[ASUS] Z3NVOLUTION – Launch of the Zen 3 Series in Singapore

ASUS has unveiled the long-awaited Zen 3 series in Singapore at the “Zenvolution” launch on Thursday, 13 October. The series consist of the ZenFone 3, ZenBook 3, ZenWatch 3 and Transformer 3, to be made available at their respective official launch dates in the weeks to come.

ASUS Zenvolution Zen 3 Singapore

I was delighted to be able to tinkle with these new products, and honoured to learn from the informative, introductory talks by the ASUS product professionals.

ASUS Zenvolution Zen 3 Singapore

ASUS ZenBook 3 - ASUS Zenvolution Launch in Singapore

ASUS ZenBook 3 – ASUS Zenvolution Launch in Singapore

The rose-gold ASUS ZenBook 3, a 12.5-inch ultralight-weight beauty with a 1920×1080 FHD display, caught my eye and possibly my heart. Packed with the latest 7th generation Intel Core i7-7500U processor (2.7GHz, 4MB cache), up to 16GB of 2,133MHz RAM, and up to a 1TB PCIe SSD, the ZenBook 3 will also be available in two other colours – quartz grey and royal blue (also a sleek-looking beast).

I must admit that the ZenBook 3 looks interestingly similar to MacBook Air (especially in rose-gold!), although the former, weighing only 2lbs, will possibly appeal to the ladies whose desire for ever lighter laptops will never be satisfied. I’ve lived with the mobility-hindering weight of the MacBook pro for the past 4, coming to 5 years. When I’m ready to send my Mac to the graveyard, I guess I’ll be torn between the MacBook Air and the line-up of lightweights available and/or set to launch in 2017.

The ASUS Transformer 3 Pro (on the right in the picture above), is a gorgeously sleek two-in-one tablet that conveniently transforms into a laptop. Weighing just under 800g, and just 8.35mm thin, it is made with an incredibly tough material, adorned with fine diamond-cut highlighting on the lid. The exterior is effectively protected from everyday scuffs and scratches.

What’s even better, the gadget is available in Icicle Gold and Titanium Gray – on top of which you get the option of four trendy colors for the ASUS Transformer Cover Keyboard to mix and match so you’ll never get bored.

ASUS Zenvolution Zen 3 Singapore - ZENPAD PRO 3 8.0

This you can take everywhere: the Transformer 3 Pro – laid out in its tablet form. Several exclusive ASUS technologies, designed to enhance your viewing experience, are packed into this powerhouse: the Eye-Care mode reduces the amount of harmful blue light emitted from the screen by up to 30%; the ASUS Tru2Life Video uses intelligent software algorithms to optimize the sharpness and contrast of every pixel in every video frame so that videos look clearer, more detailed and more realistic; and the ASUS TruVivid does away with some light-sapping glass layers to improve clarity and reduce reflections by up to 67%.

Not to be outdone by the ZenBook 3, the Transformer 3 Pro is equipped with the 6th-generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor, 16GB of fast LPDDR3 RAM and up to 1TB PCIe®x4 SSD. Its Thunderbolt™ 3 interface offers unbelievably fast 40Gbps data transfers via the USB-C port – the any-way-up USB-C connector also supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 devices at speeds up to 10Gbps, 20 times faster than USB 2.0.

All of these I managed to get some first-hand experience of!

ASUS Zenvolution Zen 3 Singapore

ASUS Zenvolution Zen 3 Singapore

Of course, there’s also the ZenWatch, Zenfone 3 and ZenPad 3 – details of which can be found at ASUS SG’s main site.

One of the highlights at the ASUS launch exhibition was thewalk-in life-sized prism, representative of the dual-prism periscope arrangement in the ZenFone Zoom, the world’s thinnest optical-zoom smartphone. ZenFone Zoom is built with meticulously configured glass, synthetic and prismatic lenses to maximize incoming light and capture the best possible photo quality.

Zenvolution Prism - ASUS Zenvolution Zen 3 Singapore

ASUS Zenvolution Zen 3 Singapore

ASUS Zenvolution Zen 3 Singapore

While the ASUS representatives introduced the various products, I couldn’t help noticing that the screen was specially manufactured by and labelled “ASUS”.

