMT).

The New Devices

During the big reveal, STOM launched not one, but two, new mobile devices. The first is the STOM Spectrum i100 2-in-1 laptop. The second, the STOM PC Stick – their version of the Intel Compute Stick. Needless to say, they are both powered by Intel processors running on Microsoft Windows 10.

In this video, Ronald Cheong (Head of Business Unit Manager, Thunder Match Technology) briefs us on the key features of the STOM Spectrum i100 and PC Stick. Check it out!

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Early Bird Offers

Both devices are available immediately at all Thunder Match Technology (TMT) stores nationwide, as well as the Microsoft Online Store at Lazada, and the TMT Online Store.

The STOM Spectrum i100 will retail for RM 1,099 / ~US$ 275, but TMT will offer the first 500 units at just RM 999 / ~US$ 250.

The STOM PC Stick will retail for RM 599 / ~US$ 149, but TMT will offer the first 500 units at just RM 399 / ~US$ 100.

Both devices will come with one-year local warranty for parts and labour at 51 service centers nationwide.

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5 Awesome Technologies Designed by Malaysians

It’s a little known fact that a team of engineers from the Malaysia Design Center (MDC) of Intel Malaysia lived out the Malaysia Boleh spirit, bringing to life ideas that have shaped the world that we live in!

As MDC celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year, Intel Malaysia would love to share with us more details of the great work that they do in shaping the future every single day. Here are the 5 awesome technologies designed by Malaysians working at the MDC.

 

5 Awesome Technologies Designed By Malaysians

 

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ASUS Announces Zoom To Wanda Contest

23rd March, 2016 — ASUS today announced Zoom to Wanda, an intriguing interactive hunt, featuring the new ZenFone Zoom (Amazon). ZenFone Zoom marks a new era in smartphone photography with the world’s thinnest optical zoom mechanism to enable both magnification of distant subjects and close-up shooting of small objects in incredible detail.

Using this as its inspiration, the enthralling Zoom to Wanda game invites participants to travel and explore the world in detail as an investigative journalist in search of the mysterious Wanda.

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Zoom to Wanda Contest

An open invitation to explore the world and all its impressive detail
Zoom to Wanda is a passport to explore the world, presented in gorgeous gigapixel images, while chasing down a true wanderluster – Wanda. The game is based on a character named Wanda. Who is armed with an adventurous spirit, insatiable curiosity, and her ASUS ZenFone Zoom (Amazon), is travelling the world and sharing her exotic travelling and dining experiences on her blog.

Zoom to Wanda instantly turns participants into investigative journalists tasked with following critical clues to chase down Wanda as she wanders through the most charming streets and indulges in the world’s best food. Tracking her down is a visually engaging experience, involving audiences zooming in on countries, cities and impressive monuments to uncover her trail.

Gigapixel glory: Explore the world’s incredible detail in in extreme resolution
Inspired by ZenFone Zoom’s incredible 12 X-magnification capabilities, ASUS has used gigapixel-photo technology to create the Zoom to Wanda experience, immersing participants in incredible experiences in India, Italy, Japan, and beyond. ZenFone Zoom fans can explore these beautiful cities from a bird’s eye view and then zoom down to street level — all made possible by extreme-resolution imagery.

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Join in to win: 20 lucky participants will each win a ZenFone Zoom
The Zoom to Wanda contest run from March 21, 2016 until April 17, 2016 — and is open to players around the world. There is no charge for entry. Following the competition’s climax, the 20 participants with the highest scores will each be awarded a brand-new ZenFone Zoom. To take part, wanderlusters should visit www.asus.com/campaign/zoom-to-wanda today — and begin their hunt for Wanda.

Find the Instagrammers: More prizes to be won by hunting down Wanda’s Instafamous frieds
Wanda is not alone. She’s being helped by nine famous Instagrammers from Asia who are also hidden in the Zoom to Wanda game world. Some of Wanda’s Instafamous friends include: Simone Bramante (@brahimino) who joins Wanda for an adventure in Italy; Ritesh Uttamchandani (@riteshuttamchandani) who will provide audiences clues in India; and Takashi Yasui (@_tuck4), who can be found in Japan. More of Wanda’s friends can be discovered along the way too. Fans who find Wanda’s Instafamous friends will also be in the running for some great prizes, including ZenFone Zoom handsets.

