The $500 ASUS Zenfone 6 is more exciting than the OnePlus 7 Pro

This week’s news was
dominated by the OnePlus 7 Pro launch,
but the new ASUS Zenfone 6 is
actually a much more exciting device for those who are interested
in a budget-friendly flagship smartphone. While ASUS still isn’t
a big player in the Android smartphone space, the company’s been
putting in a lot of hard work to appeal the Android enthusiasts by
delivering incredibly powerful devices while also stripping down
the software to give users a near-stock experience.

The new ASUS Zenfone 6 takes things two steps further, throwing
in high-end main cameras with a flip-up mechanism which allows them
to double as the front-facing cameras and by giving it a $500
sticker price. Since the new OnePlus 7 Pro is selling for $670, you
might think that the Zenfone 6 has made a few compromises, but it
really hasn’t. It packs in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor,
6GB of RAM and 64G of storage, a 5,000 mAh battery with Quick
Charge 4.0 support, dual-SIM plus microSD card support, and a
6.4-inch FHD+ display which stretches from edge-to-edge since
there’s no front-facing camera to contend with. ASUS even found
room to throw in a 3.5mm headphone and dual speakers as well.

For the camera setup, the Zenfone 6 is using the new 48MP Sony
IMX586 sensor which is paired with an f/1.8 lens and a second 13MP
sensor which is paired with an ultra-wide lens which gives you a
125-degree field of view. This combination is becoming pretty
common these days, but since ASUS has incorporated the two camera
sensors into a flip-up mechanism, this gives the Zenfone 6 a unique
advantage when taking selfies since most devices use much smaller
sensors for front-facing cameras which result in pretty bad images.
The inclusion of the wide-angle lens also means that the Zenfone 6
will be able to replicate the selfie experience of the Pixel 3 which we absolutely

At launch, the device will be running on a stripped-down version
of Android Pie, but the phone will be taking part in the Android Q
Beta program and the company is planning to update the software to
Android Q shortly after the official release in Q3.

To keep the price point of the Zenfone 6 in check, ASUS did have
to omit wireless charging and an official IP dust and water
resistance rating, but OnePlus has done the same on its new 7 Pro
and no one seems to care. The company also opted for a standard
capacitive fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone, but we’re
honestly perfectly happy with that choice.

The official retail launch date for the phone has yet to be set,
but we’ve been told that you should be able to purchase the ASUS
Zenfone 6 before we get into the second half of the year. Let us
know your thoughts on this new device and unique form factor with
its flip-up camera module. How do you think the ASUS Zenfone 6
compared to the OnePlus 7 Pro?

Source: FS – Phones
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