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Monday, January 09, 2017

ASUS begins rolling out Nougat update to ZenFone 3


The Zenfone 3 was launched during Computex on 30 May 2016. The new smartphone has reached the international market for the suggested price of $249. ZenFone 3 ZE552KL which comes with a 5.5-inch display, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage; and the ZE520KL with a 5.2-inch display, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. ASUS made significant changes in the design of the new Zenfone 3. It’s thinner, sleeker and more durable with an all-metal aluminum-grade body.



It looks like the wait for Android Nougat on the ZenFone 3 ZE520KL and ZenFone 3 ZE552KL is almost over, as The firmware update has begun roll out to users in the Philippines, and will surely reach other supported another regions soon. In addition to the new Nougat update, and all the features that it contains Split screen, screen saver, etc (You can see the screenshots of nougat beta version here)


Thursday, January 05, 2017

ASUS Introduces ZenFone AR and ZenFone 3 Zoom at Zennovation CES 2017


ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih unveiled the ASUS ZenFone AR and ZenFone 3 Zoom smartphones during the Zennovation press event at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. ZenFone AR will be the world's first smartphone that is both Tango enabled and Daydream-ready. Tango is a set of sensors and computer-vision software by Google that enables smartphone augmented reality. Daydream is Google's platform for high-quality, mobile virtual reality and supports Daydream VR apps. ZenFone 3 Zoom is built for photography and extended use with the world's best smartphone camera and a large, 5000mAh battery.



ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom is a 5.5-inch smartphone designed to excel at photography with a dual-camera system that captures gorgeous photos and videos. It is also the world’s slimmest smartphone with a high-capacity, 5000mAh battery, giving users extended usage times without compromising style and portability.



ZenFone 3 Zoom’s innovative dual-camera system comprises two 12MP cameras, one with a f/1.7-aperture, 25mm wide-angle lens and a second with a 59mm lens. Users can instantly switch from the 25mm primary camera to the 59mm camera, giving them a 2.3X optical zoom that is perfect for portraits and capturing distant subjects. An improved TriTech+ autofocus system automatically chooses among three autofocus technologies — Dual Pixel PDAF, subject tracking autofocus, and second-generation laser focus — depending on the situation to achieve accurate focus in just 0.03 seconds, even when photographing moving subjects. 



Main camera use SONY IMX362 sensor, and for front camera using SONY IMX214. ZenFone 3 Zoom is also the first ASUS smartphone with SuperPixel camera technology that enables it to focus incredibly quickly and capture clear photos at night or in low-light environments. ASUS-exclusive hardware and software enhancements boost sensor light-sensitivity by up to four times by intelligently adjusting ISO levels while shooting and applying noise reduction in post-shot processing. SuperPixel technology enables the camera on ZenFone 3 Zoom to have 2.5-times (2.5X) greater light sensitivity than Apple® iPhone® 7 Plus[2] and 10-times (10X) that of an average smartphone.




ZenFone 3 Zoom has a high-capacity 5000mAh battery that is sculpted to fit in the phone’s super-slim, 7.9mm full-metal body. The phone weighs just 170 grams, yet with its large battery and powerful, efficient Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 625 processor it provides users with up to 42 days of standby time. The high-capacity battery also complements ZenFone 3 Zoom’s photographic capabilities, allowing users to shoot more photos, enjoy power-intensive operations like time-lapse photography, and capture up to 6.4 hours of continuous 4K UHD video on a single charge. ZenFone 3 Zoom can also double as a high-speed power bank for charging other devices.








ASUS ZenFone AR is a next-generation smartphone that represents a significant advance in mobile virtual-reality (VR) and augmented-reality (AR) technologies. It is the first smartphone that will be Tango enabled and Daydream-ready. Tango is a set of sensors and computer-vision software by Google that enables unique AR user experiences on a smartphone, such as AR gaming, AR utilities, and indoor navigation.



This breakthrough in size and weight is made by possible the innovative ASUS TriCam™ system, a three-camera system consisting of a 23MP main camera, motion-tracking camera, and depth-sensing camera. Unlike three-camera systems in other devices, the design of the ASUS TriCam system clusters its array of cameras to reduce their footprint within the phone, enabling the entire phone to be thinner and lighter.



