Asus has launched its new flagship smartphone in India today – the 6Z. The Asus 6Z is the Zenfone 6 rebranded for the Indian market. Asus had to rename the Zenfone 6 to the 6Z for the Indian market because of the Indian court’s order, which bars it from using the Zenfone branding. The Asus 6Z comes as the successor to the Zenfone 5Z that was launched last year. The new smartphone brings with it flagship-grade hardware, an industry-first motorized flipping camera module, guaranteed Android Q and Android R update, and many features that blow away smartphones that are twice its price. So, what are those features? And more importantly, how much does it cost in India? Read below to find out.
Asus 6Z Price in India, Offers
Asus has launched the 6Z in India in three variants. The base variant has 6GB RAM + 64GB storage, and it costs INR 31,999. The second variant has 6GB RAM + 128GB storage, and it costs INR 34,999. The top-end variant of the Asus 6Z has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and it costs INR 39,999.
The Asus 6Z will be available exclusively on Flipkart, and it will go on sale starting 26th June. Asus is offering Flipkart Complete Mobile Protection Plan that costs INR 3,999 at just INR 99 for the 6Z. This plan covers your smartphone against the broken screen, liquid damage, and multiple other hardware and software issues.
Asus has announced that in India, the 6Z will come with a phone cover, an 18W Quick Charge 4+ fast charger, and Hi-Res earphones tuned by 1More in the box.
Asus 6Z Specifications
Let’s talk about the design of the Asus 6Z first. The Asus 6Z is the first smartphone from the brand to feature a bezel-less display without a notch. To make the display notch-free, Asus has removed the front-facing camera altogether. Yes, you’ve read that right. So, how would I take selfies then? Well, the Asus 6Z is the first smartphone ever to feature a flipping camera module. In simpler terms, the rear camera module of the Zenfone 6Z flips towards the front to act as the front-facing camera. We still don’t know how durable will be the flip-up camera in the long run, but this design strategy not only sets the 6Z apart from other smartphones and gives the device a futuristic look, but it also allows users to use the same high-quality rear cameras for selfies – this is something that other notch-free display smartphones with a pop-up camera don’t offer.
The display is a 6.4-inch IPS LCD with Full HD+ resolution. I know, most of you may be disappointed to see that there is no AMOLED display, but considering the price of the device, I wouldn’t complain. And on the brighter side, the display features 100% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage and HDR10. The display also comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection. And speaking of which, there is Corning Gorilla Glass 3 at the rear.
Coming to the camera, as I mentioned earlier, the Asus 6Z has a motorized flipping camera module. This module has two camera sensors – a 48MP primary camera with phase-detection and laser-detection autofocus, and a 13MP ultrawide camera. The 48MP camera can record 4K videos at 60 frames per second, and what’s even better is that you can use EIS in 4K 60 FPS mode, which means that you can get silky smooth videos with it. And as I said earlier, you can use these cameras for selfies as well, meaning that you’ll get high-quality selfies, and 4K 60 FPS video recording for selfies as well.
Powering the Asus 6Z is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, which is currently the flagship smartphone chipset from Qualcomm, and moreover, it is one of the most powerful smartphone chipsets available in the smartphone industry. The Snapdragon 855 has eight Kryo 485 CPU cores and Adreno 640 GPU. The smartphone comes in three configurations in India –6GB RAM + 64GB storage, 6GB RAM + 128GB storage, and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage.
The Asus 6Z offers a lot of features in the software department as well. The smartphone comes with Android 9 Pie OS, and it features the new ZenUI 6, which has a near stock user interface. In addition to the extra features the ZenUI 6 already offers, Asus has added several extra features especially for the Indian market such as Twin Apps, Applock via face and fingerprint, call recording, FM radio, Mobile Manager, and Outdoor Mode. However, the biggest announcement Asus has made is that the Asus 6Z is guaranteed to get Android Q as well as Android R. Yes, the Asus Zenfone 6Z will get Android R, making it the first smartphone promising Android R upgrade. So, rest assured that if you buy Asus 6Z, you’ll get two upcoming versions of Android OS, and you’ll also get other software updates for at least three years.
The Asus 6Z also offers one of the largest battery pack in the smartphone industry – a 5000mAh unit. The battery, as you might expect, features 18W fast charging, that works over Quick Charge 4+ fast charging protocol. Asus promises two days of ‘non-stop’ use and 21 hours of web-browsing on a single charge for the 6Z. Asus also says that compared to most other smartphones, the 6Z’s battery will degrade slower, which means it will continue to provide the same battery backup that you get while the smartphone is new even after a couple of years. In fact, Asus is promising that the 6Z’s battery will sustain 4550mAh capacity even after two years.
Connectivity options on the 6Z are class-leading as well. While most other high-end flagship smartphones skip on a microSD card slot altogether or offer a hybrid SIM slot, the Asus 6Z has a triple-slot, which means that you can use two SIM cards and a microSD simultaneously. Not only that, there is a 3.5mm audio jack as well, which most other flagship smartphones nowadays do not offer. Other connectivity features of the 6Z include 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS, and a USB Type-C port. The Asus 6Z also comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and stereo speakers.