ASUS ZenFone 6 flip camera is begging to be stress tested

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 18, 2019

This makes the OnePlus 7 look a tad bit dated, which is where the Zenfone 6 could offer the consumer a next-gen flagship alternative for more-or-less the same price. This solves the notch problem with the screen which has no cutouts or large bezels surrounding it. This easily makes it one of the better screens to consume content on. The phone feels solid when you hold in your hand, though smudges will be a major problem with this. But you escape the smudges in today's world. There's also an extra key for Google Assistant that can be remapped to other functions.

Asus Zenfone 6 is also capable to record videos at 4k 60fps and the 3-axis Electronic Image Stabiliser (EIS) keeps things smooth. And lo behold, that panel can perform a 180 degree flip! In fact, the ZenFone 6 starts at just $499 and will be available to purchase in the U.S. and across Europe. Just before launch, Asus invited us to a briefing where we got some time to play around with the device, and here are our first impressions of the new Asus Zenfone 6. Truth be told, the in-display fingerprint sensor isn't a missing feature that many will complain about. The brightness is up to the mark and you can thank 600nits for this. Indoor pictures look accurate so far, and the HDR++ mode produces even cleaner details, though I'm less impressed with my few cloudy outdoor shots. A dual LED flash is also included. The primary sensor used by the phone is the 48-megapixel Sony IMX 586 with an f/1.79 aperture lens.

This flip up style camera is not really new. The ZenFone 6's secondary ultra-wide camera offers 13-megapixel resolution and a 125° field of view. The mechanism can be manually controlled with the help of the switch button. ASUS says this mechanism has been test to work on more than 100,000 flips and drops.

Asus Zenfone 6 will be available in three variants starting at 499 Euros for 6GB of RAM and 64GB storage, 559 Euros for 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage and the top-end model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage at 599 Euros. The device is equipped with 6GB/8GB of RAM variants. What's more, it has a microSD expansion card slot for even more media.

The device is most likely to feature a premium build quality with glass-metal construction, and the smartphone will also offer an in-display fingerprint sensor, which is a slight bummer, consider, nearly all flagship smartphones have started to offer an in-display fingerprint sensor.

Amusingly, ASUS also makes a point about its software, which it claims to be nearly close to vanilla Android.

OS/Software: Android 9.0 Pie, ZenUI 6.

Maximising the front screen space on smartphones has been the goal of manufacturers for a while now.

The second big USP of the Aus phone is its massive 5000mAh battery.

Now this might sound simple, and it seems like a rather logical choice, but it seems that it took quite a feat of engineering to pull this off.

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