About ZenFone Zoom: The world’s thinnest 3X optical-zoom smartphone
ZenFone Zoom (Amazon) is the newest addition to the ASUS ZenFone family. It is the world’s thinnest 3X optical-zoom smartphone with an innovative 10-prism lens arrangement for up to 12X total magnification. It is powered by a 64-bit Intel Atom processor with 4GB RAM, has a fantastic 13MP resolution and lightning-fast laser auto-focus — ensuring no incredible moment is missed.

 

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ASUS ZenFone Zoom Stars In New David Sandberg Films

22nd March, 2016 — ASUS today announced that the ZenFone Zoom (Amazon) is to star in a series of films created by filmmaker David Sandberg, the genius behind Kickstarter-funded film, Kung Fury.

With the ability to capture clear images like never before, the ZenFone Zoom (Amazon) is the world’s thinnest 3X optical-zoom smartphone, powered by an Intel Atom processor and offering an unprecedented ability to magnify subjects and see the world up close. David Sandberg has created five short films with his signature humor and attention to detail that show how ZenFone Zoom enables everyone to See the World Up Close.

ZenFone Zoom Brilliance Meets Film-Making Genius

“Kung Fury was celebrated for its homage to the 1980s’ police and martial-arts movie classics,” explained Erik Hermanson, Head of Marketing – Mobile Products, ASUS. “It’s the attention to detail in Kung Fury that makes it such a hilarious love letter to the ‘80s. David Sandberg is celebrated worldwide for his incredible gift as a special-effects master and his story-telling capabilities — this is why he’s a great fit to share the story of the ZenFone Zoom’s incredible photographic capabilities. With these films we’re able to See the World Up Close through David Sandberg’s eyes.”

Speaking of the films, Sandberg said, “When ASUS approached me to shoot five videos for ZenFone Zoom, I was excited about the zoom feature of the smartphone and the possibilities of how I could present it. ASUS gave me a blank canvas to work with — it’s rare for a client to be so open, and I really appreciate that. I am sure the end result will show how much fun we had working on this project.”

David’s iconic sense of humor and special effects mastery are evident in the films, each exploring ZenFone Zoom’s powerful optical-zoom capability. The campaign’s hero film, Round the Earth, also stars a cameo from Barbarianna (Eleni Young) of Kung Fury fame herself.

 

All-in-one (Main video)

 

Powerful Zoom

 

Ninjas

 

Big Head

 

T-Rex

 

ZenFone Zoom Specification

 

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Intel 5G Technologies Announced @ MWC 2016

Move aside, 4G. Intel is already developing the next-generation 5G network. With billions of smart devices connecting to each other in massive networks, the need for ever higher bandwidth is placing extraordinary demands on today’s network infrastructure. The need for a faster, smarter and more efficient 5G wireless network becomes more and more critical with each passing year.

At 2016 Mobile World Congress (MWC 2016) in Barcelona, Intel will announce several new developments that will accelerate the road to a 5G world. Prior to this announcement, we were amongst those who were given an exclusive briefing on the MWC 2016 announcement on Intel 5G technologies. Let’s take a look!

 

Intel 5G Briefing Video

The MWC 2016 briefing on the new Intel 5G technologies was conducted by Aicha Evans, the Corporate Vice President of Platform Engineering Group and General Manager of the Intel Communication and Devices Group.

We created this special video presentation of the full briefing, because this is the best way to understand what Intel is doing for 5G connectivity. Let’s hear it from Aicha herself.

For those who prefer to “read” the briefing, here are the slides that Aicha Evans used

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The Need For 5G

 

 

 

Intel’s 5G Efforts

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New Intel Wireless Solutions

These are not 5G-related, but they may be the most exciting news in this briefing because they will actually ship this year. The Intel XMM 7480 will being 4G LTE connectivity to smartphones, tablets and PCs. Intel also introduced a slew of Atom and XMM solutions to deliver wireless connectivity to IoT (Internet of Things) devices.