Daydream is Google's platform for high quality, mobile virtual reality and supports Daydream VR apps. ZenFone AR was developed in close cooperation with Google to deliver the best Tango and Daydream experiences.



ZenFone AR features a powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 processor that is optimized for Tango, and is the world's first smartphone with 8GB of RAM.



ZenFone AR's powerful performance and innovative camera work in conjunction with Tango to enable smooth and compelling smartphone AR experiences. A beautiful, 5.7-inch WQHD Super AMOLED display and a new five-magnet speaker makes Daydream VR apps, games, and videos more immersive and entertaining. Android™ 7.0 ‘Nougat’ lets users get the most out of ZenFone AR with new multitasking features and other enhancements that deliver a great mobile experience.


Wednesday, January 04, 2017

ASUS Announces ZenFone AR ZS571


ASUS ZenFone AR is a next-generation smartphone that represents a significant advance in mobile virtual-reality (VR) and augmented-reality (AR) technologies. It is the first smartphone that will be Tango enabled and Daydream-ready. Tango is a set of sensors and computer-vision software by Google that enables unique AR user experiences on a smartphone, such as AR gaming, AR utilities, and indoor navigation[1]. Daydream is Google's platform for high quality, mobile virtual reality and supports Daydream VR apps. ZenFone AR was developed in close cooperation with Google to deliver the best Tango and Daydream experiences.

ZenFone AR is the thinnest and lightest Tango enabled device. This breakthrough in size and weight is made by possible the innovative ASUS TriCam™ system, a three-camera system consisting of a 23MP main camera, motion-tracking camera, and depth-sensing camera. Unlike three-camera systems in other devices, the design of the ASUS TriCam system clusters its array of cameras to reduce their footprint within the phone, enabling the entire phone to be thinner and lighter.

ZenFone AR features a powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 processor that is optimized for Tango, and is the world's first smartphone with 8GB of RAM. ZenFone AR's powerful performance and innovative camera work in conjunction with Tango to enable smooth and compelling smartphone AR experiences. A beautiful, 5.7-inch WQHD Super AMOLED display and a new five-magnet speaker makes Daydream VR apps, games, and videos more immersive and entertaining. Android™ 7.0 ‘Nougat’ lets users get the most out of ZenFone AR with new multitasking features and other enhancements that deliver a great mobile experience.


Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Asus announces the ZenFone 3 Zoom: Pictures and Specifications


ASUS today at Zenovation press event at CES 2017, ASUS unveiled two new smartphones the ZenFone AR and the ZenFone 3 Zoom (ZE553KL).

ZenFone 3 Zoom On its back have a 12MP main camera with Sony IMX362 sensor, paired with a secondary 12MP shooter sporting a 2.3X zoom lens. ZenFone 3 Zoom use an aluminum-alloy body which is only 0.31″ thick (7.9 mm) and weighs merely 0.37 lbs (170 g). With 5,000 mAh battery in thick body makes ZenFone 3 Zoom impressive at battery backup and still good looking.


the phone comes with a 5.5″ FHD AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 5. With Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC Processor, up to 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of Storage. It comes with Dual SIM dual standby, which support 4G on both SIM slots.


ASUS says that the phone will ship with Android 6.0 but an Android 7.0 update is on the way. The Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom is scheduled to launch in February of 2017. Pricing hasn't been announced yet.

Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom Specifications (ZE553KL)
Display 5.5 inch / 1920 x 1080 (FullHD) / Amoled
500 nits
2.5D Screen
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC
GPU Adreno 506
RAM up to 4GB
ROM up to 128GB
Camera Main Camera: 12MP / f 1.7 / Wide 25mm / Sony IMX362 sensor 1/2.55 sensor size /
1.4┬Ám pixel pitch / OIS / 4K UHD Video Recording with EIS / RAW Image (Android 7.0)

Secondary Camera: 12MP with 2.3X optical zoom, 59mm focal length, Portrait Mode

Selfie Camera: 13MP, F2.0 aperture, Sony IMX214 sensor
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot CAT.7 300/100Mbps
(download/upload)*selected region The rest with CAT.4

