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Everything You Need to Know About HTC U12

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HTC is planning to revive its mainstream focus with its new flagship – the HTC U12. The smartphone is likely to play a major role in the strategy of the company in 2018. However, the company has also let our some official statements that indicate the company has other plans as well.

One thing that may impact the U12’s release date is its recent deal with Google, which saw its Pixel team being sold to the latter. Analysts predict that this may have an impact on the HTC U12 release date – the impact though will be minimal.

Many media reports that quote those close to the HTC supply chain, suggest that the HTC U12 release date could be in May this year. The last three flagship devices from the company have been announced in March, April and May respectively, with the latter to be made available for sale in the following months.

Earlier this month, company president Chialin Chang outlined the plans of the company to release either five or six mobiles next year. This will obviously be a pretty formidable product range, and the HTC U12 will be the jewel in this crown.

In particular, the strategy is motivated by delivering more affordable smartphones to accompany the likes of the HTC U12. “We’ll definitely be releasing a dual-camera phone next year, but we’ll need to figure out how to make this feature stand out,” Chang had commented to the media.

The launch date of the HTC U12 is especially critical since it will face some serious competition from other smartphone players on the market. Recent leaks suggest that the design of the device will be rather similar to other existing smartphones on the market that have opted for the “bezel-less” design. Many reports suggest that the bezels on this device have been slimmed down massively in order to incorporate a 5.7-inch display in an extremely compact design.

Possibly the biggest news about the HTC U12 is that the device will feature a 4K display, at least if rumours are to be believed. This would undoubtedly be a major breakthrough in the smartphone space, as no mainstream mobile has embraced 4K resolution as of yet.

It also seems that HTC will opt for a metal case for the HTC U12, rather than the shiny glass that was utilized in the HTC U11 generation. There is also no visible signs of a fingerprint scanner in leaked images of the device, suggesting that the under-display sensor technology developed by Qualcomm will be in operation.

By the time that May rolls round, the Snapdragon 845 should be fully established, meaning that the smartphone is almost certain to benefit from the latest technology. 6GB of RAM memory are also likely, while HTC is expected to include 128GB of storage in this release.

It is also expected that a dual-camera will be included in the HTC U12. HTC will also possibly eliminate the headphone jack from the device. There is plenty to look forward to with the HTC U12, and it seems that the release date of the device will be approximately six months from now. Stay tuned as we bring more updates right to you, as soon as we hear it!

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Best Tablet for Creators and Students: The HUAWEI MatePad 11.5″S Takes Note-Taking and Digital Art to the Next Level

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Tablets are the Goldilocks of the tech world — just the right size for curling up with an ebook or streaming your favourite shows. With a stylus, they become a digital canvas. With a keyboard, they’re almost as good as a laptop. Yet, there’s a missing piece of the puzzle that keeps tablets from truly replacing books. If you have tried any serious reading on a tablet, you’ll know the struggle. It’s not quite the same as paper, is it? The eye strain, the glare, the lack of that comforting paper texture. But what if a tablet could change all that? That’s the promise of HUAWEI MatePad 11.5″S with its new generation PaperMatte Display.

Like Paper, But Better
The MatePad 11.5”S is the first-ever tablet with the new generation PaperMatte Display. The new generation PaperMatte Display offers a significantly better reading and writing experience and is smoother to the touch and resistant to fingerprints. It offers a 99% reduction in light interference and improves the screen transmittance to 95%. Put simply, that means more vibrant colours, better clarity, and even better comfort. And when it comes to writing, the nano-etched texture gives it that satisfying paper-like friction, allowing your stylus to glide with just the right amount of resistance. Doodling and notetaking feel natural and intuitive.

The tablet is certified for low blue light emissions, flicker-free performance, and reflection-free viewing by TÜV Rheinland. It has also earned the SGS Low Visual Fatigue Premium Performance 2.0 Certification. That basically means this tablet will keep your eyes happy and healthy.