The slide above shows that bandwidth isn’t everything, because many IoT devices do not require much bandwidth.

 

Intel 5G Expertise

 

Intel’s Standards Leadership

 

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Harvey Norman Charge Plus 2-in-1 Laptop Launched

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, February 16, 2016 – It is shaping up to be an exciting year as we introduce the latest kid on the block in the 2-in-1 laptop category, the Harvey Norman Charge Plus 2-in-1. This 2-in-1 device is Harvey Norman Malaysia’s first foray into developing their very own line of laptops that is a combination of style and quality. Exclusively available in Malaysia, this sleek Intel-powered device is perfect for your on-the-go lifestyle – meeting consumers’ needs for productivity and style.

“We’re pleased that Harvey Norman has chosen to power up the Charge Plus with the Intel® Atom processors. Intel’s innovative technology has transformed the way we utilize devices – spurring the development of an exciting array of thin, light and powerful PCs. The Charge Plus 2-in-1 by Harvey Norman falls perfectly into this category, empowering consumers with performance, portability and style in a single device,” said Sumner Lemon, Country Manager, Intel Malaysia and Singapore.

“Harvey Norman Malaysia is excited to collaborate on this new partnership with Intel Malaysia and Microsoft Malaysia. The Charge Plus 2-in-1 has been carefully and selectively chosen to suit the local market demand. We want our customer to feel proud of owning an exclusive Charge Plus 2-in-1, with multiple usage and high versatility to suit an easy lifestyle!” said Danny Lau, General Manager, Computers and Communications Dept, Harvey Norman.

The Harvey Norman Charge Plus 2-in-1 is an 11.6 inch laptop with a detachable keyboard designed with a dazzling metal body and is powered by Intel’s powerful line of quad-core Intel® Atom Z8300 processors. It has 2 GB DDR3L RAM and 64GB storage – a laptop when you need it and a tablet when you want it. The Microsoft Office 365 suite and the translator Dewan Eja is pre-installed for users to hit the ground running.

Get the Harvey Norman Charge Plus 2-in-1 at the starting price of RM1,899 (inclusive of GST) / ~US$ 439 that comes with a one year product warranty from Harvey Norman. Choose from options of purchasing 2 years or 4 years extended warranty for your new device and Harvey Norman also offers the Screen Crack Warranty upon request.

Part of the introduction offer for this new device is the special promotion of an additional RM1,096 (~US$ 249) worth of goodies for the first 500 consumers to purchase the Charge Plus 2-in-1 from the Harvey Norman Malaysia physical or online store.

 

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ASUS ZenFone Zoom Offers 3X Optical Zoom & OIS

We were invited to the ASUS Zensation event on the 13th of January 2016 for the official launch and first look of the ASUS ZenFone Zoom smartphone. Thanks to a unique periscope arrangement of the 10-element Hoya lens array, the ASUS ZenFone Zoom is the world’s thinnest smartphone to feature an actual optical zoom lens! Join us as we take a look at this exciting new smartphone from ASUS.

 

Launching The ASUS ZenFone Zoom

ASUS held the exclusive media launch event at the swanky Pan-Asian restaurant, Ruyi & Lyn in Bangsar.

In this video, Li Huai Pin, Country Product Manager (Smartphone) from ASUS Malaysia gives us a technical briefing of the new ASUS ZenFone Zoom smartphone. He also revealed that the new ASUS ZenFone Zoom smartphone will be priced at RM 2,099 (~US$ 489) and available for sale by the end of January 2016.

Then Peter Tan, an award-winning photographer and photography judge, shared his experience trying out the ASUS ZenFone Zoom‘s photographic capability for the previous 4 days. He also showed off the various photos he took with the ZenFone Zoom, to demonstrate its photographic prowess.

Now, let’s take a closer look at the new ASUS ZenFone Zoom smartphone in the next page!

