About 2 weeks ago, Asus launched a smartphone with a borderless screen that really called the Zenfone 6 at a price in the mid-range segment.
To create a screen phone with no rabbit ears, no moles instead of a selfie pop-up camera, Asus decided to bring the camera group to flip to Zenfone 6. This camera group will be responsible for shooting in In all cases, it means that users will be able to use all the following camera shooting features in selfie shooting.
While phones in the same segment mostly use OLED screens, Asus decided to equip Zenfone 6 LCD screens.
With high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor chip. Zenfone 6 will bring good performance for users. Besides, with the support of 5,000 mAh battery, Zenfone 6 will meet the needs of users very well.
However, the phone will also not include some features to ensure a comfortable price such as wireless charging or water resistance, IP dust. To learn more about Zenfone 6, please come to the GSM Arena review.
Open the box
Asus Zenfone 6 appears with a black box, on the surface of the box the contour represents the shape of the machine. In the middle, Asus designed the Zenfone logo below number 6 to represent the name of this phone.
Boxed accessories in the box include: charger cords and cables that support Quick Charge 4.0, an earbuds, manuals and a hard case attached.
With Zenfone 6, Asus design team decided to equip 6.4-inch screen overflow display with 19.5: 9 ratio and Gorilla Glass 6 toughened glass layer to provide scratch and break protection . The top edge is somewhat thicker than the other edges.
In the position next to the headset located on the top, Zenfone 6 has a light sensor and a status notification LED.
With the solution using camera rotation, Asus did not need the help of rabbit ears or moles to equip a selfie camera for the device. This can be said to be the most outstanding feature of Zenfone 6.
Asus named the technology Flip Camera, which includes two cameras mounted on a rotating frame made of metal that is stronger than steel. The flip is controlled by a stepper motor located in the upper right corner of the machine.
The combination of a large battery pack and a camera control cluster takes up a lot of space, creating a small challenge when designing the motherboard inside. Asus used the motherboard design stacked on top of the battery and arranged around the camera.
At the bottom of the rear camera cluster, Asus has equipped the Zenfone 6 with a capacitive fingerprint sensor. To keep the device at a mid-range price, Asus cannot equip Zenfone 6 OLED screen to have fingerprint design under the screen. But the capacitive fingerprint sensor on the machine works very well with high speed and high security.
Asus designed the back of the Zenfone 6, which is rounded on two edges to make it feel more compact than the actual size of the phone (159.1 × 75.4 × 9.2mm), the device is a bit thicker than other phones because of the The capacity is too large to 5,000 mAh.
On the right side of Zenfone 6, Asus equipped a power button with a blue border in the middle of the edge, above the volume up and down key pair. The top is a small key called Smart Key which is used to open the Google Assistant feature and can also be customized to perform other tasks. The position of the key is quite high, so the chance of accidentally being activated is very low. Moreover, there are 4 small holes for users to distinguish from other buttons.
On the left side of the device is the memory card tray, including 2 nano SIM and 1 microSD card. The bottom edge of the device includes a USB-C port, voice microphone and external speakers.
The Zenfone 6 is equipped with a real IPS LCD 6.4 inch display with 1080 × 2340 resolution at an aspect ratio of 19.5: 9.
With the choice of LCD monitors instead of OLEDs, Asus explained that they use LCD screens to save costs to help maintain the budget. The brightness of the screen is on average, not really high.
Besides Adaptive brightness conversion mode, Asus also equips Zenfone with 6 Brightness boost modes. However, the brightness in this mode in the test is almost the same, so it cannot really be concluded about the effectiveness of this mode.
Besides, controlling the brightness of Zenfone 6 is not consistent from one application to another so it is difficult to achieve maximum brightness for the device. The ability to handle colors on the Zenfone 6's screen is not really accurate even though the screen is also quite brilliant in default mode.
Battery and sound quality
The largest capacity Zenfone 6 battery is currently available for phones with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, up to 5,000 mAh.
The Zenfone 6 battery life is really good. In the tests, the phone has time to browse the web via WiFi or watch videos offline for up to 16 hours, 3G talk time is 36 hours. Overall, the battery has a standby time of about 112 hours.
Zenfone 6 supports Quick Charge Quick Charge 4.0 and USB Power Delivery. This brings time to fully charge the 5,000 mAh battery, which is only 2.32 hours, reaching 35% of the battery in just 30 minutes.
