Asus ZenWatch 3 starts receiving support for Android Wear 2.0

Asus ZenWatch 3 starts receiving support for Android Wear 2.0

Well, the smartwatch should have received the update long time back, but it is better late than never. After Google launched the Android Wear 2.0 update, it had announced which smartwatches would be getting the update. Both ZenWatch 2 and 3 were supposed to be upgraded to Android Wear 2.0.

While the ZenWatch 3 has received its due, ZenWatch 2 owners would still have to wait for a while. Hopefully, Asus would release the update for its ZenWatch 2 sometime in August. Anyway, talking about the ZenWatch 3, the Android Wear 2.0 is now available for download. However, you should keep in mind that the roll-out of the update will be done in phases. So if your watch hasn’t received the support for Android Wear 2.0, you should wait for some time.

As per Asus, it will take between 5-7 days before the update hits all the devices. According to a Reddit user, you have to make sure that your ZenWatch 3 is sufficiently charged. Then, you have to open the update screen and keep it active until the pop-up for the Android Wear 2.0 shows. After clicking yes, you need to keep the screen active. He further says that the easiest way to do that is to enable developer mode and disable screen sleep. The update will then start downloading.

To refresh your memory, the Asus ZenWatch 3 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 Soc which is paired with 512MB RAM and 4GB inbuilt storage. It carries a price tag of Rs. 18,999 in India.


Asus to launch five ZenFone 4 Series smartphones in July

Asus to launch five ZenFone 4 Series smartphones in July

Well, the smartphones that are going to be launched will reportedly be the Asus ZenFone 4 (ZE554KL), Asus ZenFone 4 Max (ZC554KL), Asus ZenFone 4 Pro (Z01GD), Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie (Z01M), and Asus ZenFone 4V (V520KL/A006).

Interestingly, there will be two different variants of the Zenfone 4 flagship. The company might be planning to offer the device in two RAM/ storage variants.

The Asus ZenFone 4 Pro is a new variant in the series and could be a premium device whereas the Asus ZenFone 4V might be a Verizon exclusive. In any case, the five Asus smartphones have been listed on the Google Play Store support sheet which is shared on ZenTalk forum as well.

Further, all the smartphones have been approved for Google services, thus many reports are suggesting that these smartphones could possibly be launched in July. Talking about the smartphones themselves, we have few details on them. However, the details we will be discussing are the key highlights of these smartphones.

The first one is the Asus ZenFone 4 Max and this smartphone has already been listed on Asus official support page and the device was also spotted on GFXBench.

As per the details that were revealed, the smartphone will probably come with a 5.5-inch display with either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 or Snapdragon 660 chipset. The smartphone will likely feature a dual rear camera setup which should be capable of shooting 4K videos. The camera sensors include a 13-megapixel + 5 MP camera capable of capturing FHD videos. At the front, the device sports an 8 MP selfie camera. On the software front, the smartphone will run on Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box.

Secondly, ZenFone 4 Pro which according to several leaks hint that this smartphone will be a high-end device. While not much is known about this upcoming smartphone it is said to come with model name ‘ASUS_Z01GD’ and that it will run on Android Nougat out-of-the-box. We have already done a report on Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie just a few hours back which you can check here.

But this smartphone is said to be a selfie-centric smartphone. PTron Spark Bluetooth sporty magnetic headset launched at Rs. 699 Microsoft Lumia 960, unreleased flagship phone’s images are out This could be Xiaomi Mi Note 3 or Mi Mix 2 Featured Posts Apart from the above three mentioned phones, the list also includes three more Zenfone 4 devices but we do not have much information on the said devices. However, we should be hearing about them more in the coming days.


Android Nougat update hits Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom

Android Nougat update hits Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom

The official Asus forum where the information showed up at first also mentions that the update will introduce few more changes. It says that the Zenfone 3 Zoom will also receive portrait mode support, improved performance and bug fixes.

It has also been reported that the latest update for smartphone also brings some major changes to enrich the user experience. These changes include support for RAW file capture, Google Now and Google Assistant built-in to ZenUI launcher, and customizable Quick Settings. Users have also noticed that the update removes some third party apps as well.

Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom was launched in January 2017 and was released in February in China. It wasn’t until May that the Tiwanese smartphone manufacturer made it available in the US.

The smartphone has a dual camera setup and has high-end specifications. It has a big 5000 mAh battery. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdradon 625 paired with 3GB of RAM and has an inbuilt memory of 32 GB.

The highlight of the smartphone is the dual camera setup which comprises of 12-megapixel camera with Sony IMX362 sensor and f/1.7 aperture, and the other 12-megapixel camera featuring 2.3x optical zoom.


