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MWC 2014: ASUS show new Fonepad 7, Zen UI and Camera Features

'What's Next' and 'Do it Later' is the path to enlightenment

by Mark Hodgkinson Feb 26, 2014

  • Tech News


    MWC 2014: ASUS show new Fonepad 7, Zen UI and Camera Features
    ASUS are showing off two new unique features for their mobile devices at MWC 2014.
    The ZenUI is an interface ASUS says is based on the concepts of freedom, expression and connection, and a complete overhaul of the existing.

    It features an all-new design with ‘flat’ icons, vivid colour themes, animations, new ringtones, notification sounds and a clean layout.
    A new ‘What's Next’ feature is designed to free users of having to actively having manage your various information sources by only displaying what is currently most important and useful on the lock screen, the home screen and in the notification drawer.

    ‘Do It Later,’ on the other hand, integrates with many of the native apps — such as Phone, Email, Messaging and Browser — that lets you concentrate on your current task, without letting you forget what you are supposed to be doing later. For instance, if you’re in the middle of typing up a message or email and receive a call whilst doing so, a tap of a button will make sure you’re given a reminder to return the call
    Sorry Mary, you're Birthday will have to wait

    PixelMaster is an exclusive ASUS technology — currently available on ZenFone and PadFone mini — comprising a set of features including Selfie Mode and Depth of Field Mode. Two additional features of PixelMaster, Low-light Mode and Time Rewind, are also available on ZenFone 5, ZenFone 6 and PadFone mini.

    The Low-light Mode is said to significantly increase camera performance in poorly lit scenes, as you may have expected. By merging adjacent pixels, the camera increases light sensitivity by up to 400% and contrast up to 200%, without the need for a flash. The obvious concern there is blurriness but ASUS reckons their Electronic Image Stabilizer (EIS) technology will make sure that isn’t a problem. It’s also available when shooting video.

    ASUS has also used MWC 2014 to showcase two new Fonepad 7 hybrid phone/tablet products with one featuring 4G LTE connectivity.

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