ASUS Zenvolution Zen 3 Singapore

ASUS Zenvolution Zen 3 Singapore

Presenting the latest ASUS products.

ASUS Zenvolution Zen 3 Singapore

Overall, I had an eye-opening, hands-on session, and got to witness some of the newest power ASUS technologies before they’re available in Singapore. Thank you ASUS SG for the invite, and the sleek ASUS media kit for keeps.

ASUS Zenvolution Zen 3 Singapore - Media Kit

ASUS Zenvolution Zen 3 Singapore -- Media Kit

ASUS Zenvolution Zen 3 Singapore - Media Kit

ASUS Zenvolution Zen 3 Singapore - Media Kit

Zenvolution has begun.

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

ASUS ZenFone2 Laser ZE601KL – Netflix and The Parent Factor

Having recently acquired the ZE601KL, alongside a much-raved about Netflix account, the elders in my family have been hooked to TV and movies in bed. I’m sure the Singapore government would approve of Netflix’s long-run benefits which may incidentally include (i) general population growth and; (ii) the expansion of home delivery portals like FoodPanda and Deliveroo. If this were the 90s, I would have acquired a baby sister or brother.

Netflix works perfectly on the Android ZE601KL. Oh I I thank thee, Netflix in HD, and the ZE601KL, for several sleepless nights in a row. Not to mention a few mini-squabbles over who gets possession of the device for bed-time screening! In the day, my mom sometimes has the ZE601KL in her purse as she’s big on streaming on the go. So I figured the phone belongs to her now!

And sometimes my dad steals some sneaky time with the device for his personal viewing…

Look at how endearing he looks in this candid.

Ooh lala what did he find?

He must have been streaming one of his late-night comedies. Saturday Night Live or something.

Deer caught in the headlights Dad! Here comes Mummy.

Close to 70, and still such a cutie. Yes friends, meet my dad.

I guess the main draw of this mobile streaming device is its super HD 6-inch screen, and dual speakers which amplifies the sound (both volume and quality), so viewers can get an enhanced video-viewing experience from the comfort of…anywhere you desire, really! In your bed, on the couch, stuck on an MRT train, or while avoiding the eyes of the barista eyeing your already empty drinking glass, the ZE601KL takes your mind on a trip with its mobile HD experience.

I guess that’s why even the parents get hooked.

Anyway you might already notice the Chinese New Year decorations up in my humble abode. Yes! CNY is just round the corner, and this may be a good gift for those looking to spend some angpow money for their loved ones. Or on yourself if you’re looking for a value-for-money smartphone this festive season.

ASUS ZenFone 2 ZE601KL retails for SGD330+.
For more information, check out:

ASUS Product Page

ASUS Facebook Page

Don’t forget to follow ASUS Singapore’s Instagram Page! @asussg

 

P.S. In a perfect world, Netflix would grant Singaporeans access to all available shows. There are however a few comedies restricted by regional distribution rights, and to my dismay the list includes The Office and Modern Family. This does not make me happy. No indeed.

But I’m still thankful “Netflix and Chill” has arrived in Singapore.

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser ZE601KL vs iPhone 6+

It’s been a week since this baby came into my life!

ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] hd screen

So on the ZE601KL I’ve been able to watch (in super HD) backdated episodes of Modern Family, Baby Daddy and online videos from CouchTuner, while my Mom borrows this for her K-Dramas. The full-HD 6-inch screen makes the watching experience second to none.

Why’s it that audio sounds so amazing on the ZE601KL? Im convinced that this can be attributed to the dual-driver audio chamber that has a five-magnet construction and metal voice coil to deliver powerful sounds and volume. According to official specs, the sound pressure level testing of ZE601KL is up to 97.4 dB. So even those barely audible videos that I can’t watch on my iPhone 6+ could be heard clearly on the ZE601KL.

Which brings me to….

THE Showdown:
iPhone 6 Plus
Versus ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser HD

If you had to pick a better model, which would it be?

