Asus ZenFone 6 reveals a groundbreaking motorized flip camera

Asus ZenFone 6 reveals a groundbreaking motorized flip camera

Asus ZenFone 6 reveals a groundbreaking motorized flip camera

The Asus Zenfone 6 will launch in the European Union first at €500 (same price as the Zenfone 5z last year).

Asus has attempted to protect the Asus Zenfone 6 from such damage by making the housing from "liquid metal", a specialised flex-friendly alloy used in the stems of glasses.

The cheapest Zenfone 6 model is the one that has 6GB of RAM and 64 GB ROM - at 499 Euro (~ 557 USD), and it increases for the mid-range version which only comes with more internal storage (128 GB) - at 559 Euro (~ 624 USD).

The Asus Zenfone 6 is packing a powerful Snapdragon 855 chip and up to 8 GB of RAM. Those include horizontal or vertical panorama shots with the rotating camera itself capturing the panorama shot without the user having to move the smartphone any bit.

However, that is where the differences end.

With the imminent arrival of the Zenfone 6, Asus couldn't help but poke fun at OnePlus, under a mathematical guise. When you want to take a selfie, the motorized camera flips up as shown in the picture below. Thus, the camera is toggling between the front and rear with the push of an on-screen button. Main module: "48MP, 1/2.0" SONY IMX586 Quad Bayer sensor, f/1.79 aperture, 79-degree FOV (26mm equiv. focal length), laser/PDAF, OIS. I was definitely hoping that they would go with a better screen this time around, as the ZenFone 5z was also equipped with an IPS panel.

For a start, there are fewer cameras to worry about, freeing up a little more space inside the phone for other goodies - like expanding the battery to 5,000mAh capacity. Like the OnePlus 7 Pro, the phone detects when it's in freefall, and retracts the camera to protect it. Essentially, this means the device's rear cameras can flip to the front of the phone in order for you to take a selfie.

ASUS describes the Flip Camera as being driven a miniature high-precision stepper motor with many tiny gears that provide smooth and price flipping.

Instead, a flip-up mechanism was devised that points the rear camera forward. With 92% screen-to-body ratio, it gets as edge-to-edge as possible. While most manufacturers tend to remove things from their high-end devices, the ZenFone 6 retains a lot of features that are standard in mid-range devices. This is protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass 6, and it also has 3D Curved Glass with NMT technology.

Never mind how good Asus' hardware has been in the past; the company's handsets have been repeatedly let down by its software. The company claims that it has an optimised Android framework, which results in faster loading up of apps and it makes the user interface smoother and faster as compared to previous generations of ZenUI. Asus says its offers near stock Android experience.

Asus has just announced the Zenfone 6 which brings a near bezel-less front and packs in serious firepower.

Powering all these goodies is a massive 5,000mAh battery which supports Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.

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