We’ve seen some whacky implementations from phone makers to overcome the notch: pop-up camera, pizza shaped-camera, and even a rotating camera. Now, Asus has added another method to the list by placing a flip-up camera into their latest flagship, the Zenfone 6.
The flip-up hardware acts as both the front and rear cameras. When you want to take a selfie, the motorized camera flips up as shown in the picture below. Besides the dual-camera that flips up, the device’s main highlights are a 6.4-inch edge-to-edge display and a massive 5,000 mAh battery. The phone’s overall spec sheet puts it in the premium mid-range category, alongside the newly launched, non-pro version of the OnePlus 7.
Let’s take a look at what’s under the hood:
- Screen: 6.4-inch Full HD+ IPS display at 2340×1080 resolution
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, octa-core with 7nm technology
- Memory: 6GB/8GB
- Rear/front camera: 48–megapixel sensor with f/1.79 aperture + 12-megapixel wide angle sensor, 125-degree field of view
- Battery: 5,000mAh
- Charging: Quick Charging 4.0
- Software: Android 9.0 Pie with ASUS ZenUI 6
- Internal storage: 64/128/256GB
- Biometric security: Rear mounted fingerprint sensor, and face unlock
There’s not much to say about camera, besides its flip-up construction. Almost every other phone’s opting to use this 48-megapixel sensor. Now that it’s a level playing field, we’ll have to see how Asus’ software can compete with others.
What’s impressive is that Asus has managed to fit a massive battery with dual stereo speakers, and a headphone jack into the device. So, it’s cutting no corners there.
On paper, the phone seems pretty impressive, but it has to overcome the hype of the OnePlus 7 and the upcoming Honor 20 Pro. The device is priced at the starting price of €499 (approx. $560), and will begin shipping in two weeks.
Update (19/06/19) : Asus launched this phone in India today as the Asuz 6z – due to a case that barred the company from using ‘Zenfone’ branding. The 6GB+64GB version of the phone is priced at Rs 31,999 ($458), the 6GB+128GB version is priced at Rs 34,999 ($501), and the high-end 8GB+128GB version is priced at Rs 38,999 ($560). The phone will soon be available to order in India on Flipkart.
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