Phablet section is flourishing enormously in recent time; there was a time when people used to criticize big display phones. Live example of changing world can be seen through this, display size of the smartphone raised from 2-inch to now 5.5 inches and above 5.5-inch display size of the phone is placed in different category called phablet. Previously it was stated that big phone is very uncomfortable to carry and most tedious job is to answer the call for longer time but with flowing trend, users have shifted from small size to display size smartphone.
Asus is one of the manufacturers who are now keen with its all new phablet named Asus ZenFone 6. World has already encountered 6-inch phablet but after the release of Sony Z Ultra craze of 6-inch display tablet got viral and most of the companies is now producing medicines sizing with 6-inch display. ZenFone 6 is a phablet with many innovative concepts, good camera, powerful hardware specs, good battery and many more which we are going to review. Most effective feature of this phablet is its pricing. You are poured with number of features in mid-range segment, so let’s get started with detail review of Asus ZenFone 6.
Asus ZenFone series shares no different design feature in them so it is quite obvious that ZenFone 6 has same design quality and features. Body of the phablet is made up of plastic with some metallic furnish to make this phone sturdy. ZenFone 6 is available in variety of colors like Pearl White, Cherry Red and Champagne Gold and all color variant provided by Asus is just amazing. First let’s talk about the dimension of the phablet which is ranging 166.9 x 84.3 x 5.5-9.9 or in familiar terms we can say ZenFone 6 is 9.9mm thick and weighting 196 g (6.91 oz). Weight of the phablet is quite reasonable because device is packed with 6-inch display so definitely device will be bigger and heavier.
Starting with the front face of the Asus ZenFone 6, first thing to encounter on this phone is its big enough display of 6-inch and is protected by large bezel space on all sides of display. Above and below space of display is conquered by special and essential hardware of the phablet. Above space is acquired by earpiece of the phablet which allows us hearing while making or receiving phone call and front camera for having a video chat and conferencing. Set of sensors are also present here to function for which they are assigned. Below space is occupied by capacitive touch buttons like home, back and menu and below these capacitive buttons there is metal strip to enhance the looks of the phablet.
Back of the phone is made of plastic and is made up of quite sturdy material to digest few beat of shock. Top centre of the back is left for main camera of the phablet and below it lays the flash. Asus branding is placed in centre back of the phablet and below has the speaker of the phablet. Sides of the phablet are cleverly designed with volume rocker and power button on the right side whereas left side is left vacant. Upper shelf will have 3.5mm jack of the phablet for audio enhancement while lower shelf is been given with microUSB slot and mic of the phablet for audio input. Overall design of the phablet is quite simple yet very decent.
Display / Screen:
From long time in this review, we are just making a statement that new flagship of Asus is phablet and has 6-inch display. Now we will check out what exactly Asus has to provide in display section along with huge size. ZenFone 6 has 6-inch display with resolution of 720×1280 pixels which is quite good for mid-range segment device. HD display of the Asus is packed with 245ppi and is capable of producing good saturating colors and outputs vibrant and decent display. Brightness of the display is little challenge with this phablet because when the display is at full brightness it appears to be dim resulting in low sun-legibility.
In simple terms display of the phablet is quite disappointing while operated under bright light. Viewing angles of the phone is quite decent but not impressive. Asus has given a special app for display adjustment called Splendid, which allows user to adjust the display of phablet according to the conditions. User can make settings such as colour temperature, hue and saturation to adjust according to their requirement. Most above all Asus ZenFone 6’s display is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and is quite necessary features in all smart devices.
Feature and Specs:
World is talking about Quad-core processor and Octa-core processors but Asus has something different to offer to the world. Asus ZenFone 6 is powered with an Intel Atom Z2580 dual-core SoC clocked at 2GHz with Hyper-Threading technology. Processor is so perfected that it handles four threads to run simultaneously and is handled with ease.
If we compare the processor performance with its predecessor ZenFone 5 we can conclude that Intel Atom processors are quite powerful and efficient processors. Along with massive processors it is backed with 2GB RAM to handle its multi-thread processing with relieve and PowerVR 544MP2 clocked at 533MHz provides the juice for graphics. Altogether it gives fast and efficient performance whether it is for work or for HD games and movies.
Phablet has 16GB internal storage which can be further extended with the help of microSD card. Out of 16GB 12.2GB is user available space for apps, media files and others.
Phablet is empowering with 13MP camera sensor with flash to capture your moment crystal clear. Camera app is stuffed with tons of manual options to mingle out with, different shooting modes, innovated selfie mode is another good feature of camera. In selfie mode user can focus on four faces and capture image with help of time sync. Camera can shoot Full HD videos to have detail capturing of the moment. Front camera is introduced with 2MP camera and can shoot videos at 720p.
Operating System and UI:
Asus ZenFone 6 is running on Android 4.3 Jelly bean with custom skin called ZenUI. UI of the phablet is clean and mess free, apps icons look good and clear with improved notification shade. One amazing feature of this phablet is your screen is customizable for one-hand operation and can be adjusted from 4.3, 4.5 or 4.7 inch according to your need. Asus has promised that they will provide Android Kitkat update in near future.