ASUS CES 2015 Live Blog: Follow The News As It Happened

ASUS execs have taken the stage at CES 2015 in Vegas to announce a swathe of new convertibles and tablets, and products in brand new categories. Follow the news as it happened, right here with Gizmodo Australia!

All times are in AEDT.

5:55am, 6 January
We’re seated and ready to be dazzled by ASUS.

What do you want to see from ASUS in 2015? Tell us in the comments!

Remember: you can live stream this press conference for yourself right here.


Jonney Shih, Chairman of ASUS is up as the press conference gets underway. He’s summarising 2014 for ASUS. “We became the dominant market leader for 2-in-1 devices in 2014 according to IDC.”


Here comes the first big announcement. Sounds like it’s being narrated by Jony Ive from Apple.


It’s a new ASUS Transformer Book Chi!


It’s a challenger to the MacBook Air: the Transformer Book Chi is 1.65cm thin, versus the MacBook Air at 1.7cm. It weighs under 700g making it super thin and light for a Windows 2-in-1.


It’s packing a screen that features 235ppi. Very crisp.

Speaking of crisp, there’s also Bang and Olufsen speakers on-board.


It runs an Intel Core M processor, which reportedly runs even faster than the impressive Yoga Pro 3 from Lenovo.


There are three models:


The T300 Chi WQHD, 128GB SSD flagship starts from $799, while $699 gets you the 1080p T100 Chi, while the tiny adorable T90 Chi starts at $299. That’s US pricing and it’s released in February.


Moving on from that one onto Asus Zenfone. ASUS is now shipping 1.5m units of the Zenfone per month. Crikey.

We’ve got a new Zenfone, creatively called the Zenfone 2.

Don’t tell LG, but it looks a lot like the G3…

It’s 3.9mm thin, and features a centred volume control rocker on the back of the device.

There’s a 70 per cent screen to body ratio (means it has a smaller bezel), and it packs in a 1080p IPS display.



It’s packing the 2.33GHz Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core processor, and it’s the first smartphone to pack in 4GB of RAM.

The Zenfone 2 also fast charges from 0-60 per cent in 38 minutes.


Here are the specs:


But wait, there’s more. There’s a new model called the Asus Zenfone Zoom, designed for “professional photographers” in a smartphone.

It has 3x optical zoom, and features laser auto-focus for precise subject capture.

It’s also good for Macro photography at a range of 5cm.


Here are the specs on that new, nifty Zenfone Zoom.


The prices are crazy good.

The Zenfone 2 is $199 and the Zenfone Zoom is $399. Those are US prices, and they ship in March. No word on Australian prices yet. We’ll have those soon!


And that’s all she wrote! Thanks for joining us!

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