Asus released three smartphones this year; the Zenfone 5, Zenfone 5Z & Zenfone 5 Lite were released back in March 2018. Zenfone 5 lite was the first in the line-up to receive the software update.
Well, the software update brought a lot of stuff to the lite version of Zenfone 5 like the sound quality of its speaker was much optimized. It is quite commendable that such improved software updates are expected to get onto both Zenfone 5 & Zenfone 5Z as well in the future.
Update: 28 December: You can now download and install 188.8.131.52 update based on Android Pie for Asus Zenfone 5Z.
Asus Zenfone 5Z (ZS620KL) is now getting Pie Update in Taiwan before the scheduled date. ZenFone 5Z users in Taiwan have confirmed the Android Pie update rollout on a Telegram channel (here). The announcement is also posted on the official ZenTalk forum. The update carries version number 184.108.40.206 and weighs around 1048MB in download size. You can manually download the OTA Zip package and flash it on your ZenFone 5Z. The OTA package is compatible with the ZenFone 5Z (ZS620KL) model based on 220.127.116.11 update.
Here is the changelog of the Pie update
1. Android version upgrade to Pie 9.0.
2. Update security patch to November.
3. Speeds up the camera experience and continuous shooting.
19 December- It seems like Asus is ready to update their Zenfone 5 lineup to Android Pie, as the official Android 9 Pie update for Zenfone 5 ZE620KL leaks out and available to download from the official website. The FOTA update weighs around 1.1GB in size and can be installed manually via following these simple steps.
How to install Asus ZenFone 5Z Pie Update
- Download the Zenfone 5 FOTA update from here:
- Transfer the downloaded update to the microSD card of the device;
- Enter device recovery mode. To do this, with the smartphone turned off, press the volume down buttons and turn on / off simultaneously until the recovery menus appear;
- Select the ” apply update from microSD ” option ;
- Choose the downloaded FOTA update and press OK.
The update process will take around 30 minutes to complete.
Update: ASUS ZenFone 5Z Android 9 Pie update release date announced by Asus. According to the company, the Zenfone 5Z will get the Android Pie update by the end of January 2019. The Android Pie update changelog mentions the addition of some new features including a volume pop-up bar and a new ‘Magnifier’ feature that makes the copy-pasting task a tad easier. While it didn’t explicitly mention it, one can also expect better performance and extended battery life due to the Android 9 Pie update core optimizations. Currently, there is no official word for Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 5 Lite Pie update.
Roll-out of Zenfone 5, 5Z and 5Q (Lite) Android Pie Update
The whole Zenfone 5 series came with Android Oreo out of the box; it is unlikely that Asus will provide another update of Android Oreo 8.1. But, instead, the Taiwanese manufacturer might directly skip & roll-out the latest Android Pie update.
Asus might roll-out the latest Pie update to the Zenfone 5 series in the similar pattern it provided the Android Oreo update to its predecessor Zenfone 4 series phones right at the end of 2017. Following that pattern, Asus is likely to roll-out the Android Pie update to the Zenfone 5 series at the mid of Q4 at the end of the fourth quarter of 2018 itself. It means you may expect the update to arrive on your beloved Zenfone 5Z later this year.
The entire Zenfone 5 series will get the Android Pie update as they are supported by Google’s Project Treble. Well, the higher end of Zenfone series that is Zenfone 5 & 5Z will get the update first. After which, the entry-level variant that is Zenfone 5 Lite will receive the Android 9.0 Pie update which comes with a less powerful Snapdragon 630 or even with Snapdragon 430 in some markets.
It is expected that the Taiwanese giant will roll-out the Android Pie update in the First Quarter of 2019 to the Zenfone 5 Lite which is also known as Asus Zenfone 5Q in the U.S. Well, we’ll have to wait & watch to get an official date for the update.
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