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ASUS Vivobook S Arm-powered laptops announced


With all the success that Apple has gotten with its Apple Silicon computers, it seems that PC OEMs are rushing to catch up. We've already seen a few Arm-powered laptops and devices from companies like Microsoft, and now it looks like ASUS is getting in on the action with its new Vivobook S series of computers.


The ASUS Vivobook S laptops are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite chipset. The laptop features a 15.6-inch display with a 3K resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. It also uses ASUS' Lumina OLED display tech and comes with a Harman Kardon-certified Dolby Atmos audio system.


The laptop itself features an aluminum chassis and measures 1.47cm thin and weighs just 1.42kg. This makes it incredibly light. According to ASUS, the Vivobook S 15 has a battery life of up to 18 hours, which should more or less guarantee you a full day's use. As it is powered by Windows 11, it will be a Copilot+ PC. This is just a fancy way of saying that it will come with Microsoft's Copilot AI integration.


The ASUS Vivobook S 15 is priced starting at CA$1,599. It is expected to start shipping out later this month. According to the company, additional configurations of the laptop are being planned for early Q3 2024.

ASUS recently announced its Upcoming AI-powered PC


ASUS recently announced that it will be holding a special launch event for a new product, which according to the company is its first new-era "ASUS AI PC." The launch event will supposedly feature a collaboration between ASUS, Qualcomm and Microsoft, and will be held on May 20, 2024, at 08:00 p.m. GMT. As per ASUS' official announcement:


The new laptop will usher in a new era of ASUS AI PCs, breaking traditional boundaries and harnessing advanced AI capabilities. With comprehensive support for the latest AI functionality from ASUS and Microsoft, it offers personalized AI experiences tailored to individual requirements.


Given the focus on AI as well as having Qualcomm up on stage at the event, we might most likely see one of the first-ever Windows devices to run on the Snapdragon X series of SoCs, which Qualcomm has been teasing for quite some time now with the Snapdragon X Plus and X Elite.


ASUS adds that attendees will have a chance to see its new device lineup at Computex 2024, which will be held in Taipei. Going back to the announcement however, not much else was mentioned in the post, although we're bound to know more once ASUS unveils its latest hardware on stage.

ASUS Expands its ROG Strix Lineup with the XG27UCS and XG27ACS Monitors


ASUS recently announced that it was launching two new additions to its ROG Strix series monitors in the form of the XG27UCS and XG27ACS. Both monitors come with some worthwhile features, although there are certain hardware specifications that set them apart from each other - for one, the XG27UCS offers 4K 160 Hz visuals, while the XG27ACS comes with support for 1440p gaming at up to 180Hz.


With that said though, both models feature IPS displays, a 1 ms response time, compatibility with N VIDIA G-SYNC, and HDR technology for an immersive experience.

ASUS Expands its ROG Strix Lineup with the XG27UCS and XG27ACS Monitors

Both monitors also come with DisplayHDR 400 certification and wide DCI-P3 gamut, as well as ASUS' own integrated ASUS Variable Overdrive 2.0 technology, which the company says enables the displays to dynamically alter overdrive settings as frame rates fluctuate for optimal visuals, with around 20 overdrive level settings available to users.


For connectivity, both the XG27UCS and XG27ACS come equipped with DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0, and USB Type-C (with DP Alt mode and Power Delivery) allowing them to connect to PCs, laptops, and gaming consoles. The XG27ACS is currently available starting at US$269, while the upcoming XG27UCS will retail at US$449.

The Zenfone 11 Ultra Takes on Rival Flagships with just Two Years of Updates


In a day and age where smartphone manufacturers now more frequently offer up to five and even seven years' worth of major software upgrades, ASUS' new Zenfone 11 Ultra enters a crowded premium smartphone market with a promise of just two years' worth of major software upgrades. With that aside though, its $899 price tag does include some pretty impressive hardware.


Perhaps the biggest change you'll see with the 11 Ultra is the phone's display - it now comes with a much larger 6.78-inch 144 Hz AMOLED display, easily dwarfing the Zenfone 8, 9, and 10 before it. The design also borrows heavily from the ROG Phone 8, sans the dynamic angular visual accents.


The Zenfone 11 Ultra Takes on Rival Flagships with just Two Years of Updates


Powering the phone is the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset, which comes with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB of internal storage. There's also a large 5,500 mAh battery that powers the entire setup, with support for 65W wired and 15W Qi charging speeds. On the back you'll find a triple camera setup with a 50MP f/1.9 primary camera, 13 MP f/2.2 ultrawide camera, and a 32 MP f/2.4 telephoto sensor. Selfie duties are handled by a 32MP camera in front.


Going back to software, the phone does comes with some additional features from ASUS, including some AI-powered tricks such as AI Call Translator for instant speech-to-text conversion and translation, AI Wallpaper for personalized wallpapers, as well as AI Transcript which provides real-time transcription while using the voice recorder.


The Zenfone 11 Ultra Takes on Rival Flagships with just Two Years of Updates


It's clear that ASUS' latest attempt at a flagship handset is an impressive feat, especially from a hardware standpoint - however, the two years of Android upgrades might be a bit limiting to some users, especially folks who intend to keep their smartphones for longer periods of time.

Asus Zenfone 11 Ultra's front design, charging details confirmed by certification platform


Asus has already launched two flagships this year, the ROG Phone 8 and 8 Pro, but a Zenfone series flagship is just about to drop too. The unannounced Zenfone 11 Ultra is Asus' next major launch this year and judging by the amount of information that surfaced lately, the Zenfone 11 Ultra is very close to be revealed.


Thanks for Evan Blass, we already know that the Zenfone 11 Ultra will be available in at least five colors: Desert Sienna, Eternal Black, Misty Gray, Skyline Blue, and Verdure Green.


Also, a Geekbench listing revealed that the Zenfone 11 Ultra will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor, coupled with 16GB RAM. As far as the screen goes, Asus Zenfone 11 Ultra is rumored to feature a stunning 6.78-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with 144Hz refresh rate.


More recently, Asus' upcoming flagship was spotted on the Wireless Power Consortium platform, where it received the multinational technology consortium certification (via MySmartPrice).


According to the listing, the Zenfone 11 Ultra's battery will feature support for 15W wireless charging, just like the previous model. Additionally, the certification platform confirms the phone's 5,500 mAh battery will also support 65W wired charging.


Along with all the phone's battery data, the listing also includes an image that reveals the Zenfone 11 Ultra's front part. Design-wise, this is not much different than the ROG Phone 8, although we expect the back of the Zenfone 11 Ultra to look very different.


Asus has already confirmed that the Zenfone 11 Ultra will be officially introduced on March 14, which means we'll have to wait just a bit more than one week to confirm all these details and, maybe, learn a bunch more.

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