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ASUS number One in Gaming Laptops

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The global market share for ASUS gaming laptops for the first half of 2016 exceeds that of its three top competitors combined, GfK Group research reveals.  

  • ASUS gaming laptops achieved a 40% worldwide market share in the NVIDIA GTX Series segment, according to independent market research firm GfK
  • ASUS is the most popular brand for American PC gamers, according to research from Newzoo
  • ASUS sets goal to gain over 50% gaming laptop market share in 2H 2016

Johannesburg, South Africa — ASUS has announced that it has solidified its position as the number one gaming laptop brand worldwide, according to sales data compiled by GfK Group, an independent market research company. For the second consecutive year, ASUS gaming laptops with NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX Series graphics cards have the largest global market share based on unit sales. In separate research, gaming research firm Newzoo found that ASUS is the top PC gaming brand in the US market.

ASUS gaming laptops dominate the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Series segment

For the second year in a row, ASUS gaming laptops with NVIDIA GeForce GTX Series graphics cards topped the global sales market, according to established market research firm GfK Group.

GfK Group’s data for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX-powered laptop segment shows that the global market share for ASUS gaming laptops was 40% based on sales from January-June 2016, which equals the 40% share the company recorded in the same time period last year. This figure is more than the combined share (36%) of its three major competitors, with the closest competitor only registering a 13% market share.

ASUS gained considerable growth in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META) and Asia-Pacific (APAC) markets, with a 43% and 36% market share respectively. Market share figures for both these markets have increased by five percentage points compared to the same period last year.

ASUS is the preferred PC gaming brand for US gamers

The latest data from Newzoo, a prestigious third-party data agency specialising in the gaming industry, places ASUS as the top PC gaming brand in the US, with most American PC gamers preferring ASUS desktops and laptops.

Newzoo’s findings are based on the use of Overwolf — a platform for competitive gamers that has a user base of 12 million PC gamers — as part of its new PC Gaming Hardware Tracker, which includes more than 40 countries.

ASUS announces the world’s most powerful gaming laptop: ROG GX800

As the next step in its commitment to excite gamers around the world, ASUS will take the next generation of gaming PCs to markets later this year.

“These impressive results reflect the ASUS commitment to providing the most innovative hardcore gaming hardware and solutions possible,” said Rex Lee, ASUS Chief Marketing Officer (Systems), “We aim to provide gamers and gaming enthusiasts worldwide with the ultimate gaming and computing experience.”

“Our goal is to capture over 50% market share for gaming laptops in the second half of 2016, and continue to be a leader in the gaming laptop market,” said Lee.

An example of the advanced hardware gamers can expect is the upcoming ROG GX800, a liquid-cooled gaming laptop with the latest NVIDIA SLI™ GPU and Intel® K-series CPUs. It delivers desktop-like performance and features a liquid-cooling dock to enable extreme overclocking of the CPU, GPU and DRAM. The laptop also features a mechanical keyboard with anti-ghosting technology for solid, responsive keystrokes.

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The long wait is over, with the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ due to hit local stores, today, May 5.

The smooth, bezel-less Infinity Display of the new smartphone enables users to see and do more than ever before, while the smooth lines and ergonomic curvature of the device, ensures that the phone looks great and fits comfortably into your hand.

These latest designs are available with either a 5.8-inch or 6.2-inch display and come with an upgraded 8MP F1.7 front camera, complete with smart autofocus. In addition, there is a 12MP F1.7 Dual Pixel rear camera, delivering enhanced multi-frame image processing, for sharper photos, even in low-light environments.  “The phone is also water and dust resistant, making it ideal for South Africans, as we tend to spend a lot of time outdoors.

This means users have the freedom to explore, stay connected and capture their adventures,” says Craige Fleischer, Director of Integrated Mobility at Samsung South Africa. Security is of paramount importance and the Galaxy S8 and S8+ come with enhanced biometric capabilities, including an advanced iris scanner and facial recognition technology, as well as the advanced Samsung KNOX platform. The upgraded specs of the two phones offer both increased performance and efficiency thanks to the industry’s first 10nm processor, Gigabit LTE and Gigabit Wi-Fi compatibility and the first officially designated Mobile HDR Premium screen. Samsung’s key partnership with Google Play Music will continue with the launch of the Galaxy S8. Users will now have access to special features created specifically for Samsung customers. In order to qualify, purchase a Samsung tablet or smartphone from the 29th of March 2017 and it will come with a free three-month trial of Google Play Music. Consumers will also have double the storage in their Music Locker and can now store up to 100 000 songs, not mentioning the free storage space and easy access to all music.

“The launch of the Galaxy S8 is complimented by an expanded ecosystem that features impressive new services and devices, including: Bixby, the Galaxy S8’s intelligent new interface; Samsung DeX, which provides a desktop-like experience for the Galaxy S8; intuitive IoT device management via Samsung Connect; expanded healthcare solutions through Samsung Health; and so much more. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are designed to allow users to see and experience more than ever before and to do so safely and securely, while at the same time enabling consumers to project an image of stylish simplicity,” concludes Fleischer.Customers will be able to obtain their device in a range of rich colour palettes, including Midnight Black, Orchid Gray and Maple Gold. Several more colours are also due to be launched later in the year.

The Galaxy S8 will retail at a Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of R15 499 and the Galaxy S8+ with a RRP of R17 499. Samsung Galaxy S8

Product Specifications:

  • Galaxy S8Galaxy S8+OSAndroid 7.0
  • NetworkLTE Cat. 16* *May differ by markets and mobile operators
  • Dimension148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm, 152g159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm, 173g
  • APOcta core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10 nm process*May differ by markets and mobile operators
  • Memory4GB RAM (LPDDR4), 64GB (UFS 2.1)*May differ by markets and mobile operators
  • Display5.8” (146.5mm)1 Quad HD+ (2960×1440), (570ppi)6.2” (158.1mm)1 Quad HD+ (2960×1440), (529ppi)1 Screen measured diagonally as a full rectangle without accounting for the rounded corners
  • CameraRear: Dual Pixel 12MP OIS (F1.7), Front: 8MP AF (F1.7)
  • Battery3,000 mAh3,500 mAhFast Charging on wired and wirelessWireless Charging compatible with WPC and PMA
  • PaymentNFC, MST
  • ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM Bluetooth® v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC,Location (GPS, Galileo*, Glonass, BeiDou*) *Galileo and BeiDou coverage may be limited.
  • SensorsAccelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor
  • AudioMP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DSF, DFF
  • VideoMP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

 

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While Google Now for Android has previously (2014) offered a “parking card” designed to help find your car, the service has been criticized for inaccuracy. Now, Google Maps is joining in on the hunt with a part of its latest update.

Despite no official announcement from Google at the time of writing, Androidpolice has noticed that users of the new Maps are now able to save their parking location, share it with another person, take pictures and write notes (meter expiry times for example) from within the Maps app. The tool can be accessed via tapping on the blue dot that indicates your location.

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