Before the arrival of many Chinese manufacturers (Huawei, OPPO, Xiaomi …) Asus had some difficulties in our country to remain competitive in the smartphone market. Since last year, the Taiwanese manufacturer has slowly returned to the foreground. The new flagship, which was officially launched in Valencia, wants to give the brand shine again. But can ZenFone 6 compete with competitors like the Galaxy S10 +, Huawei P30 Pro, Xiaomi’s Redmi K20 Pro/Mi9T or OnePlus 7 Pro? We had our hands on the device and are ready to give our final verdict.
Great battery life
Real Rotating camera
No wireless charging
No water protection
Reliability of cameras?
Design: Bezel-less display and a rotating camera
Like other smartphones on the market, the ZenFone 6 is a good idea of providing a large 6.4-inch frameless screen. Therefore, it is undoubtedly pleasing to see, but also to use, since it has no nicks or holes.
Also, unlike OnePlus 7 Pro or OPPO Reno x10 Zoom, the front camera is not hidden in pop-ups or sharks. Instead, Asus chose a rotating camera, which he called “Turn Camera.” In this way, the 180-degree rotating camera with double backrest can be used for selfie applications.
Asus guarantees 100,000 movements or 28 camera movements per day for a motorized camera for 5 years. For added protection, the module sensor also detects acceleration so that the rotating camera can automatically return to a safe place when it falls. Also, note that you can use the camera for face detection. If you choose this solution, you can run the rotating system faster.
During the test, the phone suffered and some fell, and despite my concerns, it was always safe. I’m still curious to know more about its sustainability, but only time will tell us more. Keep going.
If this option surprises you, it is quite intelligent and original in a market that has become a classic, except for folding smartphones. Asus stands out from the competition. I find it an interesting option because it prevents the Asus smartphone, whose reputation for true high-end smartphones has not yet been proven, offers a small copy of what already exists. It remains to be seen if this rotating camera is suitable for daily use.
Interestingly, Asus has decided to leave the traditional fingerprint sensor under the screen instead of the reader. It is a nuisance (the reader under the screen is more expensive), but given current technology, it may not be a bad decision. I have already shared my opinion on this subject.
Other positive features include a headphone jack, stereo sound and LED notification. On the negative side, ZenFone 6 does not require wireless charging and sealing. I am also skeptical of the blue Asus logo on the back of the black model. If the brand had noticed, it would have criticized something more subtle.
Otherwise, ZenFone 6 is a smart smartphone with a combination of metal and glass. The handling is good and seems solid, but the smartphone is quite heavy (196 grams) and has a certain thickness due to its large battery.
Display: IPS display
The definition is Full HD +. This may not be a problem for most users, but big players and fans will surely prefer the latest OnePlus (OP7 Pro) smartphone with a resolution and refresh rate of more than 90Hz.
After all, the biggest benefit of your screen is that it has no notch. You can enjoy the full-screen experience for all applications. In everyday life, it is a real pleasure and a clear advantage over many competitors, even more expensive.
This phone has a good amount of ports and buttons. On the right side of the device, you will find a power button with a nice blue highlight that fits the Asus logo on the back, volume controls, and a special quick access button. The default setting for this button is Google Assistant. However, you can change it, for example, to take a screenshot, open a camera or change the audio mode.
Software: ZenUI and Android Pie on the run
Asus has often (and rightly) criticized in the past for its interface being contaminated by attack programs. Asus has evolved and now offers a very clear and mature operating system that comes very close to the standard Android version, but not everything is complete. We still find removable bloatware apps (Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram, to name just a few) that still resist, but Asus is making significant progress.
With ZenFone 6, Asus also introduces ZenUI 6, an Android version based on Android Pie. For his new smartphone, Asus has also promised the next two major Android updates Android Q and Android R.
The redesigned interface includes new animations and is easier to use with one hand. Game Mode allows you to have fun and avoid harassment while playing. A dark room is also available. Many small functions (for saving the screen, taking screenshots, etc.) are also available and practical.
During my test, the ZenFone 6 was comfortable to use and offers a remarkable flowability. Applying the WW_16.1210.1904.113 update resolved small wait issues encountered at the beginning of the test.
