Asus ZenFone 6 Unveiled w/ Flagship Specs and Flip Camera

Asus Zen Fone 6 global launch at 11:30 pm today Where and how to watch the event live

If that's not enough, the ZenFone 6 still accepts microSD expansion. In fact, the overall weight of the device is somewhat generous given the flip camera module and the 5,000mAh battery.

That's because the ZenFone 6 has what Asus calls a Flip Camera system.

But how has Asus been able to pull this off?

The Asus Zenfone 6 will launch in the European Union first at €500 (same price as the Zenfone 5z last year).

Expect for Asus to start shipping ZenFone 6 orders in the next couple of weeks.

Asus has unveiled a successor today (May 16) - the ZenFone 6 - that looks to right some of those wrongs. This 3D curved design meets the aluminum chassis which gives it a certain amount of heft. The phone is 9.1mm thick and weighs 190g.

Using the rear cameras as selfie cams mean that you can now take 48 MP selfies and 13 MP ultrawides on the Zenfone 6. It has virtually no bezel on any side, and there's no notch or punch-hole camera. ASUS claims that the flip mechanism used on the Zenfone 6 is robust and that it has been built to withstand a significant amount of stress.

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The flip-top camera is an excellent addition to the front panel.

We've seen brands experiment with sliders and pop-up camera mechanisms over the course of a year ago. Thankfully though, it is customizable and any function can be mapped to the smart key.

What do you think of the ZenFone 6? According to Asus, the IPS display offers 600 nits of brightness and a 92% screen-to-body ratio. Being a notch-less display, there are no distractions while watching videos and playing games. This easily makes it one of the better screens to consume content on. This display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6. The same module also housed another 13MP ultra wide-angle camera. It takes 12-megapixel photos by default, using a quad bayer array to exploit the extra pixels to improve dynamic range and image fidelity. One unique trick, however, is that you can actually control the angle of the camera via the Camera app. It's pretty convenient and provides better ergonomics while creating pictures from the Zenfone. And yes, there's a headphone jack. But you've got to hand it to the company for swinging for the fences with the $499 Zenfone 6.

Chipset: Snapdragon 855 (7nm): octa-core CPU (1×2.8GHz & 3×2.4GHz Kryo Gold & 4×1.7GHz Kryo 485 Silver); Adreno 640 GPU.

A variation on the final ZenFone 6 design shows a darker color palette with an ostentatious gold trim. This is a cool mechanism because these are the only sensors that the phone needs.

ASUS says that by going with a stock version of Android, it's going to be able to be quicker with updates. It is, however, compatible with the Android Q Beta program and, as an added bonus, an update to Android Q is also being promised.

Now that we got that out of the way, how does the phone feel? The phone is powered by a massive 5,000mAh battery which charges via USB-C. But, this time ZenFone has something out of the blue specs and phenomenal camera.



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