Asus ZenFone 6 gets a US shipping date in three affordable variants

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.

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8 Comments

1. Sparkxster

Posts: 1245; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

This and the ROG phone II are tempting.

7. Sam6536

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 07, 2019

Rog phone 2 is a beast TBH

3. superguy

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

You should also mention that it's missing LTE bands for both AT&T and T-Mobile. It's missing bands 14, 29, 30, 66 and 71. At least provide the info so people can make an informed decision. Otherwise they may find themselves lacking coverage.

4. Venom

Posts: 3821; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Smh, this is a great phone but it doesn't have all the necessary bands for US carriers in the US.

5. michaelny2001

Posts: 345; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

a little too late. OP7 Pro already the king, this will do nothing. people who wanted a new phone, already bought. besides, screen is not as good, updates not as quick, etc.

6. Sam6536

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 07, 2019

Dude Asus is catching up in the software update cycle they're more or less on par with OP now Display is pretty vibrant for a LCD and it's hdr 10 compatible too A solid offering overall (my pal got one last month so if you wanna ask anything feel free to do so )

8. SupersnakeLivesOn unregistered

On May 29, 2019 I spoke to ASUS technical support regarding two issues. They created a case and escalated it to a higher tier who responded to me the next day. (A) I pointed out that their Region C set of bands do not include bands 66, and 71. I wanted to know if they have plans to include them prior to their North America release, and if not I requested that they do. Region C LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 26(850), 28(700), 38(2600), 39(1900), 41(2500), 46 - C version (B) I also wanted to know if they have plans to include VoLTE for North American carriers and if not I requested that they do. Here is their response to both of my questions. May 30, 2019 Hello xxxx , Thank you for your patience and patronage! In regards of your escalated query, our engineering department confirms the enabling of any GSM LTE bands cannot be done within firmware since it's integrated in the hardware of the modem itself. Also on all our current unlocked USA/CANADA Zenfones, we currently do not have support for Voice Over LTE VoLTE in our North American market at this time. Best Regards, xxxxxx ASUS Product Support

9. ShadowWarrior

Posts: 170; Member since: Aug 08, 2017

thank you for doing this! Quite disappointing as I was really looking forward to this phone on T-Mobile. I live in the NYC area so it might not have a problem but when travelling I can see this as an issue.

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