Since I’m still tinkering with my ZE601KL, here’s my 2cents on a few key features:

ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] vs iPhone 6 Plus 2

These qualities about the ZE601KL trumps my current iPhone 6+:

Comparison

ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) iPhone 6 +
Screen size (inches) 6.00

4.70

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels 750×1334 pixels
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 616

Apple A8

RAM

3GB

1GB

Internal storage

16GB/32GB 16GB

Expandable storage

Yes

No

Rear camera 12-megapixel

13-megapixel

Front camera

5-megapixel 5-megapixel

Weight (g)

190.00 172.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3000

2750

Removable battery Yes

No

ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] vs iPhone 6 Plus

The ZE601KL is also value-for-money, retailing at SGD330+ (or SGD379 according to some friends who were looking for it at Sim Lim) in Singapore, bringing it close to half of what consumers pay for a typical iPhone 6+ with a mobile plan. ZE601KL serves the basic cellphone function, and on top of that affords you a mega HD video experience, and a wider screen than most phones out there.

In all fairness, I don’t love Apple any less – I’m heavily reliant on iCloud and I sync all my files to my Mac. Size-wise, iPhone 6+ is also slimmer and lighter. If guys already find the iPhone 6+ series hard to fit into their tight hipster jeans, then the ZE601KL isn’t gonna be easier to squeeze itself in.

ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] vs iPhone 6 Plus 4ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] vs iPhone 6 Plus 3

Tada, iPhone 6 Plus being slimmer of the 2, has a better chance of not creating a huge bulge in our pants. Also for girls with slim purses and tiny bags, you might take this tiny difference into consideration. ZE601KL has this rounded hump on its back for better grip. Both phones though have this impeccably smooth flawless shell – oh wait what am I saying? All new phones do.

At the end of the day, Apple phones facilitate a suite of Mac products. If you’re OCD about syncing all your files, and making sure you get access to your calendar, news, contacts, emails, tweetfeeds, Facebook feeds and system preferences on all 30 mobile devices, then Apple it is. Otherwise, why not take a chance on ZE601KL?

Out of all the current phones out there, ZE601KL definitely has an edge in terms of providing an enhanced video-watching experience with its 6-inch screen size and great speaker quality!

Here’s more fooling around with the ZE601KL, this time showing some of its camera functions and even more of its super HD screen:

ASUS ZenFone 2 ZE601KL retails for SGD330+.
For more information, check out:

ASUS Product Page

ASUS Facebook Page

Don’t forget to follow ASUS Singapore’s Instagram Page! @asussg

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser ZE601KL

The ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser HD ZE601KL arrived on my doorstep yesterday, and I couldn’t wait to unbox this beauty. Having heard quite a bit about the ASUS ZenFone series, I was super excited to test this baby out!

ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] 2

This model, released to Singapore on 19 December’15, comes in 3 different colours: Sheer Gold, Glacier Gray and Glamour Red.

I was glad to receive mine in neutral gray-silver – by choice, my previous phones had all been fully white or rose gold. Gray wouldn’t have been my colour of choice, but now that I have this in my hands, I’m liking the sleek gray tone which gives the ZE601KL a masculinity rather befitting of its size.ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] 1

Here are the accessories that accompanied the ZE601KL (it’s always mad fun to unbox new gadgets!): the box contains a Main Battery, Adapter Type + Plug.
ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] assembly 3

Hear ye! The ZE601KL has a removable battery, on top of its supposedly super-long lasting battery life.ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] assembly 4
More shots of ZE601KL with its boxed companions (please note, the brown satin is solely mine)ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] ASSEMBLY 1
ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] ASSEMBLY 2

Let’s get down to business.

The first thing that came to mind as I picked up the ZE601KL for the first time: hell yeah, it’s so light! (190 g with battery) And much bigger than I imagined it would be. Very light for its size, yet it doesn’t feel flimsy.

ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] GRIP
This baby’s curvature is a comfortable fit against my palm. Basically I like the ergonomic grip, plus the textured surface shell surface.

Unlike my previous phones (I’ve been an Apple user for 8 years) which have rectangular edges, ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser’s rounded curves are a refreshing change. I can wrap my fingers naturally around the large 6″+ device. So it’s bigger than my current iPhone 6+, but I think some of us agree that with phone sizes it’s a slippery slope – once you go big, you can’t go back to using ’em small ones, ever.

