Asus ZenFone 6 Review: Hands-On With The Flippy Camera

In pictures: Wacky ZenFone 6 designs left on ASUS's cutting room floor

How many times did you wish that your front camera is as good as the primary camera on the back of the phone? This new Zenfone packs in some competitive hardware and easily the most exciting camera package since the Pixel introduced the world to the true power of computational photography.

The fingerprint scanner is also on the back, and like the ZenFone 5 (and not a certain other manufacturer's phones) it's a respectable distance from the cameras, so you shouldn't accidentally cover those lenses in fingerprints.

Reflecting on the complete specs, the Asus Zenfone 6 flaunts a 6.4-inch full HD+ IPS LCD display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 600nit brightness, HDR10 support, 3D curved glass, and Gorilla Glass 6 protection.

This way, Zenfone 6 is now directly competing against OnePlus 7, aiming for the premium smartphone market.

Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, the Zenfone 6 leaves no stones unturned to flaunt its flagship features. There's a flip camera in the Zenfone 6 that will make a lot of heads turn as Asus has put in high-quality sensors in there.

The ZenFone 6 also looks to stand out from the crowd in the battery department, sporting an incredible 5,000mAh battery that Asus claims can provide either two days of standard use, 26 days on standby, 33.3 hours of talktime or 21 hours of web browsing. The flip camera did a fine job of capturing the limited images we clicked with the device.

It also includes USB Type C, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 AC (Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth version 5.0 and Global Positioning System.

Coming to the major highlight of the smartphone, the Zenfone 6 features a dual-camera setup. Stabilised 4k60 fps video is also now a possibility. So, for example, you can select the different sound mode with a single press, flashlight for double press and with press and hold, you can take a screenshot. Also, no matter how elaborate or maybe even weird it might seem to be, Asus assured there is some solid engineering at work behind its operation. This convenience also means that you don't need to precariously perch your phone on some object. According to Asus, the motorized part can survive 100,000 open-close cycles (the equivalent to 28 flips per day for 5 years) and includes a variety of sensors that block rotations if placed inside a pocket or bag. Similar to how the pop-up camera on the OnePlus 7 Pro retracts, this one immediately jumps back into place when a drop is detected.

The whole flippable module is wrapped in what ASUS calls "liquid metal", mainly for its improved lightness and toughness compared to, say, stainless steel. This is ZenUI 6 based on Android 9 Pie.

Paired with ZenUI is a new Smart Key, a physical button on the side of the phone, above the volume buttons. There are still various Asus enhancements and the company has promised to prioritize the upgrade to Android 10 Q and it will deliver the next version, “11 R”, in the future. Let's talk about the latter for a bit.

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