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What we missed at CES: ASUS press conference

So many press events, so little time – especially when only two of us from Pocketables are at CES! In any case, the ASUS press conference was yet another event that I sorely wanted to attend, but just couldn’t squeeze into an already packed schedule.

And boy, did I miss something awesome: the ZenFone 2!

This is a new flagship smartphone for ASUS, and is the first phone in the world to have 4GB of dual-channel RAM. It also features a brushed metal body that is only 3.9mm thick on the edges, with rear-mounted power and volume buttons, making it somewhat of a hybrid Moto X/HTC One/LG G2. (In other words, it takes some of the most unique, useful design cues from each of these devices to deliver something brand new.)

It also features a 5.5-inch screen, 1080p IPS display, a 64-bit Intel processor, and a 3000mAh battery that uses proprietary fast-charge technology – in fact, ASUS says you can get 60% charge with just 39 minutes of charging. It comes with category 4 LTE, a dual SIM slot, and a 13MP f/2.0 rear camera.

While pricing on the top of the line model isn’t yet available, there is a low-end Zenfone 2 that starts at $199 for 2GB of RAM and a slightly slower processor – still not bad, all things considered. I’ll definitely be looking for this one of the show floor for some hands on time.

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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