Calling all Zenfone 3 Laser and Zenfone 3 Deluxe 5.5 owners – Must Read

If you own a Zenfone 3 Laser or Zenfone 3 Deluxe 5.5-inch, ensure you are running the latest update. The issue? If you’re not running at least Android 7.1.1 then you will not be able to dial 911.

According to Asus, this occurred due to a software bug. This was reported in Canada which may mean it’s exclusive to Canada, although Asus lists the Zenfone 3 Deluxe 5.5-inch model as part of this alert. That particular Deluxe model is not available in Canada which is the source of our confusion. So if you live in the US, just ensure you’re running at least Android 7.1.1 version.

Navigate to your system settings, About, and check to see if you’re running at least Android 7.1.1 version. If not, then you can navigate in your system settings to “System Update” and press “Check Update” which will initiate the software update/fix.

Zenfone AR (ZS571KL) in Canada – We have details!

Aha, you want to know when it’s going to be available to buy in Canada. If it’s okay, can we still dig that detail up? The actual day of availability is still up in the air, but we know most everything else!

Price is set to be $899 CAD, although some retailers may bump up that price slightly. We’ve seen that in the past, but expect only a slight variance from that price.

In order to meet price points, Asus does need to make adjustments on specs. Generally this means a different amount of storage or RAM in order to get the price at a point where they think the phone will sell. So…

The Canadian variant of the Zenfone AR is going to come with 6GB RAM (not 8GB that other regions have) and it will have 64GB storage (not 128GB that other regions have). That’s the bad news, if you want to even call it that. See, it’s a balancing act. I’m sure Asus could have put the 8GB of RAM in there but the cost would cause public outrage most likely. If that 128GB storage was also included, the same deal. People would be upset at the price.

We are hoping to get even more details which includes the all important pre order or shipping date. I’m also sure a lot of you want to know the LTE bands and whether it’s compatible with Freedom Mobile (Wind Mobile) and their LTE band 66.

So for now, this should give you something to think about. Just purely as a phone, without the Tango and Daydream benefits, the Zenfone AR is quite the beast. The AMOLED display is well worth the price of admission and consider this is 1440P and not just 1080P. We expect the typical retail partners in Canada which include NCIX, Best Buy, Canada Computers, Memory Depot, and others.

Model Number: ZS571KL-S821-6G64G-BK

Stay tuned, we will update as we learn more!

 

India gets their Zenfone AR (ZS571KL) release – order now!

India now has the Zenfone AR available to buy. Price? INR 49,999 and it’s exclusively available from Flipkart. If you buy the Zenfone AR with the Google Daydream View VR Headset with controller, you can save 38% off the headset so you pay INR 3,999 instead of INR 6,499.

ZenFone AR packs a 5.7-inch 1440p AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, tri-cam rear cameras with 23MP camera with a depth and motion sensor, 8 megapixel f2.0 front camera, 3300mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 and Android 7.0 with ZenUI 3.0.

The US market will get the Zenfone AR exclusively from Verizon which should be available within days, not weeks. Stay tuned for that news from us when it breaks!

Asus rolls out software updates to numerous Zenfone models – Full Details

Too many software updates over the past number of days to keep up with, so here is the master update list! As you can see, the first part of July has seen a flurry of software updates rolling out. It should be reassuring to see that Asus still works on previous models to improve things like cameras performance and overall stability and compatibility.


Model:

  • Zenfone 3 (ZE552KL)
  • Zenfone 3 (ZE520KL)

Update:

  • ZE552KL_ WW_14.2020.1706.53
  • ZE520KL_ WW_14.2020.1706.53

Date: 2017/07/13

Release Notes:

  • Improved the stability of Mobile Manager
  • Improved the stability of Gallery
  • Improved the Camera focus performance

Model:

  • Zenfone 2 Laser (ZE601KL)

Update:

  • ZE601KL_ WW_V21.40.1220.2161

Date: 2017/07/12

Release Notes:

  • Security patch update
  • Improve Bluetooth compatibility

Model:

  • Zenfone 2 Laser (ZE600KL)

Update:

  • ZE600KL_ WW_V21.40.1220.2162

Date: 2017/07/12

Release Notes:

  • Security patch update

Model:

  • ZenFone 3 Laser (ZC551KL)

Update:

  • ZC551KL_ WW_30.42.31.1

Date: 2017/07/12

Release Notes:

  • Improved user experience by fixing system bugs
  • Improved system UI stability

Model:

  • ZenFone Live (ZB501KL)

Update:

  • ZB501KL_ WW_13.1407.1705.21

Date: 2017/07/06

Release Notes:

  • Improve system stability
  • Google security patches
  • Fixes abnormal photo issue whenthe camera is on night/low light mode
  • Fixes some Russian string issues

Model:

  • ZenFone 4 Max (ZC554KL)

Update:

  • ZC554KL_ WW_14.2016.1705.144

Date: 2017/07/10

Release Notes:

  • Improve CAMERA performance
  • Update Russia translation
  • Update ASUS APP

Model:

  • ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL)

Update:

  • ZC553KL_ WW_14.0200.1706.251

Date: 2017/07/11

Release Notes:

  • Improve the Stability of ASUS SystemUI

Model:

  • ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL 8996/8996 PRO)

Update:

  • ZS570KL(8996/8996PRO) _WW_5.15.44.2494

Date: 2017/07/11

Release Notes:

  • Improve camera performance
  • Stabilize Bluetooth connections
  • Improve ZenUI stability

China gets Zenfone Pegasus 4A (ZB500TL) release

China is just getting a slightly modified Zenfone 4 Max version, going by the name Zenfone Pegasus 4A (ZB500TL). This is very similar to the Zenfone 4 Max which has already been released/announced in Russia. The build looks almost identical, but there are some substantial differences. They may look the same, but the Zenfone Pegasus 4A is a far more budget orientated phone than the main Zenfone 4 Max model.

The antenna lines are not part of the Zenfone Pegasus 4A but we see them on the Zenfone 4 Max. The processor on the Pegasus 4A (ZB500TL) is a MediaTek whereas the Zenfone 4 Max comes with a Snapdragon processor. The battery size is also larger on the Zenfone 4 Max vs. the Zenfone Pegasus 4A. The Zenfone Pegasus 4A is only 5-inches with a 1280 x 720 resolution vs. the 5.5-inch and 5.2-inch versions of the Zenfone 4 Max. We need to delve a bit more into the specs for comparisons and we will update this article later today.

Official Asus Pegasus 4A Video:

[source: klgadgetguy.com / Asus China]

 

New Asus Zenfone 4V (V520KL) A006 shows up at FCC

Here is something interesting. The A006 model Zenfone has just showed up at the FCC. Certainly this bodes well for an earlier release in comparison to last year and the Zenfone 3. We just don’t know details of the A006, but we are going to dig right now and get some more information if it does exist out there.

Here is what we are expecting. Nothing official from Asus, but various tidbits have emerged online regarding the A006. This is the Zenfone 4V (V520KL) which is set to be a Verizon exclusive. Based on the model number, it’s  5.2-inch smartphone sporting a Snapdragon processor.

Some previous spec details were found in a GFXBench listing a number of weeks ago. The Zenfone 4V has a quad-core 2.1GHz processors, Adreno 530 GPU, 1920 x 1080 resolution screen, 4GB RAM and 32GB storage. The cameras are likely to be a 21MP rear and 8MP front facing.

Stay tuned…

[source: FCC]