ASUS Zenfone 6 Truly Defies Ordinary: Specs, Features and More

In pictures: Wacky ZenFone 6 designs left on ASUS's cutting room floor

The ASUS ZenFone 6 shoots 48MP selfies with no front camera and has a full frontal LCD with no bezel

Taiwanese electronics maker Asus on Friday globally launched its newest flagship smartphone, the Zenfone 6.

For more gear, gadget, and hardware news and reviews, follow Plugged on Twitter and Flipboard. In fact, there is no separate front-facing camera on the device which eliminates the need for a notch in the first place.

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.

Dinesh Sharma, Head of Mobile Business at Asus India, claims that a rotational camera is better than a pop-up camera - as seen on the OnePlus 7 Pro, Oppo Find X and Vivo NEX - as it is less vulnerable to dust. The display is also protected with a coating of Corning Gorilla Glass on top.

Asus Zenfone 6 is also capable to record videos at 4k 60fps and the 3-axis Electronic Image Stabiliser (EIS) keeps things smooth.

As usual, Asus spent a lot of time talking about the camera and the flip mechanism. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Asus has managed to squeeze a 5,000mAh battery into the new ZenFone 6 - said to be OK "for up to two days non-stop use", or 21hrs of Wi-Fi web browsing, and it can charge up again quickly via Quick Charge 4.0 support. The only real way to get rid of the notch is to get rid of the front camera, and that's what ASUS has done with the newly announced ZenFone 6.

Other specifications of the ZenFone 6 include USB Type-C, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0, and Global Positioning System connectivity options. There is a dual camera setup as well.

The most exciting feature, though, is the camera. Stabilised 4k60 fps video is also now a possibility. I'll be able to make a better assessment once I've spent more time with the phone with its final firmware. So, for example, you can select the different sound mode with a single press, flashlight for double press and with press and hold, you can take a screenshot.

For instance, the company showcased during launch the camera can withstand quite a bit of rough while also being robust enough to continue operating for at least a decade while shooting 28 selfies a day. 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. Asus has revealed that the phone will be offered in two colours - Midnight Black and Twilight Silver. 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. There are still various Asus enhancements and the company has promised to prioritize the upgrade to Android 10 Q and it will deliver the next version, “11 R”, in the future.

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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