Asus Zenfone 5Z Latest Software Update Brings Camera Improvements and June Security Patch

Asus has released a FOTA update for its latest flagship, the Zenfone 5Z.

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ASUS ZenFone 5Z

A week ago, Asus launched its Zenfone 5Z flagship in India, exclusively on sale via Flipkart. In the latest development, the Zenfone 5Z has started receiving a FOTA update today. Let’s take a look at what this new update encloses.

Asus Zenfone 5Z: FOTA Update Brings New Features and Fixes Screen Flicker Issue

The FOTA update for the Asus Zenfone 5Z (review) is 56MB in size and is being rolled out each unit over-the-air. It brings a lot many new features alongside updated Google security patch for June 5, 2018. The new features include enhancements in camera performance, notification LED, NFC, and secure album, enhanced video quality, better stability of the OS, and improved power management. The update also fixes occasional screen flicker problem after the start/stop video recording.

It is an OTA update, which means that it is being rolled out in a phase-wise and will soon appear on all the units. However, if you have an Asus Zenfone 5Z and do not want wait for the OTA notification to pop up on your device, the you can go ahead and check for it manually by going to Settings > About Phone > Check for Updates.

Asus Zenfone 5Z: Specifications, Features

The ZenFone 5Z comes with a notched 6.2-inch IPS LCD screen bearing 1080 x 2246 pixels Full HD+ resolution and an 18.7:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, the ZenFone 5Z is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 octa-core chipset clocked at 2.7 GHz with an Adreno 630 GPU. The phone is also integrated with Qualcomm’s Artificial Intelligence Engine, which assists in running AI features available on the device.

It comes in three variants 6GB RAM + 64GB storage, 6GB RAM + 128GB storage, and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage. The phone sports a dual-camera setup at the rear with a 12MP Sony IMX363 primary sensor and an 8MP secondary sensor. The primary sensor is equipped with a f/1.8 aperture, 4-axis Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), and Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), while the the secondary sensor has a f/2.0 aperture and 120-degree wide-angle lens. Both the cameras boast additional AI features such as AI scene detection, AI photo learning, Real-time Portrait, and Real-time Beautification. There is an 8MP camera on the front with a f/2.0 aperture, an 84-degree field of view, Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), and Face Unlock support.

Connectivity options supported by the Zenfone 5Z include Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MU-MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy, NFC, USB Type-C port, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, and FM radio. A 3300mAh battery with 18W fast charging and ASUS BoostMaster technology backs the device. The BoostMaster technology maximises the battery output by dynamically tweaking the charging rate.

Asus Zenfone 5Z: Price in India, Offers

The standard variant with 64GB storage is priced at Rs 29,999, while the top-end variant’s price in India is Rs 36,999. Flipkart is running an exclusive offer for ICICI bank customers, wherein they can fetch a discount of Rs 3,000 on the Zenfone 5Z, which brings down the pricing to Rs. 26,999 for the base variant and Rs. 33,999 for the top-end model.

Additionally, Flipkart is also offering Complete Mobile Protection at a discounted rate of Rs.499 to the buyers. Besides, customers can also opt for No Cost EMI options starting at Rs.3,333. Jio subscribers are being offered a cashback of up to Rs. 2,200 (in the form of 10 recharge vouchers) alongside 100GB free data.

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