The HUAWEI MatePad 11.5″S is a fundamental rethinking of how a tablet should look and feel. Think of it as the lovechild of a premium performance tablet and an e-ink writing tablet. The MatePad 11.5″S combines the best aspects of both. On the one hand, you get an expansive 11.5-inch HD FullView Display that boasts 2.8K resolution, an impressive 87% screen-to-body ratio, 144 Hz maximum refresh rate, and HDR vivid support, providing an unmatched level of visual experience. And on the other, it is designed to give you the tactile joy of real paper with almost no glare and none of the eye strain.

Boost Your Productivity with M-Pencil
What makes the MatePad 11.5″S even better is the HUAWEI M-Pencil (3rd Generation) and HUAWEI Smart Magnetic Keyboard. These two use Huawei’s NearLink technology, a wireless protocol that leaves Bluetooth in the dust when it comes to speed and responsiveness. With over 10,000 levels of pressure sensitivity, the M-Pencil (3rd Generation) is incredibly precise.

The handwriting acceleration algorithm allows for ultra-low latency on the MatePad 11.5″S. Huawei’s calibration algorithm analyses your strokes and automatically adjusts for any imperfections. Even if you’re using a screen protector or the stylus tip is a little worn down, it keeps your strokes smooth. The adaptive pressure-sensing curve of the new M-Pencil is optimised for both drawing and writing. Additionally, the M-Pencil comes with a hard, transparent tip ideal for drawing and a soft, non-transparent tip with added resistance for writing. And it’s easy to switch between these tips.

The detachable HUAWEI Smart Magnetic Keyboard snaps on magnetically and offers over 40 shortcuts for streamlined productivity. With three adjustable angles, it adapts to your needs, whether you’re crunching numbers in a spreadsheet or binging your favourite shows.

GoPaint: Upgrade Your Creativity
The new GoPaint app developed by Huawei makes its debut on the HUAWEI MatePad 11.5″S, providing an authentic, professional, efficient, and user-friendly painting experience. Designed for both professional creators and hobbyists, the app offers a natural drawing experience with over 100 brushes, including customised Arabic Calligraphy Brushes praised by renowned artist Mohammed Mandi. The FangTian Painting Engine ensures silky-smooth creation with multiple layers, low latency, and a high frame rate. Additionally, smart and convenient tools like curve correction and willow leaf further enhance the creative experience, allowing users to paint to their heart’s content.

Huawei Notes: Crafting an efficient and intuitive note-taking experience

The Huawei Notes app has been upgraded to enhance its seamless collaboration with the HUAWEI MatePad 11.5″S, offering a more delightful and personalized visual experience through its optimized cover design. The Note Replay feature significantly boosts efficiency by aligning spoken words with written text, allowing users to capture key information during classes and conferences without missing details. Users can swiftly edit their notes and create graphics by simply dragging across or tapping on the screen. The app offers efficient editing tools, including colour change with a lasso, quick gestures, and Instant Shape, enabling easy adjustments and corrections. Additionally, the app supports an exclusive hinote format, allowing for direct editing and secondary creation of received notes. These features enhance the user’s note-taking experience, making the Huawei Notes app a powerful assistant for learning and creative endeavours.

Redefines Performance and Style
The tablet comes with even more features for productivity-focused folks. The App Multiplier lets you split a single app into two separate windows, side-by-side. This lets you work on two documents simultaneously, compare spreadsheets, or even chat with different contacts in the same messaging app. With the right setup, you could even have up to four app instances running at once. The MatePad 11.5″S isn’t just a tablet; it’s a multitasking machine.

The MatePad 11.5″S is packing a 2×2 MIMO dual-antenna, which provides faster, more reliable wireless connection. It also boasts Wi-Fi 6 enhancement technology for the best wireless network experience. And it does all this while maintaining the MatePad’s sleek, minimalist aesthetic. Speaking of aesthetics, the MatePad 11.5″S integrated all-metal is both stylish and durable. At just 510g and 6.2mm thick, it’s easy to slip into your bag and take your creativity on the go.

The new HUAWEI MatePad 11.5”S is available for pre-orders in the UAE from June 7 at a starting price of AED 1,499. Customers who pre-order will receive gifts worth AED 898, including the HUAWEI 3rd Gen M-Pencil, instant redeemable AED 300 coupon and more.

