Asus released the Zenfone 3 in May 2016. However surprisingly, Asus decided to expand the line and another smartphone- the Zenfone 3 Zoom was launched along with the Zenfone AR in CES 2017. While the Zenfone 3 Zoom was made available in select markets, the Zenfone AR is yet to go on sale.
The Zenfone 3 Zoom was the first Asus smartphone to come with a dual-camera setup on the rear. The smartphone was launched running Zen UI on top of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Just ahead of it’s launch in other countries, Asus has updated the Zenfone 3 Zoom to Nougat. The update weighs in at about 1.1GB and upgrades the Zenfone 3 Zoom to Android 7.1.1 Nougat. However, there is no mention about the security patch included in the update.
The update brings several camera features and optimisations. After the update, you can click pictures in RAW format. The update also brings the much needed portrait mode to the Zenfone 3 Zoom. This utilises both the lenses in the back to heavily blur the background and make the subject stand out.
This update removes all the bloatware from the phone. This is a step in the right direction for Asus to compete with other OEM’s in the software department. The Zen Launcher now has Google Now and the Google Assistant built in. Several bug fixes and performance improvements are also included.
Asus is yet to release the Zenfone 3 Zoom in markets like India. However, Asus has confirmed that they will launch the product in India but haven’t specified any launch date. That said, the Zenfone AR is set to launch in India in mid-July.