ASUS ZenFone Zoom Key Features

The ASUS ZenFone Zoom was definitely designed to offer the ultimate photographic capabilities in a compact smartphone. The emphasis on its photographic features is obvious in its list of key features :

See the world up close: 3X optical zoom and OIS, 10-element lens, Real Tone flash and laser focus

ZenFone Zoom is the world’s thinnest smartphone optical-zoom smartphone, with a 13MP PixelMaster rear camera and 3X lens in a body that measures just 5mm at the edges. The innovative 10-element digital eye was created by the optics experts at Hoya. Glass, synthetic and prismatic lenses are meticulously configured in a dual-prism periscope arrangement to maximize incoming light and capture the best possible photo quality. Built-in optical image stabilization (OIS) ensures sharper, steadier shots every time — even at maximum 3X optical magnification.

The rear camera benefits from dual-LED Real Tone flash to create the most natural illumination for indoor portraits, generating the perfect combination of yellow and white to capture lifelike colors and skin tones. ZenFone Zoom’s rear lens also has laser auto-focus to point and shoot with total clarity in just 0.03 second.

Pocket-sized DSLR experience: Periscopic design, pro results and premium finish

Designing the word’s thinnest optical-zoom smartphone required innovative thinking, with ASUS engineers rotating ZenFone Zoom’s lens mechanism to create a compact, intricately-calibrated periscope-style layout. Coupled with a Panasonic SmartFSI® image sensor, ZenFone Zoom captures more light and more color — revealing detail and beauty in both natural and low-light compositions that other smartphone cameras will never see.

ZenFone Zoom’s design takes its cue from the look and feel of professional DSLR cameras, with dedicated buttons for shooting, recording and telephoto operations. Its strong unibody frame is precision-crafted to a metallic finish that’s cool and smooth to the touch, with a choice of premium Pure Black or sleek Ceramic White on the rear — and diamond-cut to create four stunning patterns across the back and sides. ZenFone Zoom even has an integrated a safety loop and many stylish strap options, for confident shooting from any angle.

The intuitive ZenUI Camera app makes it a cinch to capture professional-quality photographs. ASUS-exclusive Super Resolution mode applies multi-frame-fusion technology to create incredibly-detailed photos. Four high-resolution 13MP shots are fused to create a single image of with clarity that’s four times (4X) greater than a single shot. Night or day, ZenFone Zoom captures more detail and less noise — and Super Resolution shots of up to 52MP.

ZenFone Zoom excels at macro photography, enabling extreme close-ups as near as 5cm (2-inch) to reveal new and unseen worlds of detail, and is ready to turn pro with one tap — with Manual mode allowing instant adjustment of shutter speed, exposure value, white balance, ISO and a host of other professional-grade settings.

PC grade performance: 64-bit quad-core power, 4GB RAM, 250Mbit/s LTE and Full HD IPS display

ZenFone Zoom’s 64-bit quad-core Intel® Atom processor carefully balances brilliant performance and superb power efficiency, empowered by Intel’s sophisticated 22nm Silvermont architecture. Intel’s new Tri-Gate transistors have three times (3x) more surface area than planar transistors, enabling the flow of more electrons to increase computing performance and reduce power leakage. ZenFone Zoom also has a huge 4GB of fast dual-channel DDR3 RAM, and up to 128GB of storage as an option.

Featuring LTE Category 4+ for download speeds up to 250Mbit/s, and a 60ms touch-response time, ZenFone Zoom delivers fast, fluid experience anywhere; and with a high-capacity 3000mAh battery, users are able to work and play from dawn to dusk. ZenFone Zoom also benefits from exclusive ASUS BoostMaster[1] technology for turbo-speed charging taking the battery from 0% to 60% in just 39 minutes.

[adrotate banner=”4″]ZenFone Zoom’s expansive 5.5-inch 1920×1080 Full HD IPS display offers wide 178-degree viewing angles, and a fantastic 403ppi pixel density to render every image in eye-popping detail. The display includes exclusive ASUS TruVivid technology, which seamlessly transforms the conventional four-layer design into an innovative two-layer construction with full lamination. Fusing the cover-glass and touch-panel layers eliminates the air gap, bringing everything closer to the user’s touch.

The Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 display offers twice (2x) the drop-damage resistance of its predecessor, a 2.5X increase in retained strength and is 85% less likely to break in daily use — making it safer and stronger than ever before.”

