available at the time of this writing from asus.com/us, compared to only two configurations up for grabs at B&H.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
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.