Asus launches ZenFone 6 with flip camera

Asus launches ZenFone 6 with flip camera

Twist, slide and repeat The Asus Zenfone 6Z's new flip camera isn't just a flashy feature or a feature that's a mere selfie camera.

But how has Asus been able to pull this off?

The phone comes in two variants; a rather generic Midnight Black, and a more eye-catching white-to-blue gradient nicknamed Twilight Silver, with matching metal band. Thoughts? Let us know in the comments.

While we bemoaned the Zenfone 5 for its iPhone-mimicking design and overbearing software, the Zenfone 6 takes a different approach.

But, is it a gimmick or has Asus cracked the formula for the ideal bezel-less design?

Asus may not have big market share to flaunt but it has stuck around in the smartphone space and managed to have quite a few hits and many misses.

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. Thanks to the flip camera, it's also free of image-eating notches or punch holes. It also says that the flip camera has a lifespan of 100,000 flips, which can allow you to capture around 28 photos per day, for 5 years. Instead of doing a notch, or a mechanical pop-up camera, ASUS is flipping the camera up from the back.

You'll also notice a "Smart Key" on the side of the smartphone. That said, ZenUI 6 has really scaled back on the bloatware compared to the company's previous phones, and the Settings app appears virtually unchanged from what you'd encounter on a Pixel - which is a little relief in and of itself. This easily makes it one of the better screens to consume content on.

For added protection, the display is topped by a layer of Corning's Gorilla Glass 6.

Regarding the actual camera specifications, the Asus ZenFone 6 includes a main 48-megapixel sensor and a secondary 13-megapixel camera paired with an ultra-wide-angle lens. You can still shoot selfies, though, because it flips up.

There are several features of the camera that are very unique to the Zenfone 6 such as the ability to move the camera to any angle. It also comes with features like time-lapse, slow-motion video, motion tracking video and can take still photos while recording a video. That's all powered again by premier Qualcomm silicon - in this case, the brand new Snapdragon 855 system-on-chip. The device has UFS 2.1 storage options of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. You could either pop in a second sim and keep your phone on two networks or you could use that second slot for a microSD card, increasing your phone's storage capacity. The Snapdragon 855 is Qualcomm's top-of-the-line chipset which provides more power than ever to your smartphone. The Zenfone 6 will get a minimum of 2 years of security patches on a bi-monthly basis. And the handset's 5,000-mAh battery might make the latest ZenFone the best flagship to have in your pocket if longevity on a charge your top priority. This is a cool mechanism because these are the only sensors that the phone needs.

ZenFone 6 runs on new ZenUI 6 which is based on Android 9 Pie. The company has promised that it will be updating the software to Android Q and Android R, whenever they come.

Now that we got that out of the way, how does the phone feel?

The Zenfone 6 packs a huge 5000mAh battery which supports Quick Charge 4.0 via 18w fast charging adapter. The back of the Asus Zenfone showcases a curved finish along with a dedicated fingerprint scanner below the camera. Unlike the OnePlus 7 duo, this is an IPS LCD display, which means it's not likely to be as contrasty.

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