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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

ASUS ZenFone 4 ZE554KL to Receive Android 8.0 Oreo Update in December


ASUS ZenTalk Taiwan region announced a beta program for Android 8.0 Oreo for the Zenfone 4 ZE554KL last month. Although we know that ASUS latest two generation smartphones (ZenFone 3 and ZenFone 4) will eventually get the taste of Android Oreo, we didn't have clear indication of when the update will be rolled out.


Oreo Beta tester for ZenFone 4 ZE554KL already open for registration start from 1st November 2017.


On 1st December 2017 one of the ZenCare or moderator ZenTalk forum confirm that the company is going to release Android 8.0 Oreo update for ZenFone 4 user in December.

Although ASUS didn't specifically say the date for the final Oreo update will hit ZenFone 4, we can assume that it will happen sooner than expected.

What to expect from Android 8.0 Oreo ?

Android Oreo will bring some improvements over Nougat, including extended battery life, improvement in security via Google Play protect that checks malweare in applications, and faster booting. The update will also include new features like picture-in-picture to do task while watching video or navigations. Picture-in-picture sure available in zenfone oreo (you can see here at zenfone 3 oreo beta), Smart Text Selection that improves copy and paste and machine learning abilities to recognise entities on the screen.



Thursday, November 30, 2017

First Look: Oreo ZENUI on ASUS ZenFone 3



The ASUS ZenFone 3 released back in August 2016, but ASUS still giving software updates regularly to ZenFone 3 Series. At the launch of ZenFone 4 ASUS also promise to give ZenFone 3 update to Android Oreo 8.0. And back to previous news about ZenFone 3 running android oreo 8.0 beta, today ZenFoneblog will show some Android 8.0 ZenUI  previews on ZenFone 3 ZE520KL.

Being based on the latest Android version 8.0, most key of Oreo features like picture-in-picture mode, improved background app limiting and notification updates are all there.








Based on styling and look there is no big different between Nougat and Oreo. 


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Plus with 18:9 Display and Face Unlock



Back in July 2017, ASUS introduced ZenFone 4 Max with 5000 mAh battery and dual lens camera. According to helpix.ru, soon there is a new ZenFone 4 Max plus and bring 18:9 screen display to Russian market. ZenFone 4 Max plus will be the first ASUS device using 18:9 screen ratio.


The phone equip with 4,130mAh battery, enough for 13 hours of video playback. And using MediaTek 6750T chipset (also used in the Zenfone 3s Max) features eight Cortex-A53 cores so it is not fast and the older 28nm process doesn’t help its power efficiency.


The phone runs Android 7.0 Nougat styled with ZenUI 4.0. Memory options are 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage or 3GB/32GB. ZenFone 4 Max plus is a dual-SIM phone with a dedicated microSD slot.


Like its Zenfone 4 Max siblings, this one features a dual camera on the back – 16MP + 8MP (the second cam has a wide-angle lens). There’s also an 8MP selfie cam on the front. The front camera also does face unlocking, though if you want security you better use the fingerprint reader on the back.

No fast charge – you get a fairly standard 10W charger, which needs 3 hours to go from 0% to 100%. Price and launch date are yet to be announced.


ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Plus Specifications
Screen S-IPS, 5.7 ", 1080x2160, 16M colors, touch, capacitive, multitouch, blue filter, 2.5D
Iron 1.5 GHz, MediaTek MT6750T, 8 cores: 4 x Cortex-A53 1.5 GHz + 4 x Cortex-A53 1 GHz, Mali-T860 MP2
Memory RAM 3 GB, ROM 32 GB, Micro-SD up to 256 GB, 2/3 GB RAM, 16/32 GB ROM
Mobile Internet LTE cat.4 150/50 Mbps
HSDPA 42.2 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
EDGE
Mobile networks LTE Bands 1-3,5,7,8,20,40
UMTS 850, 900, 1900, 2100
GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900
Battery Li-Ion, 4130 mAh
Dimensions 152.6 x 73 x 8.8 mm
The weight 160 g
Camera 16 MP, flash, autofocus, dual: 16 MP f / 2.0 + 8 MP 120 °, slow-motion shooting
front: 8 MP, f / 2.0, 85 °
Navigation GPS, GLONASS
OS Android 7.0 Nougat, ZenUI 4.0


Monday, November 27, 2017

Android 8.0 Oreo now available for ZenFone 3


ASUS ZenFone 3 owners can now upgrade their smartphone to the latest version of Android, but it’s probably best to avoid the update for now.

ZenFone 3 owners can upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo today.

The Taiwanese smartphone start-up has shared the first public beta for the upcoming operating system upgrade.

With this update, ZenFone 3 is the first ASUS Oreo Smartphone enjoy the benefits of the latest Android software update.


