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Asus Zenfone 6 2019 Review

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Asus Zenfone 6: Huge Battery, Unique Flip Camera, and Notch-less Screen

Under the brand name Asus, Zenfone 6 in the UK can be said to be the super-cool, dazzling and most consistent model in terms of confidentiality. Last year’s Asus Zenfone 5Z was indeed an exquisite smartphone with state-of-the-art features at unmatched rates. This Zenfone 6, however, comes with everything its predecessor is already loaded with.

With a 6.4-inches screen, Zenfone 6 is the best offer of 2019 so far, even housing an absolute best version of ZenUI which is Stock Google Android Pie with some extra camera controls as well as algorithm layers for battery management and dark mode. The key highlights of Zenfone 6 are related to 6.4-inches IPS screen, up to 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, dual flip camera mechanism and a whopping 5000mAh battery to keep you online all day long. Let’s find out more in our Asus Zenfone 6 Review below!

Asus Zenfone 6

Asus Zenfone 6 Availability and Price

Earlier, it was available to pre-order in the UK but it’s right now available in every corner of the UK to get your hands on. Although the official Asus Zenfone 6 release date in the UK was May 30. It’s also the release date in the other European countries whereas the Australian audience and some of the Asian countries have to wait a little more to get their hands on.

When it comes to Asus Zenfone 6 Price in the UK, it shines very well. This gorgeously designed smartphone is amazingly cheap and doesn’t leave a dent on your wallet. It set users back £499 if you buy one with 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage. However, you can also buy a variant with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage after spending £599.

Asus Zenfone 6 in this price range is giving tough competition to the others like Xiaomi Mi 9 which costs approx. £499 with almost similar onboard features and high-quality rear cameras. Very much like Mi 9, Honor View 20 still does an excellent job whereas last year OnePlus 7 gives its audience a similar value for money.

Zenfone 6 Black

Asus Zenfone 6 Specifications

NETWORKTechnologyGSM / HSPA / LTE
PRICEAround 450£
LAUNCH DATEAnnounced2019, May
StatusAvailable. Released 2019, May
BODYBuildFront glass (Gorilla Glass 6), back glass (Gorilla Glass), aluminum frame
Dimensions159.1 x 75.4 x 9.2 mm (6.26 x 2.97 x 0.36 in)
Weight190 g (6.70 oz)
SimDual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DESIGN & DISPLAYResolution1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)
TypeIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size6.4 inches, 100.5 cm2 (~83.8% screen-to-body ratio)
Multi TouchYes
Covered (Protective)Corning Gorilla Glass 6
PLATFORMOperating System (OS)Android 9.0 (Pie), ZenUI 6
ChipsetQualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
Central Processing Unit (CPU)Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x2.41 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x1.78 GHz Kryo 485)
Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)Adreno 640
STORAGEInternal Memory256 GB, 64/128 GB
RAM8 GB, 6 GB

6GB with 64/128 GB
Memory CardmicroSD, up to 1 TB (dedicated slot)
CAMERARear ( Dual ) 48MP + 13 MP
Rear Camera FeaturesDual-LED flash, HDR, auto panorama
Rear Camera Video[email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60/240fps, [email protected]; gyro-EIS (except @240/480fps)
Secondary (Selfie) ( Dual )Motorized flip-up main camera module
Secondary Camera FeaturesDual-LED flash, HDR, auto panorama (motorized rotation)
Secondary Camera Video[email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60/240fps, [email protected], [email protected]; gyro-EIS (except @240/480fps)
CONNECTIVITYWireless LANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
GPS ( Global Positioning System )Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS
RadioFM radio
USB2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
SOUNDAlert typeVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
LoudspeakerYes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jackYes
MicActive noise cancellation with dedicated mic
FEATURESSensorsFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
MessagingSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
BrowserHTML5
(MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player)
(Photo/video editor)
(Document viewer)
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery
ColoursMidnight Black, Twilight Silver

Asus Zenfone 6 Design

The design of Asus Zenfone 6 isn’t unusual as it’s made of a single block of aluminum which sits perfectly in hands and feels just as special as other flagships i.e. Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and iPhone XS Max. When it comes to the various physical elements of the phone, nothing is out of the ordinary. On the right side of the phone are a power key, a Google Assistant key, and a rocker with a sensibly placed USB Type-C charging port on the bottom. Asus has chosen to rear-mounted fingerprint readers just above the middle of the smartphone rather than following a trend for in-screen sensors.

