Let’s talk about Asus 6z review. The Asus 6Z is a budget flagship smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and a 6.4-inch notch-less screen. Its main USP is a flip-up camera module that allows you to use the primary 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 camera and secondary 13-megapixel wide-angle camera for selfies as well as the usual photos. The camera module flips around every time you want to use face recognition or take a selfie, which means there’s a slight delay. Asus has thought of a few tricks though, such as the ability to take sweeping panoramas with one tap or pivot the module while in the middle of recording a video. we can also set its position manually to take some creatively angled shots.
In terms of design, Asus 6Z is fairly plain, with only the bright blue Asus logo and text on the rear standing out against the Midnight Black Body. The Twilight Silver option sometimes offers a silver-blue gradient. There is a 3.5mm audio jack on the bottom along with the USB Type-C port. An extra button on the right is set to trigger Google Assistant by default but can be reprogrammed.
Performance is good thanks to the high-end processor and ample RAM. The full-HD+ screen supports HDR and was bright and vibrant as we experienced. We were slightly underwhelmed with the cameras at night, as our photos were sometimes a little blurry. Battery life was good but not best, and we think that Asus’s promise of two-day usage is optimistic.
The Asus 6Z is a compelling option at its price and brings a lot of features to a hot market segment.
Asus 6Z Review And Specifications
|Release date||19th June 2019|
|Launched in India||Yes|
|Dimensions (mm)||159.10 x 75.44 x 8.40|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||5000|
|Fast charging||Quick Charge 4.0|
|Colours||Black, Matte Black, Twilight Silver|
|Screen size (inches)||6.40|
|Protection type||Gorilla Glass|
|Processor||1.8GHz octa-core (4×1.8GHz + 3×2.42GHz + 1×2.84GHz)|
|Processor make||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|Expandable storage type||microSD|
|Expandable storage up to (GB)||2000|
|Dedicated microSD slot||Yes|
|Rear camera||48-megapixel (f/1.79, 1.6-micron) + 13-megapixel|
|Rear autofocus||Laser autofocus|
|Rear flash||Dual LED|
|Operating system||Android 9 Pie|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 5.00|
|Number of SIMs||2|
|Active 4G on both SIM cards||Yes|
|Supports 4G in India (Band 40)||Yes|
|Supports 4G in India (Band 40)||Yes|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes|
Pros and Cons of Asus 6Z
As everything is not perfect. Everything has some good or bad features. Hence there are some pros and cons of Asus 6. Let’s discuss some of them in Asus 6z review :
Design and Build
Asus has done a fabulous job with the 6Z design. If you like your phones to be distinct, the flip camera is enough of a head-turner you’d ever need. The zany branding on the back and the full view screen further ensure that the 6Z remains at the top of modern trends.
Once you have lived with and are used to the uninterrupted expanse of the screen, the notch cutouts feel archaic.
Flagship phones, in general, have gotten bigger and bulkier this year, which is perhaps why building Asus 6Z feels rather convenient – even when it weighs a significant 190 grams. The heft is at least well justified considering the massive 5000mAh battery residing within the solid glass-metal casing.
The capacitive fingerprint sensor on the rear is easily accessible, there is a USB Type-C port at the bottom, and the phone retains its 3.5mm audio jack.
Asus has used premium materials to build its new Zenfone flagship device. There is metal running along the sides and gorilla glass on the front and rear. Asus also gives you a hard polycarbonate case.
Asus 6Z weighs 190 grams and the thickness varies between 8.4mm and 9.1mm – which is pretty reasonable for a 5000mAh battery phone.
The most obvious benefit is that you get to shoot selfies from the 48MP Sony IMX586. Besides, you get a 13MP wide-angle camera, hardware-backed for portraits, laser AF and more – all for the front camera.
The stepper motor makes shooting Panoramas a treat! All you need to do is hold the phone straight, and the camera will sweep to capture a broad field of view. This is also true for verticle panoramas.
Motion tracking is awesome for vloggers. The camera can detect your face and repositions itself so that you are always at the center of the frame.
The flip camera of 6Z is great for shooting panoramas and semi-panoramas, and it also makes the 6Z essentially a great have for selfie enthusiasts. After the latest update, the camera retracts and flips as expected. The Flip module doesn’t feel very solid or sturdy, but Asus claims it has been tested for more than 100,000 flips, and after flipping the cameras to our heart’s content through the duration of this review, we are inclined to believe these stats.
The downside is Face unlock on the Asus 6Z is a wee-bit slower than what we are accustomed to by now. The selfie camera takes a bit more time to position itself when compared to a pop-up camera, and the Asus 6Z doesn’t have an option for direct face unlock. You will have to swipe up on the lock screen for the facial recognition to trigger. But really, this isn’t a major peeve point. The fast and reliable rear fingerprint sensor has the biometric unlocking covered.
Asus has also added a smart key, which by default is a google assistant button. You can also map it to a few other predefined actions. The concept of an extra button to quickly trigger frequently used tasks is good in theory, but we still didn’t find ourselves using Smart Key very often. That’s because it’s positioned a little too close to the top and you can’t map apps to it yet.
Performance And Software
Asus 6Z is Powered by Snapdragon 855, this is tailored for power users. Depending on the variant you choose, you’ll get up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 2.1 storage.
Long story short, the 6Z is a snappy and dependable phone. Apps open quickly, multitasking is smooth, and all heavy-duty games run smooth. PUBG runs in high and Ultra mode.
In the new Zen UI, Asus hasn’t meddled with the essence of stock Android and all default feature we appreciated like the look and feel, play store in-app search, digital wellbeing, Google autofill, etc. Asus has also added a lot of custom optimizations because without them the stock Android could be bland and even crippling at times. The resulting interface is very clean, intuitive, and very pleasant to live with.
All relevant sensors and connectivity options including Dual VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 are present on the phone. The call quality in our area was excellent.
Lack of AMOLED Panel
With the Asus 6Z, you get a huge full-screen bezel display but it is an IPS panel. IPS panels are more than good enough to get the job done but the quality of an AMOLED is still superior to it. You don’t get the deep blacks or the punchy colors of an AMOLED panel with the 6Z, which might be a deal-breaker for many users who have used AMOLED display smartphones before.
No IP rating and wireless charging
Asus had to cut some corners to keep the price competitive and much like other similarly priced smartphones, Asus too did not opt for an IP rated smartphone. It might be splash resistant as many devices nowadays are, but it is definitely not a good idea to operate this phone underwater. In addition, we also do not see wireless charging despite the glass back, but that should not be a deal-breaker as most people still prefer the much faster wired charging over the slow wireless one.
When most of the brands are opting for beautiful back panels, Asus takes a step back here and just goes for the old school plain black panel with a metal-glass sandwich implementation. There is some blue colored branding at the back, but still, the device looks pretty basic on hand.
After taking a look at Asus 6z review simply say, the Asus 6Z is a phone that works. Its key highlight is a flashy flip camera module, but that’s kind of ironic because overall, the 6Z strikes as a very sensible and sober no-nonsense phone that employs the best available hardware and yet retains the old school reliability that led us to gradually ease into the experience.
The battery backup is awesome, Asus has used a remarkable IPS LCD screen the phone is snappy as hell and is running an excellent software.
Moreover, it cuts the competition and is currently the cheapest Snapdragon 855 phone around. There is no area where the Asus 6Z particularly disappoints and it really makes for an easy recommendation.
I hope my Asus 6Z review is helpful for you.
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