TechDroider: Asus

Here's when Asus Zenfone Max and Laser Phones will get Official Android Oreo

Here's when Asus Zenfone Max and Laser Phones will get Official Android Oreo
Back during the announcement of Zenfone 4 line in Brazil in October 2017, ASUS revealed that not only the new family but also the entire Zenfone 3 line would be upgraded to the latest Android 8.0 Oreo. Since then, Asus has upgraded only a few phones and that eventually resulted criticism from its users.

Now, the Taiwanese brand has revealed the confirm timeline of the update to Android 8.0 Oreo for five models including Zenfone 3 Max (ZC553KL), Zenfone 3 Max (ZC520YL), Zenfone 3 Laser,  Zenfone 4 Max (ZB554KL), and Zenfone Max Plus M1.

Zenfone 3 Max (ZC553KL) - End June
Zenfone 3 Max (ZC520YL) - July
Zenfone 3 Laser (ZC551KL) - July
Zenfone 4 Max (ZB554KL) - July
Zenfone Max Plus M1 (ZB570TL) - July


Source: Asus

Asus Zenfone 5Z and Zenfone 5 announced with iPhone X-Like notch

Asus at MWC 2018 announced the brand new Asus Zenfone 5 family which includes the Zenfone 5Z (Z5620KL), Zenfone 5 Lite, and Zenfone 5 (ZE620KL) with decent specifications and trending iPhone X-like notch.

Zenfone 5Z being the flagship smartphone has a 6.2" Full HD+ 19:9 Super IPS display with iPhone X-ish notch. Asus says that it has 90% screen-to-body ratio. Rest of the specifications include a Snapdragon 845, 4/6/8GB RAM, 64/128/256GB of Internal storage which can be expended upto 2TB.
On the Camera side we have a 12-megapixel rear camera with support for OIS, Sony IMX363 sensor and 0.03s Dual-pixel PDAF, 8-megapixel secondary rear shooter with 120-degree wide-angle lens for portrait shots. You also get 8MP front shooter. Finally it runs Android 8.0 Oreo with ZenUI 5.0, has 3300mAh battery with fast charging, and USB Type C.

Next we have the Zenfone 5 with Snapdragon 636 SoC, rest of the specifications and design are same as the Zenfone 5Z. So basically, a Zenfone 5Z with SD636. Great!

Last we have the Zenfone 5 Lite with 6-inch Full HD+ display. It is powered by Snapdragon 630/430 Processor paired with 3/4GB RAM and 32/64GB of storage. On the Camera side it has a 16MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, 0.03-second PDAF, LED flash along with a secondary 120-degree wide-angle camera. You also get a 20-megapixel front-facing shooter with Sony IMX376 sensor, f/2.0 aperture. It runs Android 7.0 Nougat with Oreo update planned for Q3 2018. Battery is same as the rest of the family.

Asus Zenfone 5Z comes in Midnight Blue and Meteor Silver starting at 479 Euros, Zenfone 5 Lite in Midnight Black, Rouge Red, and Moonlight White. All of these smartphones would start rolling out from March-April. Thoughts?

Asus Announces Zenfone Zoom S for Camera lovers

With the celebration of World Photography Day, Asus has announced the Camera centric Zenfone Zoom S.

To the specs side, the Zenfone Zoom S features 5.5-inch FHD Display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, 4GB RAM / 64GB internal storage, Adreno 506, and 5000mAh Battery with Reverse Charging support.


Let's talk about its Camera, the Zenfone Zoom S has a 12MP Dual Rear Camera with 2.3X Optical and 12 X Digital Zoom that delivers photographic perfection. There's a 13MP Front facing shooter with f/2.0 aperture.

12MP SuperPixel™ camera, 25mm, f/1.7 aperture, 6p lens, 81.8-degree field of view, 1/2.55” type sensor size, 1.4um pixel size Sony IMX362 sensor, OIS, 4K UHD video recording with EIS, RAW shooting support with Android 7.0 (N)

The ZenFone Zoom S is available on Flipkart with a Price tag of INR 26,999/-. It will be available in Navy Black & Glacier Silver color options. Thoughts?

ASUS “Perfect Selfie” Smartphone leaks online

ASUS “Perfect Selfie” Smartphone leaks online
As we all know that the Market is flooded with Selfie centric Smartphones offering brilliant front camera with low-end specs at high price.


