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7.6/10
Informr score
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.

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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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 United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+
SIM card size
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 Storage 16/32 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
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
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
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 245 pixels
Size 6 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
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
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Multi-camera
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
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
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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