To celebrate the launch, Huawei’s online store is offering a special Early Bird promotion from May 31 to June 6. Customers who subscribe for pre-orders during this period will receive a 300 AED coupon for the keyboard version and a 500 AED coupon for the non-keyboard version, only redeemable during the pre-order phase from June 7 to June 13.

The HUAWEI MatePad 11.5″S delivers on the promise of a truly paper-like experience. But it is also more than that. It’s a versatile tool for creatives and students alike. The M-Pencil with NearLink delivers a smooth and responsive writing and drawing experience. GoPaint and the upgraded HUAWEI Notes app further enhance the tablet’s creative capabilities, making it a true digital studio and notepad in one. So, if you’ve been holding out for a tablet that truly delivers on the promise of versatility, this could be the one.

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Gadget Voize’s Best of COMPUTEX 2024

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Reporting from Taipei, Taiwan: Calling all tech enthusiasts! COMPUTEX, the annual tech show dedicated to everything computing, just wrapped up. This year’s event was packed with exciting new product announcements from a wide range of companies. Here’s a breakdown of the hottest reveals you might have missed, keeping you up-to-date on the latest advancements in the tech industry.

AMD Ryzen 9000 Series

Gear up for a significant leap in performance! AMD unveiled the Ryzen 9000 series processors at COMPUTEX 2024, boasting the next-generation Zen 5 architecture. This new series promises an impressive 16% average performance boost over its predecessor. The flagship Ryzen 9 9950X even claims the title of the world’s fastest consumer desktop processor, ideal for demanding tasks like 3D modeling and video editing. Expected to launch in July 2024, the Ryzen 9000 series is poised to be a game-changer for PC enthusiasts and creative professionals alike.

Acer SpatialLabs Eyes

Step into the future of content creation with the Acer SpatialLabs Eyes, unveiled at COMPUTEX 2024. This innovative camera goes beyond capturing everyday moments. With its dual lenses, it allows you to shoot stunning 3D photos and videos, adding depth and realism to your projects. The intuitive design makes 3D capture simple, while seamless integration with the Acer SpatialLabs platform unlocks a world of possibilities. Edit your 3D creations with ease, stream live in 3D on popular platforms, or even join meetings in a whole new dimension. Whether you’re a seasoned content creator or just starting to explore 3D, the Acer SpatialLabs Eyes empowers you to capture and share the world in a revolutionary way.

ROG Harpe Ace Extreme

ASUS has unveiled the ROG Harpe Ace Extreme, a wireless gaming mouse designed to dominate with lightning-fast performance and featherweight agility. This extreme edition boasts a revolutionary carbon fiber shell, tipping the scales at a mere 47 grams – one of the lightest mice on the market. Despite its minimalist design, the Harpe Ace Extreme packs a punch with a top-of-the-line 42,000 DPI ROG AimPoint Pro optical sensor for pixel-perfect precision. ASUS’ ROG SpeedNova wireless technology ensures lag-free responsiveness, while ROG Micro Switches deliver satisfying clicks and exceptional durability. The innovative design doesn’t stop there – the mouse skates are crafted from Corning Gorilla Glass 3, providing an ultra-smooth glide for unmatched control during intense gameplay. If you crave a competitive edge with a mouse that feels like an extension of your hand, the ROG Harpe Ace Extreme is a serious contender.

Acer Predator X34 X5

Immerse yourself in the next generation of gaming with the Acer Predator X34 X5. This curved gaming monitor boasts a stunning 34-inch UWQHD (3440 x 1440) OLED panel, delivering vibrant colours, deep blacks, and exceptional contrast for a truly lifelike experience. Gamers will appreciate the monitor’s blazing-fast 240Hz refresh rate and near-instantaneous 0.03ms response time, ensuring silky smooth gameplay even in the most fast-paced titles. With support for AMD FreeSync Premium Pro technology, the X34 X5 eliminates screen tearing and stuttering for a seamless gaming experience. Connectivity is top-notch too, featuring two HDMI 2.1 ports, a DisplayPort, and even a USB Type-C port for versatile connections to your PC or gaming console. Expected to launch in Q4 of 2024, the Acer Predator X34 X5 is a premium option for serious gamers seeking the ultimate in performance and immersion.

