The latest flagship product of Asus offers excellent material with some quirks at a great price. He won the American flagship title in the United States since the OnePlus 7 will not exist.
Asus had a disappointing history of half-cooked and overpriced phones until they launched the underrated 5 and 5Z Zenfone last year at great prices. However, the flagship product 5Z lost the value battle against the OnePlus 6.
Now that OnePlus is only bringing its expensive OnePlus 7 Pro to America, Asus may have just managed to steal the valuable crown.
With an excellent and quirky design, a material equal to or greater than the OnePlus 7 in other markets – and certainly to 6T America – at an affordable price, Asus Zenfone 6 has just been launched as an excellent competitor of the king of value.
|Display||6.4 "1080 × 2340 IPS with 100% DCI-P3 and HDR10|
|Chipset||Snapdragon 855 (1 x 2.84Ghz + 3 x 2.41Ghz + 4 x 1.78Ghz) CPU with the Adreno 630 GPU|
|RAM||LPDDR4X 6/8 GB|
|ROM||128 / 256GB UFS2.1 + microSD|
|Software||ZenUI 6 on Android Pie|
|Cameras (flippable)||48MP F / 1.8 26mm (79deg) 1/2 "0.8μm with Laser Primary / PDAF
13MP F / 2.4 11mm (125deg) ultra-large
Video 4k60, 1080p240, 720p480
|Drums||5000mAh with fast charging 18W fast charging 4 / USB-PD|
|connectivity||USB 2.0 Type-C, WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, Radio, 3.5mm headphone jack, stereo speakers|
|sensors||Rear fingerprint, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, compass|
|Dimensions||159.1 x 75.4 x 9.2 mm (6.26 x 2.97 x 0.36 ")|
|Price||500USD / 500 €|
The pivoting camera is certainly the priority of Asus in Zenfone 6, and for a vulnerability as important as moving cameras, I love the functionality of using the best quality sensors in both directions.
A summary of my thoughts is:
- The material is overall excellent, but I am not a big fan of the Asus Zen user interface.
- The IPS screen instead of AMOLED is disappointing, but its borderless design is remarkable
- The 5000mAh battery is senseless – a manufacturer has finally realized that a slightly thicker phone was worth it THICCbattery
- It's great to see a secondary ultrafide camera sensor unlike the OnePlus 6T and the unnecessary secondary sensors of 7
Overall, if I could choose between the Asus Zenfone 6 and the OnePlus 7, I would take the latter for its screen and its AMOLED software.
However, Zenfone's gigantic battery, ultra-thin camera and availability in the US certainly provide as many reasons to choose it, especially compared to the OnePlus 6T if you are American.