ASUS ZenFone 6 with innovative Flip Camera unveiled

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ASUS has unveiled its ZenFone 6, a smartphone with innovative Flip Camera that means there is no need for a notch to spoil the display.

Similar in concept to the recently pivot-rising Reno phone from Chinese manufacturer Oppo, the main module boasts the latest Sony IMX586 48MP sensor with an f/1.79 wide aperture lens and a 13MP 125° ultra-wide secondary module.

For added protection, a G‑sensor in the module detects the rate of acceleration, allowing Flip Camera to automatically return the module to a safe position if the phone is dropped. You can see the camera in operation in this Preview YouTube video Introducing ZenFone 6.

In Free Angle mode, the Flip Camera can be positioned at any angle, giving users the freedom to frame their subjects from high or low angles while shooting modes include Auto Panorama for assisted panoramic shots and Motion Tracking for automatic subject-tracking when recording videos. The new HDR+ Enhanced and Super Night modes are also provided.

The 6.4-inch ZenFone 6 features a notchless NanoEdge all-screen display that’s covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 for a near-borderless viewing experience. ASUS claims the device’s  5000mAh battery — one of the largest available in a flagship smartphone — provides up to two days of non‑stop use.

ZenFone 6 is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, a 7nm 2.8GHz octa‑core processor with up to 8GB RAM. This flagship processor provides ZenFone 6 with ultrafast and supersmooth performance, enabling it to run even the most demanding apps and games with ease, claims ASUS.

OptiFlex™ accelerates app launches and reloads, and saves power in standby mode by learning the user’s favourite apps. This keeps the most‑used apps loaded in the memory, so they’re always ready to go. What’s more, a new Private Listening mode plays all voice messages and Google Assistant interactions via the earpiece only, so no messages will be read out loud in public.

The new physical Smart Key on the side of ZenFone 6 can be customised to initiate popular actions, including Google Assistant tasks. It supports single press, double press or press-and-hold modes that can be assigned to different actions.

SPECIFICATIONS
ASUS ZenFone 6 (ZS630KL)

 

Colors Midnight Black, Twilight Silver
Design 3D-curved Gorilla® Glass®

92% screen-to-body ratio

190 g weight

Display Notchless all-screen NanoEdge display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio

6.4″ FHD+ (2340 x 1080) IPS NanoEdge display

Capacitive touchscreen with 10-point multitouch (supports Glove Touch)

600nits brightness for outdoor readability

Wide gamut 96% NTSC, 100% DCI-P3 and HDR10

Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6

CPU Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform with 7nm, 64-bit octa-core processor
GPU Qualcomm® Adreno™ 640
RAM/ROM UFS 2.1, up to 8GB RAM / 256GB ROM
Main camera Sony® IMX586 48MP image sensor – 1/2.0″ large sensor size, 0.8 µm pixel size

Quad Bayer technology – 12MP, 1.6 µm large effective pixel size

F1.79 aperture

26 mm equivalent focal length in 35 mm film camera

79° field of view

Laser autofocus

Dual LED flash

HDR+ Enhanced and Super Night modes[3]

16-scene AI Scene Detection

Flip Camera with instant camera switching

Secondary camera 13MP, 125° ultrawide camera

200% wider view

Real-time distortion correction

11 mm equivalent focal length in 35 mm film camera

Video recording 4K UHD (3840 by 2160) video recording at 30/60fps for main camera, at 30 fps for secondary camera

1080p FHD video recording at 30/60fps

720p HD video recording at 30fps

3-axis electronic image stabilization

Time Lapse (4K UHD video)

Slow Motion video (1080p at 240 fps / 720p at 480 fps)

Motion Tracking video (1080p FHD video at 60 fps)

Take still photos while recording video

Wireless technology Wi-Fi 5 (dual-band 2×2 802.11ac)

Bluetooth® V 5.0 (EDR + A2DP), supports aptX and aptX HD

Wi-Fi direct

NFC

Fingerprint sensor Rear fingerprint sensor with 0.3s fingerprint unlock and five finger 360° recognition
Connectivity USB Type-C™ (USB-C™)
SIM cards Triple slots: Dual SIM, dual standby (4G+4G) & one microSD card

Slot 1: 2G/3G/4G Nano SIM Card

Slot 2: 2G/3G/4G Nano SIM Card

Slot 3: Supports up to 2TB microSD card

Navigation GPS (Dual bands, L1+L5),, GLONASS, BDSS, GALILEO (Dual bands, E1+E5a), QZSS (Dual bands, L1+L5)
Operating system Android™ Pie™ with new ASUS ZenUI 6
Battery 5000mAh high-capacity battery for up to two days non-stop use
Audio Dual stereo speakers with dual NXP TFA9874 smart amplifiers

Hi-Res audio 192kHz/24-bit standard that is 4 times better than CD quality

DTS (Digital Theater System) Headphone: X™ 7.1 virtual surround sound for headphone support

Qualcomm Audio CODEC

AudioWizard with listening profile

FM radio

New ASUS ZenEarTM Pro tuned by 1MORE

Dual internal microphones with ASUS Noise Reduction Technology

 

 
Chris Price
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