ASUS Launches the ZenFone 6: 6.4-Inch Flagship Phone With Motorized Flip-Up Module Camera

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ASUS has introduced its new high-end smartphone, the ZenFone 6. The new handset is based on Qualcomm’s top-of-the-range Snapdragon 855 SoC, and perhaps most interesting of all, a motorized 180° flip-up camera module.

Featuring a huge NanoEdge 6.4-inch display with a 92% screen-to-body ratio, the ASUS ZenFone 6 looks like one large screen as it does not feature any notches or water drops. The LCD can cover 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, supports HDR10, a maximum brightness of 600 nits.


The key feature of the phone is its motorized 180° flip-up camera module, which incorporates a 48 MP Sony IMX586 RGB sensor as well as a 13 MP 125° ultrawide sensor. The camera can be used not only for regular photos, but flipped-up for high-quality selfies. In addition to a rather unique form-factor, the camera supports new HDR+ Enhanced, Super Night and Auto Panorama modes.


The ZenFone 6 is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 SoC (Adreno 640 graphics, quad-channel LPDDR4X, X24 LTE modem, etc.) that is paired with 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB of UFS 2.1 NAND flash storage (expandable with microSD), and a 5000 mAh battery. To ensure snappy operations, ASUS has also incorporated its OptiFlex technology, which the company says accelerates app launches and reloads by keeping them in RAM, while also promising to save power in idle mode.

When it comes to connectivity, the ZenFone 6 supports 4G/LTE, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, Wi-Fi Direct, USB Type-C, GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo. Meanwhile, the smartphone has a fingerprint reader on the rear (that promises to unlock the phone in 0.3 seconds).

The ASUS ZenFone 6 (ZS630KL) with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of NAND will be available later this year for $560 in the US and €499 in Europe. Other configurations will also be available, but their prices will be announced at launch.


The ASUS ZenFone 6 Smartphone​
Preliminary Specifications​
Display
6.4" 2340x1080 LCD

100% DCI-P3, 96% NTSC, 600 nits brightness, HDR10
Corning Gorilla Glass 6​
SoC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
1x Kryo 485 (Cortex-A76) @ 2.84GHz
3x Kryo 485 (Cortex-A76) @ 2.42GHz
4x Kryo 485 (Cortex-A55) @ 1.80GHz

Adreno 640 @ 585MHz​
RAM
6 or 8 GB LPDDR4X​
Storage
64, 128, or 256 GB of UFS 2.1 NAND flash
+ microSD card slot​
Local Connectivity Wi-Fi
802.11ac Wi-Fi​
Bluetooth
Bluetooth 5.0​
Data/Charging
USB Type-C​
Audio
Dual stereo speakers with dual NXP TFA9874 smart amplifiers

DTS (Digital Theater System) Headphone: X 7.1 virtual surround sound for headphone support
AudioWizard with listening profile

ASUS ZenEar Pro tuned by 1MORE
Dual internal microphones with ASUS Noise Reduction Technology
3.5-mm jack
NFC
Yes​
LTE
X24 Modem​
Navigation
GPS (Dual bands, L1+L5),, GLONASS, BDSS, GALILEO (Dual bands, E1+E5a), QZSS (Dual bands, L1+L5)​
Main Camera
48 MP, f/1.8,
1/2-inch 0.8µm pixels,
Laser/PDAF
Sony IMX586​
13MP, 125° ultrawide camera
Front Camera
none​
Battery Capacity
5000 mAh
Expected Life
"Two days"​
SIM Size
Nano SIM + Nano SIM​
Sensors
accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass​
Biometric Security Fingerprint
Rear sensor​
Facial Recognition
-​
Dimensions Height
159.1 mm | 6.26 inches​
Width
75.44 mm | 2.97 inches​
Thickness
8.4 - 9.1 mm | 0.33 - 0.36 inches​
Weight
190 grams​
Colors
Midnight Black, Twilight Silver​
Protection Drop
?​
OS
Google Android 9.0 with ASUS ZenUI 6​
Launch Countries
?​
Price
$560/€499

UPDATE: The ASUS ZenFone 6 does have a 3.5-mm audio jack.

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Source ASUS Press Release

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