“The ZenFone 6 is ASUS’ flagship offering, with a 48-megapixel primary sensor, 5,000mAh battery, and a bezel- and notch-less display”
The ASUS ZenFone 6 (first impressions) smartphone is finally official, putting the rumour mill to rest. The company unleashed the handset at its event in Valencia, Spain. The ZenFone 6 is a flagship from ASUS driven by the mighty Snapdragon 855 SoC under the hood. That’s not all, the phone also packs a truly bezel-less display, dual rear cameras that double up as selfie shooters using a motorised flip mechanism, and a beefy battery. Unlike the most other upper mid-range smartphones, such as the OnePlus 7 series, the ZenFone 6 doesn’t trade off 3.5mm headphone socket and a dedicated slot for microSD card.
ASUS ZenFone 6 price
The ASUS ZenFone 6 price is set at €499 (about Rs 39,000) for the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage variant, while the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage model will set you back to €559 (~Rs 44,000). There is also an 8GB RAM + 256GB storage option, for which a buyer have to shell €599 (~Rs 47,000). The handset comes in Midnight Black and Twilight Silver colours. There is no India release date for the handset yet but we can expect it to hit the shelves in India in a few weeks.
ASUS ZenFone 6 specifications
Talking about the specifications, the ZenFone 6 will sport a 6.4-inch edge-to-edge IPS display, which ASUS likes to call NanoEdge. The screen also bears full-HD+ resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 600 nits brightness, a screen-to-body ratio of 92 percent, and Gorilla Glass 6 protection. The handset is powered by Qualcomm’s 2.84GHz octa-core Snapdragon 855 SoC, paired with Adreno 640 GPU, up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB user-expandable storage.
There is no dedicated front camera on the phone; instead, the company has gone for a unique flip camera mechanism that springs up when you want to take selfies. Moreover, you can adjust the camera module to any angle to take pictures from the ZenFone 6 native camera app. ASUS says the flip camera module has a lifecycle of 1,00,000 flips and can retract automatically when the phone detects it is in a free fall. The dual camera setup includes a combination of 48-megapixel primary sensor Sony IMX586 sensor and a 13-megapixel wide-angle lens with 125-degree field of view. ASUS is also rolling out a new camera mode called Super Night for enhanced lowlight shots with the handset.
A 5,000mAh battery fuels the ZenFone 6, which is backed by 18W Quick Charge 4.0; the handset also supports wireless charging. On the software side of things, the phone boots Android 9 Pie-based ZenUI out of the box. The phone also boasts a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, glass-sandwich design, dual five-magnet stereo speaker with dual NXP smart amps, and dual mics. Connectivity features on the handset include dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB Type-C, and 3.5mm audio jack.
Lastly, the ASUS ZenFone 6 has a customisable “smart key” placed on the right edge along with a power button and volume rocker. The key can be used to assign to certain functions that you want to access quickly, such as Google Assistant.