According to the latest leak, Taiwanese Smartphone manufacturer Asus has will be launching its own "Perfect Selfie" Smartphones with dual-facing front shooters, moderate specs, and a beautiful design.

Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro ZD552KL will feature a 5.5" AMOLED Display with 1920x1080 resolution, 3000mAh battery, Snapdragon 625 Processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB Internal Storage with Micro-SD card support.
ASUS “Perfect Selfie” Smartphone leaks online
The highlight of this Smartphone is its dual front-facing shooters, one of them features 5 megapixel sensor with 120-degree wide-angle optics, while the main sensor on the front has extremely high resolution 24 megapixel sensor. The rear camera, on the other hand has 16MP shooter.

The Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie will feature with a 5.5" IPS HD Display, Snapdragon 430 Processor, 3000mAh battery, 4GB RAM, and 64GB Internal Storage with Micro-SD card support. It has 20+8MP front-facing shooters with 16MP rear sensor.
ASUS “Perfect Selfie” Smartphone leaks online
Both the devices are now available, the Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro costs around 399 euro while it's Smaller brother Zenfone 4 Selfie is priced at 299 euro.

Source: WinFuture

Asus Zenfone 4 Max Announced with Dual Rear Camera Setup and 5000mAh battery

Asus has finally announced its first Zenfone 4 series Smartphone, the Asus Zenfone 4 Max with dual-rear cameras and a giant battery. The device comes with two variants with different SoC and GPU.

Just like the 2015 Asus Zenfone 3 Max, the Zenfone 4 Max prioritizes power with a giant 5000mAh battery. The device features a 13MP dual-camera setup with one sensor having f / 2.0 aperture, while the second sensor features wide-angle lens of 120 °.  You get a 8-megapixel front facing camera with LED Flash.


The Zenfone 4 Max comes with a 5.5-inch IPS display with 2.5D Curved glass. It comes in three variants, 2GB RAM with 16GB storage, 3GB RAM with 32GB storage, 4GB RAM with 64GB storage with microSD card slot (expandable up to 256GB). The device runs Android 7.0 Nougat with ZenUI 3.0 on the top.

The Battery centric smartphone comes in two variants, Snapdragon 430 and Snapdragon 425 paired with Adreno 308 and Adreno 505 GPU. It will be available in Russia starting at RUB 13,900 ($235/€205) for the S425 quad-core model with 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage.

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Asus partner with Home Credit India to offer buyers 0% interest on phones

Asus partner with Home Credit India to offer buyers 0% interest on phones
Home Credit India Finance Pvt. Ltd, one of India’s leading NBFCs and Asus have partnered to offer users an easier and hassle-free way to purchase Asus smartphones in India. Home Credit India is now offers a zero percent interest on smartphone purchases.

Through the association, Home Credit India offers interest free EMI for consumers looking to buy Asus smartphones. Home Credit customers may purchase a Asus smartphones at 0% interest rate from over 8500 retailers across the country.

For now, the scheme is only available for selected Zenfone Smartphones including the Zenfone 3 Max 5.2, Zenfone 3 Max 5.5, Zenfone 3s Max, Zenfone 3 5.2 and Zenfone 3 5.5. Below are the Scheme details:
Asus partner with Home Credit India to offer buyers 0% interest on phones

Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom with 5000mAh battery is now up for Grabs in the US for $329

Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom with 5000mAh battery is now up for Grabs in the US for $329
The Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom is now officially available in the U.S. just for $329 and that’s a pretty crazy low price for a Smartphone with such an amazing specifications. 

Just like the 2015 Asus Zenfone Zoom, the Zenfone 3 Zoom prioritizes mobile photography with optical zoom. The device features a 12MP dual-camera setup which can magnify up to 12X with digital zoom. 


The Zenfone 3 Zoom comes with a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 5 protection, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage with microSD card slot (expandable up to 2TB). The device runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and will be soon upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat. Asus also plans to add RAW support with Nougat.

The Camera centric smartphone comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 processor paired with a huge 5000mAh battery. You can grab the Zenfone 3 Zoom via  Best Buy and Amazon.

Android 7.0 Nougat is now rolling out for Asus Zenfone 3

Android 7.0 Nougat is now rolling out for Asus Zenfone 3


Asus has started rolling out the latest Android OS to the Zenfone 3 (ZE520KL/ZE552KL) (our review). According to the official announcement made by Asus at its forum, the Nougat update is now live.