[1] The 18W BoostMaster adapter is included only with the 2.3GHz/4GB ZenFone Zoom model.

Now, let’s take a look at its full specifications, price and availability!

ASUS ZenFone Zoom Specifications

SpecificationsASUS ZenFone Zoom
ModelZX551ML
Processor2.5 GHz Intel Atom Z3590 (quad-core)
Graphics ProcessorPowerVR G6430 GPU
Operating SystemAndroid 5.0 Lollipop with ASUS ZenUI
Display5.5" Full HD IPS display
- 1080 x 1920 resolution
- 403 ppi pixel density
- 400 cd/m2 maximum brightness
- full-screen lamination
Display ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 4 with oleophobic coating
Main Camera- 13 MP Panasonic SmartFSI sensor
- Hoya f/2.7-4.8 lens
- 10-element lens array in periscope arrangement
- 3X optical zoom
- Optical image stabilization (OIS)
- Laser auto-focus
- Real-toen dual LED flash
Front Selfie Camera- 5 MP sensor
- f/2.0 aperture
Network Standards- GSM / GPRS / EDGE
- WCDMA / HSPA+/DC-HSPT+
- FDD-LTE
- Single micro SIM
Wireless Connectivity- 802.11ac
- WiFi Direct
- Bluetooth 4.0
Memory4 GB mDDR3 SDRAM
Storage- 128 GB internal flash storage
- microSD card slot (supports up to 64 GB)
Location SensorsGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
Other SensorsAccelerometer, proximity, ambient light, gyro, digital compass and Hall-effect sensors
Connectors- 3.5mm audio jack
- microUSB 2.0 port
Battery3,000 mAh non-removable lithium-ion polymer battery
Dimensions78.84 mm wide
158.9 mm tall
5 mm to 11.95 mm thick
Weight185 g
Available ColoursPure Black, Ceramic White

 

ASUS ZenFone Zoom Price & Availability

The ASUS ZenFone Zoom has been priced at RM 2,099 (~US$ 489) and will be available for sale by the end of January 2016. If you are overseas, check out these ASUS ZenFone Zoom offers :

ASUS ZenPad 7.0 (Z370CG) Tablet Review

The ASUS ZenPad 7.0 (Z370CG) tablet was designed as a more affordable alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0. Priced at least 30% lower than the Galaxy Tab A 8.0, it even offers a higher resolution screen and a higher-resolution rear camera. How did ASUS accomplish this feat?

A major reason is the Intel Atom x3 SoC that powers the ZenPad 7.0. Codenamed SoFIA, it is a low-cost chip that combines a quad-core Intel Atom CPU, an ARM GPU, and a 3G modem. The ZenPad 7.0 uses a detuned Intel Atom x3-C3230RK, allowing ASUS to achieve a lower price point with better features.

So what does ASUS’ experiment with the Intel Atom x3 chip offer in return? Take a look at this comparison of the ASUS ZenPad 7.0 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 :

Specifications
ASUS ZenPad 7.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0
ModelZ370CGSM-T350N
Operating System
Android 5.0 Lollipop
PlatformIntel Atom x3 (SoFIA)Qualcomm Snapdragon 410
Processor900 MHz* Intel Atom x3-C3230 (quad-core) processor1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A53 (quad-core) processor
GPUARM Mali-450 MP4Qualcomm Adreno 306
Display7" IPS display
- 800 x 1280 resolution
- 216 ppi pixel density
8" IPS display
- 768 x 1024 resolution
- 160 ppi pixel density
Primary Camera8 MP PixelMaster camera5 MP camera
Secondary Camera
2 MP camera
Memory
2 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
Internal Storage
16 GB flash storage
Storage Expansion
microSD slot
- supports up to 128 GB
SIM Card Slot
Single micro SIM
Connectivity- HSPA+ 21.1/5.76 Mbps
- HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
- GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
- 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
- Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP, EDR, LE
- HSPA+ 21.1/5.76 Mbps
- HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 / 2700
- GSM 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
- 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi
- Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, EDR, LE
GPS
Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
NFC
No
Fingerprint Sensor
No
Radio
No
Sensors
Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Built-In StylusNoYes, S Pen
BatteryNon-removable 2600 mAh Li-Po batteryNon-removable 4200 mAh Li-Po battery
Dimensions- 110.9 mm wide
- 189.0 mm tall
- 8.7 mm thick
- 137.9 mm wide
- 208.3 mm tall
- 7.5 mm thick
Weight272 g313 g
Colour Options- Black
- White
- Metallic
- Smoky Titanium
- Smoky Blue
- White
Current PriceRM 749 (~USD 179)RM 1099 (~USD 255)

* For more information on its true CPU speed, please see this article.

