A mysterious ASUS phone with model number ASUS_X00QD has been approved by Wi-Fi Alliance. It is speculated that this smartphone may arrive in the market as ZenFone 5 Max.
The Wi-Fi certification of the ASUS_X00QD has revealed that the smartphone is running on Android 8.0 Oreo and it carries support Wi-Fi 802.11ac. Hence, it is speculated that the ASUS_X00QD could be an upper mid-range from the ZenFone 5 lineup. There is no other information available on this mysterious smartphone.
ASUS has recently introduced the ZenFone Max Plus (M1) smartphone with a full screen design. Earlier in this month, a smartphone named ZenFone 5 Lite was recently certified in Russia. The certification revealed that the ZenFone 5 Lite that is driven by a Snapdragon chipset will be arriving with a 6-inch display that will carry support for 18:9 aspect ratio. Hence, the ASUS_X00QD phone that is expected to arrive with better specs may also feature an 18:9 aspect ratio display.
The ASUS ZenFone 3S Max carried a similar model number of X00GD in January 2017. The ZenFone 4 Max that was unveiled in July last year has a model number of X00ID. Hence, it is speculated that the X00QD smartphone could be the upcoming ZenFone 5 Max. It is likely that the alleged ZenFone 5 Max may get official around July this year.
ASUS CEO Jerry Shen had said in September last year that the ZenFone 5 series would unveiled as early as March this year. The company will be also present at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) tech expo in the coming month. However, there is no confirmation on whether the Taiwanese company will be unveiling the ZenFone 5 series at MWC 2018.