Asus is an old name when it comes to gadgets, however, Asus was not able to make a major breakthrough in the smartphone industry; well maybe until now. ZenFone 5 looked like a bad clone of iPhone for a lesser price but this time, it looks like ZenFone 6 is here to change the way people think about ZenFones.
It looks like the company is swinging for the fences with its ZenFone 6 that comes with a rotating camera, bezel-less display, and a huge battery. Asus has opted for some clever options with this phone. Let’s see what ZenFone 6 has up its sleeves.
Design and Display
In terms of design, ZenFone 6 does not offer much. It has a plain slightly glossy back with dual sensor camera horizontally arranged on top of the fingerprint sensor. The front is completely bezel-less since Asus has opted for a rotating pop-up camera mechanism.
Coming to the display, ZenFone 6 features a 6.4 inch IPS LCD display with 2340 x 1080 pixels resolution. According to Asus, the screen brightness tops 600 nits.
Apart from the basic, we have two highlights in ZenFone 6 when it comes to design. One is this pop-up camera mechanism and the other is its front-filling display. The camera sits in a rather big void at the back of the phone and moves up to point at you when you want to take a selfie. The camera looks slightly taller than the normal pop-up selfie cameras but still, it only takes less than a second to come out.
Internal and Storage
Under the hood we have exactly what we expected, Octa-core Snapdragon 855 SoC, the most powerful processor found in Android phones. The processor is paired with either 6 GB RAM or 8 GB RAM with 64 GB, 128 GB, or 256 GB of in-built memory options at a reasonable price.
Till ZenFone 5, Asus phones were always weighed down by their software because of the ZenUI Asus puts in the phones and tablets.
With the ZenUI in ZenFone 6, it offers stock Android. One would hardly find any difference compared to the Pixels from Google and Asus’s new flagship.
ZenFone 6 camera layout is slightly odd. The phone features a single dual sensor camera that doubles as the rear camera and selfie camera. The camera uses Sony IMX586 48-megapixel sensor which is being used in a number of high-end camera phones nowadays. The secondary sensor is a 13 MP wide-angle lens.
Asus has put in a lot of engineering when it comes to the camera. The camera uses a customized step motor that rotates the lenses 180 degrees. The camera housing is made of liquid metal for more durability. According to Asus, the camera has been tested for 100,000 operations.
Battery and Pricing
Asus ZenFone 6 comes with an undeniably attractive battery with 5000 mAh capacity and with fast charging enabled. The phone brings 33 hours of talk time and 26 days of standby.
For the basic variant with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB built-in memory, the price tag is £499, for upgrading the memory to 128 gigs in this variant you have to pay an extra £50. For the maxed-up variant with 8 GB RAM and 256 gigs storage, the price is £599.
Asus ZenFone 6 Specifications
- CPU: Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.41 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.78 GHz Kryo 485)
- GPU: Adreno 640
- Chipset: Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
- OS: Android 9.0 (Pie); ZenUI 6
- Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE;
- Display: IPS LCD capacitive, 16M colors, 6.4 inches, 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution
- RAM: 6 GB/8 GB
- Internal: 64 GB/128 GB/ 256 GB
- Card slot: Yes (up to 1 TB)
- Primary: Dual: 48 MP + 13 MP
- Connectivity: LTE, USB type-C, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, headphone jack
- Fingerprint scanner: Yes (rear mounted)
- Battery: 5000 mAh
- Price: (6GB/64GB)~ £499, (6GB/128GB)~ £549, (8GB/256 GB)~ £599