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ASUS ZenFone 6 Smartphone

NEX score 79%

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Product Overview

ASUS ZenFone 6 is a flagship-level smartphone by ASUS in 2019. It is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 mobile platform and features a 6.4-inch IPS NanoEdge Display, and a unique flip-up camera unit.
This flip-up main camera unit allows the user to access both camera units as front-facing cameras. It also makes it possible for ASUS to push the phone's display to the edge of all sides, resulting in a 92% screen-to-body ratio without notch or punch hole.
This display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6 and covers 100% DCI-P3 color space. It also produces 600 nits of brightness, making texts easily readily in bright outdoor environments.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Super-cool dual-lens camera
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 79% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good performance
  • Good camera performance
  • Gorgeous FHD+ display
Cons
  • No IP rating
  • No wireless charging
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
USB-C 2.0 + 3.5mm audio combo
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 5 + Bluetooth 5.0 + NFC

Construction

Battery | Capacity
5000 mAh
Camera | Front
Motorized flip-up main camera module that doubles as front camera
Camera | Rear | Ultra-Wide
13 MP, f/2.4, 11mm
Camera | Rear | Wide
48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm
Colors
Twilight Silver, Midnight Black, Matte Black
Material
Corning Gorilla Glass 6

Dimensions

Bezels
92% screen-to-body ratio
Size | Depth
159.1 mm / 6.26 inches
Size | Height
9.1 mm / 0.36 inches
Size | Width
75.44 mm / 2.97 inches
Weight
190 g / 6.7 oz

Display

Brightness
600 nits
Display Diagonal
6.4 inch
Display Type
IPS
Gamut
96% NTSC, 100% DCI-P3
Resolution
FHD+ 2340x1080

Function

Bluetooth Profiles
EDR + A2DP + aptX Adaptive
Chipset
Qualcomm SM8150 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
Fast Charging
18W Quick Charge 4.0 + 10W Reverse Charging
GPS
GPS (Dual bands, L1+L5), GLONASS (G1), BDS (B1), GALILEO (Dual bands, E1+E5a), QZSS (Dual bands, L1+L5)
Graphics
Adreno 640
HDR
HDR10
Operating System
Android with ZenUI
Processor
Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x1.78 GHz Kryo 485)
Sensor
Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
SIM
Dual 4G
Touch Screen
Capacitive touch panel with 10 points multi-touch
Tuner
FM Radio
Video Recording
4K 60fps / FHD 240fps / HD 480fps gyro-EIS

Performance

Memory | Capacity
6 / 8 GB
Storage
Up to 256GB UFS2.1 + microSD

Production

Debut
2019-05

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The ZenFone 6 embodies everything that's great about smartphones in 2019. It doesn't follow trends set by Apple and Samsung, it doesn't just adopt the features other manufacturers have chosen. The base AnTuTu score is the third highest score we've seen to date. There's a year's warranty, and like the ROG Phone, it covers manufacturing defects, but not misuse.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent performance
  • Excellent camera
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • No IP rating

gsmarena[2]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from gsmarena have found the following***:
We were a tiny bit skeptical about the stabilization in 2160p/60fps, but it does actually work, and it works well. Whether walking or panning, the Zenfone 6 has got you covered, producing stable footage. 1080p/30fps looks sharper than 60fps here, so make sure you stay on the right side of this trade off.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous OLED display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Great performance
Cons
  • No microSD slot
  • No telephoto camera
  • No headphone jack

gsmarena[3]

Sentiment Score 87%
Reviewers from gsmarena have found the following***:
Asus Zenfone 6 will be launched in Europe at the same price as the 5z - €499. The camera allows you to shoot in the full 48MP resolution but that's not really what the Quad Bayer sensor is about. You can move the camera during time-lapses - although it's not very smooth as it's only manual for now. What you can do automatically is panoramas by letting the camera sweep the scene from the start to end.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • HDR+ Ultra Night mode
  • Good battery life
  • Good cameras
Cons
  • No selfie camera
  • No ultra wide camera

nextpit[4]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from nextpit have found the following***:
With the ZenFone 6, Asus also introduces ZenUI 6, an Android version based on Android Pie. The redesigned interface includes new animations and has been designed to make it easier to use with one hand. For less than 500 euros, it's simply one of the most powerful smartphones. No game is too much and you can enjoy the best graphics available anytime.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • High-quality case
  • Good performance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Mediocre cameras
  • No wireless charging

notebookcheck[5]

