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ASUS announces the ZenFone 6 with a Snapdragon 855, 5,000mAh battery, and a flip-up camera

Asus today unveiled its 2019 flagship, the ZenFone 6. Sporting the latest hardware, its headlining features are its motorized flip camera, a huge 5,000mAh battery, and the very attractive starting price point of $499.

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[Update: Max Pro M2] ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 and Max M2 get Android Pie

When ASUS started updating a few of its phones to Android Pie, it ran into issues for some models, including the Zenphone Max Pro M1 (ZB601KL) and Max M2 (ZB632KL). Their upgrade was supposed to roll out in March, but the company had to apologize and delay the release to mid-April. True to its word, ASUS is now pushing the new software to the first devices in a staged distribution, starting in India.

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ASUS Pie update slides back to mid-April for select Zenfone models

Asus has already rolled out Pie to a few of its phones, but the vast majority are still stuck on Android 8.0 Oreo (or older). Three phones were expected to get Pie soon — the Zenfone Max Pro M1, Max Pro M2, and Max M2 but now have to wait a bit longer.

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Alleged Asus ZenFone 6 leak points to novel off-center notch

Last week, we saw some leaked images of purported Asus ZenFone 6 prototypes with various designs. The most interesting (or most alarming, depending on your outlook) showed a notch way over on the right side of the display. We didn't think much of it at the time since the authenticity couldn't be verified, but a new leak suggests that this could indeed be the real deal.

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Verizon releases Android 8.0 Oreo update for the ASUS Zenfone V Live

Asus and Verizon have had an on-and-off deal here in the U.S., both for phones and tablets (the latter of which aren't half bad). One of of those devices, the Zenfone V Live, is getting an update to Oreo starting today. Another one of those better-late-than-never situations, I guess.

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Asus Zenfone 5Z review: As good as it is, buy a OnePlus 6 instead

When Asus announced the Zenfone 5 lineup at MWC, all eyes were fixed on the the king of the group, the 5Z. Fast forward almost six months and the phone is finally available to purchase at a mere $500 in the U.S. While the high-end Android flagship market is squarely controlled by Samsung, there's a curious middle ground between budget and top-tier devices. This "affordable flagship" space is heavily populated with offerings from OnePlus, Honor, and Xiaomi, but Asus has set its sights on a piece of that pie with the 5Z.

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Asus Zenfone 5Q review: Pretty on the outside, but full of questionable decisions

At MWC, Asus showed off its 2018 Zenfone lineup. Most of the attention fell on the 5Z and 5, with their display notches and fresh designs. Perhaps left to the wayside was the lower-end device of this family, the Zenfone 5Q (or Lite, depending on where you are). It doesn't resemble its brethren whatsoever, right down to even lacking a notch.

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ASUS PixelMaster camera app now receiving Google Lens integration

At Google I/O, it was announced that camera apps from over 10 major manufacturers would be getting Google Lens integration. Since then, Sony's Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact and some newer Motorola phones have had this functionality added. Now, ASUS phones are being updated to support this as well.

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[Update: ZS570KL too] Android 8.0 update rolling out to ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS550KL)

The ASUS ZenFone 3.0 Deluxe is getting Android 8.0 Oreo starting today, ASUS confirmed in a forum post. One of our tipsters gave us the heads-up that his device was downloading the update earlier this morning. The post specifically calls out model number ZS550KL, which is the 5.5-inch variant available from ASUS's US store.

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Hands-on with the ASUS ZenFone 5Z and 5 series: Shameless notch-envy

ASUS' Android phones might slide under the radar for most, but the company's new ZenFone 5 series probably won't. The company has had some trouble historically trying to penetrate the US phone market to any great depth—perhaps a result of its crowded, sometimes confusing product portfolio—but nonetheless it persists. Some of its phones have even been pretty good. But now that the wraps have been taken off its latest line of phones, it seems like ASUS has found a successful way to attract the attention it wanted: by copying the iPhone X's notch. 

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