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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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. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

$900 is stupid for this phone. I don't care if it has one terabyte and 24 gigs of ram. However $600 for 8gb/256gb is fantastic.

3. OneLove123

Posts: 1195; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

$699 by black Friday and this bad boy will be mine for the next 3 yrs.

4. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Omg Asus, why did you become so greedy? $900 for an lcd display with minor spec bump and upgraded box? Sell this for $650 and people might not question your integrity. Ram and storage are not expensive anymore least you have ufs 3.0. Asus' U.S. marketing chief sure is one of a crazy stupid guy.

5. Loveneesh

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

It gives you a 30 months warranty, which is also considered to judge the price with all features of the phone.

6. Eric7779

Posts: 19; Member since: Feb 13, 2019

I have this phone, it is great. Great display, performance and exceptional battery life!

7. superguy

Posts: 465; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

No word on band support either. Current versions are missing some bands for both AT&T and T-Mobile. I'm curious if they actually fixed that, or are just selling a suped up version of the existing model.

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