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17-05-2019, 16:47   #1
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Zenfone 6 - 855 cpu, 5000mah battery, $499

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17-05-2019, 17:19   #2
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No notch, tiny bezels
Heaphone jack
Good camera
Dual sim and sd card slot
5,0000 mAh big battery - pretty unique
Nfc, fast charging q.c 4.0 and sd 855
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Really was ready to write this one off and just get the next Poco for another year until I read a hands-on and see they seam to have hit every single one of the things I want(ed) in my next android phone! and that's before we even talk about the 855 Chipset/SD card/two sims/6+RAM on board!


Dedicated (and customisable) button for the google assistant:
Love that it will start the search as soon as you let the button go and not stay sitting there with the mic turned on while its getting confused by the noise going on behind you while I'm wishing it would just do the darn search already! ...and give me back the audio via the earpiece if I want it


Auto-adjusting ringer volume:
Hooray! in work I go from loud noise places to very quite office space may timea a day and my phone often blasts out for the whole office to hear and I get the stinkeye from many of them. Motorola had something like this a few years back, surprised its not a standard in android by now.


A full screen: (That's 600 nits bright LCD)
No frigging notch here! But still a camera for the very rare times I would want one anyway and no screen burn in as I used maps for hours every day.


5000 Mah Battery:
... It's got a 5000Mah battery People! oh and QC4.0 to boot!


Darkmode:
Yep thats right! Out of the box on day one. Even better andriod(s) 10 and 11 updates already confirmed! (I'm calling it now people! google will stop with the food names and start with numbers from this point on.


Headphone Jack:
yep I have on but I want my next phone to have one too: #BringBackTheHeadphobeJack


Price won't break the bank!:
Looks to be around the 500euro mark, nice if it holds to that


All those reasons (and a few more) I wanted/seen on other phones over the last year and wished one phone just had them all. Even if the camera is s£it but 'OK in good light', I'll probably still want/buy it anyway...
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This certainly looks like a great phone, the one concern I would have is with dirt, grit and pocket lint getting into the flip up camera mechanism.

Would be interesting to know how robustly they have tested the mechanism.
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From the asus unvailing video one of the speakers gave it to his son and that kid really gave the camera mechanism a good going over (for about 10 minutes) real world, MKBHD say it doesn't feel that robust.



Suppose we have to wait and see for Samsung fold levels of braking news...


EDIT: Camera samples hear: (Vs P30Pro) : Remember, this was from a Pre-production unit vs a 'Flagship' device... that costs twice the price

https://www.androidauthority.com/asu...review-987641/

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For anyone interested, some more cam test shootouts. (3 min-videos)


Asus Zenfone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Camera Test Comparison: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HV40wa3GwGQ



Asus Zenfone 6 vs OnePlus 7 Pro Camera Test Comparison: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5qfnbKZSQ0
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Interesting extra capabilities of the camera


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Where would be the best place to buy this phone? I really like the look of it. I was going to go for a One Plus 7 pro but I cant justify forking out that much money.
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Where would be the best place to buy this phone? I really like the look of it. I was going to go for a One Plus 7 pro but I cant justify forking out that much money.
not much availability yet

https://www.kimovil.com/en/where-to-buy-asus-zenfone-6

may well appear up on eglobalcentral soon or maybe honorbuy
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Is this now a game changer? Mi9 seemed to have the flagship market cornered and was coming down in price since its release. With a 3rd slot on the Zen you now have up to 1TB of expandability albeit without the wireless charging but the 5000mah battery goes a long way to make up for that. Hmmm.
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I've had the lower spec Zenfone 5 for coming up to a year & am pretty happy with it. Got updated to Android 9 very early compared to other phones. The 6 could tempt me later on in the year once there are some reviews of it knocking around.
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The best thing about the 6 is they have cut right back on the add on apps and made the whole experience so much more stock now, updates should roll out faster now at least.
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Best phone in the $500 price range says Dave Lee

(comparison video)

Mi 9 would probably be in there but doesn't have many US LTE bands so probably why it's not in the list

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Thanks to being Qualcomm it has a top notch radio. Me likey.
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Zenfone 5 got the May security update yesterday & was one of the first non-Google phones to get 9.0. Huge difference compared to my previous phone, an LG G4, which was abandoned by LG almost immediately.
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