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ASUS ZenFone 6 Review: double flip lens is amazing

ASUS ZenFone 6 Review: double flip lens is amazing

By  Felicity Rosa 2019-05-28 783 0

ZenFone 6, the first mobile phone under the new ASUS mobile phone policy, can be said to be the most consistent model in terms of confidentiality. Just like the previous "Power User" concept, the ZenFone 6 has only one flagship model, and of course the S855 is imported. The biggest highlight is how to solve the painful point of the full screen in the notice. It is unexpected that it is not the current mainstream lift, but a rather rare 180 degree flip lens.

Of course, the highlights of ZenFone 6 are not only these, but also the flagship machines are rare. Most of the specifications that are often seen in mid-range machines are like independent three-card slots and 5,000 mAh power. In addition, the concentric circles of ZenFone are fixed. The design language has also been greatly changed, using a relatively low-key and technologically oriented direction, with a redesigned factory emblem design.

Asus ZenFone 6 image

Shape and design

Like the appearance that can be seen in the invitation, the ZenFone 6 is configured with a true full screen, with a 6.4-inch screen, Corning's sixth-generation gorilla glass, FHD+ resolution, a ratio of 19.5:9, and a screen ratio of 92%. It has 600nits brightness and 100% DCI-P3 color gamut support.

The back of the machine is also the entire design of the previous ZenFone. The first is the newly designed Logo, which has no concentric design; of course, the biggest highlight is the flip lens. The back of the machine adopts a seven-layer dot pattern light pattern design. Although it is not the most embarrassing gradation design at present, it will have different light and shadow flow feeling under different light sources.

Here, look at the side of the fuselage, the right side of the top of the machine can see the antenna, the lower edge also has the diamond cutting design of ASUS Ding Fan, but the most important configuration of the top is the mechanism of flipping the lens, the bottom of the machine is USB-C Port, 3.5mm headphone jack, mic and speaker hole; the right side is the same as the previous ASUS and the self-explosive design, the smart shortcut, volume and power button, the left side has a separate three card slot.

Camera turned

The ZenFone 6's flip lens has a 180-degree design, which makes it feel a little off-the-shelf, but the shell is officially made of liquid metal that is 20% lighter than stainless steel and 4 times more tough.

In the lens section, on the right side of the back is the Sony IMX586 4,8 megapixel f/1.79 main camera with 1.6um unit pixels, low-light pixels 4in1, equivalent focal length of 26mm, and can be cut from 48MP to 2x 52mm lossless zoom.

On the left is a 13-megapixel 125° equivalent 11mm super wide-angle lens, and it claims to have better deformation control. The aperture is not officially announced. In addition, there is no optical anti-shake in the dual lens. The official consideration is of course in the design of the mechanism. Adding anti-shake will make the volume thicker.

Then decompose to introduce a stepping motor that makes the flipping smooth. Officially, this ZenFone 6 adopts a customized motor design. When flipping, it will complete the flipping action at low speed and high speed with low speed. Generally, it can only be adjusted by 18 degrees. The minimum motor can be adjusted by 2 degrees, which is more supple in the feeling of flipping.

The gearbox is equipped with 13 gears and has 2x torque, which is more than just 5 gears compared to the average pop-up lens. The official also said that in terms of durability, at least 100,000 times of opening, to open the camera 28 times a day, there will be at least 5 years of service life.

What are the applications of flipping lenses?

●The first is to directly press the front lens switch button. When pressed, the lens will flip directly to the position. The speed is not slow.

●The second is to switch the lens button up or down, and a virtual adjustment lever will appear. You can adjust the angle at different angles. In addition, the volume button can be adjusted, but only Support for panoramic mode, so this is not included.

●The third is to use the Google Assistant voice method to say self-timer, self-timer and other keyword words, then it will automatically flip to the self-timer interface. But can you tell GA to flip the camera to a few degrees? The answer is no.

Another related to the flip lens is the "dynamic tracking" function. Similar to some similar mobile phones, it can monitor moving objects and chase them at any time. The key point is that when the object is over the range of the viewfinder, the lens will be flipped. Automatic movement to monitor objects is a rare feature.

The depth of field simulation of portrait mode can be up to f/0.95, which is also to maintain the previous ZenFone specification. The skin model also provides customization of the various facial features. The more common AI long exposure night mode is to stack up to 30 photos in 4-6 seconds. The manual mode also has a previous ZenFone shutter speed of up to 32s.

In HDR high dynamic range mode, ZenFone 6 adopts the new HDR+ enhancement mode. The principle is to use 6-8 multi-frame compositing and short-exposure synthesis, which can effectively reduce the ghosts that occasionally encountered in previous models. situation.

What's special is that the flip lens also has the sound effect of a general lift lens. There are 3 sound effects to choose from.

Original mix and match ZenUI

ZenFone 6 operating system configuration based on Android Pie's ZenUI 6, as for the core specification part, configure Qualcomm S855, the highest LPDDR4X 8GB Ram + 256GB UFS 2.1 capacity, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2*2MINO, independent three card slot , 5CA Cat.18, NFC and other specifications.

The power part, ZenFone 6 configuration 5,000mAh 18W QC4.0 fast charge specification, the big power is undoubtedly to give a praise; but fast charge 18W? It seems a bit inferior to the flagship machine.

In the basic settings of ZenFone 6, it is not surprising that Google Assistant is used as a means of operation, and can be operated by clicking, two, and long pressure. The custom interface can also select the desired function, but currently only provides related operations built into the phone, and does not support third-party APP.

OptiFlex has appeared in several previous ZenFones, as long as it can speed up the opening time of the APP, but it seems that there is no sense of existence. When I tested ZenFone 5, I tried it. The effect is quite remarkable. Officials here also said that AI technology such as machine learning was also introduced on ZenFone 6 to predict the open APP, which is preloaded to reduce the opening time. Another function is to use the hybrid algorithm to select the most commonly used users. APP and put it in Ram to reduce the time to reopen due to flashback.

Many of ASUS's ZenFone supporters, some of which are directed at the convenient ZenMotion gestures, have continued on ZenFone 6, but this time it's called a simple gesture. I believe that ZenFone users are no strangers, just take a picture.


In my short contact with ZenFone 6 for a short period of time, the biggest feeling is of course in the design and flipping the lens. First of all, the appearance of the ZenFone 6 is greatly changed, and the back of the light and shadow effect and the sci-fi logo are used. Of course, the lack of a fingerprint recognizer will be better. The official choice here is "practicality."

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