The Rajnikanth of flip phones: Here’s presenting the Asus ZenFone 6

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Asus Zenfone 6

Presenting the Asus ZenFone 6

Rising and pop-up cameras are soon going to be a thing of the past, thanks to the newly launched Asus ZenFone 6, a unique smartphone that features a first-of-its-kind rotating camera. Yes, a camera that will surprisingly remind you of Rajnikanth’s signature style of flipping glasses in almost all his blockbuster action movies.

The handset is going to launch in India soon and is the successor to last year’s flagship, the ZenFone 5Z. The Asus ZenFone 6, though, is quite a unique offering, owing to its rotating camera. The mechanism is basically a motor that lets you flip the dual-camera module to the front of the phone to take selfies.

Let’s take a look at some of the striking features of this new device.

Hello, rotating camera

While the obvious advantage of this new feature is the notch-free display, but what it also successfully does is open up different ways of taking pictures and videos, since it allows free rotation of the camera for that perfect angle. It also lets users of Asus Zenfone 6 take seamless panorama pictures, subject tracking in videos and more. The rotating camera housing includes a 48-megapixel sensor with f/1.79 lens, and a 13-megapixel sensor with an ultra-wide-angle lens along with laser focus, and dual-LED flash.

Bigger, better display

When it comes to display, Asus Zenfone 6 has not left any stone unturned. The new smartphone features a glass and metal finish and you will also get a full-screen 6.4-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) IPS display with a claimed 92 percent screen-to-body ratio and 600 nits peak brightness, along with Gorilla Glass 6 protection.

Superb performance

Superb PerformancePowered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855 SoC, the phone works like a beast. It also offers three memory variants, 8GB of RAM with 256GB of storage, 6GB RAM and 128GB storage and 6GB RAM with 64GB storage. ASUS is also offering a triple SIM tray so you can use two SIM cards and expand the storage as well. The device houses a massive 5,000mAh battery, possibly the best in the industry, along with Quick Charge 4.0 support, and ASUS claims that the handset can last for two days without a charge!

There’s a headphone jack, too!

Unlike most phones today, the Asus ZenFone 6 still has the standard 3.5mm audio jack, along with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, dual speakers, USB Type-C, NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, and a notification LED. Apart from this, the smartphone will run on Android 9.0 Pie with a clean stock Android interface.

The phone will be available in two colours- Midnight Black and Twilight Silver. While the official India pricing is yet to be unveiled, in Europe it is available at a starting price of EUR 499 (Rs 39,000 approx) for the 6GB + 64GB variant, EUR 559 (Rs 44,000 approx) for the 6GB + 128GB version, and EUR 599 (Rs 47,000 approx) for the top 8GB + 256GB version.