The update has a build no. V14.2015.1701.8 and comes with these new features:
  1. New bundled notifications switch
  2. Improved Touch performance
  3. Enabled FET VoLTE and VoWi-Fi
  4. Removed ‘Share Link’
  5. Removed redundant app shortcuts “Audio Wizard”, “Splendid”, “System update” and “Flashlight” from all apps menu
  6. Removed “Tap and hold to show menu” from, and add “Tap and hold to activate Multi-window” to Settings > ASUS customized settings > Recent apps key
  7. Quick Settings now supports multiple pages, you can swipe left to right to see more quick settings if using more than 12. User can enter or edit screen by tap the edit button on top right corner to determine which settings enabling or disabling
  8. Split “Ringtone & Notifications” volume bar into “Ringtone” and “Notification” volume bars on “Volume Panel” and “Sound & Vibration” Settings. So users can adjust “Ringtone” and “Notification” volume respectively
  9. Removed Shake Shake from ZenMotion
  10. Removed incompatible live wallpapers
If you haven't got the Software update notification, you can check for the update by going to Settings> About device > Software update!

Source: Asus | via: Yugatech

Asus Zenfone 3 series gets VoLTE support

Asus Zenfone 3 series gets VoLTE support


Asus is finally rolling out the most awaited Voice over Long Term Evolution "VoLTE" support update for the selected Zenfone 3 series. 

The Software update is rolling via FOTA and is now available for these Zenfone 3 Devices:-




  • Zenfone 3 Deluxe 5.7" 
  • Zenfone 3 5.2"
  • Zenfone 3 5.5"
  • Zenfone 3 Laser
  • Zenfone 3 Max 5.2"
  • Zenfone 3 Max 5.5"
  • Zenfone 3S Max 5.2"

Apart from the above list, the Zenfone 3 Ultra is expected to get VoLTE support update in coming days.


Asus Announces Zenfone 3S Max



The Asus Zenfone 3S Max is now official! Today, the Taiwanese company announced its first Smartphone of 2017 and a latest addition to the Zenfone 3 series with Android 7.0 Nougat in India. 

With the Zenfone 3S Max, you get a 5.2-inch HD IPS Display with 2.5D curved glass, 1.5GHz Octa-core MT6750 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB plus microSD support up to 2TB, it comes with Android 7.0 Nougat with ZenUI on the top. 



The device features a 13 Megapixel Rear camera and 8 Megapixel selfie shooter, it comes with 5000mAh battery, which can easily run a couple of days.

You can grab the device at Flipkart for ₹14,999!

Phone Comparisons: Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 vs Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC520TL



Both Asus and Samsung are two very reputed brands in the smartphone industry. Here we have thus brought two noted mid-range smartphones of both Samsung and Asus. From Samsung's stable there is Galaxy J7 2016 while on the other hand there is the Zenfone 3 Max ZC520TL. The Zenfone 3 Max ZC520TL is priced at ₹12,845, while the Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 costs 14,900.

Both of the Smartphones have whole different design, The Galaxy J7 2016 features capacitive navigation keys and a home button, while the Asus Zenfone 3 Max has on-screen keys with fingerprint sensor at the back.


Display

The Asus ZenFone 3 Max ZC520TL is armed with a 5.2 inch HD Display with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution (HD).

The Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 has a bigger 5.5 inch HD Super AMOLED display with resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.




Processor & Memory

The Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 is armed with a Snapdragon 617 1.6 GHz octa-core processor, and runs with 2 GB of RAM. The internal storage stands at 16 GB to which you can add another 128 GB via a microSD card.





The Asus ZenFone 3 Max ZC520TL on the other hand has a Mediatek MT6737T 1.4GHz quad-core chipset and runs with 3 GB of RAM and has 32 GB of internal storage to which you can add another 32 GB via a microSD card.

The Asus Zenfone
3 Max ZC520TL is ahead when it comes to the processing ability but the Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 is better at storing external data.

Software

The Asus ZenFone 
3 Max ZC520TL runs on Android Marshmallow, with Asus's Zen UI on top of it.

The Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 too runs on Android Marshmallow and has the well-known Samsung TouchWiz OS.



Battery
The Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 runs a 3300 mAh battery which can provide 15 hours of talk time or 354 hours of standby.

The Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC520TL has a 4000 mAh battery and it last longer as compared to the J7 2016.

