Asus Zenfone 6: Flagship Killer or A Waste Try

Weird Hardware is back this is the Asus Zenfone 6. This is one of the biggest surprises for phones this year. This isn’t a full review of a cell phone it’s more like, an impression of what’s ended up being one of the more interesting mid-range phones of 2019.

Overview

It has a six-point four-inch full HD plus IPS LCD display, rounded corners as you can see. no notch, no cutouts, no hole punch, no interruptions. The fingerprint reader they didn’t put on to the glass it’s still on the back. It’s lower and sort of in the middle so it’s reachable. The earpiece speaker is still up in the little slot at the top alongside an LED notification light.

Camera

It Comes with dual cameras Setup that sort of flips around into selfie mode and takes the front-facing shot. You have a 48-megapixel F/1.8 main sensor and a 13-megapixel ultra-wide as well. It’s motorized Setup and you have all kinds of extra features. But also all kinds of other stuff to worry about.

Volume Rocker

Volume Rocker isn’t a shutter button anymore it’s actually a controller to control the exact precise angle that you want. The camera flips up at any given time which is fascinating. The software button becomes a slider to do the same thing.

Panorama Mode

In panorama mode, there is a fully automatic panorama tilt. You can take a vertical or horizontal panorama by just hitting a button. It uses the motors to move the lens for you across the frame

Object Tracking Mode

Object tracking mode, if you’re trying to take a video or something without moving the phone of a subject. You can have it latch on to what looks like just contrast based object detection. Then as long as that subject moves to the left basically the camera can swivel over. Keep it in the frame

Camera Quality

The camera quality itself is actually pretty good. Let’s be honest I wasn’t expecting much out of the zenfone. If the pixels camera is Rated A+ then this is a solid B. The main camera especially as a selfie camera is quite good so shots are detailed color is pretty good its edge to edge sharp Detection.

Specifications

  • Operating system: Android 9.0 Pie
  • Display: 6.4-inch IPS LCD, 2340×1080 (19.5:9),HDR10, Gorilla Glass 6
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 855 1 x 2.84GHz Kryo 485,3 x 2.41GHz Kryo 485,4 x 1.78GHz Kryo 485,Adreno 640(7nm)
  • RAM: 6GB/8GB
  • Storage: 64GB/128GB/256GB
  • Rear camera 1: 48 MP, f/1.8 Dual Pixel PDAF
  • Rear camera 2: 13MP, f/2.4
  • Battery: 5000mAh
  • Dimensions: 159.1 x 75.4 x 9.2 mm 190g
Hardware and Software

It has the high-end specs Snapdragon 855 and up to 8 gigs of ram. It’s an all-metal and glass build. It has a 5000 Mah battery inside and that is absolutely massive. It has 18-watt fast charging and no wireless charging and comes with a 1080p display, there’s also a Bluetooth 5.0. There is a headphone jack, a power button with a ring of blue paint around it. Then it has this extra button up above the volume rocker that by default is a Google assistant button. You can remap it to a couple of other functions

Stock UI

The biggest most welcomed change on this phone is, Asus finally dropping that massive Zen UI skin. Bringing it way back to near-stock Android dropping all the bloatware all the unnecessary duplicate apps

Conclusion

It’s definitely one of the surprises of the year so far, of course, being a pretty great all-around budget phone. That happens to have one really impressive swivel camera feature. This falls in the category of notches and hole punch cutouts and pop-up cameras. So when I saw this one this just flips around and becomes one of the best quality selfie cameras instantly. That to me made me kind of liked it a lot more but we’ll keep an eye on this phone and a bunch more coming in the future but as far as I can tell definitely a pretty great all-around $500 phone