Taiwanese brand Asus has managed to make a lot of people sit up and take note of its smartphones.
As soon as the company announced ZenUI 6 for ZenFone 6, as is usually the case, curious users of the existing flagship ZenFone 5Z began inquiring across the company's official help forum as well as Twitter if their phones will be upgraded to the newest ZenUI 6.
Asus ZenFone 6 price starts at EUR 499 (roughly Rs. 39,100) for the 6GB + 64GB variant, going up to 6GB + 128GB version will retail at EUR 559 (roughly Rs. 43,800), and finally, the top-end 8GB + 256GB variant is priced at EUR 599 (roughly Rs. 47,000). The first thing you will notice is the notchless display. It's a 600nit IPS capacitive touchscreen LCD display offering 100% DCI-P3 and HDR10 colour and dynamic range. For comparison, the Galaxy S10+ settles for a shorter 19:9 display and an 88.9% screen-to-body ratio. Unlike on the OnePlus 7 duo, this camera generates full 48 MP images and not 12 MP binned images. Like the OnePlus 7 Pro, the phone detects when it's in freefall, and retracts the camera to protect it. However, when you invoke the front-facing camera, the entire camera assembly flips forward and sticks out from the top enabling it to capture selfies. We're not sure how these modules fare after a long-term usage.
The flip mechanism is fully user controllable.
There are several features of the camera that are very unique to the Zenfone 6 such as the ability to move the camera to any angle. The camera will come with laser auto-focus and a dual LED flash module. Sony's 48-megapixel sensor works much better with high-end processors.
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Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, the Zenfone 6 leaves no stones unturned to flaunt its flagship features.
Now that we got that out of the way, how does the phone feel?
The whole flippable module is wrapped in what ASUS calls "liquid metal", mainly for its improved lightness and toughness compared to, say, stainless steel. Custom ROMs, if implemented well, can really make the experience better. But it's also up to the OEMs to keep updating the phone with bug fixes and firmware updates. And should the phone slip from your grip with the camera housing extended, Asus says the device is created to automatically retract it to a safe position as quickly as possible.
The ZenFone 6 also looks to stand out from the crowd in the battery department, sporting an incredible 5,000mAh battery that Asus claims can provide either two days of standard use, 26 days on standby, 33.3 hours of talktime or 21 hours of web browsing. The ZenFone 6 camera has a Super Night Mode but this will be enabled later via a software update.
The company has introduced a ton of improvisations too based on the rotating camera design, which includes the ability to shoot from freaky angles without worrying about diminishing quality.