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Asus ZenFone 6 is official: motorized camera, Snapdragon 855, $499

Asus ZenFone 6 is official: motorized camera, Snapdragon 855, $499

But, is it a gimmick or has Asus cracked the formula for the ideal bezel-less design?

ASUS' big selling point with the Zenfone 6 is actually the price. Check back in the coming days for our final review, complete with benchmarks, star rating and in-depth analysis of the features on offer. Let us take a detailed look at the features and hardware specifications of the ASUS Zenfone 6.

What's most interesting is the price; it's a lot cheaper than some of its rivals on the market.

Dinesh Sharma, Head of Mobile Business at Asus India, claims that a rotational camera is better than a pop-up camera - as seen on the OnePlus 7 Pro, Oppo Find X and Vivo NEX - as it is less vulnerable to dust. Now, Asus has added another method to the list by placing a flip-up camera into their latest flagship, the Zenfone 6.

The full-screen display, huge battery, powerful processor, flip camera and an nearly stock Android interface makes for an exciting phone that could sell like hotcakes if priced correctly for the Indian market. It is a motorised flip camera that is offered on the device and that includes a 48MP primary Sony IMX586 sensor having an f/1.79 aperture and a 13MP secondary ultra-wide sensor with 125-degree field of view and there is a Dual LED flash.

This is the part that's got everyone talking - the "flipping" camera that's both rear-facing, front-facing and everything in between!

We're also curious to explore how the responsiveness and durability of the Flip Camera fare in everyday use. There's no optical stabilization because of the tight fit, but both cameras support up to 4K video recording. With a feature called Free Angle Shooting, the Flip Camera can be rotated to any degree between its front or back positions, through the use of an on-screen slider.

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Another variation on a three-camera design with two flip cameras. The smart key is used to invoke Google Assistant and the good thing here is that the company has given you an option to re-map it. This, by default, can be used to summon Google Assistant easily, but it can be customised to perform a variety of actions, from opening the camera to enabling the torch.

Body: Aluminum frame, Gorilla Glass back, 159.1×75.4×9.2mm, 190g; Midnight Black and Twilight Silver color schemes. Zenfone 6 is no different int that sense. The smartphone comes with a 6.46-inch full HD+ display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It looks bright, crisp and looks to have unbelievable colour reproduction, but this is something we'll test out in more detail at Tech Advisor Towers.

As you'd expect from a flagship Android smartphone this year, the Asus ZenFone 6 is powered by Qualcomm's high-end Snapdragon 855, the same chip found inside the Galaxy S10 and LG G8 ThinQ.

What do you think of the ZenFone 6? While we've seen better audio solutions before (namely on LG's V series phones), DACs of this caliber are few and far between.

It's quite fast - I scrolled and tapped around madly and the device was quick to respond to my hectic demands.

ASUS announced that the Zenfone 6 would run a tweaked version of ZenUI 6 that is closer to stock Android in terms of look and feel. And ZenFone 3 Max was the first device that was upgraded to ZenUI 5 (along with Android 8.1 Oreo) in about a month's time form ZenFone 5Z's release.