Now, let’s check out the ASUS ZenPad 7.0 in detail, and see how it performs…

Updated @ 2016-03-13 : Revamped the review with an additional page and links to the ASUS Power Case review.

 

What’s Inside The Box?

The ASUS ZenPad 7.0 that is sold here in Malaysia comes in a slightly larger box, because it contains a surprise inside – an extra ASUS ZenCase. The ASUS ZenPad 7.0 is available in three colour options – Black, White and Metallic, so check the colour printed on the back label to make sure you are getting the right colour.

When you open the box, you will find the following items :

For more details, take a look at our previous article – Unboxing The ASUS ZenPad 7.0 Tablet.

Next Page > The ASUS ZenPad 7.0 Tablet, ASUS ZenCases

 

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The ASUS ZenPad 7.0 (Z370CG) Tablet

The ASUS ZenPad 7.0 tablet has a 7″ IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800. It is powered by the quad-core Intel Atom x3-C3230 SoC with 2 GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM, and runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop with ZenUI. It comes with 16 GB of flash storage, which can be expanded through a microSD slot.

For selfies, the ZenPad 7.0 has a 2 MP wide-angle shooter in the front, but for serious photography, there is an 8 MP PixelMaster camera at the back. The only buttons are on the left side – a rocker Volume button and a smaller Power button. At the bottom of the ZenPad 7.0 is the micro-USB port and the microphone.

The ASUS ZenPad 7.0 tablet has a plastic chassis, but the matte finish of the main chassis and the leather finish of the back cover not only confers it a classy feel but a better grip as well. As a bonus, it is very resistant against fingerprint smears.

If you are fashion-concious and would like the ASUS ZenPad 7.0 to match your outfit for the day, you can actually swap out the back covers (ASUS calls them ZenCases). To do that, you just have to peel off the back cover at a small groove at the bottom right corner of the ZenPad 7.0.

You will also need to remove the back cover to gain access to the micro SIM slot, as well as the microSD card slot. The microSD card slot supports microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC cards. The 10-pin connector to the left of the micro SIM slot is only used to connect to the Audio Cover and Power Case upgrades.

 

The ASUS ZenCases

ASUS will offer ZenCases in four colour options – black, metallic, orange and blue. The ZenCases are simple plastic covers that replace the original back covers your ASUS ZenPad 7.0 comes with. Take a look at how they look when we swap out the original black ZenCase for the metallic, blue and orange ZenCases.

ASUS will also be making available the ASUS Zen Clutch, which is a folding leather cover for the ZenPad 7.0; as well as the Power Case, which extends the ZenPad 7.0’s battery life up to 16 hours. There is also an Audio Cover that upgrades the ASUS ZenPad 7.0‘s audio capabilities with 5 speakers and a subwoofer, with DTS technology.

Next Page > It’s ALIVE!, Available Storage & Memory, Camera Capabilities & Options

 

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It’s ALIVE!

The first thing you will notice when you turn on the ASUS ZenPad 7.0 is how vibrant the screen is, thanks to the ASUS Tru2Life Technology. Tru2Life dynamically applies a HDR effect to images displayed on the screen, giving them more “pop”.

The ZenPad 7.0 has a relatively high-resolution 800 x 1280 IPS display. That’s a million pixels packed into a 7″ screen. Thanks to the higher pixel density of 216 ppi, everything displayed looks really sharp and crisp at the normal viewing distance.

 

Available Storage & Memory

Out of the box, it runs on Android 5.0.2 and has 10.75 GB of free space, out of its internal 16 GB flash storage. As you can tell – that’s not a lot of storage space. Unless you are a light user, you are going to need to add additional storage via a micro SD card.

