Will the Zenfone 6 be the flagship killer?
The Asus Zenfone 6 is finally official. Asus seems to have considered a lot of features that power users need, like a headphone jack, microSD card support and a massive 5,000mAh battery. However, will this be enough for the Zenfone 6 to compete with the new OnePlus 7? Only time will tell. For now, let’s dig in to the details about the latest flagship from Asus.
It’s notch you
The first thing that pops out about the Zenfone 6 is the notchless display. Post the launch of the iPhone X, notches had become a trend in the smartphone industry and companies still launch new phones with notches. However, an increasing number of smartphones are being launched now with notchless displays. We had the OnePlus 7 Pro launch with a full, notchless display last week. Now it’s the Asus Zenfone 6.
Using a notchless display still doesn’t solve the problem of the placement of the front camera. While some companies have started using pop-up camera modules, Asus has gone with a flip-up module instead.
As a result, the Zenfone 6 has only two cameras. These two cameras function as both the front and the rear cameras. Not only is this an interesting take on the flip-up/pop-up module mechanism, it should also help in snapping much higher quality selfies since the traditional front cameras aren’t as good as the rear ones.
Asus Zenfone 6 specifications
Coming to the hardware specifications, the Zenfone 6 features flagship-grade hardware for the most part. It has a 6.46-inch Full HD+ NanoEdge IPS LCD display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The display also supports HDR10 and is rated at 600 nits brightness.
Powering the Asus Zenfone 6 is the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, paired with Adreno 640 GPU. In terms of memory, the Zenfone 6 has 6GB or 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 64GB, 128GB or 256GB of UFS 2.1 storage. Asus has also included a dedicated microSD card slot, so you can expand the internal storage up to 1TB if you want to.
In terms of imaging, the Zenfone 6 has a flip-up camera module that houses a dual camera setup. There is a 48-megapixel primary camera with Sony IMX 586 sensor, f/1.79 aperture, 0.8um pixel size, Laser Autofocus, Electronic Image Stabilisation, and a dual LED flash. There is a secondary 13-megapixel camera with 125-degree ultra-wide angle lens and f/2.4 aperture.
As mentioned before, the dual cameras function as both rear and front cameras. Asus has tested the flip-up module for up to 1,00,000 times, which is considerably less than the pop-up modules in rival smartphones. Still, the module itself should last long enough for most users.
Other features of the Zenfone 6 include a traditional rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, a 5-magnet stereo speaker, dual microphones, Hi-res audio and more. In terms of connectivity, the Zenfone 6 supports dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, 3.5mm headphone jack and a USB Type-C port. The phone is powered by a 5,000mAh battery and supports Quick Charge 4.0.
Asus Zenfone 6 price and availability
The Asus Zenfone 6 is priced at 499 Euros (approx. Rs 39,100) for the 6GB + 64GB variant, 559 Euros (approx. Rs 43,800) for the 6GB + 128GB variant and 599 Euros (approx. Rs 47,000) for the 8GB + 256GB variant. It is available for purchase in several European countries starting today.
The Indian pricing and availability details of the Zenfone 6 should be revealed in the coming weeks.