Asus ZenPad Z8 2017 coming to the US soon

Asus ZenPad Z8 2017 coming to the US soon

From smartphones to laptops, 2016 is proving to be a busy year for Asus. Now, a press render of a new Asus ZenPad tablet has surfaced online. Popular leakster Evan Blass has released the picture on his Twitter account.

He has also revealed that it will be launched in the US soon with Verizon. While the official confirmation is still pending, the tablet is none other the recently announced ZenPad Z8 2017. While none of the features and specs of the device has been revealed, we already know what will kit offer. If you remember, Asus announced the ZenPad Z8 2017 last month at Computex 2017.

On the specs angle, the Asus ZenPad Z8 2017 is driven by an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor running at 1.8Ghz and topped with Adreno 510 GPU. There are two different memory variants available for the device; one with 3GB RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage and another with 4GB RAM and 64GB of default storage. Moreover, the storage space can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card.

Display-wise, the tablet flaunts a 7.9-inch IPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen with the resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. Powering the device is a non-removable 4680mAh battery unit.

On the optics front, the Asus ZenPad Z8 2017 features a 13MP rear-facing camera with autofocus as well as a 5MP front-camera for selfies. As for software, it runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS.

Connectivity suite of the tablet offers Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, Type-C USB port etc. It is likely that the Verizon’s will ZenPad Z8 2017 differ a bit from the International version in terms of specs.


Asus ZenFone 3 series is official in India: Four models priced from Rs 18,999 to Rs 62,999

Asus ZenFone 3 series is official in India: Four models priced from Rs 18,999 to Rs 62,999

Taiwanese computer and smartphone hardware and electronics company Asus has finally brought its new ZenFone 3 series to India. It announced a bunch of new smartphones today in the country which were first unveiled at Computex 2016 earlier this year. The company announced four new models including the the ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Ultra, ZenFone 3 Deluxe and the ZenFone 3 Laser.

ZenFone 3 Deluxe (Rs 49,999-62,999)

The ZenFone 3 Deluxe is the new flagship by the company which features an aluminum alloy unibody, 5.7 inch full HD Super AMOLED display and 100% NTSC colour space. The device has ultra-thin bezels and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Adreno 530 GPS with 6GB RAM. There is also a second variant powered by a Snapdragon 821 clocked at 2.4GHz and 256GB UFS 2.0 storage with all other features remaining the same at Rs 62,999.

The device has a 23MP rear shooter with a Sony IMX318 image sensor with a large f/2.0 aperture and 4-axis optical image stabilization for image, and 3-axis electronic stabilization for 4K UHD videos. The camera is pegged to take smartphone photography to the next level with a combined laser AF and phase-detection AF system. The phase-detection will work in well-lit situations while the laser AF system will work in low-light situations.

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe supports QuickCharge 3.0, has a built-in fingerprint sensor on the rear and sports a reversible USB 3.0 Type-C port.

ZenFone 3 (Rs 21,999-27,999)

Next up is the ZenFone 3 which is a feature-packed, budget-friendly offering. It comes with a 5.2 inch Full HD Super IPS display and is powered by a Snapdragon 625 octa-processor (with 14nm FinFET process technology), with 32GB storage running on 3GB RAM. It has a 16MP rear camera based on Sony MX 298 sensor with the same autofocus technology as used in ZenFone 3 Deluxe. It also packs in a fingerprint sensor on the rear of the device. The Zenfone 3 features a glass and metal finish with 2.5D Gorilla Glass both on the front and rear. There is another variant for the same equipped with a 5.5-inch screen, 4GB RAM  and 64GB storage with all other features remaining the same at Rs 27,999.

ZenFone 3 Ultra (Rs 49,999)

ZenFone 3 Ultra targets multimedia lovers a with 6.8-inch Full HD with 95 percent NTSC color gamut and ASUS-exclusive Tru2Life+ Video technology for a “high-end 4K UHD TV-grade” experience. The device sports Hi-Res Audio (HRA) along with new powerful speakers. The speakers are claimed to use a 5-magnet, Dolby-certified design. You only get stereo speakers, however. The device runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor along with an Adreno 510 GPU, 64GB storage and 4GB of RAM. It has the same 23MP rear camera as the ZenFone 3 Deluxe and sports a high-capacity, 4,600mAh battery with QuickCharge 3.0 Technology. The phone also works as a power bank with 1.5A output for charging other devices.

ZenFone 3 Laser (Rs 18,999)

This is the most affordable option available but yet again comes with a premium metal finish. It comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display and is powered by a Snapdragon 430 octa-processor with an Adreno 505 GPU, 32GB storage and 2GB RAM. It has a 13MP rear camera with Sony’s IMX214 sensor, second generation AF, a fingerprint sensor on the rear of the device and a 3,000mAh battery.



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