Bluetooth 4.2
SIM Dual SIM Dual StandBy
Slot 1 : Nano SIM (3G/4G)
Slot 2 : Nano SIM (3G/4G) / Micro SD up to 2 TB
GPS GPS, AGPS
OS Android 6.0 with ZenUI 3.0 (upgradable to 7.0)
Battery 5000 mAh
Speaker ICEpower enhanced speaker
Audio Wizard
DTS for Headphone support
Dimension 154.3mm x 77mm x 7.9mm
Weight 170 grams
Colors Black, Silver, Rose Gold


Saturday, December 24, 2016

Preview: ZenFone 3 Android 7.0 Nougat

The Zenfone 3 was launched during Computex on 30 May 2016. The new smartphone has reached the international market for the suggested price of $249. ZenFone 3 ZE552KL which comes with a 5.5-inch display, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage; and the ZE520KL with a 5.2-inch display, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. ASUS made significant changes in the design of the new Zenfone 3. It’s thinner, sleeker and more durable with an all-metal aluminum-grade body. 

ASUS released two versions of the Zenfone 3 – the ZE552KL with 5.5-inch screen, ZE520KL with 5.2-inch screen. Although varying in screen sizes, the two have Full HD Super IPS+ display mounted with 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3. Pixel density also differs at 401ppi and 424ppi.

Software is being handled by Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with ZenUI 3.0. ASUS made few tweaks for the Zenfone 3’s UI like a more vibrant color scheme and rounder icons. 

The highly-anticipated Android 7.0 Nougat update for the ZenFone 3 has finally arrived through a leaked pictures (Courtesy of Kompas) Here are some pictures:





Android 7.0 Nougat finally has the ability to run two apps on the screen at the same time. This is an excellent solution that many ZenFone users have wanted for a very long time. Even if you don’t use it super often, this is one of those things you’ll be really glad exists when the time comes and you need to see two things on the screen at once.



On N, things are different and mostly for the best. The same file triggers a download notification with a very easy to spot Cancel button.



With Google re-purposing Daydream as the namesake for its VR platform, a new name was needed for the previous Daydream feature. That new name is Screen Saver, which makes so much more sense than Daydream did in its previous incarnation. Android screen savers still work in the same fashion as they always have.

Asus is now being tested in ZenFone 3 Nougat and will release updates when it's really stabilized.


Thursday, November 17, 2016

ASUS ZenFone 3 Android 7.0 Nougat Beta Tester Recruiting


Today on ASUS ZenFone official forum or ZenTalk posted a thread about ZenFone 3 Android 7.0 Nougat Beta Tester Recruiting. This Beta tester recruitment is part of testing new ZenFone 3 Android Nougat Firmware before it launch to ZenFone 3 user globally. Recruitment available until 31 December 2016. You can apply the Beta Tester program HERE but only ZenFone 3 ZE552KL with WW (Worldwide) SKU who can apply this Beta Tester program.

What are required to be a Beta Tester?  
  1. Be a member of ZenTalk  (Sign up now)  
  2. Own a ZenFone 3 (ZE552KL)
  3. Be willing to provide detailed information including IMEI, Serial Number(SN), Current Firmware for the beta test setting  (how to Check your ZenFone information)
  4. Be able to read and provide feedback in English
  5. Be familiar with Android operating system
  6. Understand the Beta Firmware may not be as stable as the official release version.


What will Beta Testers have?  
  1. Get the latest firmware (Beta Version) by FOTA and experience the latest Zen UI features
  2. Authorized to access the restricted board
  3. Get a Beta Tester welcome badge
  4. Be given 5 Zen credits by reporting a valid bug
  5. All beta testing phone will be under the original terms of the warranty service.


What are the responsibilities of a Beta Tester?
  1. Participate every Beta version release and test on a daily basis
  2. Report valid bugs with the correct format
  3. Maintain confidentiality of the Beta Testing program
  4. Be sure to post all beta-testing related issues in beta restricted board 
Source: ZenTalk Global


Thursday, June 02, 2016

ASUS ZenPouch Waterproof Case


At Computex 2016 ASUS introduced their new accessories for ZenFone ZenPouch. ZenPouch is a Waterproof bag which can handle smartphone up to 5.5inch device. ZenPouch features are IPX8 certified, up to 5.5 inch smartphone, Touchscreen capability and take photo via ZenPouch.