ASUS ROG Azoth Extreme

The ASUS ROG Azoth Extreme is a customisable mechanical keyboard. Built with a premium aluminum chassis and a carbon fiber positioning plate, the Azoth Extreme exudes durability and style. But the beauty goes beyond the surface. Hot-swappable ROG NX mechanical switches allow you to tailor the typing experience to your preference, while pre-lubed switches ensure a smooth, satisfying feel. A full-color OLED display with a three-way control knob puts information and customization options at your fingertips, letting you adjust settings, view system stats, or even display personalized animations. For the ultimate touch, the Azoth Extreme boasts an adjustable gasket mount design, enabling you to fine-tune the typing feel from soft and cushioned to a more responsive, clicky experience. Whether you’re a competitive gamer or a creative professional, the ROG Azoth Extreme offers the perfect blend of performance, customization, and premium design.

Acer Aspire C24

The Acer Aspire C24 all-in-one computer offers a stylish and space-saving solution for everyday computing needs. This all-in-one packs a punch with the latest Intel processors, ensuring smooth performance for daily tasks like browsing the web, working on documents, and enjoying multimedia content. The brilliant Full HD (1920 x 1080) display provides crisp visuals for work and entertainment, while the integrated 1080p FHD webcam ensures clear video calls. With a focus on minimalism, the Aspire C24 boasts an ultra-slim frame and strategically placed wireless antenna for a clutter-free workspace. This all-in-one comes pre-loaded with Windows 11 Home and includes a wireless keyboard and mouse, making it a complete and convenient desktop solution.

ASUS Delta II Gaming Headset

This versatile headset caters to a variety of gamers with its tri-mode connectivity. Switch seamlessly between Bluetooth 5.2, 2.4 GHz wireless with ROG SpeedNova low-latency technology, or a wired 3.5mm connection for compatibility with your PC, console, or mobile device. Immerse yourself in rich, detailed audio thanks to the 50mm ASUS Essence driver units and the industry-leading ESS 9218 Quad DAC, ensuring crystal-clear highs, powerful mids, and deep bass. Communication is just as crucial, and the ROG Delta II delivers with a detachable 10mm unidirectional microphone featuring AI noise cancellation for crystal-clear voice chat in even the most chaotic battles. The comfortable design, with ROG Hybrid ear cushions and a lightweight frame, ensures you can stay focused and comfortable during marathon gaming sessions. The ASUS ROG Delta II Gaming Headset is a powerful and versatile option for gamers seeking superior audio, clear communication, and long-lasting comfort.

Acer Swift 14 AI Copilot+ PC

The Acer Swift 14 AI is a powerful and intelligent thin-and-light laptop designed to streamline your workflow. The magic, however, lies in the AI. The laptop is powered by Snapdragon X Elite processor and comes packed with 14.5-inch IPS matrix display that offers 2560×1600 screen resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. This is also the first Copilot+ PC that is shipping as early as June 18. It also offers up to 45 TOPs NPU AI performance and up to 26 hours of battery life! The Acer Swift 14 AI elevates the traditional Windows PC experience with innovative AI features exclusive to ARM-based Windows machines like itself. One such feature is Recall, a revolutionary tool that captures screenshots in the background, building a visual timeline of your actions. This allows you to revisit past tasks on your PC with ease, like rewinding through a digital day. This groundbreaking capability is powered by the Neural Processing Unit (NPU) built into the Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite processor. Microsoft and Qualcomm have collaborated to leverage on-device generative AI for features like Recall. This NPU muscle is essential for a PC to qualify as Copilot+ certified, requiring at least 40 TOPs (trillions of operations per second) of AI performance. The Snapdragon X Elite boasts a staggering 45 TOPs, making it a perfect fit for these next-generation AI features.

ASUS TUF Gaming A14

Despite its compact size, the ASUS TUF Gaming A14 packs a serious punch. This laptop, unveiled at COMPUTEX 2024, boasts the latest AMD Ryzen AI 9 HX processor and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, making it a powerhouse for gaming and demanding tasks. With super-fast 7500MHz DDR5X memory and up to 4TB of expandable storage, the A14 is a multitasking marvel. The AI-powered processor enhances performance for tasks like video editing and file compression, while the 2.5K 165Hz display ensures smooth visuals for both work and play. This ultraportable gaming laptop is a great choice for gamers and creative professionals who value power without sacrificing portability.

