Asus is currently rolling out the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for the Zenfone 3 Laser and the Zenfone 3 Zoom. Asus had unveiled the Zenfone 3 Laser at last year’s Computex and launched the smartphone in India last July. The Zenfone 3 Zoom was unveiled this year at the CES 2017 expo, and is currently available in the US. The Zenfone 3 Zoom along with the Zenfone AR is expected to launch in India within two months. Both the Zenfone 3 Laser and the Zenfone 3 Zoom launched with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box.
The Asus Zenfone 3 Laser had received the much awaited Android 7.0 Nougat update in April this year, and after two months the Android 7.1.1 Nougat is rolling out. Asus on its ZenTalk Forum, states that since this is a Firmware Over-The-Air update, it will take at least a week for the update to reach the users. For those who do not receive the update prompt, can do so by going to Settings > About > System Update, and update manually. The update version is V188.8.131.52 but Asus hasn’t detailed the changes that will arrive on the smartphone.
As for the Zenfone 3 Zoom users, it will be the first upgrade to Android Nougat itself, but users will receive the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat update instead. This is also an FOTA update, so it will take around a week for the update to roll out completely. Zenfone 3 Zoom users can follow the aforementioned steps if they do not receive the update prompt. The release note on the forum states that the update will bring upgrade to Android N, support for Portrait Mode, bug fixes, improvements to performance and picture taking experience. ALSO READ: Asus ZenFone AR hands-on and first impressions: Future of augmented reality seems bright
The changes are particularly for the camera as that is the main highlight of the Zenfone 3 Zoom. The smartphone sports a dual-camera module on the rear end which includes a pair of 12-megapixel Sony IMX362 sensor with f/1.7 aperture and a 12-megapixel camera with 2.3x optical zoom. Up front, the smartphone houses a 13-megapixel Sony IMX214 sensor for selfies and video calling. Rest of the specifications include a 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 octa-core SoC and a 5,000mAh battery to keep things ticking. In terms of memory, the smartphone comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. ALSO READ: Asus Zenfone AR, Zenfone 3 Zoom to launch in India in August, five ZenFone 4 smartphones in July