ASUS ZenFone 6 Review: People's Flagship with Snapdragon 855 and PTZ Camera


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Last year there was a boom on smartphones with cutouts in the screens. “Chelki” and “monobrovi” of different shapes and sizes

were present in most smartphonesmanufacturers. In the same year, manufacturers began to look for ways to make the frame around the perimeter of the display even thinner and at the same time do not make any cuts in it. As a result - already a lot of various retractable and pivotal designs. In the same direction, ASUS also decided to experiment in its flagship ASUS ZenFone 6 (ZS630KL) smartphone, which received a PTZ camera. Under the link you can read our first acquaintance with him, and now we are ready to talk about him much more.

  1. What is it?
  2. What is interesting ASUS ZenFone 6?
  3. What is included?
  4. What does ASUS ZenFone 6 look like?
  5. How good is the screen?
  6. What about performance, battery and wireless interfaces?
  7. What about the interface?
  8. How good are the cameras?
  9. In the dry residue

What is it?

ASUS ZenFone 6 - Android-smartphone with a largeIPS-screen 6.4 inches without cutouts, the flagship processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, 6/8 GB of RAM, dual PTZ camera and a capacious battery.

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What is interesting ASUS ZenFone 6?


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The most interesting feature of the smartphone has becomePTZ camera. Due to this, there are no cuts in the screen, selfies can be made on the main camera, and there are also interesting pieces with tracking autofocus and auto-shooting of panoramas without the need to turn with a smartphone. The main module is the flagship 48-megapixel Sony IMX586, size 1 / 2.0 ″, pixel size - 0.8 microns. A Bayern quadruple filter is used (combining four pixels into one). Aperture - f / 1.79, EGF - 26 mm. There is a phase autofocus and a laser range finder. The secondary camera is ultra wide-angle with a viewing angle of 125 ° at 13 MP. But the camera is not the only strength of the smartphone. The smartphone has a 6.4-inch NanoEdge display without cutouts. It occupies 92% of the surface area of ​​the front panel. An IPS matrix with a resolution of 2340x1080 and an aspect ratio of 19.5: 9 is used. They promise 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space. Inside - the flagship processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, 6 or 8 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of internal. The smartphone is powered by a 5000 mAh battery, fast charging is supported. Works ASUS ZenFone 6 on Android 9 with its own shell. But, despite these all the “flagship” chips, the smartphone has a number of features that are more common for middle-end models: IPS-matrix (after all, the flagships are now with OLED), there is no underscreen fingerprint scanner, there is no wireless charging and from dust and water.

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What is included?


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ASUS ZenFone 6 comes in beautiful blackbox with a schematic image and the name of the smartphone. Inside there is a smartphone, a 18 W power supply, a USB Type-C cable, a wired in-channel headset with interchangeable ear cushions, a simple transparent bumper, a clip for removing the tray and documentation:


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What does ASUS ZenFone 6 look like?


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At first glance it may seem that before us- The usual modern smartphone with a screen almost the entire front panel. Partly it is: the screen occupies 92% of the front panel. The frame on the sides and on top is very thin, only the “chin” is slightly wider. I suspect that there is hidden screen plume. Above the screen is a very thin slot of conversational dynamics, which also serves as an additional one for receiving stereo sound. A little to the right of the company, the LED indicator was pushed and some sensors were located nearby. The front camera is not as it is not needed: its functions are performed by the PTZ main camera. There are no logos or inscriptions in front, the smartphone looks stylish and strictly.


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The frame of the smartphone is metal, all functionalelements are conveniently and habitually. On the right - the standard power and volume buttons, and above - an additional programmable button with four points. The software allows you to assign anything to it:


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Bottom - Type-C connector, microphone, speaker and 3.5-mm headphone jack. The presence and location of the latter will definitely please fans to listen to music from a smartphone:


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On the upper side - an additional microphone and hinge of the PTZ camera:


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The tray is located on the left side of the smartphone:


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It is not a hybrid, you can install both 2 SIM cards and a memory card:


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The back panel is made of glass with curvedsidewalls. It has the ASUS logo and a fingerprint scanner a little higher. Subconsciously, I was expecting a scanner in the display, but the company decided to use a more traditional, proven over the years option. Good or bad - to decide the potential owners. The scanner itself works quickly and accurately, the location is convenient:


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And in the upper part - the same swiveling doublecamera with flash and laser range finder. The entire rotary module is made of metal. The material used by the company is called “amorphous alloy”, which is 80% lighter and 4 times stronger than stainless steel (according to the manufacturer). To be precise, this is the development of Liquidmetal Technologies. The camera is set in motion using a stepper motor. It is argued that the mechanism withstands 100 thousand openings / closings. Plus, protective measures are provided: the camera automatically hides if the smartphone detects the fall process (using an accelerometer) and the camera can be safely closed by hand, nothing will happen to it. Some controversial points in this design is. The module rattles slightly and can partially open when shaken, and sometimes the fingers on the back panel prevent the camera from turning normally:


