Asus Blue Cave Router Launched at Computex 2017

Asus has launched a new router at Computex 2017 called the Blue Cave. If you’re wondering why it’s called so, that’s because there’s a blue-coloured hole in the middle, shaped a bit like a vortex.

There are no ugly antennas here, with the Asus Blue Cave aiming to be pleasing to the eyes. The antenna issue has been solved by using internal antennas, much like Netgear Orbi or Google Wifi, which allows for a much neater look.

But the Blue Cave isn’t designed to support a mesh network system unlike those two. It does have a few smarts, though, namely a security solution powered by Trend Micro (it’s called Asus AiProtection), and an app that allows you to monitor usage per user, network activity, security reports, and restrict apps. The app also sends out a notification when a new, unknown device connects to the router, and if AiProtection detects a hack.Asus Blue Cave Router Launched at Computex 2017

The Blue Cave has also got support for IFTTT, through which you can create automated tasks for any IFTTT-equipped device or service, and Alexa, which should help you talk to other Internet-of-Things devices.

Inside, it has the latest Intel Wi-Fi chipset which allows for AC2600-class dual-band Wi-Fi speeds, which Asus claims should be good for “smooth 4K UHD video streaming, lag-free gaming and fast file downloads”. The new Asus router also claims to support more devices simultaneously than most routers, without listing a number.

ASUS’ Tango-powered ZenFone AR with Whopping 8GB RAM To Launch in US By End of June

The second-ever Tango phone, the ASUS’ ZenFone AR is coming to the US, exclusively on Verizon. Engadget reported that the phone would launch in the US, this summer. ASUS’ CEO Jerry Shen revealed that the device would be launching in Taiwan first, sometime in mid-June, and later in the US by the end of June. The phone was first showcased at the CES.ASUS ZenFone AR

According to the tests conducted by ASUS’, there are more than 100 apps of Tango AR, out of which 40 to 50 of them run smoothly on the ZenFone AR. The company said that the list of apps would later be refreshed as apps would be optimized for Nougat. Shen also said that ASUS is expected to include more than 1,000 by next year. The company would be supporting the developers by organizing AR developer conferences in collaboration with Google. The first developer conference is slated for July, in Taiwan.

ASUS Tricam technology

ASUS ZenFone AR promises a powerful performance and DSLR equivalent camera, thanks to ASUS Tricam technology. While other companies like Huawei and Samsung are marketing their dual-camera setup, ASUS seems to be moving ahead with three camera setup on the ZenFone AR. Three cameras on the phone constitute for – a primary 23MP camera, a motion tracking camera, and a depth-sensing camera.

The main feature of the device is its whopping 8GB of RAM, which makes the phone a powerhouse. Regarding other specs, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor powers the phone. It has a 5.7-inch AMOLED display, five magnet speaker setup, and support for Daydream VR with various apps. The phone runs Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box.

Many are criticizing the lack of Snapdragon 835 on the phone, as ASUS could have easily integrated it instead of Snapdragon 821. But, we think that 821 is not a bad choice either as it comes with vapor cooling system that is necessary for a device that has massive 8GB of RAM onboard. ASUS is also planning to introduce a lighter variant of the device, with 6GB of RAM.

Asus Teases 5GHz Overclocks For AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper CPUs

Computex is in full swing and Asus just held its motherboard press event earlier today, where they showcased their upcoming monstrous X399 and X299 motherboards for the high-end desktop platforms from AMD and Intel. At the event there was one particularly interesting hint that Asus dropped about AMD’s upcoming Threadripper CPUs. It’s in the image above, so see if you can spot it.

The way Asus has dropped this hint is also very clever, as it used it as an opportunity to showcase its new OLED screen on its X399 Zenith motherboard. The screen can be used to display a myriad of readings, including temperatures and clock speeds. If you look closely to the left of the image you can see the screen showing a frequency reading of 5GHz.

We don’t know what type of cooling Asus would use to reach this kind of overclock, as at this point this teaser is all we’re getting. Asus stated that they could not disclose any performance data before AMD does, so stay tuned to learn more later today as the company holds its Computex conference.

The “Whitehaven” platform featuring the X399 chipset will include support for quad-channel DDR4 memory, Threadripper CPUs with 16 cores and 32 threads as well as more PCIe lanes and more storage compared to AMD’s X370 on AM4. It will compete directly with Intel’s upcoming HEDT X299 platform and Skylake X CPUs which will feature up to 18 cores and 36 threads.

AMD is using the same platform for its 32 core EPYC enterprise processors as well as its enthusiast desktop Threadripper products. The products are built the same way, using AMD’s innovative Infinity Fabric technology to “glue” 8-core Ryzen dies together and create a larger, more powerful chip.

To make EPYC processors AMD employs four 8-core Ryzen dies, Threadripper will be made up of a yet unknown number of dies. However, both products are compatible with the same 4094-pin physical socket design. They also make use of the same packaging which means AMD can theoretically leverage chips with up to 32 cores on the desktop, if it ever chooses to launch such products.

