Asus is looking to differentiate itself in the competitive smartphone market witht the new ZenFone 6, which is catching attention for its unique Flip Camera.
The motorized, 180-degree flip-up module allows the built-in Sony IMX586 48MP main camera and 13MP 125-degree ultrawide camera to be used at either the front or the rear. It's driven by a custom precision stepper motor that flips the module by a full 180-degrees to switch the cameras from rear to front use. It can also be used at any position in between. The design means there's no need for a camera notch to mar the display, and that you can get the same high-resolution photos and shooting capabilities whether you use it as a front or rear camera.
The 6.4-inch ZenFone 6 has a notchless NanoEdge all-screen display that's covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 for an immersive, near-borderless viewing experience and the toughest protection available. Powered by the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform, which delivers up to a 45% uplift in CPU performance and up to 20% faster graphic rendering compared to the previous generation, it has a 5,000mAh battery that provides up to two days of non stop use.
The 6.4 inch all screen NanoEdge slim-bezel display has a 92% screen to body ratio. The notchless design, made possible by the Flip Camera, makes any visual task more enjoyable, says Asus. A cinema-grade 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut ensures rich, lifelike colours and up to 600 nits of brightness makes it easy to read what's onscreen, even when outdoors. The display is covered by the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 6 for scratch resistance and drop protection. Gorilla Glass 6 is tested to withstand multiple drops from a meter in height.
Powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform, a 7nm 2.8GHz octa core processor with up to 8GB RAM, it offers ultrafast and smooth performance, says Asus, with an up to 45% uplift in CPU performance and up to 20% faster graphic rendering compared to the previous generation.
The main camera boasts the latest Sony IMX586 48MP sensor with an f/1.79 wide aperture lens, Quad Bayer technology, and a 2x1 OCL PDAF autofocus system. The 13MP 125° ultrawide secondary camera lets users fit more friends and scenery in the shot, with real-time distortion correction.
The Flip Camera module is made of liquid metal (amorphous alloy), a highly advanced material that's 20% lighter than stainless steel, but with four times the strength. For added protection, a G sensor in the module detects the rate of acceleration, allowing Flip Camera to automatically return the module to a safe position if the phone is dropped.
A custom precision stepper motor smoothly rotates the camera module by up to a full 180° between front and rear camera positions. In the unique Free Angle mode, Flip Camera can be positioned at any angle so you can frame subjects from high or low angles without having to contort yourself into an awkward or uncomfortable shooting position. There are several other unique shooting modes available, including Auto Panorama for assisted panoramic shots, and Motion Tracking for automatic subject-tracking when recording videos. The new HDR+ Enhanced and Super Night modes provide a good day and night photography experience.
The new ZenUI 6 user interface provides enhanced smoothness and speed, and it's simple and easy to use even for users new to ZenFone, Asus opines. It has a cleaner and more streamlined look that provides only the essentials, and there's a new Dark Mode colour scheme that helps reduce eye strain in low light environments. It's also designed for easier one-handed use, with commands and other apps neatly arranged along the sides of the display within easy reach of the user's thumb.
OptiFlex accelerates app launches and reloads, and saves power in standby mode by learning the user's favorite apps. This keeps the most used apps loaded in the memory, so they're always ready to go. A new Private Listening mode plays all voice messages and Google Assistant interactions via the earpiece only, so no messages will be read out loud in public.
The new physical Smart Key on the side of ZenFone 6 can be customized to initiate popular actions, including Google Assistant tasks. It supports single press, double press, or press-and-hold modes that can be assigned to different actions.
The Asus ZenEar Pro earphones, which are included with ZenFone 6, have been tuned by the renowned specialist headphone company 1MORE to ensure premium sound for an enhanced listening experience.
The Asus ZenFone 6 (ZS630KL) will be available in Canada, and pricing and availability will be announced at launch.