Asus ZenFone 6 is official: motorized camera, Snapdragon 855, $499

Asus ZenFone 6 is official: motorized camera, Snapdragon 855, $499
Aiming to take on the OnePlus 7 and Xiaomi Mi 9, Asus has just announced its latest smartphone – the ZenFone 6 – which offers flagship performance and a decent design without the typically-high price tag. In fact, the ZenFone 6 starts at just $499 and will be available to purchase in the US and across Europe. You can read our first-hand impressions of the ZenFone 6 over here.

Notchless display and rotating rear cameras

Like many other brands these days, Asus is hopping on the notchless bandwagon this year and has fitted the ZenFone 6 with a large 6.4-inch edge-to-edge LCD display covered in Gorilla Glass 6. This boasts an extra-tall 19.5:9 aspect ratio and allows for an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 92%. For comparison, the Galaxy S10+ settles for a shorter 19:9 display and an 88.9% screen-to-body ratio.

Such a large panel creates an impressive look and allows for a more immersive experience when consuming media. It does, however, come with one major drawback – there’s no room for the front-facing camera. Thankfully, Asus has found a solution.

Rather than skipping the selfie functionality altogether or selecting a slider design, the ZenFone 6 arrives equipped with a motorized module over on the rear which houses two cameras. When required, this rotates 180-degrees and allows the rear cameras to be used as selfie snappers. According to Asus, the motorized part can survive 100,000 open-close cycles (the equivalent to 28 flips per day for 5 years) and includes a variety of sensors that block rotations if placed inside a pocket or bag. Also, in the case of an accidental drop, the camera module will automatically close.

Regarding the actual camera specifications, the Asus ZenFone 6 includes a main 48-megapixel sensor and a secondary 13-megapixel camera paired with an ultra-wide-angle lens. As standard, the ZenFone 6 combines 4 pixel into 1 when shooting photos, thus creating a 12-megapixel image with more detail and better colors. However, the option to shoot 48-megapixel photos is available, although this does disable the HDR+ feature.

The camera on the ZenFone 6 also supports 4K video recording at 60fps paired with electronic image stabilization (EIS). Full-HD slow-mo video at both 240fps and 120fps is supported, as is HD slow-mo at 480fps. Accompanying this will also be a new function Asus calls Super Night Mode that should drastically improve low-light photography results.

The Snapdragon 855, a humongous battery, and stock Android!

As you'd expect from a flagship Android smartphone this year, the Asus ZenFone 6 is powered by Qualcomm's high-end Snapdragon 855, the same chip found inside the Galaxy S10 and LG G8 ThinQ. This is paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage as standard, but if this isn't enough, separate variants with 128GB of storage or 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage will be available. In all cases, microSD cards of up to 2TB are supported. 

The Asus ZenFone 6 ships with stock Android 9 Pie straight out of the box. It is, however, compatible with the Android Q Beta program and, as an added bonus, an update to Android Q is also being promised.

Aside from all of this, the ZenFone 6 features a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and dedicated "smart key" that defaults to Google Assistant, but can be remapped to open the camera app, take a screenshot, activate Do Not Disturb mode, and much more. Lastly, the ZenFone 6 supports 4G LTE networks and dual-SIM. Additionally, for the power users out there, a huge 5,000mAh battery has been included along with support for 18W fast charging.

Asus ZenFone 6 pricing, release date, and availability

The Asus ZenFone 6 with 64GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM retails at €499 and $499 in Europe and the US respectively. Regarding the 6/128GB and 8/256GB offerings, these cost €559 and €599 in Europe respectively. US pricing for these two variants hasn't yet been announced, but they will presumably retail at $559 and $599. 

The flagship device can be purchased starting today through the Asus eShop and shipments are set to begin on May 25th in Europe, As for the US release, this is yet to be detailed. The smartphone is available in both Midnight Black and Twilight Silver.

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ZenFone 6 (2019)
  • Display 6.4" 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Camera 48 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 5000 mAh(33.3h 3G talk time)



1. Loveneesh

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

Same price with better specs and stock Android! Tempting.

38. TheOracle1

Posts: 2336; Member since: May 04, 2015

Wow! I'll take the Silver one please. I wasn't going to buy a new phone this year but this one ticks all the boxes I can think of. The battery is the clincher of course but everything else is in place too. I had the Zenfone 2 and liked it so I have no problem with that. Oneplus and Xiaomi have a serious rival. Those of you complaining about the screen and camera are silly. $500 for all this is a no brainer.

2. kiko007

Posts: 7503; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I like this more than the OnePlus 7 Pro overall. Bigger battery, flat screen, SD Card support, smaller, etc.

9. AbhiD

Posts: 849; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Fine. But there are some drawbacks as compared to OnePlus 7 Pro. - Lacks good enough cameras. Main sensor has less bright aperture. No Zoom lens either. - Also that complex camera mechanism is bound to fail really fast. Tested for just 100,000 operations. Lesser than what it should be. - No Super AMOLED display. That too just Full HD. No 90 Hz. - No proper fast charging. - Design definitely does not look premium. - Only UFS 2.1 storage. No UFS 3.0 - No in display front fingerprint scanner. - Not as good software support. - Not to mention starts at just 64GB storage. There are some Pros too and they are 3.5 mm jack, bigger battery and microSD slot(not that necessary now a days). Certainly not as good value for money as OnePlus 7 Pro. I would say if one really wants flagship specs at low prices with some compromises, just wait for Poco F2/Redmi K20. At least Poco/Redmi is rumored to have AMOLED display, in display fingerprint scanner, 3 cameras with normal, extra wide and zoom etc. Also no notch either.

12. blingblingthing

Posts: 976; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

It might not be better than the OP7 Pro, but the at this price, you can't complain.

19. OneLove123

Posts: 1189; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

It's a few dollars cheaper than

23. superguy

Posts: 464; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Someone dared mention the 7 Pro and here you are ... again. You act like someone's insulting your first born if someone doesn't like the OP 7 Pro. Are you going to pee in everyone's cornflakes? It's a freaking phone. It won't love you back. It's not going to get hurt if someone doesn't like it. It's OK!

31. OneLove123

Posts: 1189; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Who u talking too?

40. ishaqthkr

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Exactly Mr. Superguy, i thought i am the only one who has noticed this, he literally pops up anywhere he reads someone bashing OP7 pro

35. Gazmaticc

Posts: 11; Member since: May 05, 2018

This is better because it's cheaper. SD855 for $500 can't be beat

37. ishaqthkr

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

This guy is literally being paid by OP, he's commenting on every post where there's One Plus insecurity LMAOOOOO

39. TheOracle1

Posts: 2336; Member since: May 04, 2015

Sorry AbhiD there's no comparison. The Zenfone trounces the Oneplus based on battery and price alone.

42. TadTrickle

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 08, 2019

No display fingerprint sensor is not a drawback for me. It's a gimmick imo. But yeah, this isn't going toe to toe with the 7pro

3. DFranch

Posts: 557; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Not sure I love the flip over camera, but wow on the battery life. Actually going to be available in the US (I'm looking at you OP7!).

4. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

it looks like asus is now the new oneplus

5. M3D1T8R

Posts: 8; Member since: May 15, 2019

Article fails to mention it's (apparently) an obsolete IPS display, not OLED. So disappointing. (Also $60 extra to get 128GB is not a great value vs op7p which is only $30 extra to upgrade to 8GB/256 from 6/128, though the starting price is much lower.) Really disappointing. With this battery, no stupid curved edged screen, headphone jack, and sd slot, this could have killed the op7p. All they had to do was include OLED and start at 128GB for ~$550 and this would have easily been phone of the year. Also, article error saying 28 camera flips every day for 2 years. Even in the live stream he said 28 a day for 5 years, but that still only adds up to about 50k.

8. kiko007

Posts: 7503; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Obsolete LCD? Gtfoh. I'd much rather have a great LCD to an average OLED! And a great LCD is far easier to get for a midrange OEM like Asus.

10. AbhiD

Posts: 849; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Average AMOLED? When did OnePlus ever employ an average AMOLED? They have always used Samsung's Super AMOLED panels. And yes, AMOLED is any single day better than IPS LCD. LCD displays are so passe. Ancient now.

13. blingblingthing

Posts: 976; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

While it's LCD which isn't the best, at this price I wouldn't be too harsh on it. It's FHD+ and 6.4 inches for $500~ while Apple isn't even FHD, smaller for $250 more.

20. OneLove123

Posts: 1189; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Average oled? Lol Go and watch videos on your xr screen. Ahahaha

21. M3D1T8R

Posts: 8; Member since: May 15, 2019

That's weird the OLED in my much cheaper phone is fine ($329 new two years ago). Much better than any LCD, including high end ones I've used and owned. BTW it's an Asus phone as well - Zenfone 3 Zoom. So you're suggesting Asus could get good OLED panels for a lower mid-range phone 2+ years ago, but no longer can get them now, even though OLEDs have become much more prevalent in the industry. Absurd. This was obviously just a stupid slight cost savings measure by Asus to keep the phone at $500 starting price.

43. Romantico3pe

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

Oled is trash, ips still king

6. airoid

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 13, 2016

Op7 killer ;. I'm interested

7. M3D1T8R

Posts: 8; Member since: May 15, 2019

I forgot to mention, also disappointing to see no zoom lense. Love it on my Zenfone 3 Zoom. Presumably they included wide angle instead for the selfie cam mode, but I almost never take selfies.

14. blingblingthing

Posts: 976; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Honestly, the telephoto zoom isn't a deal breaker. You can always walk in closer or walk back for a wide shot. If you're paying top dollar, you get more cameras, but if you're spending $500, this is a reasonable trade off.

22. M3D1T8R

Posts: 8; Member since: May 15, 2019

No, you can't walk closer to a landscape that's miles away or wildlife that will move. The camera on my $329 phone may not have as good image quality as this (or maybe not, don't know yet but I assume it will be improved with this new Sony sensor) but mine is still more functional as a quick point and shoot (phone) camera due to having zoom and OIS. And the weirdest part is it's another phone by this same company - Zenfone 3 Zoom. It also has the same awesome 5Ah battery. This would have been a near certain purchase/upgrade for me. I can't believe they came so close to perfect but screwed it up so badly.

26. blingblingthing

Posts: 976; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

True, maybe it can't be perfectly remedied walking closer, but 2x zoom for w subject miles away really isn't solving the dilemma. Not will 2x zoom for wildlife that tends to move one you're close you're likely going to need a P30 Pro.

11. lostdaynight

Posts: 31; Member since: May 16, 2011

No OIS and a worse aperture on the camera? No US launch? Good luck with that.

16. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

It will have a US launch.

17. lostdaynight

Posts: 31; Member since: May 16, 2011

Nothing imminent. I'm sure B&H, Amazon and the usual places will get a handful. Still, it will likely meet the same "Who cares?" fate of the Zenfone 5Z.

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