Surface Pro 4, Surface Book Get Firmware Updates; Users Complain They’re Buggy

Surface Pro 4, Surface Book Get Firmware Updates; Users Complain They're Buggy

Microsoft has released its first firmware updates of the year for the Surface Book and the Surface Pro 4computing devices. The updates aim to deliver a range of improvements, though if you were hoping fixes for battery drain and wake-up issues, your wait isn’t over just yet.

The Redmond giant on Thursday released January 2016 firmware updates for both its new Surfacedevices. The company notes that the updates will offer thermal tuning, wireless access point compatibility, and better support for 5GHz Wi-Fi network.

Additional improvements include enhanced keyboard detection and stability patches for Nvidiagraphics cards. The description of the update confirms that Microsoft hasn’t yet patched the battery drain and sleeping issues in the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book, and that should upset many users.

(Also see: Microsoft Says Upcoming Processors Will Only Support Windows 10)

Last month, Microsoft acknowledged an issue with the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book that waspreventing the devices from going to standby mode properly – this as you can imagine, also took a toll on the battery.

This is apparently happening because of issues in the Intel Skylake chipsets. Microsoft last month noted that it would release a fix for the aforementioned issues “sometime soon in the new year.” Now, it appears affected users would have to wait for a few more weeks.

If that wasn’t disappointing enough, the updates as per user complaints and are also causing driver issues. Oddly enough, the update has also made it harder to detach the Surface Book screen at all. Some users also note that after the update, their Surface device has stopped recognising the Surface Pen.

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Tags: Intel Skylake, Laptops, Microsoft, Microsoft Surface, PC, Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, Tablets
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Asus ZenFone Zoom, ZenFone 2 Laser Receiving Significant Firmware Updates

Asus ZenFone Zoom, ZenFone 2 Laser Receiving Significant Firmware Updates

Asus earlier this week posted two separate changelogs on its forum for updates it is now rolling out to the Asus ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML) and the Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL). The updates bring a bunch of fixes and features but unfortunately does not bump the Android version up to v6.0 Marshmallow.

The firmware update v2.26.40.72(MR3.2) for the Asus ZenFone Zoom fixes issues related to incorrect charging status after taking the cable out; a bug seen during previous power-on via shutter key for the camera; occasional camera APP drop; drop SD card issue; and NR zoom parameter failure.

It also brings numerous improvements in the camera and modem section of the ZenFone Zoom. The update includes improvements for the auto exposure accuracy in auto mode, digital zoom image quality, auto white balance under artificial light source, modem stability issues, capability of returning to LTE service, auto focus speed, auto exposure accuracy, and digital zoom image quality.

Some other changes that come with the update are improved SIM drop issue, enabling of eMMC ver5.1, disabling of ALAC codec, addition of the new Project ID of HWIDMP_SD for SD card, Burmese language support in the ZenUI, and addition of Dr. Booster to improve the smartphone’s overall performance. The complete changelog can be seen on the company’s forum post.

As for the Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL), not many changes and improvements are included in the update v1.16.40.1338. The update features several app updates and adds new functionalities including Screenshot sound settings, Android for Work, ZenChoice, the All-in-One app solutions platform to make the smartphone perform better. It also improves Asus Cell Broadcast for overall stability and adds few camera features such as Pano Sphere Mode and the ability to adjust colour cast in Beautification mode. The complete changelog can be seen on the company’s forum post.

Asus however noted that it would take about one week for it to complete the rollout of the updates for the ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML) and ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL). Users can check for it by navigating toSettings > About > System Update.

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Asus ZenFone Zoom

Asus ZenFone Zoom

₹ 37,999

  • Design

  • Display

  • Software

  • Performance

  • Battery life

  • Camera

  • Value for money

  • Good
  • Quality camera with optical zoom
  • Sturdy build and good design
  • 128GB storage with expansion
  • Fast charging
  • Bad
  • Average battery life
  • No 4K video recording
  • Dated Android version
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Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL)

Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL)

Display

6.00-inch

Processor

1GHz

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

3GB

OS

Android 5.0

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery capacity

3000mAh

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