Get Android Nougat update for ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M) now. Full details

I’ve had a great number of inquiries about when the Nougat update is coming to the Z500M. I’m happy to say the time for that update starts now! There was little doubt the update was inevitable simply because the ZenPad 3S 10 is a flagship model and recently the Z500KL model got the Android 7.0 Nougat update.

So there are a few substantial changes that will take place after the update. First though, you can initial this update via your main setting page. I would suggest switching on your wifi which likely will fetch the OTA update. Otherwise, go into System Settings (scroll to bottom) > System Updates > Check For Updates. You may also receive an update notification but I suggest to simply initiate this update.

Let’s talk about bugs, issues, or cool features in the comment section below!

Version: Z500M_WW_V14.0210.1706.20

Date: 2017/06/29

Release Notes:

 

  • Remove  redundant app shortcuts “Audio Wizard”、“Splendid” 、“System update” from all apps menu.
  • Remove ”PC Suite” (CD ROM)
  • Remove “Tap and hold to show menu” form Settings > ASUS customized settings > Touch key setting. Add “Tap and hold to activate Multi-window ”in Touch key setting.
  • Quick Settings supports multiple pages , user can swipe left to right to see more quick settings if using more than 12. User can enter edit screen by tap the edit button on top right corner to determine which settings enabling or disabling.
  • Default Tap and hold Recent apps key to activate Multi-window
  • Add “Game Genie”
  • ZenUI Keyboard added New Unicode code 9.0 emoji and skin tone.
  • The preloaded Holo Spiral, Bubbles, Black Hole, and Phase Beam live wallpapers are not compatible with Android N and will be removed after system update.
  • Add bundled notifications switch. (Settings > Notification > Configure notifications.) When multiple notifications for a single app are received, they can be bundled together into a single group. This group can be expanded to seethe individual messages.
  • For user who use Easy mode, a Launcher app menu will show on the screen after upgrading from Android M to Android N. Please select your default launcher again.
  • Add bundled notifications switch. (Settings > Notification > Configure notifications)

    When multiple notifications for a single app are received, they can be bundled together into a single group. This group can be expanded to see the individual messages.

  • Lock screen wallpaper slideshow

    Change wallpaper every time you wake up your device. And users can go to”Settings” -> “Lock screen” -> “Wallpaper slideshow settings” for setting.

[source: Asus ZenTalk]

 

New Verizon ZenPad Z8s images leaked – First look

Here is the upcoming ZenPad Z8s coming to Verizon any day now. Thanks to @evleaks you can now see what’s in store for this next generation 8-inch tablet. The ZenPad Z8s is the P00J according to FCC documents and goes by the model number ZT582KL.

Certainly it looks slim and the smooth finish on the rear looks premium. Specs wise, we’re expecting mid ranged here but the display should be very high quality. Asus CEO Jerry Shen did say recently that the company is focused on making high quality tablets as opposed to budget tablets. The ZenPad Z8s looks good to us. More details upcoming!

[source: @evleaks]

Android 7.0 Nougat update comes to ZenPad 3S 10 LTE (Z500KL)

As expected, Asus has rolled out Android 7.0 Nougat to the LTE model of the ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500KL). Now if you are one of the many non LTE owners, I would expect your update in days, not weeks. That’s a guess on my part, but the ZenPad 3S 10 series is a flagship device and the Nougat update is overdue.

So for this update, here are a few of the details:

Date: June 6, 2017 / June 7, 2017

Size: 1.5GB / 1.52GB

Version:

  • JP_V5.3.7 (For JP Version Only)
  • WW_V5.3.6 (For WW Version Only)

Release Notes:

1. Software update to Android 7.0 Nougat, The preloaded Holo Spiral, Bubbles, Black Hole, and Phase Beam live wallpapers are not compatible with Android N and will be removed after system update.
2. Remove redundant app shortcuts “Audio Wizard”、“System update” from all apps menu. How to turn on Audio Wizard? (System settings > Sound & Vibration > Audio Wizard) How to check system update? (System settings > System Update).
3. Remove “PC Suite” (CD ROM) and Share Link App.
4. Remove “Tap and hold to show menu” from Settings > ASUS customized settings > Touch key setting. Add “Tap and hold to activate Multi-window” in Touch key setting.
5. For user who use Easy mode, a Launcher app menu will show on the screen after upgrading from Android M to Android N. Please select your default launcher ag.

