There has been a lot of whacky updates from phone makers such as pop-up camera and a rotating camera. Now comes what they call a ‘flip-up’ camera from Asus in their new flagship, the Zenfone 6. This flip-up thing serves both fronts as well as the rear camera. Besides the camera, there are some other main highlights such as the 6.4 inch edge-to-edge display and a 5000 mAh battery. The hardware configuration of this phone puts it against the likes of the newly launched OnePlus 7. The Zenfone 6 has a regular fingerprint scanner on the rear, which the company says has been improved. What’s really impressive is that Asus has managed to put a huge 5000 mAh battery (should easily last a day on a single charge) and that too with a dual-speaker setup. A headphone jack is also available in this model. The two main absences are wireless charging and water resistance which seems fair at what price this device is going to be sold for.UI & OS: Talking about the software, Asus now says that it has come up with an enhanced version of stock Android, which seems much better than Asus’ attempt over the last few years on the Asus customized UI. There’s also a dedicated “Smart key” that defaults to Google Assistant, but can be later set up to take a screenshot, activate do not disturb mode and open the camera. Camera: Asus offers a dual-camera setup, 48 megapixel (Sony flagship camera sensor) being the main camera with F1.79 aperture and a 13-megapixel wide-angle lens that can be used for both selfies as well as wide-angle shots (thanks to the flipping camera). Seems like Asus has worked hard on this camera setup which uses a customized stepper motor to rotate the lenses around 180 degrees, letting it work as either a front-facing or rear camera as required. The whole camera housing is made out of liquid metal which will make it more durable.
Asus will sell Zenfone 6 in India through Flipkart along with OnePlus 7 which will be sold through Amazon
Although with the number of moving parts here, there are still concerns that things could go wrong with the camera. For the safety though, this phone does have an automated system that will rotate the lens back if it detects that you’ve dropped the phone, but one should still probably avoid doing that. There’s also a video motion-tracking mode that allows the camera to chase a subject to keep it in the center of the frame.Display: The whole front of the ZenFone 6 is just seamless without any notch, which is pretty great to look at, although there is still a small bezel on the bottom. It is a 6.4-inch FHD+ (19.5:9, 1080×2340) LCD with a full-screen design having 83.8% screen-to-body ratio and also a Gorilla Glass 6 protection. Other main highlights:
Dual Sim, 3G, 4G, VoLTE, Wi-Fi
Memory Card Supported, upto 256 GB
Android v9.0 (Pie)Price: Though the exact price for the Indian market is not confirmed yet, Asus plans to sell three variants of the ZenFone 6 model, starting at a 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage option for €499 (roughly around ₹39,100).The company is promising two higher-specced options as well, the 6GB+128GB version priced at €559(around ₹43,800) and the best version topping out at 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage which is priced at €599(₹47,000). Despite the price being mid-range, the specs are on par with most Android flagships currently being offered in the market. There’s Snapdragon 855 processor, Gorilla Glass 6, aluminum body, aforementioned bezel-less display, and a flip camera. It’ll be available in Midnight Black and Twilight Silver color options. Launch Date: Asus had initially announced Zenfone 6 release date in India to be 19th June. But due to a restraint order from Delhi High Court. ASUS cannot sell any device smartphone, tablet, or accessory with the ZenFone branding. The period starts on 28th May and lasts for 8 weeks. But yes, it will be a pretty interesting addition to the Indian Android marketplace.