Acemagic Z1A Dual Screen Laptop

The Acemagic Z1A, a head-turning concept unveiled at COMPUTEX 2024, challenges the traditional laptop design with its dual-screen approach. Unlike other dual-screen laptops, the Z1A boasts two full-sized, 14.1-inch 1080p IPS displays side-by-side, offering a massive workspace for multitasking or creative projects. Powered by Intel’s Alder Lake Core i7 processors and sporting ample storage with dual M.2 slots, the Z1A packs a punch. While the hefty weight, due to the second screen, might not be ideal for everyone, the innovative hinge design allows you to fold the secondary screen away for a more conventional laptop experience. For users seeking a unique and expansive workspace on the go, the Acemagic Z1A offers an intriguing alternative to traditional laptops.

ZOTAC ZONE

Gear up for the ZOTAC ZONE, a brand-new handheld gaming PC unveiled at COMPUTEX 2024. This premium device boasts an impressive 7-inch AMOLED display with a smooth 120Hz refresh rate for stunning visuals on the go. Under the hood, the AMD Ryzen 7 8840U processor and AMD RDNA 3 architecture deliver the power to run modern games at high settings. ZOTAC doesn’t skimp on storage either, with a base model offering 512GB of speedy SSD storage – expandable for even larger game libraries. Unique features such as programmable buttons and a customisable radial dial give you added control, while the built-in kickstand lets you comfortably settle in for extended gaming sessions. With a September 2024 release window, the ZOTAC ZONE is a promising contender in the growing handheld gaming market.

Palit and Lynk+ RTX 4090 Graphics Card

At COMPUTEX 2024, Palit teamed up with newcomer Lynk+ to showcase a groundbreaking RTX 4090 graphics card. This card throws down the gauntlet with a unique, quick-connect liquid cooling system developed by Lynk+. This design promises exceptional thermal performance while maintaining a sleek aesthetic. The 4-slot card boasts a massive, blocky cooler with RGB lighting and a large joint Palit and Lynk+ logo. One of the most intriguing features is a gigantic 7-inch screen integrated into the card itself. You get real-time monitoring, customisation, and in-game displays.

Lexar Armor 700 Rugged Portable SSD

Built for adventurers and creative professionals on the go, the Lexar Armor 700 is a rugged portable SSD unveiled at COMPUTEX 2024. This drive combines impressive speed with extreme durability. Boasting blazing-fast read and write speeds of up to 2000MB/s thanks to USB 3.2 Gen 2×2, the Armor 700 lets you transfer large files in a flash. But it’s not just fast, it’s tough. The Armor 700 is IP66-rated, meaning it’s dust-proof, water-resistant, and can survive shocks and falls from up to 3 meters, making it perfect for taking your data anywhere without worry. Whether you’re a photographer editing high-resolution photos in the field or a gamer needing reliable storage for your game library, the Lexar Armor 700 is a portable SSD that can keep up with your demands.

ASUS ROG Ally X

The ASUS ROG Ally X, unveiled at COMPUTEX 2024, is a gaming handheld powerhouse designed for marathon sessions. This upgraded iteration of the original Ally boasts double the battery life at a whopping 80Wh, letting you play longer without needing to find an outlet. Powering the experience is the AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme processor with integrated AMD Radeon graphics, ensuring smooth visuals for your favourite games. The Ally X also received a storage bump, with the base model offering 1TB of space for your game library. The familiar 7-inch FHD display features a high 120Hz refresh rate for buttery-smooth gameplay. Improved ergonomics and a redesigned cooling system further enhance comfort during extended gaming sessions. Whether you’re a seasoned PC gamer looking for on-the-go power or a newcomer to handheld gaming, the ASUS ROG Ally X is a compelling option.

Kingston Fury Impact DDR5 CAMM2 RAM

Gear up for a revolution in memory with the Kingston Fury Impact DDR5 CAMM2. This innovative RAM boasts a brand new form factor, ditching the traditional vertical design for a sleek, space-saving profile that lays flat against the motherboard. This allows for slimmer gaming PCs and improved airflow within the case. But the CAMM2 isn’t just about looks; it packs a punch too. Supporting the latest DDR5 technology, it delivers blazing-fast speeds for smoother performance in demanding games and applications. While details are still emerging, rumours suggest potential limited-edition versions with even higher clock speeds for extreme enthusiasts.