Asus ZenPad 3S 8.0, New ZenPad 10 Tablets Launched at Computex 2017

Asus has launched super-thin laptops at Computex 2017, and alongside it has even unveiled three new tablets. While the entire world is questioning the existence of tablets in the current market scenario, Asus seems to think there is still potential. At Taipei, Asus has launched the new ZenPad 3S 8.0, and two new ZenPad 10 tablet variants named Z301MFL and Z301ML.Asus ZenPad 3S 8.0, New ZenPad 10 Tablets Launched at Computex 2017

Asus ZenPad 3S 8.0

Starting with the successor of the ZenPad 3 8.0, the tablet has got a spec and software boost. While the company remained secretive on the specs and pricing, WinFuture’s Roland Quandt published a few specifications. For starters, the ZenPad 3S 8.0 tablet runs on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat and features a 7.9-inch (2048×1536 pixels) display. It is powered by a Snapdragon 625 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM. The tablet offers 32GB and 64GB of storage options as well. As for optics, the ZenPad 3S 8.0 tablet sports a 13-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front sensor for selfies. Design wise, the tablet features a metal back, capacitive navigation buttons, and a Home Button in the front. There is no word on the pricing or availability as of now.

Asus ZenPad 10 Tablets (Z301MFL and Z301ML)

Coming to the two ZenPad 10 variants, they both sport the same design, and most of the specs are similar on paper too. The more premium Z301MFL variant runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and sports a 10.1-inch (1920×1200 pixels) display. It is powered by a 1.4GHz MediaTek MT8735A quad-core processor paired with Mali-T720MP2 GPU. The tablet will be offered in various bundles – 2GB RAM/16GB of storage, 3GB RAM/32GB of storage, and 3GB RAM/64GB of storage.

As for optics, there’s a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel sensor in the front. The ZenPad 10 Z301MFL packs an 18Wh non-removable battery, and connectivity options include 4G, USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack, and a microSD card slot. The dimensions measure at 251.77×172.17×8.95mm, and the tablet weighs 490 grams. It will be made available in Royal Blue, Pearl White, and Quartz Grey colour variants, and will be launched with accessories like a Bluetooth keyboard dock.

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Coming to the ZenPad 10 Z301ML, the specifications of the tablet are almost the same, except for a few differences. Mainly, the resolution is at 1280×800 pixels, and it is powered by a 1.3GHz MT8735W quad-core processor. Again, Asus has not unveiled the pricing and availability of both the tablets, but it may do so soon.

Asus ROG Zephyrus Launched as ‘World’s Slimmest Gaming Laptop With GeForce GTX 1080’ at Computex 2017

Apart from a host of laptops and tablets, Asus has also amped up its Republic of Gamers product lineup at Computex 2017 in Taipei. This includes the “world’s slimmest gaming laptop with a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080”, the Asus ROG Zephyrus (GX501VI), and a new ROG Swift PG35VQ gaming monitor as well. At the ROG Computex event, Asus also unveiled a colourful Strix Fusion headset and a slick USB monitor called ZenScreen as well.

Starting with the big news, Asus’s ROG Zephyrus is a laptop built for gamers and is thinner than all the ROG laptops launched before. It boasts of high-end gaming hardware with support for Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics, seventh generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, an optional 120Hz wide-view display, and it ships with the latest Windows 10 Creators Update. During intensive gaming sessions, Asus claims the ROG Zephyrus maintains its temperature with a new ‘Active Aerodynamic System’ air-flow design crammed into a 16.9 -17.9mm chassis. Asus claims that this new flexible system allows for 20 percent more airflow than before. The laptop weighs only 2.2kgs, and sports of a RGB keyboard as well.Asus ROG Zephyrus Launched as 'World's Slimmest Gaming Laptop With GeForce GTX 1080' at Computex 2017

The ROG Zephyrus’ display is at 15.6-inch (1920×1080 pixels) and supports up to 24GB of DDR4 RAM. The laptop offers 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB of M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD storage options. Ports include a Thunderbolt 3 Type-C, four USB 3.1 Type-A, HDMI 2.0 (for VR), and a 3.5mm headset opening. With respect to the keyboard design, the buttons are moved up front for better cooling management and make it feel more like a desktop system. The keyboard, as mentioned, has RGB lightning, and features anti-ghosting keys that can support up to 30 keys pressed at the same time.

Asus has launched two variants of the ROG Zephyrus, however, it does not properly specify the differences in the two, though one variant is speculated to downgrade the graphics to a GeForce GTX 1070 card. The ROG Zephyrus GX501VI variant is priced starting at $2699 (roughly Rs. 174,200) and the ROG Zephyrus GX501VS variant is priced starting at $2299 (roughly Rs. 148,400). Both the variants will be available at the end of June in the USA and Canada.

At the ROG event, Asus also launched the ROG Swift PG35VQ gaming monitor that has a quantum dot 3440×1440 pixels LCD display with HDR support. The refresh rate is pegged at an impressive 200Hz and it comes with G-sync support. There’s no word on pricing or availability. Alongside, Asus also launched the Strix Fusion headset with lights that can be configured to blink in sync with your fellow gamer. This is expected to ship sometime in the third quarter.

Lastly, it also launched a 15.6-inch 1080p USB monitor called ZenScreen. It comes with a pen to prop up the monitor, but do note that the ZenScreen does not have a touchscreen display nor does it support stylus. The ZenScreen is priced at $249 (roughly Rs. 16,000), and will launch in Taiwan first, with other markets to follow eventually.