ASUS Launches the ZenFone 6: 6.4-Inch Flagship Phone With Motorized Flip-Up Module Camera

ASUS has introduced its new high-end smartphone, the ZenFone 6. The new handset is based on Qualcomm’s top-of-the-range Snapdragon 855 SoC, and perhaps most interesting of all, a motorized 180° flip-up camera module.

Featuring a huge NanoEdge 6.4-inch display with a 92% screen-to-body ratio, the ASUS ZenFone 6 looks like one large screen as it does not feature any notches or water drops. The LCD can cover 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, supports HDR10, a maximum brightness of 600 nits.

The key feature of the phone is its motorized 180° flip-up camera module, which incorporates a 48 MP Sony IMX586 RGB sensor as well as a 13 MP 125° ultrawide sensor. The camera can be used not only for regular photos, but flipped-up for high-quality selfies. In addition to a rather unique form-factor, the camera supports new HDR+ Enhanced, Super Night and Auto Panorama modes.

The ZenFone 6 is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 SoC (Adreno 640 graphics, quad-channel LPDDR4X, X24 LTE modem, etc.) that is paired with 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB of UFS 2.1 NAND flash storage (expandable with microSD), and a 5000 mAh battery. To ensure snappy operations, ASUS has also incorporated its OptiFlex technology, which the company says accelerates app launches and reloads by keeping them in RAM, while also promising to save power in idle mode.

When it comes to connectivity, the ZenFone 6 supports 4G/LTE, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, Wi-Fi Direct, USB Type-C, GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo. Meanwhile, the smartphone has a fingerprint reader on the rear (that promises to unlock the phone in 0.3 seconds).

The ASUS ZenFone 6 (ZS630KL) with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of NAND will be available later this year for $560 in the US and €499 in Europe. Other configurations will also be available, but their prices will be announced at launch.

The ASUS ZenFone 6 Smartphone
  Preliminary Specifications
Display LCD
6.4″
2340×1080
100% DCI-P3
96% NTSC
600 nits brightness
HDR10
Corning Gorilla Glass 6
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Adreno 640 @ ?MHz
RAM 8 GB LPDDR4X
Storage 256 GB of UFS 2.1 NAND flash + microSD card slot
Local Connectivity Wi-Fi  802.11ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0
Data/Charging USB Type-C
Audio Dual stereo speakers with dual NXP TFA9874 smart amplifiers
Hi-Res audio 192kHz/24-bit standard that is 4 times better than CD quality
DTS (Digital Theater System) Headphone: X 7.1 virtual surround sound for headphone support
AudioWizard with listening profile

ASUS ZenEar Pro tuned by 1MORE
Dual internal microphones with ASUS Noise Reduction Technology
3.5-mm jack

NFC Yes
LTE X24 Modem
Navigation GPS (Dual bands, L1+L5),, GLONASS, BDSS, GALILEO (Dual bands, E1+E5a), QZSS (Dual bands, L1+L5)
Main Camera 48 MP, f/1.8,
1/2-inch
0.8µm pixels, 
Laser/PDAF
Sony IMX586
13MP, 125° ultrawide camera
Front Camera none
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh
Expected Life “Two days”
SIM Size Nano SIM + Nano SIM
Sensors accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Biometric Security Fingerprint Rear sensor
Facial Recognition
Dimensions Height ?
Width ?
Thickness ?
Weight 190 grams
Colors Midnight Black, Twilight Silver
Protection Drop ?
OS Google Android 9.0 with ASUS ZenUI 6
Launch Countries ?
Price $560/€499

UPDATE: The ASUS ZenFone 6 does have a 3.5-mm audio jack.

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Source ASUS Press Release