The ASUS ZenPad 7.0 tablet comes with 2 GB of LPDDR3 memory, which is decent considering its price point. What’s just as important is the ZenPad 7.0 has relatively little bloat, leaving you with 1.2 GB of free memory to play with.

The Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system itself takes up 262 MB of RAM, with the ZenUI interface and ASUS apps taking up 221 MB of RAM. Another 220 MB of RAM is used to cache apps, leaving you with 1.2 GB of free memory. This is plenty enough for several apps to run at the same time.

 

Camera Capabilities & Options

The ASUS ZenPad 7.0 tablet has an 8 MP PixelMaster camera at the back, and a 2 MP wide-angle camera in the front. Both cameras use a 4:3 ratio, with small crop sizes available in the settings menu. Neither cameras have an LED light to brighten up dark scenes. Even more disappointing was the rear camera’s video recording capability. Even though it sports an 8 MP sensor, it was only capable of recording 720p videos.

The camera comes with a bunch of built-in software features like a HDR mode and a low light option that extends the camera’s ability to capture poorly-lit scenes by combining light from multiple pixels. You can also apply some filters or convert your pictures into GIF animation.

Next Page > Camera Performance – Photos, Video Recording

 

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Camera Performance – Photos

The ASUS ZenPad 7.0‘s rear 8 MP PixelMaster camera handles shaded scenes pretty well, but overexposes in bright areas. This overexposure can be seen in the glass panes on the left in the elevator photo. Even a bright light shining down can cause the cloth in the background of the bottles photo to be terribly overexposed.

In these two shaded scenes, the exposure was appropriate. On closer inspection, you can see some blurring and considerable noise in the photo of warning signs. This is due to the dimmer light condition. In the brighter bubblegum photo, you can see that there is very little noise.

These two pictures of oranges and pineapples again show the abilities and limitations of the ASUS PixelMaster camera. The oranges were not directly lit so appear well-exposed and well-detailed. However, the upper part of the large pineapple in the foreground was overexposed, as were the Dole Tropical Gold labels on the two smaller pineapple. This was because a light was shining directly on these pineapples.

In summary, the ASUS ZenPad 7.0‘s rear PixelMaster camera works best in shaded areas, with indirect lighting. Any direct light will cause overexposure of the scene. On the other hand, if there is too little light, the sensor introduces a significant amount of noise.

 

Camera Performance – Video Recording

Even though the ASUS ZenPad 7.0 boasts an 8 MP PixelMaster camera, it can only record 720p video. Here is a sample video we recorded of a piano performance by Mr. Yang I-Deun.


As you can see, the ASUS ZenPad 7.0 has problems controlling the exposure of the scene. All of the bright areas are grossly overexposed. ASUS needs to really work on the software to correct this. We don’t think this has anything to do with the camera hardware because we have seen less capable cameras do a better job of handling exposure…

Next Page > Work Performance, Battery Performance

 

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the ASUS ZenPad 7.0‘s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

ASUS
ZenPad 7.0
ASUS
ZenFone 2
Samsung
Galaxy S6
Work Performance Score
(Average)
2440 5644 5078
Web Browsing 1863 6108 6788
Video Playback 3443 3970 3091
Writing 2306 5039 5918
Photo Editing 2396 8301 5357

As the results show, the ASUS ZenPad 7.0 tablet is no Speedy Gonzales. It was much slower than the ASUS ZenFone 2, which uses the much more powerful Intel Atom Z3580 processor and faster flash memory.

The ZenPad 7.0 did very well in video playback though. In fact, it actually beat the Samsung Galaxy S6 in the video playback test!

 

Battery Performance – PCMark

We then tested the ASUS ZenPad 7.0‘s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until the ZenPad 7.0’s battery dropped to 20%.

In normal usage, ASUS quotes a battery life of 8 hours, based on looping a 720p video with the brightness set to 100 nits and Gmail logged in for emails and updates.

As you can see, the ASUS ZenPad 7.0 tablet lasts only about 4.5 hours on the PCMark stress test. Of course, this is a stress test that simulates the worst possible workload. In our real world experience, we had no problem using it for 6 hours at a time, although non-stop gaming dropped that to about 3.5 hours.

