From the get-go, it seemed unwise of Asus to flood the value-focused smartphone market with more ZenFone 2 derivations than you can count on the fingers of one hand. It wasn’t only absurdly confusing, also unnecessarily complicating the family’s software updating process.
Instead of sending Android 6.0 Marshmallow for one or two models, Asus has over half a dozen 2015 ZenFones to stabilize and optimize, of which the Max and Laser configurations got the ball rolling last month.
Finally, the ZenFone Zoom (model number ZX551KL) and ZenFone Selfie (ZD551KL) now follow suit, leaving the laggy, ancient, bloat-brimming 5.0 Lollipop build behind. That’s right, the best thing about the two’s UI makeovers isn’t Now on Tap or Doze Mode. It’s the crapware Asus does without, including proprietary Backup, ZenFlash, Remote Link, PC Link, MyFrame, and Data Transfer apps.
As the names suggest, the ZenFone Zoom stands out thanks to an unusually proficient rear-facing camera with 3x optical zoom, while the ZenFone Selfie sports a 13-megapixel front shooter in addition to a 13MP “main” photography taker. All in all, you’re dealing with solid mid-rangers here, but bizarrely, their ZenFone 2 leader (ZE551ML) remains stuck on Android L. That’s really bad, given N is looming large.