Asus Zenfone 6 with Snapdragon 855, Flip camera and 5000mAh battery launched
ASUS returns to take the full charge with the launch of its new flagship device this year in 2019. After launching the ASUS Zenfone 5 and 5Z , the company today in Valencia launched its new flagship smartphone, the ASUS Zenfone 6 .
It is a full-fledged flagship , a handset that bets on the latest in terms of design and specifications and following the new trend of giving a full-view display without notch and hole punch using a peculiar rotating camera system.
The first of the flagship smartphones launched by Samsung came with in-display hole cameras for selfies in the Galaxy S10 Series . It was expected that the rest of the industry will follow the Korean market leader and adopt the same feature in their flagship phones. In fact, Huawei’s sub-brand brand soon followed at launched their first device – the Honor View 20.
But soon after, company like Vivo(Vivo V15 Pro) and Oppo(Oppo F11 Pro) and now OnePlus(Oneplus 7 Pro) who all belong to the same parent company BBK Electronics have already launched their flagship devices with a pop-up elevating camera system for selfies.
Xiaomi and Redmi are soon to follow this trend with the launch of their new flagship devices Redmi K20 Pro and Redmi K20 later this week. Realme also launched its latest device Realme X yesterday with the same pop-up camera module for selfies .
But today we see how a Taiwanese company who had been teasing its flagship device days ahead of its launch with the slogan “Defy Ordinary” had been hiding under it’s arms.
Asus has opted a different innovating feature for its front and rear cameras with the introduction of a Flip Camera . A camera module and rotates and doubles as a front as well as a rear camera with 48-megapixel main sensor and the secondary one of 13-megapixel.
What is a FLIP CAMERA ?
The Flip Camera module is precision-crafted from a highly advanced material known as liquid metal (amorphous alloy). It can be precisely machined, yet it’s incredibly strong. It’s the perfect material for the camera module, which demands a light and tough material.
Flip Camera is mechanically driven by a miniature high-precision stepper motor containing many tiny gears. The gear train drives the rotating spindle of the camera module smoothly and precisely, so it’s instantly available as a front camera when required.Additionally, a G-sensor in ZenFone 6 detects if the phone is dropped, and returns the Flip Camera to a safe position to prevent any impact damage.
Zenfone 6 – The Flagship
ASUS introduced last year’s successor to the flagship Zenfone 5z, which has become one of the most affordable solutions with a Qualcomm top chipset on board. Zenfone 6 is built on the basis of the newest 7-nm Snapdragon 855 chip (45% increase in CPU and 20% GPU is declared), the energy-saving functions of which are underlined by a huge 5000 mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0 support. According to ASUS, the battery can withstand 2 days of intense use and let’s one to enjoy a non-stop mobile lifestyle.
The Zenfone 6 features a 6.4-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) IPS screen with 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 92 percent screen-to-body ratio, 600 nits peak brightness, and 100 DCI-P3 colour gamut.
The device is powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, paired with up to 8GB of RAM and Adreno 640 GPU.
On the imaging front, as we mentioned earlier, the phone packs a flip camera with dual camera setup, which houses a 48-megapixel primary shooter with f/1.79, laser focus, and dual-LED flash as well as a 13-megapixel secondary ultra-wide-angle camera.
Asus has included a massive 5,000mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 4.0. There are dual speakers onboard as well with dual smart amplifiers and 3.5mm audio jack. The phone packs up to 256GB of inbuilt storage (UFS 2.1), which can be expanded using a dedicated microSD card slot (up to 2TB).
Other specifications of the ZenFone 6 include USB Type-C, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0, and GPS connectivity options. The dimensions of the new Asus phone are 159.1×75.11×8.1-9.1mm and it weighs 190 grams. The company is also touting the presence of stereo speakers (top and bottom), and a notification LED light.
The Zenfone 6 will be available in European markets at a price tag of €499 for 6GB RAM /64 GB storage , €559 for 6GB RAM/128 GB storage and €599 for a 8GB RAM/256 GB top specced variant. The device can be ordered from ASUS eshop which will be shipped from May 25 onwards.
ASUS Zenfone 6 Specs Sheet
|Specs||ASUS ZENFONE 6|
|SCREEN||IPS / LCD 6.4-inch
FullHD + resolution (2,340 x 1,080 pixels)
Aspect Ratio 19.5: 9
Gorilla Glass 6
Adreno 640 GPU
|RAM||Up to 8 GB LPDDR4X|
|INTERNAL STORAGE||256 GB UFS 2.1 expandable with microSD cards up to 2 TB|
|BATTERY||5,000 mAh , Quick Charge 4.0 (18W)|
|OS||Android 9 Pie with ZenUI 6|
|CONNECTIVITY||Dual SIM dual standby (4G + 4G), dual band GPS, GLONASSSS, Galileo, QZSS, NFC, WiFi ac, 2×2 MIMO, Bluetoot 5.0|
|MISC.||Rear fingerprint reader, facial unlocking, double speaker,
double microphone, 3.5mm jack
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||159.1 x 75.44 x 8.4 mm, 190 grams|
|PRICE||6/64 GB : €499 ; 6/128 GB: € 559 ; 8/256 GB : €599|