Date Written: 6/6/2019
Last month ASUS unveiled the ZenFone 6 which is expected to be released in the United States in July. The phone starts at $499 which prices it as a mid-range phone, but it has some flagship specs which could make the phone a great value.
The ZenFone is different than many of the other phones we've talked about the past few months. It still has a headphone jack and a microSD card slot, but it doesn't have a water resistant rating or wireless charging. It has a large battery that in theory could allow it to last two days for some users between charges, but this of course would depend on usage. It also includes a side button that starts out programmed for Google Assistant, but can be customized for other purposes (taking screenshot, turn on flashlight, etc).
What really makes this phone different is the camera. The phone does not include a front facing selfie camera. Instead, the main camera on the rear is motorized and can rotate 180 degrees to become front facing. You can rotate the camera to whatever angle you want which makes it easier to take pictures at different angles, and you also have the ability to have the camera automatically follow a subject you are recording or taking pictures of. This can provide for a smoother video when recording something that is moving. There is some concern about the durability of the camera, but ASUS says it is rated for 100,000 opens and there is a built-in safety feature where the camera automatically retracts when the phone senses that it is being dropped.
Overall the ZenFone 6 is an intriguing option. While it may not have all the bells and whistles (wireless charging, water resistant) that other phones have, it definitely stands out with what it does offer. If you're looking for an Android phone with good specs, interesting features and that won't break the bank, then the ZenFone 6 is worth checking out.
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