We are confident that Asus i currently testing the Android 7.0 Nougat update for its Zenfone 3 device, that goes by model no. Z016D in particular.
We just spotted the device on GFXbench running Android 7.0 Nougat build, and we know it’s an Asus build because it’s the Asus edition. If it was AOSP or CM14, you would see AOSP or CyanogenMod edition in place of Asus edition. Look for any old Motorola device, which has got CyanogenMod 14 to its name.
So, Asus is certainly testing the Android 7.0 update for the Zenfone 3 right now, and we it’s able to release the update pretty soon. Today, Samsung Nougat beta update also became available, following on the lines of Sony’s beta-first approach for major Android updates.
Also read: Asus Nougat update release
Here is the screenshot of Asus Zenfone 3 Nougat update under beta testing, as revealed by the GFXbench listing. Below that you will find an old listing where the device is running Android 6.0.1, Asus edition, implying that the Android 7.0 release with Asus edition is a real deal. You’d notice that while Marshmallow is wypm edition, Nougat is tpin edition.
Zenfone 3 running Nougat update, Asus edition
Zenfone 3 running Marshmallow, Asus edition
We expect Asus to release the Nougat update for the regular Zenfone 3 sets first, followed by the Zenfone 3 laser edition.