Asus, the Taiwan based smartphone brand renowned for their Zenfone series is one of those rare few companies who are yet to push Marshmallow update to any of its existing range of device. Now the firm has come out with a timeline for the Android 6.0 update rollout.
Just to recall Asus had outed a list of devices to receive the Marshmallow flavoured ZenUI back last year. Sadly, though the company hadn't come out with a timeline for pushing those updates then. Well, it seems that Asus has now finalized the developments of the ROM as it has stated that the update will be rolled out by the end of Q2 of 2016. While this is quite a rough timeframe to say the least, it at least assures their users that they will have their devices running on Android 6.0 by the end of April or June.
Besides that, Asus has added three new devices to the existing list that was announced last year. As always the Zenfone and the Padfone series of devices from Asus comes with rather cryptic model numbers which can sometimes lead to immense confusion among users and buyers alike. So here is a simplified list that will help you gauge whether your Asus device is ready to receive Marshmallow soon.
Asus Zenfone Max
Asus thankfully sells only a single variant of the Zenfone Max in India with a model number of ZC550KL. So all Zenfone Max buyers in India can rest assured to receive the Marshmallow based ROM soon.
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser
A total of three variant of the Zenfone 2 Laser are available in India. These include the following:
- Asus Zenfone 2 Laser (ZE500KL) with 5 inch HD display, Snapdragon 410 and 8GB internal storage at Rs 7999
- Asus Zenfone 2 Laser (ZE550KL) with 5.5 inch HD display, Snapdragon 410 and 16GB internal storage at Rs 9999
- Asus Zenfone 2 Laser (ZE550KL) with 5.5 inch HD display, Snapdragon 615 and 16GB internal storage at Rs 13,999
According to the official announcement all these Zenfone 2 Laser variant will receive the Android Marshmallow update in India. Apart from that a few other variants including the Zenfone 2 Laser - ZE500KG, ZE600KL and ZE601KL - will receive the update in international markets.
Asus Zenfone Zoom
The recently launched Asus Zenfone Zoom available in India at a price of Rs 37,999 is all set to receive the update by the end of April or June. The USP of the smartphone lies in the 13MP f/2.7-f/4.8 rear camera which makes use of Hoya Lens to deliver a 3X optical zoom and 12X total zoom. The camera comes equipped with an Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) and Laser Autofocus.
You can find out our detailed review of the Asus Zenfone Zoom here.
Asus Zenfone Selfie
Asus sells two variants of their Zenfone Selfie smartphone in India. These include the following:
- Asus Zenfone Selfie (ZD551KL) with Snapdragon 615, 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage at Rs 14,999
- Asus Zenfone Selfie (ZD551KL) with Snapdragon 615, 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage at Rs 16,999
Well, both the smartphone will be receiving the Marshmallow update.
Asus Zenfone 2
Asus Zenfone 2 was the first smartphone that caused a havoc of confusion among buyers. With multiple variants of the Zenfone 2 touting different model numbers, users were often confused which phone to buy at the end of the day. Incidentally all the variant of the Asus Zenfone 2 is set to receive the Marshmallow update.
Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe
The Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe (ZE551ML) which was released at the Zen Festival in Delhi during the middle of 2015. It comes with a Diamond cut rear shell and retails in India for a price of Rs 22,999.
Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe Special Edition
The Special Edition of the Zenfone 2 Deluxe was launched a month back. It comes with an all new rear back plates and a red accent to the sides of the device. The device also sports a 256GB of internal storage and runs on a customized Red and Black version of Zen UI.
Asus PadFone S PF500KL
The PadFone is the oldest among the list of devices that will be receiving the Android Marshmallow update. Launched way back in 2014, the PadFone S PF500KL features a 5 inch FHD display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC.