ASUS ZenFone 6 lets the flip camera come back

ASUS ZenFone 6 lets the flip camera come back

The development of ASUS's mobile phone business is not as smooth as its expectations. This is actually no secret. Therefore, along with the departure of the original CEO, they also turned their own action development strategy to focus on more serious users. The ROG Phone, which became the e-sports mobile phone standard last year, is a good example. Now they want to challenge the mass market with a wider target audience with the new flagship ZenFone 6 with a flip camera (similar to the concept that Oppo and Huawei have played in the past, and Samsung has recently tried).

Like most new flagships, the ZenFone 6 is also powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage (UFS 2.1). It has three card slots inside for expansion of the dual Nano SIM card and microSD card, which is a rare design today. In addition, this phone is also equipped with dual speakers, noise-reducing dual microphone, 3.5mm headphone jack and NFC, all of which are wrapped in a midnight black / neon silver body based on curved back cover glass and metal middle frame. .

The ZenFone 6 is equipped with a 6.4-inch FHD+ LCD screen (with the sixth generation of Gorilla Glass), which may be a bit disappointing for those who like AMOLED. However, according to our feeling of hands-on play, this IPS10 screen that supports HDR10 also has a good display effect. In addition, because the AMOLED panel is not used, ZenFone 6 does not have screen fingerprint recognition. Its fingerprint module appears in the back position of the regular, although it will make some discounts in the aesthetics, but the experience should not be bad.

Something unexpectedly, Asus actually put a 5,000mAh battery in the ZenFone 6 (supporting 18W QC 4.0 charging). After all, the current mainstream big battery phone generally only chooses 4,000mAh battery. According to the factory engineer, they did something because of this. At present, the industry is not only using a relatively small battery with high-speed charging, but also to make the capacity bigger, but the charging speed is not so fast.

And ASUS chose the latter option. They believe that the durability of power consumption is more important than the convenience of charging. At the same time, there are certain concerns about the battery attenuation that may result from high power fast charging. According to the test results of ASUS, the two methods eventually reached similar charge levels in about the same time, so they decided to give the user a larger battery. It is not surprising that ZenFone 6 can be used to reverse charge other devices after having a large amount of power. As long as you have the right USB-C cable, you can rely on it to share power.

Next is the photo session. There are a total of two cameras on the ZenFone 6, the 48MP main camera (IMX586 photoreceptor with f/1.79 lens with laser focus) and the 13MP 125 degree super wide-angle camera. Both and the dual LED flash are placed on the front-to-back flip module to take both self-portrait and normal shots, but due to space constraints, ASUS did not add optical anti-shake to ZenFone 6. In terms of recording, the main camera can record up to 4K@60fps (but only 30fps mode has electronic shockproof), and can also be used to shoot 720p@480fps slow motion.

The biggest benefit of enabling a flip-up camera is the same as the pop-up camera that has become popular in recent years. It is a true full-screen effect that allows the front screen to be unnotched. In addition, the degree of freedom in flipping the camera is relatively greater, and the stability of the panoramic photo is better than manual rotation. It is worth mentioning that the ZenFone 6 camera can also be used to unlock the face, but it will be less reliable than the 3D camera, and it will take a long time to wait for it to flip.

The entire flip module is wrapped by ASUS's so-called "liquid metal", which is said to have been specifically modified in terms of weight and strength. The module is driven by a stepper motor (about 2 degrees per step) when rotated, and like the existing pop-up camera, it automatically retracts when a drop is detected. The data given by Asus is that the module can be fully homing when it falls at a height of 1.25 meters. Even if the height is only 1 meter, the camera should be able to go to a relatively safe angle. In terms of service life, the mechanism is said to withstand more than 100,000 reversals.

According to our short hands-on experience, using ZenFone 6 comes from the shoot, the details of the photo will be very rich (after all, the quality of the main camera). Of course, if you think that this will be somewhat exposed, the factory has also prepared a beauty effect to help you remedy. The photo reproduction in the indoor environment is good. When the so-called HDR++ mode is turned on, the details of the picture will become clearer and cleaner. However, photos taken outdoors in cloudy weather are relatively unsatisfactory. In addition, we also tried the video tracking mode of motion tracking and found that its completion has yet to be improved. The tracking function sometimes stops working, so I still expect Asus developers to try to solve the problem before the product goes on the market.

17th May 2019 Jason

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