With Computex 2016 wrapped up, we've picked the best of the best Android-related gadgets you need to know about from this year's show.
Computex 2016 wasn't packed with new Android phones, but there was a wealth of great stuff for the discerning tech enthusiast to discover. On the Android side, Computex was dominated by impressive new phones from ASUS, along with a bunch of crazy new VR demos that show where Google's Daydream endeavor could be headed in the near future.
Read on for a selection of our favorite things from the Taipei-based show.
ASUS ZenFone 3
ASUS's follow-up to its competitively priced ZenFone 2 didn't disappoint, with a $250 price tag, significantly improved build quality and an upgraded camera. It's also the first phone to use Qualcomm's efficient new Snapdragon 625 processor, which should be the baseline for mid-level phones in the year ahead. The company's ZenUI software may still be an acquired taste, but you can't argue with the hardware, materials and affordability of ASUS's latest — particularly considering that it includes a fingerprint sensor as standard.
ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe
The Deluxe is ASUS's new flagship phone, bringing a luxurious aluminum unibody, "invisible" antenna lines and an impressive optically-stabilized 23-megapixel camera packed. In fact, the camera is packed with custom ASUS technology, including its TriTech autofocus system that uses laser AF, contrast-detection and phase-detection. It's no slouch when it comes to CPU horsepower too, with a Snapdragon 820 inside and a whopping 6GB of RAM. And given that it's priced a couple of tiers below the very highest of the high-end for the base model with 64GB of storage, it's a tempting offer for unlocked buyers.
ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra
Let it not be said that nobody's making really big big phones anymore. The Ultra is as much a cellular-connected mini-tablet as it is a smartphone, with a gigantic 6.8-inch display and a stonking 4,600mAh battery. It's also dual-SIM-capable, and pretty clearly designed to appeal to Asian markets where big phones with multi-day battery life are in demand. But it'd just as well make a suitable replacement for an aging 7-inch tablet.
ASUS's first home automoton is ridiculous, cutesy and just a little bit creepy. But Zenbo also has a ton of potential, especially when you consider the 'bot's $599 price. In contrast to the disembodied Google Home and Amazon's Alexa, Zenbo is very much a physical presence, which can follow you places, look stuff up online, find recipes, read your kids bedtime stories and meow like a cat. We'll have to wait and see whether Zenbo gains traction with developers — after all, ASUS has never really been a platform company — but a household 'bot that costs less than some smartphones is sure to turn heads and open wallets.
Wild new HTC Vive demos
How do you make your rowing machine workouts more interesting? Strap into a VR headset and start rowing in SPAAAAAACE. The Holodia demo, combined with HTC Vive and a strategically placed fishing rod-like device, aims to curb some of the monotony of exercise by transporting you into a range of different virtual worlds. Meanwhile Front Defense — a new title from a startup staffed by HTC employees — shows how room-scale VR can be used to make a traditional first-person shooter more immersive. And virtual music space Lyra — not at the HTC booth but still impressive — allows musicians to create music unconstrained by real-world physics.