ZenUI 6 on Asus ZenFone 5Z: Here's what we know so far

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I went hands-on with the new flagship phone from Asus, the Zenfone 6 and here's what I found out.

From a design perspective, the Zenfone 6 has the same signature glass and metal design, but it looks way different from its predecessor.

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

Similar to the OnePlus 7 Pro, if the phone detects that it's in free fall, the camera will retract back down to avoid any damages to the sensors or module.

Primarily driven by the desire to kill bezels and the notch, we have seen some really freakish designs recently, from sliders to pop-up cameras to of course punch-hole cameras, but the ZenFone 6 literally flips the paradigm with a camera which flips from the back to the front of the device.

There is one other obvious highlight of the flip feature: you can shoot 4K 60fps EIS-stabilised video in vlog fashion where the camera is pointing at you and you can still see the display. In an effort to reduce bezels and provide an all-screen front, the company has opted for a flipping camera.

The module also houses the 13MP ultra-wide lens so that means when fully erect, the camera can take ultra-wide group selfies of up to 125-degrees.

A possible quad camera design is shown here, as part of a wider flip camera setup. And, while there are rumours that the phone could sport a pop-up selfie camera, a sliding front camera or a rear camera that can rotate or flip when taking a front-facing photo or video cannot be ruled out. Catch the live streaming of the Asus ZenFone 6 here. This smart key has a set default which brings up the Google Assistant. 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. Not only that, it still retains a 3.5mm headphone jack and according to the spec-sheet, the device even comes with FM radio. The high-end Zenfone 6 will have 8GB of RAM and 256GB ROM for 599 Euro (~ 669 USD). The display is a 6.4-inch LCD panel with FHD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. That gives it a whopping 91-percent screen-to-body ratio. It looks bright, crisp and looks to have wonderful colour reproduction, but this is something we'll test out in more detail at Tech Advisor Towers. Powered by the Snapdragon 855, the ASUS Zenfone 6 packs 6GB and 8GB of memory, and has either 128GB, or 256GB of storage. Asus has revealed that the phone will be offered in two colours - Midnight Black and Twilight Silver.

The Zenfone 6 has a very solid built that feels comfortable to hold due to the curved back design. It charges only at 18W, but thanks to its capacity, the charger can stay in the faster “constant current” mode for longer.

The ZenFone runs Android 9 Pie with the ZenUI 6 and figures to be a near-stock experience.

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