[source: Asus.com /  via: Softpedia.com]

Asus slips out new ZenPad 10 – Z301MFL / Z301ML tablets

We suspected Asus had the Z301MFL and Z301ML in the works but we weren’t expecting these to be unveiled during Computex 2017. Certainly easy for these two new tablets to fall through the cracks especially with the new laptops and ROG products unveiled over the past two days.

Okay, first let’s talk differences. The Z301MFL is the more premium model sporting a 1920 x 1200 display vs. the Z301ML which sports a 1280 x 800 display. Next there is a slight difference in processors with the Z301MFL having the MediaTek MT8735A @ 1.45GHz compared to the MediaTek MT8735W @ 1.3GHz inside the M301ML. Battery life according to Asus is 10 hours for the M301MFL and 13 hours for the M301ML. Aside from that they are pretty much identical.

What we’re happy about is the speaker setup appears to be the same as the original ZenPad 10 models. Front facing stereo speakers that actually were able to pack a punch. The weight of the previous generation tablets helped, but what we see on the new models we like. Front facing audio is preferred and natural.

Other specs common to both tablets include: Android 7.0, 5MP rear/2MP front cameras, USB-C charging ports, microSD card slot, micro SIM card slot, 18Wh battery, 490g, 251.77 x 172.17 x 8.95mm (L x W x H) size, and three colors (blue, white, gray).

Want the keyboard dock? Asus has that as you might hope with the ZenPad 10 series. Things appear very similar to the previous generation keyboard. We don’t see Z Stylus support.

Official Asus Promotional Video:

More details to come as we digest this new information!

 

[source: Asus.com Z301MFL / Asus.com Z301ML]

 

New Verizon ZenPad (ZT582KL) Z8 tablet shows up at FCC

There is a new ZenPad coming to the US market. The ZT582KL which would be the next generation Z8, is headed to Verizon according to FCC documentation.

There is next to no information about this new ZenPad other than it’s definitely got a Snapdragon processor inside. The original model, the ZenPad Z8 was an affordable tablet exclusive to Verizon which touted a top quality display with the lesser quality plastic build quality found on the ZenPad 3 8.0 (Z581KL). Based on the model number we also can expect this to be an 8-inch tablet.

We look forward to finding more details for you in the coming weeks!

 

[source: FCC]

New 10-inch ZenPad 10 (Z301ML) shows up at GFXBench

It appears that Asus plans to update their lower priced ZenPad 10 with a new model soon, the Z301ML. Asus came out with a large number of Z300 variants but this appears to be an all new and higher spec model.

Based on the benchmark details, the Z301ML will be running a MediTek processor, the MT8173 @ 2.1GHz along with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Camera specs are not clear, but it seems like a 8MP rear and 5MP front camera. The ZenPad 10 (Z301ML) will be running Android 7.0 Nougat.

What we are expecting is the same tablet and keyboard dock combination. This appears to be the way of the Z300 Series unlike the Z500 series which is without the keyboard dock option.

The original Z300 models were a modest resolution which made them less than appealing. It does seem that Asus upped the resolution to 2048 x 1536 which is going to meet consumer expectation these days.

No word on the keyboard dock, other than it’s going to be numbered as the DK02. Could it keep the speakers or will it incorporate a battery this time? Nothing has been mentioned and details are not known at this time. The biggest issue in the past was a real lack of availability. We received a large number of emails from people asking where they can buy one. Hopefully this next generation version is in great supply.

[source: GFXBench.com]