The upcoming Asus Zenfone 6 has officially been unveiled, and the new prototype is way more nonconformist than the Zenfone 5. The smartphone comes with a rotating camera where the top bezel was.
The entire device also shows a switch in target for Asus, which appears to be driven to design its niche in the device space and not copying Apple or Samsung. Where a typically hideous bar or a strange-looking hole-punch at the top of the device, the front of the Zenfone 6 is a consistent area of screen, looking impressive, even though the usual bezel still exists on the bottom.
What is important to mention is the fact that Asus is keeping the price tag the same: the regular model with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage cost is about €499, similar to the less impressive Zenfone 5.
The camera is quite amazing as well, with the rotating camera which might appear strange at first, but it is, in fact, a great and intelligent solution to the bezel problem.
The Asus Zenfone 6 comes with two lenses, a 48MP primary camera and a 13MP wide-angle lens that can be utilized for group selfies as well. The camera uses a customized stepper engine to flip the lenses around 180 degrees, allowing it to function as both front-facing and rear camera. Asus also implemented an automated system which detects if the phone is dropped, which will flip the lenses back.
The camera also has some smart features: the ability to take panorama captures by holding the device and allowing the camera to flip. There is also a motion-tracking option for video that enables the camera to change to keep the subject in focus at all times.
Besides the three models of the Zenfone 6, which start at a 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage space for €499, the company also plans to deliver two other models, finalizing with an 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage device.
The devices are powered by Snapdragon 855 processor, a Gorilla Glass 6 and aluminum carcass, a 5,000Ah battery and the specs mentioned above.
The launch date for the Zenfone 6 has not been announced yet, but it is expected to appear sometime in the next weeks.
Nicole Hicks a graduate of UFT. She’s based in Toronto but travels much of the year. Nicole has written for NPR, Motherboard, MSN Money, and the Huffington Post. Nicole is a financial reporter, focusing on technology, national security, and policing.