“The latest mid-range budget smartphone from ASUS and the ROG Phone will soon receive the Android Pie update”
ASUS recently launched the Zenfone Max Pro M2 (review) budget smartphone as the successor to the very popular ZenFone Max Pro M1 and is rated highly in the affordable segment. It’s got a great design, a large battery and also runs stock Android software. The phone was released with Android 8.1 Oreo on board, but ASUS did announce that it will provide the Android Pie update very soon. Now, the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2 has been spotted on Geekbench running the Android 9.0 Pie software, so the day shouldn’t be too far.
According to a listing on Geekbench, that was uploaded over the weekend, the phone is running Android Pie. This suggests the official rollout for consumers shouldn’t be too far away.
As you can see from the screenshot above, the Zenfone Max Pro M2 with the Snapdragon 660 chipset and 4GB RAM, is running Android 9 software. The new update should make the phone slightly faster and smoother. It will also include new features such as gesture control, along with other improvements. The single-core and multi-core scores for the phone running Android 9 is very similar to it running Android Oreo. The ASUS ZenFone Max M2 (review) will also receive the update after the Pro variant.
Apart from the Zenfone Max Pro M2, another ASUS device has appeared on Geekbench running Android 9.0 Pie. The gaming phone from the company, the ROG Phone, has also been spotted running the latest software version. While the name of the ASUS device is not mentioned, the listing has the model number ASUS_Z01QD, which is for the ROG Phone.
The specifications also match with the ROG Phone, which is equipped with the Snapdragon 845 chipset and 8GB of RAM. The phone was launched with Android 8.1 Oreo on board, which was a letdown for many. Going by this listing, the phone should get an update to Android Pie very soon. The ASUS ROG Phone (review) was released in September last year and is one of the best gaming phones of 2018. The update to Android 9.0 Pie should improve its performance and make it even better.