“Just like the last year, ASUS is competing with OnePlus with its latest launch — theZenFone 6”

OnePlus has been reigning the premium segment in India by offering flagship-grade features at almost half the price of other high-end phones. However, all that changed last year, when the Taiwanese phonemaker, ASUS challenged the dominance of OnePlus with the launch of the ASUS ZenFone 5Z (review). This year doesn’t seem to be any different as the Taiwanese brand has already taken a jibe at OnePlus with its tweet. And now, the brand has gone ahead and launched the ZenFone 6 (first impressions). So how does it fare against the latest offering from OnePlus? Let’s find out in this detailed comparison between the ASUS ZenFone 6 and OnePlus 7 Pro (review). 

ASUS ZenFone 6 vs OnePlus 7 Pro: Price

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Last year, ASUS priced the ZenFone 5Z aggressively against the OnePlus 6 (review) and offered the same specs at a lower price. This year is no different as the ZenFone 6 has been priced at the starting price of €499, which roughly translates to Rs 39,000. The handset is yet to arrive in India, but we do know that it’ll be available to buy via Flipkart.

The OnePlus 7 Pro on the other hand, is pricier in comparison with starting price of Rs 48,999, which goes all the way up to Rs 57,999. The OnePlus 7 Pro is already up for grabs in India from exclusive Experience pop-up in Delhi starting from May 17th, Amazon India, OnePlus.in, OnePlus Exclusive stores and partner offline stores. It’s worth noting however, that you could also opt for the affordable sibling of the OnePlus 7 Pro — the OnePlus 7 — which is priced rather aggressively at Rs 32,999 for the base model with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. 

ASUS ZenFone 6 vs OnePlus 7 Pro: specifications, design and features

The ZenFone 6 and OnePlus 7 Pro are both trailblazing smartphones for their respective makers as they flaunt all-display fascia without any selfie camera. Both flagships have a premium glass-sandwich design with curved backs. However, the ZenFone 6 trails behind as it doesn’t get the dual-curved display like the OnePlus 7 Pro. 

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Speaking of the display, the OnePlus 7 Pro is currently touted to be the best smartphone screen by DisplayMate as it comes with an A+ rating. Notably, this is the highest rating received by any smartphone ever. The screen itself is a large 6.67-inch AMOLED panel with QHD+ resolution and HDR 10+support. The company is calling the panel as Fluid AMOLED as it boasts of an impressive 90Hz refresh rate. The ZenFone 6 misses out in this department as it features a 6.4-inch display with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels and 19:5:9 aspect ratio. Furthermore, the ASUS handset packs an IPS panel, which isn’t as vibrant as an AMOLED screen. 

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Both the OnePlus 7 Pro and ASUS ZenFone 6 offer flagship-grade performance, thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC ticking at their core. The ZenFone 6 is being offered in 8GB RAM + 256GB storage and 12GB RAM + 256GB storage variants, while the OP7 Pro comes in three RAM and storage configurations of 6GB + 128GB, 8GB + 256GB and 12GB + 512GB. In the software department, while both handsets run Android 9.0 Pie, it’s topped with Oxygen OS on the OnePlus 7 Pro and the ZenUI 6 on the ZenFone 6. Interestingly enough, even though ZenUI has received criticism for being too cluttered and resource-hungry in the past, this time around ASUS is offering near-stock interface.

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Let’s talk cameras, the OnePlus 7 Pro is the first smartphone from the brand to come with a triple-camera module. The setup includes a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor with f/1.6 aperture, a 16MP f/2.2 117-degree wide-angle shooter, and an 8MP f/2.4 telephoto lens that supports 3x zoom. As opposed to that, the ASUS ZenFone 6 flaunts a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor which is backed by a secondary 13MP wide-angle shooter with 125-degree wide-angle support.

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In the case of the ZenFone 6, the same camera module slides up and swivels to become the selfie shooter, aptly referred to as Flip Camera. This means ASUS’ phone is second only to the Samsung Galaxy A80 (first impressions) to have a 48MP selfie shooter. Moreover, the secondary wide-angle camera allows users to fit in more in their selfies. The OnePlus 7 Pro loses out by a mile in the selfie department as it offers a 16MP f/2.0 shooter housed in a pop-up mechanism.

On the battery front, the ASUS ZenFone 6 gets a massive 5,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. The OnePlus 7 Pro falls behind in this aspect as it packs a slightly smaller 4,000mAh cell. However, OnePlus’ offering gets an edge in terms of charging speeds as it comes with support for 30W Warp Charging.

Bottomline 

The OnePlus 7 Pro clearly is punching above its weight and is priced in the flagship territory. However, the ASUS ZenFone 6 seems to be positioning itself in the ‘affordable flagship’ space in India, and thus can also be compared with the OnePlus 7. Speaking purely from the pricing perspective, the ZenFone 6 comes across as a better value-for-money offering along with offering an innovative camera module. However, the OnePlus 7 Pro clearly wins in the display and camera capabilities. All in all, you wouldn’t go wrong with any of them, so long as they meet your budget.