Asus is taking its approach to software updates very seriously, and also seems keen to fix perceptions regarding its software support for older devices. According to a new update thread on the Zentalk forum (discovered by the Android Soul), Asus is now pushing out a new update for the Zenfone 3 Max (ZC553KL) that brings the phone up to Android 8.1 Oreo. The update also brings the ZenUI version up to 5.0.
The Asus Zenfone 3 Max was launched in November 2016 in India, and came with Android Marshmallow, which was the predominant version of Android at the time. The phone did subsequently get updated to Android Nougat in 2017, and is among Asus’ more popular devices in the market for now. The phone’s big-battery USP and reliable build made it a popular device in its price range when the phone was on sale. At launch, the Asus Zenfone 3 Max (ZC553KL) was priced at Rs 17,999.
The Asus Zenfone 3 Max (ZC553KL) is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC, and has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The phone also supports 4G connectivity with VoLTE compatibility, and was among the first affordable devices in India to sport these two specifications at launch. The USP of the phone is its 4,100mAh battery, which offers longer battery life when coupled with the frugal Snapdragon 430 chipset.
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What makes this piece of news all the more significant is the fact that Asus is maintaining a software update schedule for its older devices. While not all of Asus’ older devices are likely to get updates, it’s nice to know that popular options continue to get support, thus increasing the life-cycle of such phones. With the nearly two-year-old Asus Zenfone 3 Max getting the update, it’s likely that popular Asus devices will receive similar support in the months and years to come.