ASUS is going through a rough patch with its smartphones. Their budget segment isn’t compelling enough when compared to the competition and the flagships fail to stand apart. In hopes to fix that, ASUS just unveiled their 2019 flagship called the Zenfone 6.
It does tick all the boxes that make a phone worthy of being called a flagship in 2019, such as the Snapdragon 855 chipset, big battery and a funky solution for the notch. Let’s talk about the latter for a bit.
We’ve seen brands experiment with sliders and pop-up camera mechanisms over the course of last year. ASUS is instead opting for a fun flipping camera that faces you during selfies and goes back to its original position during otherwise. Since the same pair of cameras are used for selfies, the Zenfone 6 should provide for some of the best selfies.
We get a dual camera setup consisting of the famous 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor, paired with a secondary ultrawide 13-megapixel shooter. Laser autofocus is also present for quicker focusing. As mentioned earlier, this camera flips 180-degrees to the front with a high-end internal motor which is supposed to last for over 1,00,000 flips. The camera module can be mechanically rotated to any intermediate position too if you want to be creative with your shots. This also enables easier panorama shots and even automatic subject-tracking where the camera will move to keep the primary subject in the frame.
ASUS Zenfone 6 Display:
On the front is the notch-less 6.4-inch Full HD+ display that is also HDR enabled. For some users, the use of an LCD panel instead of OLED will be disappointing. Otherwise, the bezels are pretty slim and Gorilla Glass 6 should provide ample protection from scratches.
ASUS Zenfone 6 Specifications:
Along with the top of the line Snapdragon 855 chipset, we get 6 or 8GB of RAM. Other rare inclusions include a physical fingerprint scanner on the back and a headphone jack. While most other flagships top out at around 4,000 mAh, the ASUS Zenfone 6 boasts of a rather large 5,000 mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging.
ASUS’ ZenUI is also getting a makeover with much fewer pre-installed apps and tasteful customisations. This is ZenUI 6 based on Android 9 Pie. There’s also an extra key for Google Assistant that can be remapped to other functions.
Currently, it has been launched in the European market in two colours: Twilight Silver and Midnight Black.
ASUS Zenfone 6 Pricing
The pricing starts at 499 euros for the base 64GB + 6GB variant. For double the storage, you will need to shell out an additional 60 euros while the top variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage will set you back 599 euros.
Indian pricing and availability has not been announced yet, but is confirmed to arrive soon on Flipkart.