ASUS Announce New ZenFone 6

ASUS launched a brand new smartphone yesterday in Valencia, the ZenFone 6. Why did it catch our eye? Because it a flip camera, which they are saying its a “groundbreaking innovation that heralds a new era of mobile photography“. Will the consumer like it? What’s involved? Here is what we know so far.

ASUS has added in a flip Camera to address the problems of display ‘notches’ and low-resolution front-facing cameras. The motorised flip-up camera module contains a 48MP Sony IMX586 main camera and a 13MP 125° ultrawide secondary camera, driven by a custom precision stepper motor that flips the module by a full 180° to switch the cameras from rear to front use. The main camera includes F/1.2, equivalent focal length of 35mm, 79 degree field of view and a 16 scene AI scene detection.

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Thanks to the above lens, the phone is capable of video recording at 4K UHD @ 30/60fps for the main camera, 30fps for secondary. It can also record 1080p @ 30/60/240fps or 720p @ 30/480fps, for some utterly cool slow mo. It also includes a 3-axis electronic image stabilisation, time lapse function and motion tracking (at lower res).

The ZenFone 6 has a 6.4-inch notchless NanoEdge all-screen display that’s covered with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6 for an immersive, near-borderless viewing experience and the toughest protection available. This is an IPS panel @ 2340×1080, with 600nits brightness and HDR10.

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The phone runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform with 7nm, 64-bit octa-core processor, plus a Qualcomm® Adreno 640 GPU. Ram is upto 8GB depending on model and upto 256gb ROM.

ASUS sure are trying to disrupt the phone market, but after the announcement of the OnePlus7, it’s hard to see if they will be successful. How quick will the camera flip up and also rotate, will it be quick enough to capture that photo? Time will tell and I think it will make or break the sucessfulness of the phone.

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