Android 8.0 Oreo includes picture-in-picture functionality, enabling users to continue watching a video while using another app.

There are also new battery life improvements, better auto-fill options and notification indicators on app icons.

ASUS allows anyone to join its Open Beta Program at Zentalk (www.asus.com/zentalk) and submit S/N of your device to join Beta program. Beta update will automatically appear on their device.



Friday, September 29, 2017

ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro: The World’s First Commercial Smartphone to Feature Gigabit Connectivity


Qualcomm Technologies announced that its Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Mobile Platforms will power the ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro with gigabit connectivity. The world’s first commercial smartphone to feature Gigabit LTE and 802.11ad multi-gigabit Wi-Fi technologies, delivering ultra-fast virtually seamless gigabit connectivity indoors and on the go.

Integrated into the Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform, the Snapdragon X16 Gigabit LTE modem gives the ZenFone 4 Pro the ability to execute blazing-fast download speeds over 4G LTE, on a compatible LTE network, and superior signal quality with Qualcomm® TruSignal™ dual-antenna technology for extended coverage. Qualcomm Technologies’ 11ad Wi-Fi allows users to download and share 4k videos in seconds, sync their photos, videos and other files with blazing speed, and enjoy fast access to cloud services. Moreover, when users connect other devices, such as laptops, with the phone’s Wi-Fi hotspot feature the Snapdragon mobile platform is designed to provide end-to-end gigabit wireless connectivity with 802.11ad access and Gigabit LTE backhaul, on a compatible network, even in crowded places such as airports. Like the upcoming 5G NR standard, 11ad utilizes the mmWave spectrum – in this case, the 60 GHz band— tapping into a massive amount of data-carrying capacity that complements existing cellular and Wi-Fi networks. Additionally, ZenFone 4 Pro users will enjoy robust Wi-Fi connectivity using Qualcomm Technologies’ integrated 802.11ac 2x2 MU-MIMO technology, which offers twice as much throughput as 1x1 Wi-Fi and improved coverage, especially in buildings with brick or concrete walls.


In addition to unprecedented gigabit connectivity, the Asus ZenFone 4 Pro takes advantage of the integrated Qualcomm Spectra™ 180 Image Signal Processor (ISP) offering dual 14-bit image signal processing and features the latest generation of Qualcomm® Adreno™ 540 Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), accelerating the smartphone’s enhanced imaging experience and allowing users to enjoy a 360-degree immersive visual capture experience.

“We are thrilled to bring lightning fast connectivity, and innovative new imaging technology to the ASUS ZenFone 4 family of smartphones in Europe with our Snapdragon Mobile Platforms,” said Cristiano Amon, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and president, QCT. “With the Asus ZenFone 4 Pro, powered by our Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform, users will have the ability to experience, multi gigabit speeds indoors and gigabit speeds on-the-go.”

Qualcomm Technologies’ Snapdragon Mobile Platforms will also support the new ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 4 Selfie series, including the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro. Powered by the latest Snapdragon 630 Mobile Platform, the ASUS ZenFone 4 delivers fast, energy efficient performance with extended battery life, while the Snapdragon 625 Mobile Platform with 4GB RAM will bring smooth and responsive camera performance to the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro. Finally, Qualcomm Technologies’ Snapdragon 430 Mobile Platform powers the ZenFone 4 Selfie, with a triple-slot tray for dual data connections with speeds up to 150Mbps.


Friday, September 22, 2017

ASUS to launch next-generation ZenFone 5 in March 2018


Asustek CEO Jerry Shen poses with Qualcomm executive vice president Christiano Amon

Asustek Computer will release its next-generation ZenFone 5 family products at the earliest in March 2018 as the operations of its smartphone business have returned to a growth truck as a result of recent restructuring, according to company CEO Jerry Shen.

Shen is currently leading a trade mission to promote the company's ZenFone 4 in Europe.

Sales of Asustek's ZenFone 3 devices have been gaining momentum in France, Italy, Spain and Russia, and the sales momentum is expected to continue on ZenFone 4 products as the company is expanding its cooperation with telecom operators in the region, Shen added.

Thanks to improving operating efficiency and rising ASP of ZenFone 4, Asustek's smartphone business is expected to swing back to profitability in the fourth quarter of 2017, Shen said, adding that by the third quarter of 2018 Asustek is likely to be one of the profitable seven smartphone vendors globally, Shen stressed.

Meanwhile, Shen said that HTC's decision to sell its Pixel team to Google will not have a significant impact on Asustek's smartphone business as Asustek and Google have been cooperating closely and Google's Pixel smartphones are targeting the high-end segment compared to Asustek's focus on the entry-level to mid-tier sector.