Inside retail package you will get manual instructions, strap, zenpouch, and tester paper.



ZenPouch when in use:






Source ePrice TW


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Price and Specifications ASUS ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe and ZenFone 3 Ultra





After circulating teaser-teaser video of ZenFone 3 Finally today ASUS introduced their newest line is ZenFone 3. 3 comes in three variants namely ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe and ZenFone 3 Ultra. Thirdly latest Smartphone from ASUS uses Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, leaving the typical two previous generation Intel.

The highest variant ZenFone 3 uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and has 6GB of RAM ie ZenFone 3 Deluxe. Of the three models have a 5.5inch screen for ZenFone 3, 6.8inch for ZenFone 3 Ultra and ZenFone 5.7 inch to 3 Deluxe.

ASUS ZenFone 3 (ZE552KL)





Specification ZenFone 3 ZE552KL
Display 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel Super IPS+ LCD display
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
RAM Up to 4GB of RAM
ROM Up to 64GB of RAM
Camera 16MP rear camera with Sony IMX298 sensor
Connectivity 802.11ac WiFi
Bluetooth 4.2
Up to Cat 6 LTE
USB 2.0 Type-C connector
Battery 3000 mAh battery
Colour Gold,blue,black,or white color options
Price From US $249

ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL)



Specifications ZenFone 3 Deluxe ZS570KL
Display 5.7 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel Super AMOLED display
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
RAM Up to 6GB of RAM
ROM Up to 256GB of storage
Camera 23MP rear camera with Sony IMX318 sensor
Connectivity 802.11ac WiFi
Bluetooth 4.2
Up to Cat 13 LTE
USB 3.0 Type-C connector
Battery 3,000 mAH battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
Colour Gold, silver, and grey color options
Price From US $499

ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra





Specifications ZenFone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL)
Display 6.8 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS LCD display
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor
RAM Up to 4GB of RAM
ROM Up to 128GB of storage
Camera 23MP rear camera with Sony IMX318 sensor
Connectivity 802.11ac WiFi
Bluetooth 4.2
Up to Cat 6 LTE
USB 3.0 Type-C connector
Battery 4,600 mAH battery with Quick Charge 3.0
Colour Gray, silver, and pink color options
Price From US $479


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

ZenFone 3 Antutu Information Leaked ?


Asus to launch new Zenfone 3 series smartphones at Computex 2016.Asus has released a teaser video for their new Asus ZenFone 3..Asus Zenfone 3 series to include Zenfone 3 , Zenfone 3 deluxe and Zenfone 3 MAX. Now a new Asus smartphone with Model Number Asus Z016D has been leaked on AnTuTu Benchmark.
According to listing ( Z016D) device is powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. On camera it has a 23MP rear camera and 8MP front facing camera. Device runs on Android 6.0.1.




Tuesday, May 17, 2016

ASUS ZenFone 3 Teaser


ASUS today (5/17) night released the first movie trailer support Computex 2016, the content is about ASUS ZenFone 3. In the film, in addition to some of the nature of the screen, and Clarity (clear), Desire (desire), Unlimited (no limit) and other symbolic words, but also clearly demonstrated the new machine body contour can be seen include a camera lens, side buttons design, and 2.5D glass beauty back. The end of the film, this can also be determined ASUS Computex 2016 are three new phones, ASUS ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe and ZenFone 3 Max.






Video Teaser:



Thursday, May 12, 2016

ASUS ZenFone 3 will reportedly feature Snapdragon 823 SoC


ZenFone 3 series is expected on sale in Taiwan in mid-July, late July to Southeast Asia, in August will be 6 to 7 countries, sales, Jerry Shen said that the current annual 25 million mobile phone target unchanged, around four million in the first quarter only loss level estimated in the second quarter of about five million, is unchanged from the first half of the policy, if it will make a surplus put into marketing, combined with the laptop market marketing resources together to build the operating environment, the amount of mobile phones in the third quarter increase, unit price increase is expected to start making money.

