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5G is Around The Corner

5G is Around The Corner

At the Winter Olympics this year in Pyeong Chang, South Korea, we got a glimpse of what a 5G network can do, and KT, South Korea’s largest telephone company, was able to complete a test run. If you missed it, South Koreans entered Pyeong Chang Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony with LED lights to form a giant dove.

These lights were powered by 5G, which is rumored to have data processing speeds 100 times faster than 4G. This network is expected to be implemented in developing countries as early as next year. But what exactly will 5G bring and what are the expenses?

Race for 5G

Globally, there is a race for 5G going on right now. As the Internet of Things revolution takes hold, it will become extremely important to connect all of our devices and keep them running at speeds faster than we have ever seen. South Korea is already a leader in the world when it comes to internet speeds and it hopes to be the first to officially adopt 5G. After its test run at the Olympics, KT is ready to launch its network next March with companies as the first clients.

5G is Around The Corner

This 5G network will offer true wireless service, rather than a fixed wireless service which they can already offer. They say they want to focus more on the true wireless service in order to commercialize the network for a bigger impact. Kwak Phil Geun, who is a researcher at the Korean Testing Laboratory, says it will be the infrastructure technology to drive other technologies, so, “…5G is more of an underlying technology that materializes [other technologies” (forbes).

In the United States, Verizon is hoping to launch its own fixed wireless 5G service later this year – the first in the country. Because it is fixed, it will require the use of a router and will only be capable of providing small networks to homes or offices. However, this could be a way to connect people who are not currently.

There are many rural, or poor areas in the United States without fiber cables to enable broadband service, and laying down the cables is expensive – fixed wireless 5G could solve the problem in a less costly way. On the other hand, when it comes to 5G smartphones, analysts believe it will be a few years before they take off.

5G Smartphones

Along with a 5G network comes smartphones. Next year, 5G smartphones are expected to go on sale in China, Japan, South Korea, and the United States, but sales are not expected to be high. Besides the obvious reason of how expensive the devices will be to start, another reason is a lack of 5G network coverage, which means consumers don’t have much of a reason to buy a 5G smartphone.

5G Smartphones

However, analysts predict that by 2021, 5G networks will cover many urban centers which will give consumers more motivation to purchase devices and sales will go up. Moreover, coverage will continue to expand and by 2023, prices of the devices will fall and even more people will begin to own them.

What Does It All Mean?

When it comes down to it, the 5G network itself is the next big thing and 5G smartphones will follow in a few years. The 5G network itself has huge potential and is basically already here. The high speeds and responsiveness of 5G will allow for better and safer self-driving technology, along with allowing drones to fly anywhere in the country to do things such as deliver packages.

But these are just a few ideas. It is already quite evident that the 5G network will propel technology to different levels in many areas. As we continue to advance, the addition of a 5G network will allow for more growth and lead to advances we have yet to even think of.

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ASUS ZenBook 3 Review: Specifications and Characteristics

ASUS ZenBook 3 Review: Specifications and Characteristics
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The Asus ZenBook 3 in this review is far from being an affordable ultrabook. This gadget is for buyers interested in a laptop with an eye-catching design and a considerable amount of processing power stacked under the hood.

But besides its good looks and a promising spec sheet, is the ASUS ZenBook 3 ultrabook actually worth the money? Let’s find out together, by reviewing every feature of it!

ASUS ZenBook 3 Design

The folks over at Asus saw the potential of the ultrabook niche, and over the years, they started developing the Zenbook line-up: light and slim laptops, with a premium design, able to attract even the most demanding customers.

After opening the box, you will – obviously – be thrilled by the look of the ASUS ZenBook 3. First things first, you should know that it’s one of the most compact laptops money can buy right now. Secondly, the materials used for building it are impressive. You will notice the premium feeling being present from the first touch.

The metallic case has various finishes – make sure you check the dark blue, it’s gorgeous – and a few golden touches on the sides. Surprisingly, this laptop doesn’t attract as many fingerprints as expected, but you can’t get rid of them easily either.

We were surprised how easy the lid opens, and even though the hinge doesn’t allow a 180 opening, it’s still ok for daily use. As a side note, ASUS claims that it’s the most compact notebook hinge, measuring just 3mm.

