Unlike a year ago when there were two devices under the Zenfone 5 series (Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 5z), this time around, ASUS has kept things more straightforward and has announced a single model - the Zenfone 6.
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Asus Zenfone 6 sports a 6.4-inch full HD+ IPS display with a resolution of 2340×1080 pixels with a 92 percent screen-to-body ratio.More news: In a first for Asia, Taiwan parliament endorses same-sex marriage
When taking a picture, the camera basically looks like any other rear-camera, but when taking a selfie, the camera flips up and towards you so the same powerful rear-camera is used to take your selfie.
Asus has also managed to cram in a 5,000mAh battery, which should help towards the higher end of the smartphone battery life table. The Zenfone 6 will compete with the likes of OnePlus 7 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S10e, Pixel 3 and others. This display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6.
Chipset: Snapdragon 855 (7nm): octa-core CPU (1×2.8GHz & 3×2.4GHz Kryo Gold & 4×1.7GHz Kryo 485 Silver); Adreno 640 GPU. The flip camera is made using Liquid Metal which is lighter than stainless steel and is four times stronger.More news: Sudan army ruler says talks over civil rule suspended for 72 hours
In terms of connectivity, you get USB-C, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and a triple-slot SIM slot.
The most exciting feature, though, is the camera. It is the successor to last year's Asus Zenfone 5Z and is also the first smartphone from the company to feature a full-screen display paired with a flip camera. The cameras also support Laser AF assist and Dual LED flash.
Now this might sound simple, and it seems like a rather logical choice, but it seems that it took quite a feat of engineering to pull this off. Instead of doing a notch, or a mechanical pop-up camera, ASUS is flipping the camera up from the back. This convenience also means that you don't need to precariously perch your phone on some object. What's more, it also uses the gyro sensor to detect a fall, during which the camera is created to retract automatically to prevent damage.More news: ‘Minecraft’ Your World in Upcoming Mobile AR Game
That should be more than enough to power pretty much any app or game on Android with little lag, and we must admit we've not experienced any during our limited time with the device, but this is something we'll be putting to the test more thoroughly in the coming days. As for the OS, there is the ZenUI 6 based on Android 9 Pie included here, and the company has said that there will be guaranteed update to the next two major Android OS versions in the future. While it keeps the stock Android look and feel, there are enhancements available to users including the ability to double tap the display to wake, automatically adjust volume based on the environment, enable a system-wide dark mode and more. It is, however, compatible with the Android Q Beta program and, as an added bonus, an update to Android Q is also being promised.
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