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The smartphone turned out not very thin and prettyweighty, due to the impressive battery. But it does not cause any discomfort. It is very comfortable and expensive in the hand, and it looks nice. The black color is already a bit fed up and there is also a silver version. Vanguey, that it prints will be less noticeable. The only thing that ASUS ZenFone 6 doesn’t have in comparison with modern flagships is dust and moisture protection. But it costs less than the flagships of Samsung, Huawei or Apple. Plus, you need to consider the design features: the rotary mechanism of the camera would be difficult to make fully protected.

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How good is the screen?


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The smartphone has a large 6.4-inch IPS-screen with a resolution of 2340x1080 (pixel density is about 403 ppi) and an aspect ratio of 19.5: 9. It supports HDR10 content, promises 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space and a peak brightness of 600 cd / m2 (when viewing HDR content). It is protected by Gorilla glass of the 6th generation with a very good oleophobic coating. The margin of brightness is decent, it is enough for the summer sun: the information does not fade to unreadable state. The picture is pleasant, although after a long use of smartphones with OLED it looks unusual. In the settings it is possible to adjust the scale of the interface elements, the font, turn on the night mode and choose between the light and dark theme of the design:


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There are three display modes: “wide color gamut”, standard and customizable:


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In standard mode, maximum brightnessamounted to 438.327 cd / m2, the brightness of the black field - 0.443 cd / m2, and the static contrast - 989: 1. At the same time, the color gamut is close to sRGB, and the picture goes a little bit in cold shades:


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In the wide color gamut mode, the brightness, contrast and calibration parameters are generally very close to the normal mode, but the color gamut is much wider than sRGB:


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Comparison with other models:

Device name
White field brightness,
cd / m2
Black field brightness,
cd / m2
Contrast

ASUS ZenFone 6
444.896
0.446
998: 1

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
415.638
0.562
740: 1

Sony Xperia 10 Plus
509.3
0.513
993: 1

Samsung Galaxy M20
375.216
0.369
1017: 1

Huawei P20
348.752
0.263
1326: 1

What about performance, battery and wireless interfaces?

The smartphone is installed top at the momentQualcomm processor - an eight-core 7-nanometer Snapdragon 855, which includes 1 × 2.84 GHz Kryo 485 core, 3 × 2.41 GHz Kryo 485 and 4 × 1.78 GHz Kryo 485, and the Adreno 640 accelerator is responsible for the graphics. There may be 6 / 8 GB (there is also a Limited version for the 30th anniversary of the company with 12/512 GB, but not sure if it will reach us). Built-in memory - 128 or 256 GB, using fast UFS 2.1. As expected, performance is more than excellent. It is enough for a couple of years with a margin, all the most demanding modern games are running at maximum settings. Any, even the heaviest applications also go fine, in any quantities.


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ASUS also has its own game utility Game Genie. It contains all the installed games, and from the interesting - there is a built-in streaming function in Twitch or YouTube:


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The benchmark results confirm that the platform is one of the most powerful (if not the most) to date:


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In Throttling Test Maximum PerformanceThe first couple of minutes are kept, throttling is observed further and productivity drops to approximately 80%. Although the use of any problems is not observed:


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There are dual-band wireless interfacesWi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac 2 × 2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0 (EDR + A2DP) with support for aptX and aptX HD, NFC. The following global positioning systems are supported: GPS (two bands, L1 + L5), GLONASS (G1), BDS (B1), GALILEO (two bands, E1 + E5a), QZSS (two bands, L1 + L5). It works quickly and accurately.


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The sound in the speakers is loud and of high quality. The smartphone produces stereo using the main and conversational speakers. The 3.5-mm headphone jack is still there and it is in a convenient place. The sound in the headphones is not bad, there are additional settings:


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The smartphone has an impressive batteryat 5000 mAh. With very active use, the smartphone operates on a single charge day. When the average use, not denying yourself the games YouTube, soc. networks and using the camera, getting 2 days is no problem at all. The smartphone supports fast charging Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0, but because of the large capacity to full charge you have to wait about 2 hours. Unfortunately, wireless charging was not delivered. To save battery, both standard Android 9 Pribluda Adaptive Battery and Digital Wellbeing, and its own power manager are provided:


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What about the interface?