Friday, September 22, 2017

ASUS Announces ZenFone 4 Family in Europe


ROME, Italy, September 21, 2017 — ASUS CEO Jerry Shen today unveiled the highly anticipated ZenFone 4 smartphones — ZenFone 4 Pro with gigabit connectivity, ZenFone 4, ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro, ZenFone 4 Selfie and ZenFone 4 Max — during the We Love Photo press event in Rome. ZenFone 4 is the first family of smartphones to all feature dual rear or dual front cameras, enabling users to capture the best photos in any scenario, at any distance, and in any lighting conditions. Combined with ultra-fast connectivity, users can instantly share their beautiful photos with friends and family, and enjoy using all of their favorite apps and services with unprecedented speed. 


Taking the stage at Rome’s recently opened megastructure, the Roma Convention Center La Nuvola, Mr. Shen passionately expressed his excitement for the European debut of ZenFone 4. “We are very thrilled to announce the availability of the ZenFone 4 family to all of Europe,” said Mr. Shen. “Our ZenFone 4 Series comes with the best dual cameras, and photography and connectivity features to change the way you document and share every precious moment with your friends and family.”  


Executive Vice President of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and President of QCT, Cristiano Amon joined Mr. Shen on stage to commemorate the ZenFone 4 launch and to praise the strong relationship between ASUS and Qualcomm. Mr. Amon continued on to highlight some of the leading technologies found in the new smartphones. “It is a pleasure to work with ASUS on the launch of their ZenFone 4 family of smartphones all powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platforms. ZenFone 4 Pro marks a significant milestone for the mobile industry as it’s the world’s first commercial smartphone to have gigabit LTE and 802.11ad multi-gigabit Wi-Fi technologies, offering ultra-fast gigabit connectivity everywhere— indoors or on the go. The collaboration between Qualcomm Technologies, ASUS and our joint carrier partners is helping to build the gigabit experience for mobile users while paving the way for the upcoming industry transition to 5G. ZenFone 4 also uses the Snapdragon 630 Mobile Platform to provide superior user experiences, while maintaining extraordinary battery performance.”  

After the product announcements, the event transitioned to the evening festivities which consisted of product demonstrations, dinner, drinks and a live performance from the international DJ sensation Bob Sinclair.  



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Asus ZenFone V with Snapdragon 820 and 4 GB of RAM launched


Asus has quietly unveiled a new smartphone that will be exclusive to Verizon. The ZenFone V (V520KL), as it’s called, offers high-end specs but isn’t quite up there with the likes of the Galaxy Note 8, LG V30, and other flagships.

The device comes with a 5.2-inch Full HD AMOLED display and is powered by the Snapdragon 820 chipset. It has 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage that you can expand with a microSD card (up to 256 GB).

It’s equipped with a 23 MP camera with Sony’s IMX318 sensor, an f/2.0 aperture, and optical as well as electronic image stabilization. The camera also features what Asus calls TriTech technology that combines laser, phase-detection, and subject-tracking auto-focus into one integrated system that’s capable of focusing in just 0.03 seconds.

The ZenFone V packs a 3,000 mAh battery with support for fast charging that gets it up to 60 percent in less than 40 minutes. It also comes with an NXP Smart AMP that should improve the audio experience on the device. Other features worth mentioning are an 8 MP selfie snapper, a fingerprint scanner located on the front, and Android 7.0 Nougat with Asus’ ZenUI on top.

The device is already listed on Verizon’s website with a price tag of $384. It’s isn’t available for purchase yet, but the carrier says that it’s “coming soon” — an exact time frame was not specified.


Friday, August 04, 2017

ZenFone 4 Series specs and pricing revealed


The ASUS ZenFone 4 is expected to be launched at 17th August this month and become the successor of last year ZenFone 3 series. ZenFone 4 global launch will be held at Taiwan with tagline "We Love Photo". Also ASUS will be introduce their new ZenFone 4 brand ambassador for Asia-Pacific Gong Yoo (공유 ). Gong Yoo high popularity as Korean actor will help ASUS target market in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and South East Asia.


According to Sogi.com.tw ZenFone 4 Pro (ZenFone 4 highest model) price will be 18,990 NTD or 628 US$.


ASUS ZenFone 4 (ZE554KL) with dual lens camera and powered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 / Snapdragon 630 the price will be 10,990 NTD (363 US$) and 8,990 NTD (297 US$). The other series, ZenFone 4 Selfie with dual front camera and Snapdragon 625 will be sold at 9,990 NTD (330 US$). The flagship version of ZenFone 4 Series is ZenFone 4 Pro powered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 will be sold at 18,990 NTD (628 US$). The final specifications, price, and sale time will be announce at 17th August 2017.


