After months of leaks and teasers, Asus finally revealed the ZenFone 6 at an event in Valencia, and it certainly offers something different to most flagships on the market. This new Zenfone packs in some competitive hardware and easily the most exciting camera package since the Pixel introduced the world to the true power of computational photography. The camera module can be mechanically rotated to any intermediate position too if you want to be creative with your shots.
In terms of optics, the Zenfone 6 sports a motorised flip camera setup that doubles as both, a rear-facing and a front-facing camera. The phone is gaining a lot of traction for its unconventional design that embraces a 48MP flip camera with Sony IMX 586 sensor and massive 5000 mAh battery. The display is also protected with a coating of Corning Gorilla Glass on top. Other rare inclusions include a physical fingerprint scanner on the back and a headphone jack. Asus got this covered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor.
Inside, the ASUS ZenFone 6 is powered by a flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 running Android 9.0 (Pie) and ZenUI 6, with either 64 or 128GB storage and 6GB RAM or 256GB storage and 8GB ram - which will likely depend on the region you're in. In addition, the module also houses a bunch of sensors including Gravitational, Gyroscope and Hall sensors along with the camera sensor and a speaker unit. 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 has announced their latest Android smartphone, the Asus ZenFone 6 and the handset comes with a 6.4 inch display that has a FHD+ resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. A dual LED flash is also included.
Connectivity: Dual-SIM; LTE-A, 6-Band carrier aggregation, Cat.18 (1.2Gbps/150Mbps); Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac/ax MU-MIMO; GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo; NFC; Bluetooth 5.0; FM radio. 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. I've also tried the motion tracking video mode, but again, it's still work in progress; sometimes the tracking stopped halfway through. The fingerprint sensor is located on the back of the phone and Asus claims that it has an actuation time of 0.3 seconds.
The mechanism has been tested to 100,000 flips, which means you can take 28 selfies a day for 5 years at least, according to ASUS. Just like One Plus, there's built-in fall detection that retracts the camera if it slips from your hand. But, we did notice the new ZenUI which aims to deliver near-stock Android experience. Naturally, it's added a few of its own bells and whistles, including a Smart Volume feature that adjusts your ringtone level to match your environment and a dark mode for the UI.
The company has also updated its apps, so they look closer to Google's theme.