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ASUS ZenFone 6 works on Android OS 9 Pie withproprietary shell ZenUI 6. Although, in fact, it does not transform too “pure” Android and does not overload it. Everything is familiar, comfortable, fast. To work with large screens, some interface elements are shifted to the bottom of the screen. There are desktops and a separate application menu. As mentioned above, the dark theme is also available:


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There are three navigation options, with the classic three buttons, two buttons and gestures. Plus there are additional chips in the form of a gesture on the scanner and gestures to launch applications:


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An additional physical button will also be useful. Three actions can be assigned to it. For a single, double and long press:


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The application manager is made as usual, in the form of a horizontal carousel of cards, under the thumbnails there is a button for quick transition to the two-window mode:


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To unlock the smartphone, you can usefingerprint scanner or face recognition. Last - it looks spectacular (the camera turns to recognize the owner), but there is a suspicion that it is not too safe.


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Plus there is something useful from proprietary applications. Weather, file manager, data transfer utility, mobile dispatcher and OptiFlex to speed up application launch:


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How good are the cameras?

The camera of the smartphone consists of two modules: 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 with f / 1.79 aperture, 1 / 2.0 ″ matrix. A Bayer quadruple filter is used (combining four pixels into one), so the resulting picture will have a resolution of 12 MP, but with higher detail. There is a phase autofocus and a laser range finder. There is no optical stabilizer, only electronic. Extra 13-megapixel extra wide-angle module with 125 ° viewing angle and f / 2.4 aperture, without stabilization. Of the interesting chips that were realized thanks to the PTZ camera, there is an automatic shooting of panoramas and tracking autofocus when shooting a video. The application is simple and intuitive: camera switching, zoom, HDR mode selection are placed on the main screen. Modes of shooting are switched by habitual svaypami. There is a night mode, with the software update I started working with an ultra-wide-angle camera:


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On the smartphone regularly arrive software updates andThe improvements mostly concern the work of the cameras. And the quality of the shooting objectively became better compared to what it was as soon as we got the ZenFone 6 to review. I think there will be more updates, but already now the main camera shoots very sensibly, including in the evening. Although the quality still a little does not reach the flagships of Samsung, Huawei, Apple. But the price of the smartphone below. By the way, there is already a working Google camera port, which is still slightly buggy, but works adequately with the main 48-megapixel camera. Photo examples:


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The wide-angle camera copes well during the day too, but in the evening it becomes much more difficult due to the lack of any stabilization and less high-aperture optics:


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Video:

Motion tracking:

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In the dry residue

When creating the ASUS ZenFone 6, the company is largelyI went to very unusual decisions: for some parameters - a typical flagship, for some - a mid-level smartphone. But the result was more than interesting and worthy of attention. On the one hand, the ASUS ZenFone 6 has a top-end hardware, a very unusual and interesting design with a PTZ camera, very good picture quality on it, pleasant body materials, almost pure current Android 9 and an impressive battery (which is not often seen in the flagships) . On the other hand, such typical chips for modern flagships as dust and moisture protection, a subscreen fingerprint scanner, an OLED screen and wireless charging went “under the knife”. How critical they are is a subjective matter, but as a result the price tag turned out 18 000 UAH, which is much cheaper than the current flagships of Samsung, Huawei or Apple. So from the serious competitors are only Xiaomi Mi9 or OnePlus 7.

6 reasons to buy ASUS ZenFone 6:

  • top performance;
  • high-quality IPS-display without cutouts;
  • interesting design and quality materials;
  • impressive battery life;
  • decent camera;
  • Separate trays for 2xSIM and MicroSD.

3 reasons not to buy ASUS ZenFone 6:

  • somewhat flimsy and rattling design;
  • you prefer OLED screens;
  • you need dust and moisture protection.

ASUS ZenFone 6

Android smartphone with a large IPS-screen 6.4 inches without a cut, the flagship processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, 6/8 GB of RAM, dual PTZ camera and a capacious battery.

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Specifications ASUS ZenFone 6

Display
IPS, 6.4 inches, 2340 × 1080 (aspect ratio 19.5: 9), 403 ppi, Gorilla Glass 6

Housing
dimensions: 159.1 × 75.4 × 9.2 mm, weight: 190 g

CPU
64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, 1 × 2.84 GHz Kryo 485 core, 3 × 2.41 GHz Kryo 485 and 4 × 1.78 GHz Kryo 485, Adreno 640 graphics

RAM
6/8 GB

Flash memory
128/256 GB, microSD

Camera
Double swivel: 48 MP, f / 1.79, 26 mm, 1/2 ″, 0.8µm, Laser / PDAF, extra wide angle 13 MP, f / 2.4, 11 mm, 125 °

Wireless technology
Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac (dual-band, 2.4 and 5 GHz), Bluetooth 5.0 LE, aptX, aptX HD, NFC

GPS
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO

Battery
5000 mAh, non-removable, fast charging

operating system
Android 9 Pie + ZenUI 6

Sim card
2xNanoSIM

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