Asus ZenFone 6

7.6/10 AVG.
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7.6/10
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The Asus ZenFone 6 currently has an Informr score of 7.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 9 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Smooth performance for basic and processor-intensive tasks
  • Crisp and decently color accurate photos
  • Good battery life

What's bad

  • 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…"


Operating system
Android
Processor
2 GHz
Screen Size
6"
Camera
13+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TrustedReviews

Like any 6-inch phone the Asus Zenfone 6 is not for everyone, and its huge display could be sharper. But we quite like all its other aspects, particularly its very impressive battery life. Combined with a competitive price this makes for a decent phone-tablet hybrid.

- Andrew Williams, TrustedReviews
KitGuru

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 t...

- Dominic Moass, KitGuru
Notebookcheck

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...

- Michael Moser, Notebookcheck
Tech Advisor

The ZenFone 6 is not going to appeal to everyone. It really is huge, so it's not the most portable of smartphones, but if you're ok with that you're going to benefit from a brilliant device for watching TV and movies on the commute. If it's playing games you're most keen on, you might need to look e...

- Ashleigh Allsopp, Tech Advisor
Recombu

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...

- Chris Barraclough, Recombu


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Common Questions


Asus released the ZenFone 6 on May 20, 2014.


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Asus backs up the ZenFone 6 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
6"

The Asus ZenFone 6's screen size is 6 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
2 GHz

There is a Intel Atom Z2580 Dual core 2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.4 KitKat) operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3330mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3330 mAh battery. Asus's performance ratings are 1680 minutes.

ZenFone 6 Specs

Overview
Release date May 20, 2014
Regions available UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.4 KitKat)

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Processor Intel Atom Z2580 Dual core 2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16/32 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.397 W/kg
Body: 0.367 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3330 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 540 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1680 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 16.6 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Charcoal Black, Pearl White, Cherry Red, Champagne Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.7 x 8.4 x 1 cm (6.6 x 3.3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 196 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 245 pixels
Size 6 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, Burst mode, Exposure value, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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TrustedReviews

Decent performance, great battery life

from TrustedReviews

Like any 6-inch phone the Asus Zenfone 6 is not for everyone, and its huge display could be sharper. But we quite like all its other aspects, particularly its very impressive battery life. Combined with a competitive price this makes for a decent phone-tablet hybrid.

Read full review

Like any 6-inch phone the Asus Zenfone 6 is not for everyone, and its huge display could be sharper. But we quite like all its other aspects, particularly its very impressive battery life. Combined with a competitive price this makes for a decent phone-tablet hybrid.

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KitGuru

Solid real-world performance

from KitGuru

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...

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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 1080p panel.

In other areas, ASUS Launcher is functional but too cluttered – we recommend using Nova. ZenUI, though, is so simple and easy on the eye, it makes using the phone very satisfying. The battery will get you through the day comfortably, and the camera gives decent, if not spectacular, high-res photos. 

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Notebookcheck

Combination of a nice design and the powerful components

from Notebookcheck

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...More

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 phone. Thanks to the well-implemented dual-SIM feature and good communication modules, the smartphone is very flexible all over the world and quickly locates your position with the precise GPS module. This flexibility is supported by the enduring battery as well, which is a good thing since you cannot replace it. The main camera of the Zenfone 6 takes decent pictures that look nice on the bright and sharp screen, even though the latter does not support the Full HD resolution. That the quality of selfies is not as good, is not a huge drawback, just like the fact that the update to the current Android 4.4 KitKat is not yet available. The device is very fast, even with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and the handling is very intuitive thanks to ZenUI. If you are looking for a flexible device with a large display and powerful components, then we can recommend the Asus Zenfone 6 A600CG. All in all, the mainstream phablet is convincing device with a very appealing price-performance ratio.

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Tech Advisor

A good 6in phablet that surprised us with its price tag

from Tech Advisor

The ZenFone 6 is not going to appeal to everyone. It really is huge, so it's not the most portable of smartphones, but if you're ok with that you're going to benefit from a brilliant device for watching TV and movies on the commute. If it's playing games you're most keen on, you might need to loo...More

The ZenFone 6 is not going to appeal to everyone. It really is huge, so it's not the most portable of smartphones, but if you're ok with that you're going to benefit from a brilliant device for watching TV and movies on the commute. If it's playing games you're most keen on, you might need to look elsewhere as the ZenFone 6 isn't he most powerful of options, but for £250 you'll get a good-looking phablet with satisfactory specs, an impressive camera and a really nice user interface.

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Recombu

A phablet packing swift performance and some great camera features

from Recombu

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...

More

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 impressive considering this is a mid-range mobile.

If you absolutely insist on having an enormous screen, but can’t afford more pricey devices, the Asus Zenfone 6 has plenty to recommend. 

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Digit

Bigger doesn't mean better

from Digit

The Zenfone 6 is basically a 6 inch version of the Zenfone 5. But while the Zenfone 4 and Zenfone 5 both justify their price, the Zenfone 6 doesn't. Asus has gone overboard with the size and not given the device the power to match it.

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The Zenfone 6 is basically a 6 inch version of the Zenfone 5. But while the Zenfone 4 and Zenfone 5 both justify their price, the Zenfone 6 doesn't. Asus has gone overboard with the size and not given the device the power to match it.

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Fone Arena

Good display, decent camera

from Fone Arena

The Zenfone 6 is definitely a good phablet in the price range. Unlike the Padfone smartphones, Asus has got the pricing for the Zenfone series right for the Indian market. Even though it runs on Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean), the custom Zen UI from Asus is neat and has a lot of new software features....More

The Zenfone 6 is definitely a good phablet in the price range. Unlike the Padfone smartphones, Asus has got the pricing for the Zenfone series right for the Indian market. Even though it runs on Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean), the custom Zen UI from Asus is neat and has a lot of new software features. If you are looking for a large-screen smartphone in this price range and can handle this huge smartphone, the Zenfone 6 is definitely a good option.

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Techgoondu

Low density display, snappy performance

from Techgoondu

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...

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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 Zenfone 6′s, then its lower pixel density may take some getting used to. That’s an important point to get a sense of before making a purchase.

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NDTV

Huge and Affordable

from NDTV

Asus has managed to create a phablet that boasts of good hardware components, good build quality, and decent camera performance. Most importantly, it costs less than many of good phablets which cost the same or even significantly more, including the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Dual, HTC Desire 816 and Samsung Galaxy Grand 2...

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Asus has managed to create a phablet that boasts of good hardware components, good build quality, and decent camera performance. Most importantly, it costs less than many of good phablets which cost the same or even significantly more, including the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Dual, HTC Desire 816 and Samsung Galaxy Grand 2.

All things considered, the Asus ZenFone 6 with its price tag, seems like the best bet for a mid-range phablet. However if camera quality is most important to you and the price doesn't matter, pick up the HTC Desire 816 instead. 

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