Mobile Phones: Asus ZenFone 6 launched with 48MP flip camera design

Alonzo Simpson
May 18, 2019

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Asus has announced the Zenfone 6 at an event in Valencia, Spain.

The Asus ZenFone 6 will be available to pre-order via the Asus e-Store in the United Kingdom and Europe on 17 May, with units shipping on 30 May. This 3D curved design meets the aluminum chassis which gives it a certain amount of heft. The dimensions of the new Asus phone are 159.1x75.11x8.1-9.1mm and it weighs 190 grams.

Asus may not have big market share to flaunt but it has stuck around in the smartphone space and managed to have quite a few hits and many misses. So, yes, users have a pretty decent rear camera and an exceptional front camera as well - all wrapped up into one neat little package called the "Flip 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. It also says that the flip camera has a lifespan of 100,000 flips, which can allow you to capture around 28 photos per day, for 5 years. Thankfully though, it is customizable and any function can be mapped to the smart key.

Zenfone 6 features a 6.4-inch Full HD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels) IPS screen with noticeable bezels along the bottom. Being a notch-less display, there are no distractions while watching videos and playing games. The display is also protected with a coating of Corning Gorilla Glass on top.

In the camera department, Asus became the first company to try out a motorized rotating dual camera which has a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor and a 13MP shooter.

The phone employs a 48-megapixel f/1.79 main camera (with laser focus) and a 13-megapixel 125-degree ultra-wide camera plus a dual-LED flash. Better yet, you can use the flip mechanism to automatically take panoramas as well.

Just like Marcel Campos said during the keynote, zooming in will get you a photo that still retains clarity and detail.

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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. This flipping can be done via the volume buttons and also via a software feature that pops up in apps like Instagram and Snapchat. The camera supports 4K videos at 60fps, HDR+ Enhanced and Night Mode.

Oh, and hey, there's also a headphone jack. Fun! However, Asus today officially unveiled the ZenFone 6, and it turns out the earlier leak was not at all accurate. That includes the Snapdragon 855 chipset with the choice of RAM ranging from 6 GB and 8 GB.

Price-wise, the ZenFone 6 goes for EU 499 (about RM 2,327) with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage while the 6GB/128GB and 8GB/256GB variants of the phone are listed at EU 559 (~RM 2,607) and EU 599 (~RM 2,794) respectively. 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).

This is the most innovative Zenfone in the recent years in terms of design.

ZenUI 6 has been completely revamped and it looks nearly entirely like the stock Android 9 Pie on which it's based. The company has made some major improvements in the ZenUI and it now features near-stock experience.

ASUS also confirmed that it was participating in the Android Beta Program and promised that Android Q and Android R - the two next versions of Android - will be coming to the device.

We didn't get to test the performance of the phone during our brief usage.

Powering all these goodies is a massive 5,000mAh battery which supports Qualcomm QuickCharge 4. On the rear, you'll find a fairly standard fingerprint sensor below the flippy camera array, along with Asus branding. The camera module just like the motorised pop-up selfie camera module on the OnePlus 7 Pro comes with fall protection. Because there's no standalone front-facing camera baked within the display glass, there's no need for a notch on the phone's screen.

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