Asus ZenFone 6 gets a US shipping date in three affordable variants
Unveiled all the way back in May and commercially released by the end of the same month in select European markets, the impressively affordable Asus ZenFone 6 powerhouse finally expanded to the US earlier this week. Well, sort of, as one major American retailer did open pre-orders for the "all-screen" 6.4-incher on August 5, failing however to offer early adopters an estimated delivery date.
Despite that general state of uncertainty, the unlocked 128GB variant quickly jumped to the top of B&H Photo Video's bestseller list, while Asus followed its retail partner's suit by kicking off pre-orders through the manufacturer's own official US e-store. Even better, there are three models available at the time of this writing from asus.com/us, compared to only two configurations up for grabs at B&H.
Unsurprisingly, the 6GB RAM/64GB ROM and 6/128 gig versions are priced at the same $499.99 and $549.99 respectively, while upgrading the handset's memory to a full 8 gigs of the good stuff and its internal storage space to 256GB will cost you just $599. That's significantly lower than a similar unlocked OnePlus 7 Pro configuration, not to mention extravagant phones like the Galaxy S10 or Google Pixel 3 XL.
Although B&H still doesn't know when it might be able to begin fulfilling ZenFone 6 orders, Asus lists an "estimated shipping date" of August 13 next to all three variants available right now. These are coated in black, by the way, with a "twilight silver" flavor also in the pipeline but currently listed as "temporarily sold out."
The key selling point here is undoubtedly a "flip" camera system including 48 and 13MP lenses capable of pulling double duty and crucially contributing to a nearly bezelless design. But the rest of the specs and features are pretty remarkable for a device fetching as little as 500 bucks too, from a massive 5,000mAh battery to a state-of-the-art Snapdragon 855 processor, customizable Smart Key, Android 9.0 Pie software, reliable rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and sharp 2340 x 1080 screen. Unfortunately, the Asus ZenFone 6 is only compatible with GSM networks in the US, which means you can't take it to Verizon or Sprint after purchasing the thing unlocked.