With the 6z, Asus has delivered an all-rounder phone with a lot of great features especially the flipping camera. As with most value flagships, it does no provide wireless charging or IP rating for water and dust resistance, but you do get Gorilla Glass 6 and a 3.5mm audio socket. Asus also offer’s a borderless screen with a variant of 64GB storage for less money than the 128GB OnePlus 7, making it the most affordable snapdragon 855-based phone in India right now. That too won’t be restrictive since this phone does have a microSD card slot, which will be absolutely fine for many people.
Price in India:
|Asus 6z||: ₹31,999|
Asus 6z: Overview
|Display||: 6.4″ LCD (1080 X 2340)|
|Camera||: 48 + 13 MP (Flip Camera)|
|Internal Storage||: 64 / 128 / 256 GB|
|Chip||: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|OS (Operating System)||: Android v9.0 “Pie”|
|RAM||: 6 GB / 8 GB|
|Dimensions||: (159.1 X 75.4 X 8.4) mm|
|Weight||: 190 g|
Asus 6z: Build and design
For a phone with a 6.4-inch screen, 5000mAh battery and mechanical camera module, the Asus 6Z is pretty slick. It doesn’t feel bulky, even though it weighs 190 grams as the weight is been distributed equally throughout the phone. The curved gorilla Glass rear isn’t too slippery and feels pretty reassuring in the hand. The front of this phone has really nothing apart from the screen to be seen. The chin is very slightly thicker than the rest of the borders, but that’s only visible when the screen is on. If you look very closely, you’ll see a slim earpiece at the top, and Asus has even managed to hide a tiny status LED next to it.
On the right side of the chasis of the phone, you’ll find all the buttons you need. The volume rocker is placed towards the upside whereas the blue-ringed power button, lies slightly below it. Asus has place an unusual fourth button on the right of this phone; a multifunction smart Key that is set to trigger numerous Google Assistant functions but can be customised to do several other things. This button isn’t very reachable but has a dotted texture so that you don’t mistake it for anything else.
There is a USB Type-C port at the bottom, and many people will be very happy to see a 3.5mm audio socket next to it. There is also a speaker that works with the earpiece as a stereo pair. The tray on the left can accommodate 2 Nano-SIMs and a microSD card. In-display fingerprint sensors are quite trendy these days but Asus has gone with a standard one on the rear, and it’s easy to reach.
Asus 6z: Display
The Asus 6z sports a 6.4-inch IPS LCD display, having a full-HD+ 1080×2340 pixels screen resolution. It yields an overall pixel density of roughly 403 ppi. But thanks to minimal bezels, it’s not quite as chunky as it might otherwise have been. It is made using gorilla Glass 6 that is slightly rounded at the sides.
It supports the HDR10 standard with a maximum brightness of 600nits, and Asus says it can display the full DCI-P3 color space. However still it has an LCD rather than OLED, which concludes that the blacks are less black and it is difficult to see outdoors. It’s also huge, but as it is only 1080 x 2340, thus it is not as tack-sharp as screens on other phones. But both choices means that the ZenFone 6 can be less expensive. The lower-resolution screen also concludes that the phone needs to push fewer pixels, which is a significant boon to the battery life.
Asus pushed the screen out close to the edge of the phone, yet there’s still a bezel because getting rid of those last few millimeters means adding a few hundred dollars to the cost. But for all that, the screen still looks spectacular because it’s huge, the bezels are small, and there’s no notch or camera cutout.
Asus 6z: Performance
First of all, we have the top-end Qualcomm snapdragon 855 processor. This is an octa-core chip with a mix of eight Kryo 485 Silver and Gold cpu cores for power potency and performance respectively, in addition to an integrated Adreno 640 GPU.
It has been launched in 3 different variants: you get a 6GB of RAM with 64GB or 128GB of storage, or 8GB of RAM with 256GB of storage. You can also add up to 2TB of additional space to all 6Z variants by employing a microSD card. On the downside, Asus is using UFS 2.1 storage which isn’t the fastest standard anymore.
Asus 6z: Camera
The rotating module contains a primary 48-megapixel camera, which is unsurprisingly built around the popular Sony IMX586 sensor. It delivers 12-megapixel images by default, using four pixels as one to maximise the amount of light captured. This camera has an f/1.79 aperture. It supports an HDR+ enhanced mode as well as AI scene detection. It also features a dual-LED flash, laser autofocus, and three-axis electronic image stabilisation.
The secondary camera features a 13-megapixel sensor with a 125-degree field of view and automatic distortion correction. Video recording goes up to 4K 60fps with the main camera and 4K 30fps with the secondary camrea. Since this phone has no separate front-facing cameras, you can take selfies at identical quality and with all identical settings you’d get when taking photos with the rear cameras.
The mechanical camera module does present its share of quirks. The time it takes to flip over facing forwards adds a little delay to face recognition. You also have to wake the phone and then swipe or tap the display to trigger the cameras; the process isn’t as fluid as it is on other phones. After all the module can’t flip over at all with the 6Z lying flat on a table, so you’ll end up using a PIN or pattern in such situations. The module’s mechanism is a bit too loud. The cavity it fits into will very quickly be filled with dust and pocket lint.
You can manually raise and lower the module and take photos or videos with it in any position, but this capability is surprisingly buried. You have to use the volume buttons or slide the camera switcher icon in the app up or down, and there are no hints that this is possible. In Panorama mode, you’ll be able to take an automatic 180-degree shot with one tap of the shutter button. You can rotate the module while recording video, which is pretty cool. The most interesting feature is the motion tracking mode — once you tap to focus on someone, the camera module will rotate itself automatically to keep them within the frame. Of course this is only possible on one side of the frame, and that they cannot be moving too quickly, so this is more of an amusement than a practical feature.
As for photo quality, the Asus 6Z can take some nice shots. Shots taken with the wide-angle camera are usually a bit darker and had poorer detail, which is to be expected. The anti-distortion feature works well. In HDR+ enhanced mode, the camera takes multiple shots and you’ve got to hold still, but this does make a difference to the vibrancy and exposure balance of captured shots. Low-light shots were just slightly unsatisfying. They were bright and objects could be discerned, but there was a tendency for shots taken at night to come out slightly blurry due to the low shutter speed used. The performance of the wide-angle camera was also reduced.
As we come to 4K video clips, they are restricted to 10 minutes at 30fps and 5 minutes at 60fps. With the primary camera, 4K video came out looking crisp and bright, though it was much darker with the wide-angle camera. Full-HD footage also looked excellent. Focus stays locked on subjects in motion.
The Asus 6z packs a 5000mAh battery, which is comparitively more tham many flagship phones. Though Asus’ claim of 2 days of non-stop use, which is still a little optimistic. You’d be able to stretch to a day and a half with moderate use, which involves some non-HDR video streaming, lots of photo and video recording, half an hour of gaming, and lots of web surfing.
It also supports Qualcomm quick Charge 4.0 and comes with an 18W power adapter. By which, it charges up from zero to 11 % in 10 minutes and 70 % in an hour, which is damn impressive considering the actual fact that it has a 5000mAh battery.
Asus has delivered an all-rounder with a lot of great features but it isn’t a clear winner over other phones for most people. Also if you want a phone conatining almost every latest features and good camera at a low price, then you can go for Asus 6z. Though it has some downgrades still it is pretty impressive as comparted to the price tag. We hope to see it popping up in Asus’s frequent sales later in the year.