Asus ZenFone 6 Hands-on Review: Wild Flip Camera Kills the Notch

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

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

Behold: a gallery of things, most of which are not the ASUS ZenFone 6. The moment you hit the switch, the camera flips and turns into a selfie camera.

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 means you can take the same high-quality photos whether shooting forward or backward, while also enabling group selfies.

The device is most likely to feature a premium build quality with glass-metal construction, and the smartphone will also offer an in-display fingerprint sensor, which is a slight bummer, consider, nearly all flagship smartphones have started to offer an in-display fingerprint sensor.

Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, the Zenfone 6 leaves no stones unturned to flaunt its flagship features. Other rare inclusions include a physical fingerprint scanner on the back and a headphone jack.

Beneath the display, you'll find Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 855 processor alongside an Adreno 640 GPU, either 6- or 8GB of RAM and 64-, 128- or 256GB of UFS 2.1 storage, depending on the variant that you opt for.

After the positive response from its Max series, Asus wanted a large battery for the Zenfone 6 and it managed to fit a huge 5,000mAh pack. Thus, the camera is toggling between the front and rear with the push of an on-screen button.

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In terms of connectivity, it supports 802.11ac WiFI with 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and there's also dual-frequency Global Positioning System support as well. Instead of copying the market - unlikely black bar or weird hole-punch dot at the top of a smartphone, the whole front of the Zenfone 6 is just a seamless expanse of screen. And a short video shown at the announcement showcased a child actively trying to force the camera open using a screwdriver, pins and more, and the module still functioned properly. The cameras also support Laser AF assist and Dual LED flash. But ASUS' solution seems much more logical to me. It takes 12-megapixel photos by default, using a quad bayer array to exploit the extra pixels to improve dynamic range and image fidelity. This is a cool mechanism because these are the only sensors that the phone needs. Just like One Plus, there's built-in fall detection that retracts the camera if it slips from your hand.

As soon as the company announced ZenUI 6 for ZenFone 6, as is usually the case, curious users of the existing flagship ZenFone 5Z began inquiring across the company's official help forum as well as Twitter if their phones will be upgraded to the newest ZenUI 6.

The first is a high-quality onboard DAC that Asus says supports Hi-Res audio at 192 kHz/24-bit.

During the launch, Asus also revealed that the Zenfone 6 is compatible with Android Q beta and users can expect it to receive at least two years worth of Android updates.

Now, let's talk about the flipping mechanism of this smartphone.

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