amit jain, 28 Aug 2014Very nice phone,amazing camera.
Thanks asus for such a nice phone @rs 10,000.Many many people... moreSomeone a page back was saying he bought one for his girlfriend and it has a very crappy camera and very good battery.
I guess we don't agree with him much...
rals, 28 Aug 2014planing to buy this gadget ,get confused after reading its having a chineese version tooo . no... moreBuy it from shop that's selling legally imported stuff to your country.
Avoid eBay and Amazon, or any shady sellers.
If you are buying in a shop, check the back of the box, there is a sticker there and it should read A501CG and NOT A500CG. In small letters below, where it shows how much RAM and eMMC (flash memory) it has, it should show WWE-ANDROID.
That is an international version.
I would also recommend that you go for 2 GB RAM model, and if price is same as 8 GB, for the 16 GB eMMC model.
Avoid 1 GB RAM models. Or anything that does not have Intel logo PRINTED at the back plate, as there are also models that have an intel sticker at the back.
Most likely that are very early or Chinese models.
Very nice phone,amazing camera.
Thanks asus for such a nice phone @rs 10,000.Many many people have bought this seeing impressive performance of my phone.Asus saved atleast rs 20,000 of mine.
Cameta pics are superb
planing to buy this gadget ,get confused after reading its having a chineese version tooo . not being a techi person i don't have enough knowledge abt softwate/firmware etc....so plss let me know how can i purchase the orginal one ....the technical terms and codes etcccc plsssss guys help.........helppp
luke, 28 Aug 2014Prasad can you please tell me how to shift from 3G to 2g and visa verse...please suggest for 3d settings, go to settings, tap on MORE under wireless and networks, tap network mode, mark use 2g only if u want to use 2g, unmark if u want to use 3g.
luke, 28 Aug 2014Prasad can you please tell me how to shift from 3G to 2g and visa verse...please suggest
Just Dial *#*#4636#*#*
Then Open "Phone Information"
Then on the bottom there will be option
WCDMA Preferred, WCDMA only, GSM only, GSM preferred....etc
WCDMA preferred: auto 3g means it will convert to 2g if it don't get that minimum 3g signal,
WCDMA only: It will always choose 3g
AnonD-279813, 28 Aug 2014This is definitely a Chinese version - see CU-ANDROID. International version has WWE-ANDROID l... moreThanks a lot mate, I'll give it a try if I fail to return this abomination. Cheers
AnonD-299390, 28 Aug 2014Build number:
ASUS_... moreThis is definitely a Chinese version - see CU-ANDROID. International version has WWE-ANDROID loaded.
That said, you still have WW-3G modem, which could work everywhere.
But A500CG is surely a Chinese model, as international model is A501CG, and has TOOJ and not TOOF code.
Now, what you can TRY to do, if you can't return it, is to download this firmware file:
Plug the phone into your computer, and open Computer to see the disk drives and devices - double click on phone, and then on internal memory "drive" icon inside.
Unzip downloaded file into the main (root) folder of that Internal memory.
You should get notified that there's update waiting once copy finishes and you unplug the cable from computer.
Hope that allows you to turn it into WW Android model.
But please! I do NOT give any warranties on whether this will work. You might be told that file isn't compatible. Or it might install it and fail to work later.
In that case you might need to get recovery access (just pressing 3 buttons on power-on) and load the software with a rooting tool from your laptop.
I hope it works out for you.
AnonD-299390, 28 Aug 2014Thank you for your answer. At the moment I am returning the phone and will ask for a full refu... moreBuild number:
On the box:
A500CG, BLACK, WW-3G,D, 16GB EMMC+2GB RAM, Intel CLT+Z2580, 5/8M CU-ANDROID, N/A, N/A
AnonD-279813, 28 Aug 2014I am not sure if this is limited to Amazon, but I did warn people to make sure they get WW and... moreThank you for your answer. At the moment I am returning the phone and will ask for a full refund. There is a picture of WW model on the website and the sticker on Asus packaging says WW. Cheers
AnonD-299390, 28 Aug 2014DO NOT buy this phone on Amazon. They are selling the shitty Chinese ones. My firmware says it... moreOn the second read about your firmware version…
Is it even a Zenfone? All the different models get same version of firmware, as the patches come to all of them at the same time. So even CN version is on 1.17.40.
Your firmware suggests something much more tricky being done. Can you check in About my phone in settings what it says the specs and model are?
AnonD-299390, 28 Aug 2014DO NOT buy this phone on Amazon. They are selling the shitty Chinese ones. My firmware says it... moreI am not sure if this is limited to Amazon, but I did warn people to make sure they get WW and not CN, CHT or TW models, as those not only have limited languages installed, but may even come with different modems and wifi standards.
Sorry to hear you got tricked into buying CN version of the phone. Officially it will not be possible to upload WW firmware into it, and I am afraid you might have trouble if you get it somehow forced on, as the hardware ID for modem and wifi module could be different, so driver in firmware might not work with it.
If there's an option to get the thing returned, and get another one with WW configuration, go for it.
Great phone been using it for a month now.. did root just had a problem about the internal memory it says 8gig but it only detects 4.99gig.. how can i install big paid apps if my only remaining internal memory is 1.8gig. too bad..
DO NOT buy this phone on Amazon. They are selling the shitty Chinese ones. My firmware says its 1.94 with date 2019. Of course, this firmware doesn't exist anywhere. Asus support is baffled and they are ignoring me for 2 days now. My privacy settings can't be adjusted so I can't use any app that needs to sync (especially Whatsapp). Buy the official WW from ASUS store. Check if it is a worldwide model first. The pathetic chinese models have Intel stickers on its back side.
tell me about battery backup and camera result .. i am planning to buy this week...shall i buy...???
Existing user please tell me about battery backup with medium usage of this phone i am confuse(daily 2-3 hours usages)
i am not able to see the icon in quick setting mode the one handed mode option in asus zenfone 5 please tell me how to activate it
One of the best phone in this range. awsome camera ,looks fallen in love with this mobile.
AnonD-298686, 28 Aug 2014same with me, do u remember which version of firmware you got with this phone preinstalled, an... moreIn my case I've received 5 updates, and the phone came with 1.14.6 (one with FB not working), then got updated to 1.14.40, 1.15.40. 1.16.7, 1.16.40 and 1.17.40.
luke, 28 Aug 2014can any one please tell me how to copy contacts from sim card to the device..thanksOpen phone dialer (the headphone logo).
Tap on the icon of a man at the top (second one; after one representing keypad).
Scroll to the contact you want to copy from SIM card.
Long-tap on the contact and from a menu that appears choose Copy Contact.
Another menu will appear, in which tap on Device.
That will copy contact from SIM to device.