Yet more news for ZenFone fans. Yesterday, we wrote about the ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe and gave you a preview of what to expect from the company’s luxe smartphone in our unboxing video.
We’re still currently using it as one of our daily drivers, but just moments ago, we got this OTA notification:
ASUS had us at “Always-on function,” and we immediately installed it. Any improvements to image quality, however small, is welcome news as well.
And although it may be a small tweak, this new feature could be useful to a lot of users, particularly those who incessantly feel the need to whip out their phone and check for notifications. Or to check the time — which we’re all guilty of.
Activating the function will show a clock widget that displays the date, a counter for unread messages and missed calls, and the battery status when the display is off.
And because it works by lighting up only a small section of the screen — instead of powering each pixel of the power-hungry, Quad HD panel — battery life is spared. ASUS hopes that once users begin to rely on the feature for checking notifications, they’ll begin to appreciate the benefits an always-on display provides.
Anyhow, after the installation, the phone’s Settings menu now has this:
Plus a choice of always-on interfaces. The options are thin compared to, say, what you’d find on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5, but we’ll take what we can get. ASUS can always add more to the five included in future updates.
At this point, it’s too early to tell if how much it affects the phone’s battery usage, but we’re quite optimistic. We’re also positive that ASUS will roll out the feature on other ZenFone models soon, if it hasn’t already.
We’ll have more about the ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe in our review, so do check back with us in the coming days.