Camera


Both of the Smartphone features a 13-megapixel rear and a front 5 megapixels camera for selfie lovers. Camera's of both the smartphones are equal and capture amazing shots.


Both of the Smartphone features great specs, The Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC520TL has a giant battery, more RAM and Internal storage, while the Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 just has better Display as compared to the Zenfone 3 Max.


Asus Zenfone 3 Max Review!

Asus Zenfone 3 Max Review!


The Asus Zenfone 3 Max has been in house for few days and Today we’ll will talk about our experience with the 3rd Generation Zenfone Max.

The Zenfone 3 Max ZC520TL, which is powered with Mediatek processor comes with a 5.2-inch display, while the ZE552KL variant features a 5.5" display with Qualcomm chipset inside.

We got the 5.2" variant of the Zenfone 3 Max, which sports 3GB RAM and 32GB Storage. Priced right, the device feature great specs including a giant battery, but there are few things which can't be neglected.


Alright, so here's my Zenfone 3 Max review!



Design 


With aluminium-alloy back body, the Smartphone looks premium and feels really comfortable on my hand. It comes in Titanium Gray, Glacier Silver and Sand Gold color. 

The display is glass is slightly curved at the sides in 2.5D fashion. The screen is 1280×720 but display is brilliant.



Asus Zenfone 3 Max Review!


The Smartphone has 5.2-inch HD display with 75% screen-to-body ratio, 149.5 x 73.7mm dimensions and is 8.5mm slimmer. The Device is really very light.

The fingerprint sensor works most of the time, but its not as responsive as the one in Asus Zenfone 3.

Specs and Performance

The Zenfone 3 Max features a Mediatek MT6737T 1.4GHz quad-core chipset paired with Mali-T720 GPU, it has 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

Asus Zenfone 3 Max Review!


The specifications are not that nice but they are competitive at this price. The Performance is fast and smooth, the ZenUI doesn't interfere in-between the device's performance .

The device has a giant 4,100mAh battery which usually lasts 2 days even with a heavy use. When used regular charger to charge, the charge current is really slow, sometimes taking over 3 hours. Also, the LED indicator turns green after it reaches 90%.


Camera 


The 13-megapixel rear camera shoots average quality photographs.  Due to the slower processor, the camera operation feels slow. But the front 5 megapixels camera is just amazing, it is great for selfie lovers. 



Asus Zenfone 3 Max Review!



Pros and Cons -


Pros -

  • Premium Body
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Compact size
Cons -


  • Mediatek CPU
  • Camera is not that great

Asus Zenfone AR Official Specs


Asus ZenFone AR ZS571KL Specification
OS And Hardware
OSAndroid OS, v7.0 Nougat || ASUS Zen 3.0 UI
ProcessorQuad-core, 2150 MHz, Kryo, 64-bit
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro
GPUAdreno 530
Body
Dimensions158.67 x 77.7 x 8.95 mm
Weight170 g
ColorsBlack
Display
TypeSuper AMOLED Display
Screen Size5.7 inches (~72.59% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1440 x 2560 pixels (~515 ppi pixel density)
MultitouchYes
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 4
SensorsFingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Hall, Barometer
Memory
Card slotmicroSD, up to 2 TB
Internal256 GB
RAM8 GB
Camera
Primary23 megapixels dual camera
FeaturesOptical image stabilization, Autofocus (Phase detection, Laser)
Video3840x2160 (4K), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
Secondary8 MP
Multimedia
Music playYes
RadioFM Radio
LoudspeakerYes
3.5mm jackYes
Battery and Power
Type3300mAh battery
Releasing Date
Announced2017, January
Release DateQ2 2017
Expected Price
US Dollor-
Indian Rs.-

Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom Official Specs


Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom ZE553KL Specification
OS And Hardware
OSAndroid OS, v6.0 Marshmallow || ASUS Zen 3.0 UI
ProcessorOcta-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 625 8953
GPUAdreno 506
Body
Dimensions54.3 x 77 x 7.99 mm
Weight170 g
ColorsBlack, Rose Gold, Silver
Display
TypeAMOLED Display
Screen Size5.5 inches (~70.28% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)
MultitouchYes
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5
SensorsFingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass
Memory
Card slotmicroSD, up to 2 TB
Internal128 GB
RAM4 GB
Camera
Primary12 megapixels dual camera
FeaturesOptical image stabilization, Autofocus (Phase detection, Laser)
Video3840x2160 (4K), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
Secondary13 MP
Multimedia
Music playYes
RadioFM Radio
LoudspeakerYes
3.5mm jackYes
Battery and Power
Type5000 mAh battery
Talk time48 Hours
Releasing Date
Announced2017, January
Release DateUnknown
Expected Price
US Dollor-
Indian Rs.-

ASUS ZenFone AR: The second Tango-enabled smartphone leaks online!