Performance: One of the fastest
With 855 Snapdragon and 6 or 8 GB of RAM, ZenFone 6 is perfectly equipped to compete with other flagships. Our test drive with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal memory has shown good performance and a low tendency to warm up when demand is high.
The ZenFone 6 is made for all types of use, without compromise. Compared to high-end smartphones, smartphones have nothing to envy, on the contrary. The benchmarks reinforce my impression. With less than $550, it is simply one of the most powerful smartphones. No game is too much and you can always enjoy the best graphics.
Audio: Stereo Speaker
Another pleasant surprise is the ZenFone 6 stereo speakers, which provide an excellent audio experience while listening to music or watching videos. The volume is more than adequate, but ZenFone 6 is not the best smartphone in the industry. The audio output (due to the headphone jack) is also good with low distortion and real playback. The suit also has pretty decent headphones.
The only sad note: the volume of the speaker during a call deserves a little more power, especially if you are in a noisy environment like the subway.
Camera: Rotating Camera
Contrary to what you expect, the ZenFone 6 does not have the famous wide-angle + telephoto + ultra-wide lens with a magic triangle. We have an “only” twin camera. The swiveling, motorized camera module includes a Sony IMX586 main camera with 48 MP (aperture f / 1.79) and a very large secondary camera with 13 MP, 125 degrees and 13 MP, which is powered by a 180-degree rotatable camera module.
When I started, I noticed that the approach was fast and the shots seemed right. Asus also offers HDR + and Super Night modes for best results in low light conditions. Asus chose the image and at first glance, the drive with the price of the device seems to be quite successful.
In general, photos taken with ZenFone 6 are good. Although sometimes some images lack the contrast, the color reproduction is quite accurate and the sharpness is good. It’s also pretty good at dusk. Details are available and there is little noise. The night mode, however, is much worse than the competition.
Without a zoom similar to the P30 Pro, a rotating camera offers more creativity, especially for panoramic or video shoots (a rotating camera automatically tracks a person, wide-angle shots can capture beautiful landscapes, and are suitable for selfies).
In terms of video, ZenFone 6 is also the first smartphone to feature a front camera capable of shooting at 4K and 60 frames per second. The videos are also good and the electronic stabilization reduces the shake.
Battery: Bigger and longer battery
This is the Asus tradition because the brand tends to provide smartphones in a very sustainable way. As promises showed, ZenFone 6 did not disappoint.
The ZenFone 6 has a 5000 mAh battery for 2 days of intensive use, so it can compete with the Huawei P30 Pro. Asus has also opted for Instant Upload 4.0. ZenFone 6 reached 13 hours in the PC Mark test. In comparison, the Huawei P30 Pro has 14 hours and the S10+ 10 hours. In terms of display time, you can spend approximately 7 hours on the device.
Due to its high capacity, it takes two hours to fully charge. Software and hardware optimization may not be the best because such a large battery can last longer, but this is only a small problem; No wireless charging.
159.1 x 75.4 x 9.2 mm
2340 x 1080 pixels (403 PPI)
9 – Pie
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
NUMBER OF CORES:
MAX. CLOCK SPEED:
HSPA, LTE, NFC, Dual-SIM, Bluetooth 5.0
Price: An whole package on an affordable price
Asus has decided to hold its Spanish meeting in Valencia, Spain, to introduce the new ZenFone 6. The smartphone will be available on the website of the brand in black from May 25th. The silver version will be available from mid-June.
In terms of price, Asus is still very cheap with 499 US dollars (about 560 US dollars) for the version with 6GB RAM and 64GB memory. Calculate 559 USD or 599 USD for 8 GB RAM+128 GB memory and 8 GB RAM+256 GB memory.
As a result, the smartphone is located directly under the OnePlus 7 and offers slightly less internal memory. Compared to other flagship models on the market, the ZenFone 6 is still much more accessible and therefore adapts to the mid-range and high-range.
With ZenFone 6, Asus relies on originality and surprises with an appealing, aesthetically appealing rotating camera. The new flagship of the Taiwanese manufacturer has an attractive design and good technical features as well as a certain sexual attraction, especially since an excellent performance is expected. If you add a promising camera and a cheaper price than many competitors, Asus has apparently developed a good product that could become an ideal competitor to the OnePlus 7 and the upcoming Honor 20 Pro. ZenFone 6 is one of the best value for money ever!
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