Published: Mon, May 20, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Asus Zenfone 6 with Unique Flip Camera Launched Globally

Asus Zenfone 6 with Unique Flip Camera Launched Globally

But, is it a gimmick or has Asus cracked the formula for the flawless bezel-less design? Asus has used the Gorilla Glass 3 at the rear and the rest of the chassis has been made of metal.

I haven't had much time to properly try the ZenFone 6's cameras, but my selfies were some of the best I've seen - perhaps with too much detail, even, thanks to the super high-resolution main camera, but there's always beautification mode to patch up my facial flaws.

What's most interesting is the price; it's a lot cheaper than some of its rivals on the market.

Taiwanese electronics maker Asus on Friday globally launched its newest flagship smartphone, the Zenfone 6. It closes automatically if you drop the phone.

Talking about the specifications of the dual-camera setup, we get a 48-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.79 aperture and a 13-megapixel secondary sensor with a 125-degree ultra-wide angle lens. You can orient the camera at any angle you like and take a photo.

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In terms of imaging, the Zenfone 6 has a flip-up camera module that houses a dual camera setup. And a short video shown at the announcement showcased a child actively trying to force the camera open using a screwdriver, pins and more, and the module still functioned properly. The other thing you'll notice is the lack of in-display fingerprint sensor as there's one at the back.

There's an accented power on/off button on the right edge along with volume rockers and a smart key. This, by default, can be used to summon Google Assistant easily, but it can be customised to perform a variety of actions, from opening the camera to enabling the torch. The 6.4-inch bezel-less screen is bright and is protected using Corning Gorilla Glass 6.

In our limited time with the phone, the Zenfone 6 was pretty fast but we'll be testing it out further and will be running some benchmarks to gauge its performance for our full review.

Asus Zenfone 6 will be available in three variants starting at 499 Euros for 6GB of RAM and 64GB storage, 559 Euros for 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage and the top-end model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage at 599 Euros. It also has an audio jack, a dedicated MicroSD card slot (triple card tray), and a significantly bigger battery. Asus says this could come in handy while capturing images of tall buildings such as Eiffel Tower. For now though, we're quietly confident about the ZenFone 6's capabilities. Lastly, the smartphone is powered by a massive 5000 mAh Li-ion battery with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 via the USB type C port.

The phone runs ZenUI 6, an update to existing ZenUI that's based on Android Pie. With this, ZenUI, at least in my book, wins the award for the most improved Android UX. Leaked prices put the new Zenfone 6 at under €600. Now that it's a level playing field, we'll have to see how Asus' software can compete with others.

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