Asus has started rolling out a new software update to its flagship device, the Asus Zenfone 5Z. This is the second major update pushed by Asus in the last two weeks. The new FOTA update for the Zenfone 5Z brings 12 new functionalities according to the company. Firstly, Asus has added a new feature to the Face Unlock, which now unlocks the device by just raising it, allowing the hassle of pressing the power button to wake and then unlock the phone. In addition, this new update comes with Android Pie-like Gesture Controls. Next up, Asus has fixed the issues related to the camera. Asus stated that it has improved HDR mode, manual white focus function in PRO mode, selfie camera improvements and boost audio quality in the video to 192kbps bitrate.
Asus Zenfone 5Z New FOTA Update Improvements
Alongside the new functionalities mentioned above, Asus has also enabled live filters in the camera app. The Taiwanese company also enabled RAW file support, Panorama feature and the camera now supports auto anti-flicker feature, which means that the device will auto-detect electricity frequency based on lighting condition and switch the frequency between 50 Hz and 60 Hz to prevent flickering.
Furthermore, Asus has finally added the option to enable/disable EIS for video recording as well. The FOTA update also brings an option to enable flash in the PRO mode.
Another major feature brought by Asus is the support for Electronic Image Stabilisation in 1080p recording at 60fps. Post the update, the camera will switch to either OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) and EIS to take super smooth videos depending on conditions. Lastly, Asus has also added support for overheat detection in video recording mode, which will be very much useful while video recording and the Zenfone 5Z now supports three-dimensional noise reduction feature in PRO mode as well
Asus is Working Hard in Improving the User Experience
As mentioned above, this is the third major software update pushed by Asus in the last two weeks, which itself iterates how keen the company is to improve the user experience. The Asus Zenfone 5Z boots Android 8.1 Oreo-based ZenUI 5.0 out of the box. Not only the Zenfone 5Z, but Asus is also improving the user experience on its only stock Android device- Zenfone Max Pro M1.
Asus Zenfone 5Z Specifications and Features
The Asus Zenfone 5Z used to be the cheapest smartphone with Snapdragon 845 SoC, but the crown has now taken by the Xiaomi Poco F1. The Zenfone 5Z flaunts a 6.2-inch Full HD+ display on the front with a resolution of 1080×2246 pixels and 18:9 aspect ratio. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset, coupled with 6GB/8GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB/256GB of internal storage. There’s even a microSD card slot for storage expansion up to 512GB.
The Zenfone 5Z has two cameras on the rear side- a 12MP primary shooter paired to an 8MP secondary wide-angle sensor. Up front, the phone has an 8MP shooter. The Zenfone 5Z is armed with a 3300mAh battery, and the software offers a lot of AI features.
Asus Zenfone 5Z Price in India and Offers
Asus is selling the 6GB+64GB variant of the Zenfone 5Z at Rs 29,999 in India, which is followed by the 6GB+128GB version at Rs 32,999. Lastly, the premium variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage is available for a price of Rs 36,999. As part of the Flipkart Superr Sale, Asus if offering Rs 3,000 on exchanging an old smartphone and Rs 2,000 discount on select bank cards.
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