In terms of design, the Asus ZenBook 3 is definitely one of the best looking laptops from the Taiwanese company.

Asus ZenBook 3

ASUS ZenBook 3 Display

Measuring 12.5” with a full HD resolution of 1920×1080 pixels (a superior resolution is also available), the display is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4 and has a pretty serious amount of glare. However, you won’t even notice such details, since the ridiculously thin bezels will be the first thing you’ll observe after opening the lid.

Basically, the Asus ZenBook 3 looks like it has the body of an 11.6” laptop, but the display is bigger than it should. You get the idea, right?

Even though the ASUS ZenBook 3 doesn’t have a touchscreen, you won’t even notice the lack of this feature. The colors are bright and vivid, which combined with the FHD resolution, make this ultrabook the perfect travel companion. You get to enjoy some of your favorite movies in a great looking display screen.

Speaking of enjoying movies, the ZenBook 3 is loaded with six Harman Kardon speakers and..man, it sounds good! The sound is clear, strong, and with enough bass. There’s also a 3.5mm jack by the way, so you can use it with a pair of regular headphones.

Hardware

Ok, let’s get to one of the most interesting features. The ASUS ZenBook 3 review is powered by an Intel Core i7-7500U Kaby Lake chip, clocked at 2.7GHz. Using Turbo Boost you can take it even to 3.5GHz. The graphics card is represented by an onboard Intel HD 620 unit, alongside 16GB of RAM and a 512GB solid-state drive.

Along with the 14nm-built Kaby Lake chip you get superior clock speeds, increase Turbo frequencies, native USB Type-C support, and significant graphics improvements. Yes, the ASUS ZenBook 3 is able to handle 3D and 4K content with ease.

Since we’re talking about a compact laptop with a big amount of processing power, it’s obvious that ASUS had to do something with the heat. And they did!

The ZenBook 3 laptop comes with a cooling system featuring slim heat pipes, while the air is evacuated through the grills hidden in the hinge. It’s true, it tends to get hot pretty fast, especially if you keep a lot of things open, but the cooling system does its job efficiently. The only minus is the fact that you’ll hear when the laptop starts overheating.

Overall, the Asus ZenBook 3 in this review is strong enough to use it for basic photo and video editing, browsing, watch 4K content and even some gaming. Sure, it wasn’t designed for extreme gaming, but some less-demanding titles can be easily played. After all, we’re talking about a very compact device!

ASUS ZenBook 3 Review: Specifications and Characteristics

Connectivity

Apparently, ASUS adopted the infamous Apple strategy for a minimalistic design. Not that we don’t like this, but minimalism in laptops means fewer ports. The ASUS ZenBook 3 laptop comes with a single USB Type-C port. But you’ll get a special adapter in the package, which offers support for USB, HDMI, and an extra USB Type-C port.

As for the wireless part, it has Wi-Fi and dual bands, alongside Bluetooth 4.0. Enough for most users, we’d say.

Battery

You wouldn’t expect much from such a tiny laptop, in terms of autonomy. But hey, surprises are everywhere!

Depending on your usage, you can get some pretty impressive numbers. The laptop has three different modes: High Performance, Balanced, or Battery Saver. If you opt for the first and maximum screen brightness, you’ll get around 5-6 hours of use. On the other side, if you reduce the brightness to 50% and opt for Battery Saver, you can easily get over 7 hours. And this is not bad at all, ASUS!

ASUS ZenBook 3 Review Wrap-up

Our ASUS ZenBook 3 review is a niche ultrabook. It’s a gadget designed to attract buyers through its design and compact size. A laptop you should buy if you want to impress a bit, and this is exactly what the manufacturer wants.

It’s obviously one of the most compact models (at the moment of this review) with a nice design, built with high-end materials. The power it packs is more than enough, thanks to the Core i7 chip. The Harman Kardon audio system is also a very big plus. ASUS should definitely not feel ashamed of the autonomy either.

ASUS ZenBook 3 Review

On the other side, we just can’t get over the lack of ports and the fact that it can get a bit noisy when the cooling system starts working.

Yes, we’d buy an ASUS ZenBook 3, but not as our my main laptop. What about you? Do you think it’s worth the money?

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