Published: Sat, May 18, 2019
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Asus Zenfone 6 with Snapdragon 855 and Flip Camera Announced

Asus Zenfone 6 with Snapdragon 855 and Flip Camera Announced

Asus says that the Zenfone 6 is the world's first camera to come with 4K 60fps video recording capabilities with EIS.

However, you will still need to worry about the camera breaking off, if you do drop it. The screen is an IPS-type panel with 2340 x 1080 pixels and pushes out 600nits peak brightness, offering 100 per cent DCI-P3 colour. The camera flips out from the back whenever you want to capture selfies and it is said to have a lifespan of about 100000 flips.

The tweet confirms that the company's upcoming flagship Zenfone 6 will feature a 5,000 mAh battery capacity. But, like OnePlus with the 7 Pro, ASUS has implemented fall detection, so if the gyroscope detects that the phone has fallen out of your hands, it will retract the camera back to the back of the phone. This display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6.

Along with the top of the line Snapdragon 855 chipset, we get 6 or 8GB of RAM. 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.

Under the hood, the smartphone houses the latest 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 octa-core SoC coupled with Adreno 640 GPU, 6GB/8GB RAM, and up to 256GB UFS 2.1 storage that can be further expanded up to 2TB via microSD card. The phone from Asus also has a headphone jack.

It also has a 6.4-inch FHD+ LCD screen with HDR10 support, and a rear-facing fingerprint reader, all powered by a massive 5,000 mAh battery (with reverse charging support via USB-C), while still weighing only 190g.

Connectivity: Dual-SIM; LTE-A, 6-Band carrier aggregation, Cat.18 (1.2Gbps/150Mbps); Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac/ax MU-MIMO; GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo; NFC; Bluetooth 5.0; FM radio.

Coming to the major highlight of the smartphone, the Zenfone 6 features a dual-camera setup.

This flip up style camera is not really new. Stabilised 4k60 fps video is also now a possibility. Better yet, you can use the flip mechanism to automatically take panoramas as well.

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.

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. On the software front, its stock Android that Asus has gone for and already qualifies for Android Q when that becomes available. Naturally, it's added a few of its own bells and whistles, including a Smart Volume feature that adjusts your ringtone level to match your environment and a dark mode for the UI.

Pressing the key triggers Google Assistant while holding it down lets you talk to Assistant as you would into a walkie-talkie radio.

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