Sentiment Score 75%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The internal UFS 2.1 storage of the Asus ZenFone 6 delivers great performance values and only falters slightly when it comes to large amounts of data. With the smartphone's purchase, users can subscribe to Asus' own cloud service WebStorage. The Qualcomm Adreno 640 is currently the most powerful graphics unit inside of an Android smartphone.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • High-quality case
  • Long battery life
  • Fast SoC
Cons
  • Mediocre display
  • No Wi-Fi 6

techadvisor[6]

Sentiment Score 86%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following***:
The Asus ZenFone 6 is one of our favourite smartphones of 2019. It has a 6.4in full-screen display and boasts an incredible 92 percent screen-to-body ratio. Beneath the display, you'll find Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 855 processor alongside an Adreno 640 GPU. There's either 6- or 8GB of RAM and 128- or 256GB of UFS 2.1 storage, depending on the variant that you opt for (there's also a cheap 6/64GB variant, but it's not available in the UK and much of Europe)
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous FHD+ display
  • Fantastic battery life
  • Fast charging
Cons
  • No IP rating
  • No wireless charging

techradar[7]

Sentiment Score 68%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
Fone 6's camera sits in a little metal block that rotates around on a 13-gear mechanism. It's a complicated little thing. It makes us a lot more worried about its long-term resilience than the OnePlus 7 Pro and Oppo Reno pop-up cameras. The phone also has a Smart Key. This is an additional button on the side, just high enough to be ignored 99.8% of the time. Press it and the Google Assistant pops up.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous display
  • Good battery life
  • Good cameras
Cons
  • Camera motor sounds odd
  • No fingerprint scanner

tomsguide[8]

Sentiment Score 77%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
The ZenFone 6 has more than enough power to handle the things most smartphone users will throw at it. The phone ships with Android 9 Pie, and you can expect an Android Q update later. Asus is promising an upgrade path to 2020's Android R, which is a long time to support a sub-$500 phone.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Good camera performance
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • Mediocre camera

trustedreviews[9]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
The ZenFone 6 has a 19.5:9 display with a 92 percent screen-to-body ratio. The IPS LCD panel integrates a blue light filter plus support for HDR10-compliant content. It does a solid job of covering the sRGB (99.7 percent), Adobe RGB (80.6 percent) and DCI-P3 (95.5 percent) colour spaces. The phone refills to 51 percent charge – more than enough for a day’s use – after 45 minutes, and is two-thirds full after an hours charging.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fantastic performance
  • Excellent battery life
  • Superb camera
Cons
  • Software bugs
  • No IP rating

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Asus ZenFone 6 review. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/cell-phone-reviews/asus-zenfone-6-review/. 2019-06-13. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
2. ^ Asus Zenfone 6 review. [gsmarena]. https://www.gsmarena.com/asus_zenfone_6-review-1937p6.php. 2021-03-15. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
3. ^ Asus Zenfone 6 hands-on review. [gsmarena]. https://www.gsmarena.com/asus_zenfone_6_hands_on-review-1933p6.php. 2021-03-15. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
4. ^ Asus ZenFone 6 review: one of the most pleasant surprises of 2019. [nextpit]. https://www.nextpit.com/asus-zenfone-6-review. 2019-06-09. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
5. ^ Asus ZenFone 6 (ZS630KL): Reviewing the King of Stamina. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Asus-ZenFone-6-ZS630KL-Reviewing-the-King-of-Stamina.427334.0.html. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
6. ^ Asus ZenFone 6 review. [techadvisor]. https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/review/asus-zenfone-6-3696943/. 2019-05-22. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
7. ^ Asus ZenFone 6 review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/asus-zenfone-6-review. 2019-06-05. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
8. ^ Asus ZenFone 6 review: This $500 phone holds its own with flagships. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/us/asus-zenfone-6,review-6478.html. 2019-08-05. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
9. ^ Asus ZenFone 6 Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/asus-zenfone-6-2019. Retrieved 2021-04-20.

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