Asus Zenfone 4 Pro benchmark confirms Snapdragon 835 SoC, 6GB RAM

At least four new Asus smartphones will be announced on August 17, all part of the ZenFone series: ZenFone 4, ZenFone 4 Selfie, ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro and ZenFone 4 Max.

But there’s a fifth smartphone that Asus may unveil along with the other four, the ZenFone 4 Pro, which may actually be the company’s flagship for the rest of the year.

Unlike the standard ZenFone 4, the Pro version comes with a much better SoC (system-on-chip) and more RAM inside. Luckily, the phone appeared recently on GFXBench, your go to benchmarking portal, so we’ve been able to learn a couple of things about its …


Asus ZenFone 4 appears on GFXBench, revealing specs prior to next week's unveiling

The other day, Asus accidentally posted information about four upcoming ZenFone 4 models including the ZenFone 4, ZenFone 4 Selfie, ZenFone 4 Pro and the ZenFone 4 Max. Today, the Asus ZenFone 4 appeared on benchmark site GFXBench which revealed some of the handset’s specs. Let’s start with the 5.5-inch display, which has a 1080 x 1920 resolution. Powering the phone is an octa-core CPU running at a clock speed of 2.2GHz. The Adreno 508 GPU is on board, which suggests that it is the Snapdragon 630 SoC under the hood.

The GFXBench listing also indicates that the ZenFone 4 will come with 4GB …

Five million Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 handsets have been sold in India this year

India happens to be the second largest smartphone market in the world, grabbing that title from the U.S. last year. But most major handset manufacturers can not afford to applaud this fact, mostly because of the economics involved. For 2013, the latest data available, India’s per capita income was $1,570 which placed the country 112th out of 164 as measured by the World Bank. Obviously, that doesn’t leave much money for consumers to purchase flagship and high-end smartphones.

However, the environment is perfect for a value-type producer such as China’s Xiaomi. This past week, the company …

Asus accidentally leaked four upcoming ZenFone 4 models, complete with renders, specs, and prices

Asus is a master of confusion when it comes to its smartphones’ names — even if we disregard that it’s the only manufacturer out there using numbers to denominate generations instead of models (so ZenFone 3 is the name of a whole bunch of devices, instead of just one), the company also has a fondness for releasing multiple device models under the same name in different regions. This is how we get one ZenFone 3 Deluxe that is considerably better than another ZenFone 3 Deluxe.

However, Asus is definitely not a master when it comes to not prematurely …

Apple releases watchOS 4 beta 5 for Apple Watch

Apple has just released watchOS 4 beta 5 for developers and the beta is available for testing on all Apple Watch models.
The major new features of watchOS 4 include:
Cool new watch faces: one with personalized Siri information and others with animated Toy Story charactersImproved Music and Workout layoutsSupport for Apple News via a complicationSupport for GymKitPerson-to-person paymentsApple Pay Cash
To install watch OS 4 beta 5 on your Apple Watch, you need to be …

Asus ZenFone 4 and 4 Pro prices and specs allegedly leaked days ahead of unveiling

Asus is set to unveil its quite delayed ZenFone 4 series next Thursday, August 17 — if an official invite is anything to go by, that is. But even with less than two weeks remaining, we’ve heard surprisingly little about the devices — the only rumored specs so far have been about the flagship ZenFone 4 Pro, while we’re expecting to see three other new devices (along with an already official fourth).
However, in a pair of tweets, the generally reliable Roland Quandt has given us some new details about the ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 4 Pro, including specs …

Alcatel Idol 4 Pro with Windows 10 gets delayed once again

The Alcatel Idol 4 Pro saga is not yet over, at least not in the UK where the Windows 10 smartphone should have been already available for purchase.

Although Microsoft and Alcatel promised to bring the device in the UK in the last week of July, the Idol 4 Pro’s market release was postponed by two weeks.

Well, it looks like the day of August 7 is about to end and Alcatel Idol 4 Pro isn’t yet available for purchase in the UK. In fact, Microsoft delayed the release of the smartphone once again, so those who still want the Windows 10 handset will have to wait …

'Game of Thrones' episode 4 finally gave us the battle we've been waiting six seasons to see

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This recap is dark and full of spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7, episode 4, titled “The Spoils of War.”

Are you still shaking? I’m still shaking. 

Episode 4 finally brought Daenerys Targaryen to mainland Westeros — a monumental power play that’s been six seasons in the making. 

Dany’s grand entrance is huge for a number of reasons, not least of which is that our many-titled Khaleesi desperately needed a decisive victory over the Lannisters after losing Dorne, the Iron Islands and The Reach in the last two episodes.

The way Dany arrived was a showstopper, to be sure, but the fact that she arrived at all is pretty incredible — as Robert Baratheon predicted way back in Season 1, Dany’s invasion marks the first time that the Dothraki have ever crossed the Narrow Sea, and even without her scaly children, that’s a big effing deal for Westeros, since its inhabitants have spent centuries resting safe in the knowledge that the Dothraki are no threat to them. We were only five episodes into Season 1 when Cersei outright dismissed Robert’s concerns about Dany with the arrogant assertion that “The Dothraki don’t sail… Read more…

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Asus to announce new ZenFone 4 smartphones on August 19

After unveiling the ZenFone 4 Max (which is currently available only in Russia), Asus is now getting ready to announce more ZenFone 4 handsets – possibly including a regular ZenFone 4, a ZenFone 4 Pro, a ZenFone 4 Selfie, and a ZenFone 4V.

At least some of the smartphones mentioned above will be showcased on August 19, when Asus is hosting an official ZenFone 4 event.

As seen in some previously unveiled teaser images, the ZenFone 4 series should be all about dual cameras. One of the upcoming handsets, the ZenFone 4 Pro, will likely have a dual rear camera …

Asus ZenFone 4 Pro poses for pictures, reveals dual cameras with 2x zoom, Android 7.1.1 Nougat

Asus has been having some trouble bringing its ZenFone 4 series to the market: last we heard, the new series (ZenFone 4 Max notwithstanding) was said to be released in August, which is a 4 months delay. Despite that, we haven’t actually seen any major leaks of the four yet unannounced devices — until now.

Italian website DDay.it has recently posted what appear to be real-life photos of the ZenFone 4 Pro, which show a couple of very interesting facts about the device. Firstly, just as Asus itself has been teasing, the device comes with a dual rear-facing …