Asus Zenfone 6 First Impressions: Taking the motorized camera to another level

In pictures: Wacky ZenFone 6 designs left on ASUS's cutting room floor

The ZenFone 5 a year ago was a boring copy was major flagship phones.

From a design perspective, the Zenfone 6 has the same signature glass and metal design, but it looks way different from its predecessor. For the recently announced ZenFone 6, that slogan is "Defy Ordinary" and ASUS is claiming to by defying conventions by designing a smartphone camera that doesn't leave a notch, doesn't slide, and doesn't rise.

Despite all the fantastic features the smartphone will be retailing for only €499 (about $560) for the version with 6GB of RAM plus 64GB of storage.

Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, the Zenfone 6 leaves no stones unturned to flaunt its flagship features.

Camera: Motorized rotating dual camera assembly.

However, that is where the differences end. Asus Zenfone 6 is set to launch in India soon and will be available via Flipkart. In an effort to reduce bezels and provide an all-screen front, the company has opted for a flipping camera.

Subsequently, Asus offers two cameras with 48 megapixels and 13 megapixels as primary and ultra-wide angle lenses. The Zenfone 6 will get a minimum of 2 years of security patches on a bi-monthly basis.

The Zenfone 6 is available in two color versions: Midnight Black, Twilight Silver.

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"We confronted four of the most fundamental challenges of smartphones: screen, camera, battery, and performance".

Compared to the Google Pixel 3 (£739), Galaxy S10 (£799) and P30 Pro (£899), the ZenFone 6 is very wallet-friendly.

ASUS showed us a wealth of concept drawings, as well as dummy units of some of the more advanced designs, which we present below for your viewing pleasure.

There is one other obvious highlight of the flip feature: you can shoot 4K 60fps EIS-stabilised video in vlog fashion where the camera is pointing at you and you can still see the display. It's bright, at 600 lumens, and boasts an incredible 92 percent screen-to-body ratio.

The Asus Zenfone 6 was designed with the goal to give power users everything they want.

Never mind how good Asus' hardware has been in the past; the company's handsets have been repeatedly let down by its software. But, we did notice the new ZenUI which aims to deliver near-stock Android experience. For now though, we're quietly confident about the ZenFone 6's capabilities. Other key specs include; WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2.4GHz / 5GHz, slots for dual-SIM (4G) plus microSD, the rear fingerprint sensor, a dedicated Assitant or smart command button, Dual-LED flash, 1080p at 240 fps / 720p at 480 fps video recording, and Android Pie with new Asus ZenUI 6.

The Asus ZenFone 6 comes with a 5000 mAh battery and wireless charging, the device also comes with USB C and a rear fingerprint sensor. That even overshadows the 4,200-mAh battery in the Huawei P30 Pro.

It's quite fast - I scrolled and tapped around madly and the device was quick to respond to my hectic demands.

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