This is just a matter of going bigger, again. Still smaller than the Samsung Note.
ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] GRIP 2

Okay so moving on to finally turning it on. Android to me is like oxygen to a Martian. Pardon me for taking ages to give it life. But hey, look how it roared to life!

ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] turn on
So I had to sign up for an Android account (say, what??).

The ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser uses the Android 5.0 Platform, powered by the internal Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 MSM8939 CPU, providing ample power for all daily multi-tasking activities. The device has up to 32GB internal storage, plus a MicroSD card memory slot that can take up to 120GB. Ostensibly a heavy consumer of high-definition dramas or videos would love this extension, simply because you’ll not need to free up space all the time. Thumbs up! The phone also works on LTE Category 4 for download speeds up to 150Mbit/s, and a 60ms touch response time.

Somehow the screen feels a tad like my Kindle – very flat-lay and texts are crisp and clear.

ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] screen

Additionally, I think drama lovers would be delighted by the 6-inch, full-HD 1920×1080 screen display, built with an IPS Capacitive Multi-touch panel Scratch Resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass HCLR film technology screen. Well, that is one darn mouthful! To put it in human words, your ASUS ZenFone screen is scratch-proof and crack-proof; provided you aren’t thinking of throwing this off a cliff, the hardy exterior’s gonna last you a long long time. The enhanced Gorilla Glass 4 display offers twice the drop-damage resistance of its predecessor, plus a 2.5X increase in retained strength, and is 85% less likely to break in daily use.

I drop my phones – A LOT. I need a sturdy and tough phone like this. Most of the time my phones fall on my face while I’m texting in bed. So thank goodness ZE601KL has an ultra light body!

Speaking of its body, I haven’t quite shown enough of this baby’s back view. It’s got an extremely sexy behind.

See what I mean? Sleek huh.ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] back shell

Moving on, I must add that the camera function ain’t bad at all.ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] camera
He’s bringing sexy back.

I’m big on camera functions. I’m a self-proclaimed selfie-addict as evidenced by my stash of just under a billion selfies. The thing I dislike about most phones is that the front cameras are disappointing. They take downright slipshod and blurry photos with no focus, bad lighting even on a sunny day, and produces terrible resolution.

So I’m heartened to learn that ASUS ZenFone 2 boasts laser auto-focus technology for the fastest possible snapshot clarity. The phone’s PixelMaster backlight (Super HDR) mode automatically captures multiple shots of the scene in the viewfinder, and processes these using ASUS Pixel Enhancing technology to give the final picture up to 400% more brightness. This is darn great for taking pictures in less-than-ideal lightings.

I guess it can’t yet serve the perfect selfie function – I can’t say that its front cam (5 Mega-Pixel) is fantastic. I wouldn’t trust a cell-phone to take a selfie that is of better resolution than with my Panasonic Lumix 6.  However ZE601KL does boast a decent rear camera (13 Mega-Pixel) for its price. I guess I haven’t yet found my perfect selfie-phone.

 

ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] hd screen

My current earcandy is a Parody of Adele’s Hello by Key of Awesome on YouTube which says it all: HERE’S A PHONE I HAVEN’T TRIED. So in love with that song for so many reasons.

ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] hd screen 3

If you wanna experience the HD awesomeness, why not watch a vid-ception of the video played on my ZE601KL and judge for yourself.

See how ASUS doesn’t disappoint? I’m open to all mobile models, except maybe a ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] hd screen 2

So… I guess thank you for reading thus far! I’ll be back to update on more ASUS experiences. I’m loving the ZE601KL! Gonna put my feet up and watch a few ABC Family comedies in bed, and not be afraid to drop the phone on my face.

Meanwhile, leaving you with my favourite picture I took today:ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] hd screen 5

A few last words!

ASUS ZenFone 2 ZE601KL retails for SGD330+.
For more information, check out:

ASUS Product Page

ASUS Facebook Page

Don’t forget to follow ASUS Singapore’s Instagram Page! @asussg

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean