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Asus ZenFone 6 launches in the US in a special edition with tweaked design and maxed-out specs

Asus ZenFone 6 launches in the US in a special edition with tweaked design and maxed-out specs
Internationally announced with minimal fanfare back in May, the Asus ZenFone 6 quickly developed somewhat of a cult following thanks to its unconventional design, impressive specifications, and extremely reasonable price point. The inexpensive Snapdragon 855 powerhouse did not disappoint in our in-depth review that found among other things the flippity-flop camera to be fast, reliable, and almost surprisingly easy to use both as a "primary" shooter and a selfie taker.

Unfortunately, it took nearly three months for the ZenFone 6 to kick off US pre-orders (don't ask us why), although the buzz around this exciting OnePlus 7 Pro rival seems to be very much alive. That makes it an ideal time for Asus to release a fourth variant stateside at a not-so-reasonable $899.99 price. Ironically, this is the only model you can actually buy from the company's official US e-store right now, as the $500, $550, and $600 configurations are all listed as "temporarily sold out."

One of the big selling points of the aptly named Asus ZenFone 6 Edition 30 is an extended 30-month warranty that also includes "prioritized repair and service of your device." Naturally, that's not just some random number, with the special edition handset celebrating its maker's 30-year anniversary. 

This bad boy stands out from the regular ZenFone 6 with "exclusive" packaging and an "exclusive" design as well, the latter of which features a distinctive logo embedded on the already eye-catching glass back of the phone, some neat concentric-circle patterning, and an "exclusive" matte black paint job.

At the end of the day, however, the things that will help justify the premium are first and foremost the mind-blowing 12 gigs of RAM and 512 gigs of internal storage space offered by the ZenFone 6 Edition 30. 

In comparison, the $600 configuration combines 8GB memory with 256GB local digital hoarding room. The rest of the specs are the same across all ZenFone 6 variants, including everything from a 6.4-inch "all-screen NanoEdge" display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels to the aforementioned Snapdragon 855 SoC, a massive 5,000mAh battery, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, customizable side-mounted Smart Key, and a 48 + 13MP dual camera system you can flip back and forth for maximum versatility.

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