Asus has introduced its high-end phone Zenfone 6 with flagship-grade specs and a fancy flip camera module. The Zenfone 5Z successor premiered in a press event in Spain. We have seen flip cameras on other phones before (and quite recently on Samsung Galaxy A80) but Asus’ implementation is unique and it’s backed by other technology to look forward to.
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 screen gets very bright and vivid as it supports 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut. This easily makes it one of the better screens to consume content on.
It’s a dual camera assembly mounted on a motorized rig that flips 180 degrees to take selfies – Asus has unimaginatively dubbed it Flip Camera. The actual modules are a Quad Bayer 48MP primary one and a 13MP ultra wide – so no telephoto. But on the flip (ahem…) side you’d be getting primary-camera-grade selfies, ultra wide ones too, plus some of the highest quality selfie videos on the market.
Motorized rotating dual camera assembly. Main module: 48MP, 1/2.0″ SONY IMX586 Quad Bayer sensor, f/1.79 aperture, 79-degree FOV (26mm equiv. focal length), laser/PDAF. Ultra wide module: 13MP, f/2.4 aperture, 125-degree FOV (11mm equiv. focal length), fixed focus. Dual LED flash.
Video recording: Up to 4K 2160p@60fps with EIS on the main cam, up to 4K@30fps with EIS on the ultra wide, slow-motion up to 1080p@240fps or 720p@480fps (only on the main cam).
You get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor that is aided by 6GB or 8GB RAM and 64GB, 128GB or 256GB UFS 2.1 storage. ZenUI 6 skinned Android 9 Pie is the OS on top of this hardware. A 5000mAH power source should last long with the support from an 18W Quick Charge 4.0 charger.
The Zenfone 6 packs a huge 5000mAh battery which supports Quick Charge 4.0 via 18w fast charging adapter. While we didn’t have the time to test the battery life of the Zenfone 6, Asus claims that it will last for two days on a single charge which is decent.
Doesn’t perform at par with other devices in this range. Camera quality is not good, Size makes it uncomfortable to use. They tried to make it different but we are not sure whether it will have impact on the buyers or not.