Asus 6z (8GB RAM, 256GB)  +1 variation

price₹ 45,000 expected

launchComing Soon!

84.3

excellence score

70.8

value for money score

Expected launch: 19 June, 2019

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Design

  • Gorgeous, stand-out design - a curved rear that fits nicely into the palm of your hand, a glossy back, and most importantly, a 6.4 in full-screen display free of bezels and notches
  • A neatly positioned, well thought-out alert and charge light - in the top right corner just above the screen
  • A handy, configurable Smart Key (defaults to Google Assistant) - you can configure it to have specific single-press, double-press and long-press actions
  • The physical fingerprint sensor at the back is fast, and conveniently positioned, for both left- and right-handed use
  • Like all glossy backs do, this one too will attract a lot of fingerprints
  • Relatively hefty (190g)

Display

  • Large, clear, immersive 6.4-inch screen with minimal bezels, and of course, no notch
  • But the screen is LCD, rather than OLED, so it's not quite as gorgeous as the AMOLED on the OnePlus 7

Software

  • ZenUI 6 is leaner, faster, more streamlined than before - making it now one of the best and most clean Android UI implementations around
  • There are range of tweaks of course - OptiFlex (learns which apps you use and loads them faster than the norm), Dark Mode (essentially replaces the white background with a black one easing eye strain), Smart Volume (sets media, ringtones and call volume to a level appropriate to ambient noise) - there are plenty of other tweaks too, but they are less obtrusive than previous iterations of ZenUI
  • Asus also adds a range of its own apps including a gallery, file manager, weather app, data transfer tool, sound recorder and its own camera app - which are handy - and there is no unnecessary bloat

Performance

  • Top-end flagship performance with the flagship Snapdragon 855 underneath - the Zenfone 6 is in fact one of the cheapest phones at present to pack the 855

Camera

  • Of course, the highlight of the Zenfone 6 is the clever, unique flip camera system
  • Asus has thought not just about removing the front camera for the 'full screen' experience, but also about enhancing the camera's usability - the result is not just another pop-up design - open the camera app and the dual rear-facing lenses are used in the usual way - switch to selfie mode and the camera housing swings out from the back of the handset until the two lenses sit proud of the top of the phone, facing forwards!
  • The camera system consists of dual cameras - a 48MP primary camera + a 13MP ultra-wide camera, that can create some cool framing opportunities
  • The image quality is very impressive - even considering the excellent competition - in daylight shots, you can expect a great deal of detail, while indoor shots too capture texture and detail well
  • The special camera setup means there are a bunch of smart features, like motion tracking (set this off and the camera will follow a moving subject, as long as it's moving slowly), and a motorized panorama mode (select it and hold the camera steady, and the flip lens moves through its full 180 degrees, shooting as it goes)
  • Night mode shooting captures quite a lot of detail
  • Great video quality, with very capable stabilization, and range of video modes - the ability to record at 4K@60fps with EIS is a nice touch, too
  • Finally, of course, the best outcome from the flip camera mechanism is that you now get to use the same excellent rear cameras as your front cameras as well - this means that the selfie quality is pretty much unrivalled, when compared to even the best of camera phones
  • There is some added shot-framing flexibility as well - if you hold the selfie button a slider pops up that can be used to rotate the camera housing into a particular position -- perhaps using it as a stand, or to get a shot that's at an awkward angle
  • Finally, what you are getting is excellent quality in daylight and low light, image and video, front and back - making for one of the best camera phones, especially in this price bracket (and yes, it's a significant way ahead of the OnePlus 7)
  • The only phone in this price bracket that is arguably a bit better in overall camera quality is the Pixel 3a

Audio

  • Nice stereo speakers - they deliver plenty of volume, and reasonably good quality

Battery

  • The other big highlight of the Zenfone 6, apart from the flip camera setup, is the exceptional, class-leading battery life, powered by a huge 5000mAH battery - you are going to get 2 days of use from this beast with moderate use
  • QuickCharge 4.0 support

Verdict

  • No 2 ways about it, Asus has delivered a surprising capable, sublime mid-ranger here, and given OnePlus a lot to worry about
  • A great camera setup, and an excellent battery life are the highlights - and add to that some nice-to-haves that are increasingly harder to find in the high-end segment like a headphone jack, a status LED, and a dedicated microSD slot, and you can see how the Zenfone 6 makes a really compelling case for itself
  • The 2 main competitors will be the OnePlus 7 (better AMOLED display, but not as good cameras), and Pixel 3a (better cameras, but behind in most other areas) - and the Zenfone 6 is likely to compete well against these champions

Expert Reviews

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  1. Come in for the cool motorized camera, stay for everything else...makes a really compelling case for itself
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Any Android enthusiast would be thrilled to get their hands on one of these
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Many people will probably be drawn in by the Asus ZenFone 6's motorized flip camera, but they'll stay for the great value, battery life and raw performance, as these are what truly makes it worth buying
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A sublime, well-rounded package for not much money
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  5. Very impressive
    zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A phenomenal phone..one of our favourite smartphones of 2019
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
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Asus 6z (8GB RAM, 256GB) Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 9.0 PieExpected update to Android Q
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.4 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Display TypeIPS LCD
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Display Features
  • DCI-P3 Support
  • HDR10
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Gyroscope
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.84 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Ranked #2 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 640
RAM8 GB
Memory
Internal Memory256 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 1 TB
Battery
Battery Capacity5000 mAh
Fast ChargingYes, Quick Charge 4.0
Dimensions
Weight190 gm
Thickness9.2 mm
Camera
Primary Camera48MP + 13MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (4K)
Other Camera Features
  • 48MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length (Wide); 1/2" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; Laser Autofocus/PDAF
  • 13MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 11mm Focal Length (Ultra-wide)
  • HDR
  • Auto Panorama
  • Video: 2160p@30/60fps; 1080p@30/60/240fps; 720p@480fps
  • Gyro-EIS
Secondary Camera48MP + 13MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • Motorised flip-up Rear Camera
  • 48MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length (Wide); 1/2" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; Laser Autofocus/PDAF
  • 13MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 11mm Focal Length (Ultra-wide)
  • HDR
  • Auto Panorama
  • Video: 2160p@30/60fps; 1080p@30/60/240fps; 720p@480fps
  • Gyro-EIS
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou + GALILEO + QZSS
CompassYes
NFCYes
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App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM + GSM
Noise FiltrationYes
Stereo SpeakersYes
FM RadioYes
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  • DTS Headphone X

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