Last month, ASUS had announced that it would begin rolling the Android 9.0 Pie update for its ZenFone 5Z flagship smartphone in January 2019. The Taiwanese brand has now started seeding the Android Pie update for ZenFone 5Z users in its home market, which suggests the update could soon begin rolling out for users in India and a few other markets.
ZenFone 5Z Android Pie Update Now Available for Users in Taiwan
The Android 9.0 Pie update for the ZenFone 5Z is being rolled out in Taiwan as version number 126.96.36.199_20181222. It weighs in at 1048MB in terms of size and is available via the OTA route. In case you live in Taiwan and have not received the Android Pie update, you can try looking for the update manually by heading over to the Settings Menu. ASUS expects to finish rolling out the update to ZenFone 5Z users in Taiwan within the next few days. Apart from all the usual Android Pie goodies, the software update includes the November Android security patch and offers an improved camera experience.
The Android Pie update rollout in Taiwan has arrived sooner than expected, which clearly suggests the company may soon begin pushing the update in other regions. As mentioned earlier, ZenFone 5Z users in India will be receiving the Pie update next month. Once the company is done updating the flagship ZenFone 5Z to Android Pie, it is expected to start pushing the Android Pie update for its budget-friendly ZenFone Max Pro M1. As confirmed by ASUS India earlier this month, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 should receive the Pie update starting February 2019.
Launched in India as a direct rival to the OnePlus 6 in July this year, the ZenFone 5Z (review) still remains one of the most impressive affordable flagship smartphones around. While it may not be as good as the newer OnePlus 6T in every area, the ZenFone 5Z is now priced significantly lower than OnePlus’ flagship killer. A direct successor to the ZenFone 5Z is expected to launch in Q1 2019. Rumored to debut as the ZenFone 6 (2019), the upcoming ASUS flagship will feature an off-center notch.