Asus has a new way to avoid the smartphone notch with the ZenFone 6
I like to call this the “Hold my beer edition”
With the mobile world moving to ever-increasing screen-to-body ratios, manufacturers have had to come up with increasingly
desperate innovative ways to have those big screens without losing that precious selfie-cam. Asus looked at the pathetic efforts of the competition and said: “Hold my beer.”
The ZenFone 6 has a flipping camera module. Enough said.
I mean, look at it, the ZenFone 6 is flipping marvelous
I do have to wonder about things like longevity due to wear, although that would depend on how often you use it as a selfie camera. The rest of the phone is a weird mix of premium and mid-range. It’s equipped with the Qualcomm SnapDragon 855 flagship chipset, 6 or 8 GB of RAM, a huge 5,000 mAh battery and 64/128/256 GB of storage as options.
Ok, you might be thinking to yourself: “Wait. Hold up. I thought you said ‘mid-range’ earlier. All I see is premium specs.” What’s mid-range is something you wouldn’t expect – the price. The ZenFone 6 will start at around $560 when launches in a couple of weeks.
But that camera though. There’s a 48-megapixel sensor with an f1.79 aperture (that’s a weird number for camera f-stops) and a 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor with a 125-degree field of view. I guess that’s the one that gets used in selfie mode. Now you just need to figure out how to tell all your friends that you’re not casually flipping them off every time you take a photo. I know, I’m reaching here.
With almost every other new phone opting for that 48-megapixel sensor (except Google, who does their own thing), the difference will be in how well Asus’ software matches that sensor. Asus’ hardware engineers have managed to cram a headphone jack into the body along with that huge battery, so it’s down to the software peeps to make it all work well.
At a starting price of €499 (approx. $560), can this steal OnePlus’ thunder as the “Never Settle” brand? Who knows, we’ll find out soon enough.
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