Zenfone 6 smartphone black

Asus Zenfone 6 Notch-free Display

Asus Zenfone 6 houses an impressive 6.4-inches IPS LCD display with a maximum resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels – with noticeable bezels. As there is no notch above the display, there are no distractions while playing games or watching HD videos. The screen is exceptionally bright and vivid and takes your enjoyment to the next level. All in all, it’s easily making it one of the dazzling screens to consume content on.

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Asus Zenfone 6 Unique Flip Camera

Without a doubt, Asus did an awesome job with cameras in the last several years and interestingly, Asus Zenfone 6 is no different. But what does flip mean? The rear camera of the handset which consists of a 48MP + 13MP sensor flips immediately forward when touching of a button in a camera flip. Hence, it’s named a flip camera. The Zenfone 6’s camera has a bunch of unique features i.e. ability to move a camera to any angle. It’s quite awesome and offers better ergonomics while capturing images. The third-party apps such as Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp have also been tuned to support free-angle shooting.

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What is Inside?

The Asus Zenfone 6 is powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855 Chipset which is partnered with 6GB/8GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB/256GB of onboard memory. However, one can further increase the onboard storage up to 1TB via a microSD card. As mentioned, Snapdragon 855 is the top-of-the-line chipset – providing more power as compared to the other smartphones loaded with 845 Chipset.

The smartphone is backed by two stereo speakers – one on the bottom with two smart amplifiers whereas the other on the top. Outback, there is a fingerprint scanner and according to Asus, the operating speed of that sensor is 0.3 seconds.

The other interesting thing about the Zenfone 6 is that it works on ZenUI 6 based on Android 9.0 Pie, although it seems like it runs on Android. With the new ZenUI, the interface of Asus is now almost close to the Android stock, with additional features such as double-tap to wake, clever speakers, native dark mode and memory management tools like OptiFlex.

Asus Zenfone 6 Battery

When it comes to the battery department, Asus Zenfone 6 looks to stand out from the competition – thanks to an incredible 5000mAh non-removable battery. Asus has claimed that it can provide more than two days of standard use, 33.3 hours of talk time, more than 26 days on standby and 21 hours of web browsing. Some online sources have reported that it can last up to 15 hours with standard usage i.e. texting, browsing and snapping with 40% juice left in the tank when going to bed. Amazing?

Check Asus Zenfone 6 2019 Video Review From GSMArena

Review overview

Design & Display9
Software8
Battery9
Performance9
Camera9
Onboard Storage8
Price8.9

The Pros

  • The Unique Flip Camera
  • Massive 5000mAh Battery
  • Impressive 6.4-inches Display
  • Affordable Phone with Snapdragon 855

The Cons

  • It Lacks a Telephoto Camera
  • No On-screen Fingerprint Scanner
  • Lacks Google Night Sight Equivalent
  • Software isn’t Up to the Mark

Summary

8.7Making a long story short and putting this off by saying, Asus Zenfone 6 is an awesome combination of performance, configuration and elegance. It looks gorgeous, having outstanding cameras, a whopping amount of onboard memory and gigantic battery to keep you online more than 2 days with casual usage. Most important of all, it’s amazingly cheap and users who are running short on a budget but looking for a flagship smartphone can get their hands on it.

Victoria Parkle
the authorVictoria Parkle
Victoria Parkle loves writing about the latest and greatest smartphones as well as all the latest news related to technology. She is enlightening the readers with more than 5 years of experience in writing. And when she doesn't write, she can be found listening to music and watching science fiction movies.

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under screen finger print scanner is NOT a Con considering under screen requires oled screen which would increase the affordability greatly and is in many instances either slower or has inconsistent reads compared to the rear mount type.