MSI Claw 8 AI+

The MSI Claw 8 AI+ is a next-generation Windows gaming handheld PC built for performance and comfort. This upgrade to the original Claw boasts a larger, 8-inch FHD display with a smooth 120Hz refresh rate for immersive gaming. Under the hood, a major leap comes with the all-new Intel Lunar Lake processor, delivering significant performance gains over previous models. MSI also addressed battery life, equipping the Claw 8 AI+ with a massive 80Wh battery that matches the best in the market. Gamers will appreciate the improved ergonomics and redesigned controls, including enhanced feedback on the LB and RB buttons.

Corsair+Drop Customisable Keyboards

Following their acquisition by Corsair in July 2023, Drop continues to deliver high-calibre customisable keyboards for enthusiasts. At COMPUTEX 2024, the company unveiled two exciting additions: the CSTM65 and the CSTM80. The CSTM65 caters to minimalists with a sleek 65% layout, while the CSTM80 offers a tenkeyless design with a unique twist. Both keyboards boast a focus on personalisation. The CSTM80 features a magnetic top case that comes in various colours and designs, allowing users to easily swap styles. They also offer a choice of premium switches and keycaps to further tailor the typing experience. Whether you crave a compact powerhouse or a statement piece with maximum customisation, the new Corsair Drop keyboards cater to a range of preferences.

Mini Maker Turbo Mini X

The Mini Maker Turbo Mini X is a game-changer for those seeking a powerful yet compact desktop PC. Despite its tiny 1.4-litre size, it packs a serious punch. Inside its sleek chassis lies a custom B760 motherboard allowing for powerful 65-watt Intel desktop processors like the Core i5-14400. You can even customise it further with your choice of DDR4 or DDR5 RAM and dual M.2 NVMe SSDs for blazing-fast storage. But the most exciting feature might be the optional Mini Maker StreamPlay X eGPU enclosure. This connects via a proprietary, super-fast PCIe connection (faster than Thunderbolt 4) and allows you to add a powerful desktop graphics card like an RTX 4080, transforming the Mini Maker Turbo Mini X into a full-fledged gaming or creative powerhouse. With its small footprint, upgradeable components, and eGPU potential, the Mini Maker Turbo Mini X is ideal for space-conscious users who demand high performance.

MSI Meg Vision X AI Desktop

The MSI Meg Vision X AI desktop redefines the traditional PC experience with a focus on AI integration and stunning design. The most striking feature is the massive, 13.3-inch touchscreen built directly into the front panel. This touch panel isn’t just for aesthetics; it acts as an AI-powered Human Machine Interface (HMI). MSI’s AI Engine utilises this HMI to monitor system vitals, automatically optimise performance based on your tasks, and even adjust settings such as lighting and audio for a truly immersive experience. But the AI goes beyond optimisation. The Meg Vision X AI boasts built-in AI Artist software, allowing you to generate images and text through conversational prompts. Imagine requesting a news report summary or a new social media post directly from your desktop! Packed with the latest high-end hardware and a focus on AI innovation, the MSI Meg Vision X AI positions itself as the future of high-performance desktop computing.

Cooler Master Hybrid M Massage Gaming Chair

The Cooler Master Hybrid M Massage Gaming Chair tackles discomfort head-on with a built-in massage module. Unlike bulky add-ons, this innovative feature integrates seamlessly into the chair’s frame, saving space without sacrificing comfort. Say goodbye to tangled cords – the Hybrid M boasts a powerful 14400mAh power bank that delivers up to an hour of blissful massage. Plus, you can even keep the relaxation going while charging the power bank via USB-C, ensuring uninterrupted neck and back relief during those marathon gaming sessions or long work days. With its sleek design, integrated massage functionality, and long-lasting power, the Cooler Master Hybrid M Massage Gaming Chair redefines comfort for the modern gamer or home office hero.

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ASUS Unveils AI-Powered Innovations at COMPUTEX 2024

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