Owners of some of Asus' camera-oriented smartphones are getting a nice surprise today with the announcement of sizable OTA updates. The OS version isn't changing, but both the Zenfone Zoom and Zenfone Laser 2 are getting big updates with tweaks, new features, and bug fixes galore.

Here's the changelog for the Zenfone Zoom (ZX551ML). It's a big one.

  • [Charger] Fixed incorrect charging status after cable out.
  • [Camera] Fixed the bug resuled from previous power-on via shutter key.
  • [Audio] Increase headset detect de-bounce time to improve music auto play when plug out headset slowly.
  • [Modem]Patch for MO MT call failure in some areas in GuanZhou
  • [Modem]Improved SIM drop issue.
  • [Camera] Support more Auto Exposure shutter speed value in Mannual Mode.
  • [Camera] Improved Auto Exposure accuracy in Auto Mode.
  • [Camera] Improved digital zoom image quality.
  • [Camera] ImprovedAuto white balance under artificial light source.
  • [Modem]Improve modem stability
  • [Modem]Improved modem service stability
  • [Modem]Improved modem data service stability
  • [Modem]Improved capability of returning to LTE service
  • [eMMC]Enable eMMC ver5.1
  • [Codec]Disable ALAC
  • [Camera]Fixed occational camera APP drop
  • [SD Card]Add the new Project ID of HW_ID_MP_SD
  • [SDCARD]Fixed drop SD card issue and remove the redundant power
  • [Camera] Improved of Auto White Balance
  • [Camera] Improved Auto Focus Speed
  • [Camera] Optimized image quality
  • [Camera] Fixed the NR zoom parameter failure.
  • Several Apps updated
  • Modified several JP version strings
  • ZenUI support Burmese language (Zawgyi font)
  • Add Dr. Booster Smart and free game speed booster for a faster performance on ASUS mobile devices.
  • E-label update (add ID SKD)
  • Improvement of Auto Exposure accuracy.
  • Improvement of digital zoom image quality.
  • Improvement of Auto Focus Speed

The Zenfone 2 Laser update is certainly not puny by any means, but it's just not as impressive as the above changelog. Here's what the Laser update includes.

  • Several Apps update
  • Fix Simp. Chinese Pinyin input issue when searching "Xu" in dialer
  • Improve ASUS Cell Broadcast overall stability
  • Prevent from having no service after reboot while inserting 2 STK cards into device.
  • Fix "滴滴司机" can not dial issue.
  • Add ZenChoice - Your All-in-One app solutions platform to enrich your device's functionality
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  • ZenUI support Burmese language (Zawgyi)
  • "ASUS Camera new feature
    • Enable Pano Sphere Mode
    • Adjusts the color cast of the ambient light in Beautification mode. This feature provides a more natural glow of people's faces in Beautification mode. Tap the sun icon to enable/disable the feature."
  • Settings: Add "Asia/Manila" timezone
  • Update Theme store feature- A new variety of premium themes now available in Themes app!
  • Add Screenshot sound settings
  • Add Android for Work feature
  • Enable Pano Sphere Mode
  • Several Apps update

Asus is starting the rollout of both updates today, and they should be done in about a week. If the update doesn't appear in your status bar by then, head to the settings and try to check for an update.