Next Page > Gaming Performance, Overall Performance, Our Verdict

 

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Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the ASUS ZenPad 7.0‘s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Extreme test.

ASUS
ZenPad 7.0
ASUS
ZenFone 2
Samsung
Galaxy S6
Gaming Score 3794 10194 Maxed out!
Graphics 3423 9467 Maxed out!
Physics 6113 13943 Maxed out!
Graphics Test 1 16.4 fps 59.4 fps 59.6 fps
Graphics Test 2 13.7 fps 31.5 fps 49.6 fps
Physics 19.4 fps 44.3 fps 39.6 fps

Without a doubt, the ASUS ZenPad 7.0 tablet is not really meant for 3D gaming. The ASUS ZenFone 2, in comparison, was more than 2.5X faster. Needless to say, the Samsung Galaxy S6 is even faster.

 

Overall Performance – AnTuTu Benchmark

AnTuTu is a nice benchmark for testing various performance aspects of Android devices.

ASUS
ZenPad 7.0
ASUS
ZenFone 2
Samsung
Galaxy S6
TOTAL SCORE 21451 47304 41258
Multitask 2298 6266 4443
Runtime 1978 4130 3516
CPU Integer 1636 4559 4855
CPU Float-Point 1664 4397 5060
Single-Thread Integer 788 2116 1583
Single-Thread Float-Point 896 2432 1576
RAM Operation 1198 3184 3405
RAM Speed 1216 2937 2540
2D Graphics 1648 1643 1639
3D Graphics 6501 13436 9381
Storage I/O 1008 1504 2560
Database I/O 620 700 700

With the exception of 2D graphics, the ASUS ZenPad 7.0 falls far short of the ASUS ZenFone 2 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 in performance. Take a look at how the ZenPad 7.0 compares against a selection of other Android devices.

 

Our Verdict

The ASUS ZenPad 7.0 is a cheap and cheerful mini-tablet. Powered by the low-cost Intel Atom x3 chip, it is never going to win any speed race. If you are looking for a mobile 3D gaming machine, then this is not what you are looking for.

The ZenPad 7.0 is targeted at consumers who want an affordable mini tablet and don’t need a stylus. In fact, it was obviously designed to lure away potential buyers of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 tablet. If you don’t need the Tab A’s S Pen, then the ZenPad 7.0 will probably be a better deal. After all, the ZenPad 7.0 boasts higher-resolution display and camera as well as a faster GPU at a significantly lower price point.

[adrotate banner=”4″]The ASUS Tru2Life display is really sharp and vivid – a real delight to use. Thanks to the integrated ARM Mali-450 MP4 GPU, the ZenPad 7.0 is as fast as ASUS ZenFone 2 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 in 2D graphics and video playback capabilities.

The 8 MP PixelMaster camera, on the other hand, was a disappointment. Despite its higher resolution, it could not record 1080p video, and the 720p videos it recorded suffered from exposure issues. Its photographic capabilities were similarly marred by poor exposure control. It should be possible for ASUS to improve the camera’s firmware to better manage exposure, so we look forward to an update to fix this problem.

It also has rather limited battery life. This is not a significant problem if you intend to use it for basic tasks like web surfing, reading ebooks, etc. But if you intend to play games on it, it will run out of juice real quick. That is probably why ASUS offers the Power Case upgrade which basically doubles its battery life.

Despite its flaws, the ZenPad 7.0 is a delightful tablet to use, and it is rather well-built for its price point. ASUS even went to the effort of giving it user-swappable back covers, called ZenCases. ASUS now offers 6 different ZenCase colours as well as an Audio Cover upgrade and a Power Case for those who need longer battery life.

We would recommend this tablet for those who want a small 7-8″ tablet but do not require a stylus. The ASUS ZenPad 7.0 is best used for surfing the Internet, email and messaging, video playback, office applications and light games.

 

Lowest Prices

If you are interested in purchasing the ASUS ZenPad 7.0 outside of Malaysia, try the Amazon.com links below.

 

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