Jerry Shen pointed out, ZenFone3 will be released in June, with the same owners stream showdown ZenFone3 MAX mobile phone, locked 4990 ~ 6990 yuan price, ZenFone 3 with ZenFone 3 Deluxe respectively flagship 7999 to 10000 yuan and price is "the Prestige" models.

The first two have been rumors for a long time is the main model for a new generation of ASUS ZenFone 3 and high-end versions ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe, in addition to one from unexposed over ASUS ZenFone 3 Max, the main large power and large storage space. 

ASUS ZenFone 3 is expected to increase the price level of ASUS smartphone. ZenFone 3 price will be up to 100$ (3250 yuan NT) from the ZenFone 2 highest model.

this product line is expected to lead the ASUS phone price jump up a level, raised $ 100 (3250 yuan NT), and the rumour ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 823. and has fingerprint recognition capabilities, 2.5D arc shape using double-sided glass and aluminum and other materials, specifications for transmission port USB Type-C, and support for fingerprint recognition , laser focus, dual LED rear lights and LED front-self-timer lights. . High-end board ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe in addition to all-metal chassis, but not behind the destruction of aesthetic plastic signal lines, but also have a fingerprint. As ASUS ZenFone 3 Max, with the exception of large-capacity, high-capacity and other information, there is no other specifications message. 

source: here


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

ASUS Start Rolling Out ZenFone 2 Android Marshmallow



Today ASUS Start to rolling out update Android M for ZenFone 2 series. The first ASUS Smartphone which get Android Marshmallow is ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser ZE500KL. The Marshmallow update for ZenFone 2 Laser ZE500KL is roll out today 11/5/2016 with V13.10.6.16 firmware version.

To update your ZenFone 2 to Marshmallow, Open Settings>About>System Update and click Check for Updates.

Here is the Notice note before updating to Marshmallow
  1. Software update to Android 6.0 Mashmallow. Internal storage will decrease slightly after update, suggest to back up data and relocate media file (pictures & video clip) to SD card to reserve enough storage before starting the software update.
  2. Android Marshmallow won't support APP2SD. Please move apps to internal storage before system upgrades.
  3. Multi-user function won't be supported if the account is deleted. Please keep your account to continue usage.
  4. The apps listed below will no longer be pre-loaded once your device has been upgraded to Android 6.0 (Marshmallow).
Removed Apps:
  1. Omlet 1. 
  2. Data Transfer
  3. Photo Frame 
  4. ASUS Backup 
  5. Dr. Safety 
  6. What's next
  7. Party Link
  8. Remote Link
  9. PC Link
  10. Yahoo Shopping
  11. EZ
  12. TripAdvisor
  13. Zinio
  14. iReader
  15. Dr. Eye
  16. Google+
  17. Puffin Browser
  18. Mirror
  19. Google Settings (Integrated with ASUS Settings)

New Apps as follows: 
  1. Google Calendar 
  2. Google Messenger 
  3. Dr. Booster

Asus Email, Asus Calendar, Asus Messaging will no longer be pre-loaded in this version. You can use Gmail, Google Calendar & Google Messenger provides corresponding services

Source: http://www.asus.com/zentalk/tw/thread-142773-1-1.html



Saturday, March 26, 2016

ZenTripod, Smartphone Tripod by ASUS and Manfrotto





ASUS is currently working with Manfrotto to produce smartphone tripod for any ASUS device. This tripod is called ZenTripod. With only 257 grams, 25 cm tall lightweight ZenTripod, help you when using a mobile phone camera, greatly enhance the stability and clear picture. 

Based in Northern Italy at Cassola, Manfrotto designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of camera and lighting support equipment for the professional photographic, film, theater, live entertainment and video markets. The product line includes an extensive range of camera tripods and heads, lighting stands and accessories.

And, Manfrotto's product respectively in 2015 won the "2014 Red Dot Design Award (RED DOT DESIGN AWARD 2014)" and "2015, iF design awards (iF DESIGN AWARD 2015) award in 2014, in photography and video accessories design



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