Qualcomm has accidentally published a press release today about an unannounced ASUS ZenFone AR, the world’s first device to be both Tango-enabled and Daydream-ready, it is powered by the Snapdragon 821.

After Qualcomm's accidental leak, Even Blass, used his @evleaks Twitter account to post renders of the upcoming ASUS ZenFone AR.

ASUS ZenFone AR: The second Tango-enabled smartphone leaks online!


We will get to know more about the ASUS ZenFone AR on January 4 at CES-2017. 

Source: Evleaks

Asus could launch a Snapdragon 835 powered smartphone at CES

Asus could launch a Snapdragon 835 powered smartphone at CES


Asus is teasing a new ZenFone handset that will be powered by latest Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC. In a tweet, the company revealed that it will unveil a phone with World's best processor, which is most likely unannounced Snapdragon 835!

In the past few days, ASUS was talking up dual cameras and virtual reality. So, The new device is could be the next generation ZenFone Zoom, which was leaked few days ago. 

We will get to know more about the 2017 Asus Smartphone with Snapdragon 835 on January 4. 

Source: Asus

ASUS ZenWatch 3 Goes Official in India

ASUS ZenWatch 3 Goes Official in India


Asus has announced the ZenWatch 3 in India, which is a stylish and customizable wearable device powered by Android Wear. 


Crafted with premium materials, the ZenWatch 3 comes in two strap variants i.e. Leather and Rubber. The Leather variant is priced at ₹18,999, while the Rubber variant costs 17,599. The device will go on sale exclusively on Flipkart from 23rd December.


“The launch of ZenWatch 3 is the perfect culmination of a successful year for ASUS in India. Consumers are increasingly adopting wearables to help simplify their lives and boost productivity. The powerful ZenWatch 3 combines luxury and functionality to provide users with a device that allows them to manage their lives comfortably. We are sure that the combination of specs and design in this smartwatch will be appreciated by our users.” - Peter Chang, Region Head – South Asia & Country Manager for ASUS India

The ZenWatch 3 comes with latest Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 and is compatible with Android 4.3+ or iOS 8.2+ devices. The Smartwatch feature 512MB RAM and 4GB on-board storage.


It has a 1.39in Amoled round display, 340mAh with quick-charge support and comes in Silver and Gunmetal color.




Asus Zenfone 3 Review!

Asus Zenfone 3 Review!

The Asus Zenfone 3 has been in house for few days and Today we’ll will talk about our experience with the 3rd Generation Zenfone.

We got the 5.2" variant of the Zenfone 3, which comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB Storage. With both side Glass, the Smartphone looks stunning. Priced right, the device feature great specs, but there are few things which can't be neglected.



In this YouTube Review Video, we’ll talk about how the Device feel, thoughts about this device, Pros and Cons.

Alright, so here's my Zenfone 3 review!







[Video] The coolest themes for your Asus Zenfone 3/Max/Laser

The Asus Zenfone 3 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with ZenUI on the top, which can be customized via Themes, Icon Pack and more.

Here's the Video showing some coolest free themes for your Asus Zenfone 3 Smartphone- 




Also Watch Out Zenfone 3 Unboxing and First Look  (Images and Video)




[Video] The coolest themes for your Asus Zenfone 3/Max/Laser

Asus Zenfone 3 Unboxing!

Earlier this year, Asus launched the 3rd Generation Asus Zenfone i.e. Asus Zenfone 3. The Device comes in two variants 5.2" and 5.5" with 3/4GB RAM and 32/64GB Storage.

In this YouTube Video, we’ll take you around the packaging of the phone, share some initial thoughts on the in-hand feel. Following the below video, there are some Unboxing Images of the Asus Zenfone 3!

We have got the Zenfone 3 5.2" Gold color variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB Storage. 

Let's unbox the Asus Zenfone 3 Z017D!



Asus Zenfone 3 Unboxing Images-








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