ZenFone 4 Model Processor Suggested price
(NTD)
Suggested price
(US $)
ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro (ZS551K) Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 18,990 NTD ~ 628 $
ASUS ZenFone 4 (ZE554KL) Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 10,990 NTD ~ 363 $
ASUS ZenFone 4 (ZE554KL) Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 8,990 NTD ~ 297 $
ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie (ZD552KL) Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 9,990 NTD ~330 $
ASUS ZenFone 4 Max (ZC554KL) Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 - -


Saturday, July 29, 2017

ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Preview: A Closer Look



Back in January ASUS announced the ZenFone 3 Zoom or ZenFone Zoom S with dual camera lens. The ZenFone 3 Zoom seemed like ASUS's response to the growing dual lens market. The ZenFone 4 Max follows the same recipe but with lower specifications and cheaper price. In a way, this is the more appropriate device to make a stand against another dual lens Chinese smartphones.

ZenFone 4 Max Specifications


ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Specifications
Operating system Android 7.1
Processor Eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
Graphics Adreno 505
Adreno 308
Memory 2 / 3GB
Built-in Memory 16 / 32GB
Display 5.5 inches, 1280 x 720, IPS
Cameras
Basic 13 megapixels, aperture f / 2.0, focal length 26 mm, viewing angle 80 °,
electronic image stabilization, phase autofocus beyond 0.03 s
Wide-angle 5 megapixels, focal length 12 mm, viewing angle 120 °
Frontal 8 MP, aperture f / 2.2, focal length 24 mm, viewing angle 85 °,LED flash with diffused light
Wireless WLAN 802.11
Bluetooth 4.1
Wi-Fi direct
Navigation GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BDS
Memory card micro-SD up to 256 GB (Simultaneously install two SIM cards and a memory card)
Battery 5000 mAh, non-removable, accelerated charging of other mobile devices (1 A)
Battery charger Output 5 V, 2 A, 10 W
Dimensions 154 x 76.9 x 8.9 mm (H x W x D)
Weight 181 gr


Appearance 

ZenFone 4 Max has an aluminium case, almost identical design with ZenFone 3 Zoom. Above and below are antennas, so these zones are made of dielectric material. 


Dual lens camera at the top-left of back body with an led flash.



All corners are rounded so it's feel good in hand.


Now the fingerprint scanner on the front below the screen.


ZenFone 4 Max also have led flash on the front beside the front camera.


The 5.5inch screen IPS display with 1280 x 720 resolution.


Power button and Volume button in the right side and SIM+microSD slot on the left side.



On the bottom there are MicroUSB connector, speaker, and microphone. Audio jack 3.5mm placed on the top of ZenFone 4 Max.



Owners of ZenFone 4 Max will like the new tray, because now you do not need to choose between the second SIM card and the memory card. There are two SIM-card slots and one for the micro-SD card - it's convenient. 




Friday, July 28, 2017

ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro: Leaked Photos Reveal Dual Camera, Snapdagon 835, and 6GB RAM


We are all know that ASUS will be launch 5 series of new generation of ZenFone 4 this year. And one of new ZenFone 4 series is ZenFone 4 Pro, According to Italian Media DDay they had an images claimed as ZenFone 4 Pro. ZenFone 4 Pro with model name ASUS_Z01G equipped with latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and 6GB of RAM. Here is the photos from leaked images.


According to the leak, Zenfone 4 Pro comes with Android 7.1.1 out of the box, dual camera lens and home button at the bottom of front screen. It also have 5.7-inch 2K AMOLED screen, equipped with Qualcomm S835 processor, built-in 6GB memory, 64GB storage capacity.



ZenFone 4 Pro have dual-lens main camera, according to the report pointed out that the use of horizontal arrangement of dual-lens camera  21 Megapixels, and have 2 times optical zoom. ASUS will release a new generation of new ZenFone 4 series in 2017, the market rumors will be on August 17 , from the release will come less than three weeks time.






Thursday, July 13, 2017

ASUS ZenFone 4 Series coming August 8th


According to Sogi, ASUS is ready to announce their latest ZenFone 4 series at 8th August 2017 in Taiwan. The variant names and model numbers of ZenFone 4 series has already leaked on ZenTalk which suggest ASUS at least will be have 5 different models such as ZenFone 4 Pro, Max, and Selfie.

ZenFone 4 Series Marketing Name and Model

One of ZenFone 4 Series model is ZenFone 4 Max which already launched in Russian market. ZenFone 4 Max comes in two versions, First model with Snapdragon 430 (octa-core) and the second model equipped with Snapdragon 425 (quad-core). ZenFone 4 Max will have up to 4GB of RAM and 16/32/64GB storage (non hybrid dual-SIM plus SDCard slot)
ZenFone 4 Max
Latest leaks on gfxbench believed to be ZenFone 4 Selfie (Z01M) with FHD display + Snapdragon 625 + 4GB RAM + 32GB ROM + Android 7.1.1 Nougat + 16MP rear camera + 12MP front facing camera.






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