An Affordable and Amazing Phablet: Asus ZenFone 6 Review

Asus is really working hard with its ZenFone series in India by including the devices with good hardware for affordable prices. With its previous smartphones, ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 5 it seems that ZenFone 5 is a clear winner among all the smartphones released by the company till date but do you think that a bigger one is better than its predecessor? Come On, let’s find out.

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Asus Zenfone 6 which was unveiled this year in January is the largest model released by Asus. This was a much awaited model which established Asus as a real smartphone brand in the market. This phablet looks almost similar to ZenFone 4 and therefore it didn’t make any much buzz around. But still the ZenFone series by Asus features great devices and they are even not so expensive too.

Asus ZenFone 6

Here we are with Asus ZenFone 6 review which is a mid-range smartphone featuring some impressive specifications.

Design

Keeping aside the screen resolutions, screen size as well as colour variants, the three consecutive ZenFone handsets look the same without any doubts. All of these three handsets have a pretty attractive design featuring soft-touch rear sides. ZenFone 6 is the largest among the three and even we found that it is quite wide as well as unwieldy and it’s even quite uncomfortable to handle it with one hand.

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Though, Asus equipped this phablet with its in-built one-handed mode which allow users to use its blenched screen with one hand but still you really can’t hold it comfortably. It has got back with matte finish which gives users a good grip to hold one this smartphone but naturally for most of the buyers it will be too big to hold it easily. It really looks good but it’s not striking but even it has nothing which is an eyesore too.

Display and Other Features

Asus ZenFone 6 supports 6 inches display with pixel density of 245ppi. The colour production is quite impressive with a good saturation but even in highest brightness setting, sometimes the display is dim. It has got decent viewing angles and features a splendid app which helps users in adjusting the display settings. Users can easily view pictures and videos in direct sunlight as well. It will only give you complaints about its resolution but it’s not at all a deal-breaker. Furthermore, with 6-inches display it gives you an experience of a tablet too so we are pretty much sure that you would love it.

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Asus ZenFone 6 is packed with 2GHz dual-core Intel processor along with Hyper-Threading technology. This processor is more powerful than the processor in its predecessor. It has got amazing graphics clocked at 533MHz. This phablet features RAM of 2GB as well as internal storage of 16GB which is expandable up to 64GB via microSD card. Here we will review dual-SIM version of phablet which is easily available in India.

Software

Asus ZenFone 6 ambles on Android 4.3 JellyBean which is running on Asus custom skin ZenUI. During the launch of this phablet, company promised to release an Android 4.4. KitKat update for the model but during our review we didn’t got any update yet. The user interface is pretty clean as well as clutter-free. The app icons are perfect in size as well as look quite good and bright too.

Performance

If numbers doesn’t matter to you, then keeping them a little aside ZenFone 6 works really smoothly. The apps open as well as close quickly without any lags. Most of the games worked quite finely but high-end games stuttered in between. Web browsing gives the user an amazing experience, no matter what connection the person use. This phablet manages to play all the videos without any much major issues but the rear speaker crackles sometimes at high volume and is not too loud as well. This phablet comes with bundled earphones which are unfortunately really good as well as do really a decent job in isolating outside noise and while reproducing sound.

Camera

Asus ZenFone 6 features 13 megapixels rear camera which has been built featuring tons of manual options which users can easily fiddle with. It also features many filters as well as multiple shooting modes which users can add before clicking a picture. This phablet has innovated with the Selfie mode which means that its 13MP rear camera can easily focus on maximum four faces while clicking a picture automatically. Though it worked flawlessly but still in comparison to other phablets featuring 13 megapixels rear camera including HTC Desire 816, Asus’s camera could not hold up to the mark.

In terms of picture quality, captured pictures have got satisfactory details as well as it makes no noise in daylight shots. It is pretty acceptable but camera emphasizes more on reds in order to create a pinkish tinge with its captured pictures. The low light shots are quite decent as well as it is even slightly comparable with the performance of Desire 816. This phablet suffers from few exposure issues while capturing videos because the videos captured are quite dim. It also features 2 megapixels front-facing camera which is uselessly rendered but still does a good job. Overall, its camera is not as good as it may seem so.

Battery Life

Asus ZenFone 6 is packed with 3000mAh battery which lasts for around 9 hours and 30 minutes. According to regular daily usage experience, the battery of this phablet lasts for around one day and half including a good mix of web browsing, texting, calling, gaming and listening to music. This phablet manages to hold on with the signals during calls even in notorious areas.

Asus ZenFone 6 Accessories
Asus ZenFone 6 Accessories

Verdict

With Asus ZenFone 6, Asus managed to create a boost with a phablet featuring good specs as well as nice build quality and a quite decent camera performance. But do you think that this phablet is actually worth 16,999 INR? According to our personal view point, though ZenFone 6 costs less than other marvellous phablets by HTC and Sony Xperia but it is quite expensive in terms of its features but still a good option to opt for in this price range. In terms of its camera quality, it is simply not the best phablet to beat HTC. So if price doesn’t matter you, leave Asus and go for other brands. Furthermore, it is really a good phone and even it is pretty good for your hands as well. This phablet has got good battery life as well looks really solid but it doesn’t really perform well as compared to other smartphones in this price range. What are your personal view points about Asus ZenFone 6?