- Ershad Kaleebullah , NDTV
All things considered, the Asus ZenFone 6 with its price tag, seems like the best bet for a mid-range phablet.
- Smooth performance for basic and processor-intensive tasks
- Crisp and decently color accurate photos
- Good battery life
- Slow shutter speed
- Fairly low resolution for large screen
- Too large to use one-handed
In Asus' case, bigger is better as the Zenfone 6 comes with a larger screen and boosted internal hardware. At 6.6 x 3.3 x 0.4 inches, it isn't a small phone by any means nor is it particularly light at 196 grams. Reviewers warn that its large size isn't particularly conducive to one-handed use though they add that it is easy to grip thanks to the matte rear surface.
As the name suggests, the Zenfone 6 comes equipped with a 6-inch display. Unfortunately, the screen resolution is only 720p, which produces a less than impressive pixel density of 245ppi. Critics note that there is some softness around the edges of icons and blurring on small text, but add that it isn't too distracting. Besides this, they found the display good for its price point with natural colors and good viewing angles.
Instead of a quad-core processor, the Zenfone 6 comes equipped with a 2GHz dual-core processor and up to 2GB of RAM. On paper, it might not seem that powerful, but it performed well enough that critics didn't experience any stutters or pauses when performing basic or more processor intensive tasks. The 3,330mAh battery kept the device running for up to 8 hours when put to battery draining tests. In real-life testing, experts were able to use it for a full day without any issue. As well, the phone comes with up to 32GB of internal storage and a microSD slot.
While the Zenfone 6 uses the same PixelMaster technology as the Zenfone 5, it has upgraded to a 13MP camera. Reviewers were surprised with the excellent detail and color reproduction of the images with Recombu adding, "…we found our photos usually packed plenty of detail of came out perfectly bright…" Even low-light images were fairly clear due to the addition of Low Light Mode. This mode combines four pixels into one and increases light sensitivity and color contrast. While the final images are only 3MP, reviewers point out that the mode reduces noise drastically and provides fairly natural colors. Unfortunately, they also mention that the camera is quite slow, taking a good 2 seconds in between shots.
Experts couldn't find too much wrong with the Zenfone 6 but warn that its large size might not be for everyone. Trusted Reviews states, "…we quite like all its other aspects…Combined with a competitive price this makes for a decent phone-tablet hybrid." Hardware Zone adds, "…we recommend the Zenfone 6 as the additional cost is a small sum to pay to get better overall performance…"
Reviews (7.6/10 Avg. rating)
Decent performance, great battery life
Solid real-world performance
On the whole we were very impressed with the Asus ZenFone 6. It is very affordable for the size and has potential to meet a new niche in the market.
Solid everyday performance, despite lagging behind in the benchmarks, means the ZenFone can keep up with everything you throw at it. On top of this is the sleek design which fits the display and home buttons into a relatively small space.
Though the screen does lack the absolute clarity of other flagships with a FHD display, it is still very usable and colour reproduction is very good. We just wish ASUS had opted for a 108... Full review
Combination of a nice design and the powerful components
With the huge display size of 6 inches in combination with the powerful hardware, the Asus Zenfone 6 A600CG is a really enjoyable phablet. It has a noble and sturdy case with a good build quality. The IPS+ display also offers wide viewing angles as well as good colors. The large amount of memory (2 GB) ensures smooth multitasking. The handling of the phablet is never a problem with the precise and quick touchscreen. Around 12 GB from the internal storage plus up to 64 GB via microSD and 5 GB web storage – this means you can store all important files and multimedia contents on your pho... Full review
A good 6in phablet that surprised us with its price tag
A phablet packing swift performance and some great camera features
We generally like our phablets to come packing a Full HD screen for maximum movie enjoyment, or some kind of creative features to justify the bloody enormous display. The Asus Zenfone 6 doesn’t come with a stylus or any arty features to speak of, but it can boast one of the cheapest price tags of any phablets out there.
The 720p resolution might not rival the likes of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will do you better if you like to doodle. But movies still look good thanks to the realistic 720p panel, and the camera features are numerous and impressi... Full review
Bigger doesn't mean better
Good display, decent camera
Low density display, snappy performance
Other than minor grouses about its weight, back cover and protruding camera lens, the Zenfone 6 is an excellent device that is snappy and takes awesome shots. It is a plus-sized alternative to the Redmi Note.
Of greater concern is the screen resolution, which is a reminder there is no escaping some limitations on an affordable device. The Zenfone 6′s 720p display won’t be as sharp as models packing 1080p (or greater) resolutions on smaller screens. To be fair, those rivals usually cost more too.
Still, if you’ve been using a sharper screen than the Ze... Full review
Huge and Affordable
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