The biggest smartphone manufacturers have significantly increased the pricing of their smartphones, but 2019 may well go down as a number of smartphones have been launched with enormous features under budget flagships. Apple, Google, and Samsung are all in that business now, and OnePlus has struck again to show the world how to offer more for less. And then there’s the new Zenfone.
It’s quite common to mention that Asus has had faced trouble breaking into the smartphone industry. Still, things aren’t likely to get any easier as the prominent market players capture the major chunk of the market. But you’ve got to hand it to the company for swinging for the fences with the $499 Zenfone 6.
The complete phone represents a shift in direction for the Taiwan-based tech company, which seems determined to carve out its own niche in the smartphone marketplace instead of chasing other tech giants such as Apple and Samsung. Asus has come up with a completely different design perspective. Instead of copying the market — unlikely black bar or weird hole-punch dot at the top of a smartphone, the whole front of the Zenfone 6 is just a seamless expanse of screen.
The phone has the notch and hole punch, instead of the pop-up camera that flips from the back. Thus, the camera is toggling between the front and rear with the push of an on-screen button. Just like One Plus, there’s built-in fall detection that retracts the camera if it slips from your hand.
The whole features are enough for the phone to stand out in a world of similar handsets, but this is a solid budget handset through and through. In addition to those latest features, the phone has also a bleeding-edge Snapdragon 855, coupled with a beefy 5,000 mAh battery. The phone from Asus also has a headphone jack.
Asus hasn’t announced an exact release date or price for the Zenfone 6 in the U.S., but the tech analysts expect to release it sometime in the coming weeks. And whenever It releases, between the creative design, high-end specs, and low budget phone with high features, it could be a pretty interesting addition to the Android marketplace.