Friday, December 29, 2017

Official Android Oreo Update Rolling Out to the ZenFone 4 ZE554KL (ZenUI 4.0)

When it comes to the Android Oreo update, ASUS has promised to release the update for ZenFone 4 at December 2017 and ZenFone 3. The company promised an Oreo update in December and they delivered. The company also promised to release Android Oreo for ZenFone 3 in the first Q1 of 2018.

The oreo update for ZenFone 4 was officially announced on ZenTalk community forums today. It takes about one week for the system to complete the autopush, if you did not receive the updation, please go to 【Setting】->【About】->【System Update】to update manaully.

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.

First look Android Oreo on ZenFone 3 Here

Monday, December 25, 2017

ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1 Hands On and First Impressions

Every year smartphone manufactures come with awesome features and improvements. 18:9 aspect ratio display have been very well received by smartphone enthusiast. Unfortunately, most models that incorporate this tall and narrow format are high-end devices which cost a lot of money. ASUS also introduced their new 18:9 display smartphone ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1. Although it closely similar to ZenFone 4 Max or Pegasus 4s (Chinese Market) a few month ago. Luckily Zenfoneblog had a hands on opportunity, here are our initial thoughts about this device.

ZenFone Max Plus M1 big display

ZenFone Max Plus M1 using 5.7 inch HD+ display with a resolution 720 x 1440 which translate to 281 ppi. The screen looks good and the viewing angle also good enough for non FullHD display. The color reproduction also good in my eye. The display also covered with 2.5D curved glass that make the display feels great in hand. Also in the front there are 16 Megapixels camera with F2.0 aperture, ear speaker and light sensor. No button on the front so ASUS can put 5.7 inch display on 6 inch tall device.

Power and volume button

On the right side we have power button and volume rockers, while on the left there is dual-SIM and SDCard, ZenFone Max Plus M1 using non hybrid so we can use dual SIM without sacrificing SDCard slot.

Dual Camera and fingerprint reader on the back

On the back of the phone there are two camera, the first one is 16 Megapixels telephoto lens with F2.0 aperture and the second camera is 8MP 120° wide-angle lens. At the back there are LED flash and Fingerprint scanner for unlock device. 

Up top there is 3.5mm headphone jack and at the bottom of ZenFone Max Plus there are microUSB port, mic, and mono speaker.

ZenFone Max Plus M1 using unibody design

The phone has metallic finish and unibody design, it's look premium but quite slippery in hands due to its smooth metallic finish. Also the back of the phone is fingerprint magnet and easy to get dirt.

ZenFOne Max Plus M1 CPU-Z

ZenUI 4.0 and Antutu Benchmark score

ZenFone Max Plus M1 powered with Octa-Core processor Mediatek MT6750, 4GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage. Scrolling through menu and opening apps was fast, smooth, and responsive. ZenFone Max Plus M1 use ZenUI 4.0 on top of Android 7.0 Nougat.

One of the new feature on ZenFone Max Plus M1 is Face unlock. ZenFone Max Plus M1 capable to unlock device using your face, it's not much secure like fingerprint scanner but it's nice to have one.

Choose telephoto lens or wide-angle lens

ZenFone Max Plus M1 rear camera using 2 lens with different mode, first is telephoto lens and the second camera is wide-angle lens. ZenFone Max Plus M1 camera PixelMaster modes include Auto (with low light and HDR features), Beauty, Pro, Super Resolution (64 megapixels), GIF Animation, Panorama, Time Lapse (with power saving), 9 various filters.

Overall ZenFone Max Plus M1 is quite good when it come for looks and battery, especially because it's budget 18:9 display smartphone. For around 220 US$ you get big display and big battery in compact chassis. The performance for daily use also great. The only downside is the quality of camera is not decent compare to previous generation like ZenFone 3, but you get another wide-angle lens for more creativity to take picture.

ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1 specs:

  • 5.7-inch HD+ IPS display @ 1440x 720
  • 2.5D curved glass
  • 1.5GHz Octa-core 64-bit MediaTek MT6750
  • Mali-T860MP2 GPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage
  • expandable via microSD
  • Dual 16MP f/2.0 + 8MP f/2.4 wide angle AF rear cameras w/ LED flash
  • 8MP front camera w/ screen flash, Face Unlock
  • 4G LTE
  • Dual SIM Dual standby
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • Gyroscope
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • ASUS ZenUI 4.0 (Android 7.0 Nougat)
  • 4,130mAh battery
  • 152.6 x 72.7 x 8.8 mm
  • 160 g
  • Colors: Black, Silver, Gold

Friday, December 22, 2017

[ROM] ASUS ZenFone 3 ZE552KL Oreo Beta Firmware

As we know ASUS already rolled Android 8.0 Oreo Beta for ZenFone 3 ZE552KL. In this post zenfoneblog will share leaked ROM for ZE552KL (not work on ZE520KL), thanks to OreoBooyah from XDA.  This is Beta ROM and maybe you will found some bugs. So DWYOR ! and before upgrade to Marshmallow beta your ZenFone 3 ZE552KL must be on WW-14.2020.1711.75 with stock recovery. You can choose one of tutorial below (adb sideload or SDcard).