In order to equip this huge battery into the Zenfone 6, Asus had to accept that the phone would be larger than the general market. However, it can be said that this is a reasonable tradeoff with a battery that works so well.
Zenfone 6 is equipped with stereo features for the main speaker at the bottom and the voice player acts as a sub-speaker. In horizontal phone mode, the Zenfone 6 automatically switches the sound between two speakers (automatically determines the left and right speakers) to match the user direction. When in vertical phone mode, sub-speaker (voice headset) will always act as the left speaker, the main speaker is the right speaker.
Asus did very well with the audio amplifier for Zenfone 6 external audio devices. The sound on the Zenfone 6 really impresses at the volume, much louder than the other competitors in the price range.
Zenfone 6 is used with ZenUI interface based on Android 9.0 platform. Android 10 is also about to be officially put on phones, Asus is planning to make Zenfone 6 one of the first devices to be used on this latest operating system.
Asus also promises new Android updates and patches and security for Zenfone 6 within the next 2 years.
Asus provides Zenfone 6 with 3 navigation styles including 1 classic 3 buttons and 2 styles using swipe from the bottom edge of the screen.
This smartphone includes unlocking options such as PIN, password, pattern, fingerprint and face security. The unlocking speed of the fingerprint sensor on the phone is not the fastest in the phone line but will definitely make users happy.
With face unlocking, Asus Zenfone 6 also has a fairly fast unlocking speed. However, to implement this feature, users need to wake up the phone first and then activate the camera to rotate, so the whole face unlocking process takes a bit of time.
Besides the default apps like Clock, Dialer, Library, etc. Zenfone 6 also has Mobile Manager and Power Master utility to help users set up battery saving modes as well as monitor usage time. the battery,…
Gaming mode Game Genie not only helps to disable navigation buttons during the game in case the user accidentally mistakenly, this feature also allows users to directly stream their gaming process Twitch or YouTube.
With the Smart Key key, the default setting is to enable Google Assistant. However, users can install other interactions according to 3 actions, double-click and hold.
With the Snapdragon 855 chip, the performance that Asus Zenfone 6 brings is quite good. With a single core GeekBench benchmark with devices in mid to high-end, the Asus Zenfone 6 is just behind the Galaxy S10e and on par with Xiaomi Mi 9.
In multi-core testing, the Zenfone 6 is somewhat lower than the Xiaomi Mi 9 but outperforms the Galaxy S10e.
There is a point to point out that the Zenfone 6 will heat up significantly after a period of operation because of the temperature created inside the design of the machine.
Asus Zenfone 6 camera rotation kit includes 2 cameras: 1 main camera 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor, aperture f / 1.8 and an ultra wide angle camera 13MP.
The interface of the default camera application is also arranged and has very simple features. Besides the usual shooting and video modes, Zenfone 6 also has advanced modes such as ISO, shutter shooting, exposure compensation.
With Panorama mode, users can use the rotating mechanism of the camera cluster to shoot without having to move the phone.
One feature Asus advertises for this phone is motion tracking, the camera will automatically track an object when moving on the frame.
In terms of image quality, in good lighting conditions and automatic HDR mode, the Zenfone 6 delivers beautiful pictures. The photos contain lots of details and almost no noise. The reproduced colors are truly unique.
When enabling Enhanced HDR + mode, Asus Zenfone 6 will need a few seconds to process the image even in daylight.
In low light conditions, the Zenfone 6's main camera is only at the level of fulfilling its role. Image details are not bad but noise is quite high.
Night shooting mode makes a real difference. Thanks to the exposure process, the noise images are removed almost completely, providing a good overall look, greatly improving compared to the normal mode.
With selfie mode, because of using a camera cluster, the images also have good color and quality. When HDR + Enhanced mode is on, images with high contrast and superior images.
Portrait mode on the Zenfone 6 offers images with a somewhat natural background erase, emphasizing the subject matter clearly.
Regarding video recording capability, Zenfone 6 is capable of recording 2160p video at 60 fps. Video quality is also not very noticeable.
The most outstanding feature on this phone is nothing but the camera cluster. Not only is this design a real monitor, this camera cluster offers very good quality images in all lighting conditions, satisfying users.
With a very large capacity battery and high-end processor chip, Asus Zenfone 6 promises to be an interesting choice in high-end access.
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