Maria Montero

ASUS Zenfone 6 with 48 MP foldable camera launched …

With the Realme X on one side and the exciting new Zenfone 6 from ASUS on the other, OnePlus has hardly had time to enjoy the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro releases.

The new Zenfone 6, which seems ready to take on the OnePlus 7, has just been officially unveiled by ASUS. This new Zenfone includes competitive hardware and easily the most exciting camera package since Pixel introduced the true power of computational photography to the world.

The Asus Zenfone 6 has a powerful Snapdragon 855 chip and up to 8GB of RAM.

ASUS Zenfone 6 specifications

Let’s start with the basics. The Zenfone 6 is included in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC – the fastest chip an Android phone can have, 6GB or 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM, and 64, 128, or 256GB of UFS 2.1-based storage. This is paired with a 5,000 mAh battery, what ASUS promises is 2-day battery life. The phone supports Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 4.0 technology (18W) for fast charging.

The 6.4-inch display is notch-free and available in an FHD + resolution and a 19.5: 9 aspect ratio. Unlike the OnePlus 7 duo, this is an IPS LCD screen, which means that it is not likely to be so contrasting. The screen brightness goes up to 600 nits. This screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6. It also has a 100 percent DCI-P3 rating, which means it can display as many colors as the iPhone XR.

In terms of connectivity, you get USB-C, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, and a triple-slot SIM slot. You also get stereo speakers, and compliments, a headphone jack, and a notification LED.

The most exciting feature, however, is the camera.

ASUS Zenfone 6 camera

Specs-wise, the camera packs a Sony IMX 586 sensor rated at 48 MP, just as it is on the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro. Unlike the OnePlus 7 duo, this camera outputs full 48 MP images. and no of 12 MP combined images. The lens aperture is relatively larger at f / 1.79.

It's the flip-flop camera that sets Zenfone 6 apart from the competition.

It’s the flip-flop camera that sets Zenfone 6 apart from the competition.

Along with this is a 13 MP secondary unit that has a 125º field of view. Images taken with this camera are automatically corrected, otherwise they would be distorted.

For autofocus, you get PDAF and laser AF. A dual LED flash is also included.

ASUS claims that they don’t need a telephoto lens because the camera’s 48 MP native images can be enlarged and cropped as needed. This seems a bit of an exaggeration, as it still makes more sense to shoot 48 MP TV footage rather than cropping a wider image, but hey, maybe ASUS pulled a rabbit out of the hat this time.

For portraits, the camera system uses both cameras to focus on the subject and blur the background.