Download Android 8.0 Oreo ROM

  1. Download ASUS ZenFone 3 ZR552KL Oreo Beta (Download)|(Mirror)

How to Upgrade ZenFone 3 to Android Oreo Beta via SDCard

  1. Make sure that your ZenFone 3 ZE552KL running on WW-14.2020.1711.75 with stock recovery. 
  2. Download the .zip file from the link above and put this on your Micro SD card
  3. Enter recovery mode by pressing Power button & Vol - button
  4. Select install update via microSD card
  5. Select the .zip file you downloaded
  6. Wait 5-10 minutes to install

How to Upgrade ZenFone 3 to Android Oreo Beta via ADB

  1. Your software version must be on WW-14.2020.1711.75  (Check at Settings>about>software version)
  2. Download ADB Tools and Install it
  3. Download the Android Oreo Beta Above
  4. Copy ROM to a folder
  5. Turn Off ZE552KL and enter recovery by pressing Power+Volume down (tutorial Here)
  6. Choose Apply Update from ADB
  7. Connect ZenFone to Laptop/PC 
  8. On Oreo beta ROM folder press shift+right click -> open command here
  9. Check connection by typing: adb devices if your device is listed you're ready to flash the ROM
  10. Flashing Marshmallow Beta ROM by typing:
  11. adb sideload
  12. Wait until complete
  13. Reboot the phone (first boot will be longer than 5 minutes)
  14. Done your ZE552KL is running Android Oreo Beta


Sunday, December 10, 2017

How to solve ZenFone 2 automatically shutdown

My ZenFone 2 will automatically shutdown even 20% battery remaining, how can I do?
It’s a known issue and ASUS fixed it in the latest system update. Please refer to the following instructions to calibrate your battery firmware.

  1. Update to version 2.20.40.x which is the latest system update for ZenFone 2. 
  2. Shutdown your phone then charge it using an ASUS charger and its ASUS USB cable for at least 8 hours.
  3. Restart your phone and try again to see if there’s any improvement.

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.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

[ROM][ZenUI 4.0] ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro ZC554KL Firmware

In this post I will share Full Firmware .zip ZenFone 4 Max Pro ZC554KL upgrade to ZenUI 4.0. Before you update to ZenUI 4.0 make sure backup your important data and full battery.

ZenFone 4 Max Pro ZC554KL ZenUI 4.0
Version 14.2016.1711.215  (WW) 

ASUS ZenFone 4 Max (ZC554KL) Software Image Version: WW-14.2016.1711.215
[Important] If the current version is WW-14.2016.1711.212, do NOT download this file, please download TIM SKU file for upgrade. (Please check your software version in Settings ->About ->Software.)
Improve Items:
1. Update ASUS ZenUI 4.0
2. Enable CHT/FET/TST VoLTE&FET VoWIFI function
3. Double tapping function improvement

Steps of Update: 
1. Check software version of your device**
2. Only apply to same SKU update, Example: WW->WW, CN->CN, TW->TW, ID->ID.
3. Software update cannot transfer the software SKU and downgrade the software version.
4. Wrong SKU may cause update failure, please update the same SKU version only.
5. How to manual update firmware please refer to

*How to know the device model? 
Path: Settings->About-> Model number
Example: ASUS PadFone2
**How to know the device software version? 
Path: Settings->About-> software information->Build number
Example: CHT_PadFone2-user-
*System upgrade may cause part of data missing, please buckup your important data before system upgrading.
File Size1.98 GB Full Firmware
Download from
Full Firmware
How to Update with this .zip ROM ?

  1. Via ADB Sideload or
  2. Copy and Paste this .zip to Internal Storage ( Update notice will be pop up in your zenfone screen) and click update. or
  3. Update via SDCard (Copy and paste .zip to SD Card then open recovery and choose apply update from sdcard)

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Download ZenUI Launcher 4.5 APK (Oreo based)

You can download the ZenUI 4.5 launcher as APK from below. Once downloaded, you would be able to install it on your phone and test it out. Users have already confirmed it as working on Android 7.0 Nougat firmware running on ZenFone 3/ZenFone 3 Zoom. However, you can try it out on your phone as well and see if it works. The ZenUI 4.0 launcher carries the newest icon pack, latest design styling. If it's crash on your ZenFone simply go to Settings>Apps>ZenUI Launcher>Uninstall Updates.


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