Smartphone Asus Zenfone 6: a review of the model, specifications and customer reviews
The hero of this review is the Asus Zenfone 6 smartphone. This is a 6-inch device of a rather popular manufacturer. It went on sale in 2014. It has dimensions of 166.9 × 84.3 × 9.9 mm. With such dimensions, the weight was almost 200 g (196 g). The manufacturer has installed a fairly powerful hardware platform. This enabled the gadget to cope with all the tasks. This smartphone appeared on the shelves with an attractive price tag. It will have to pay approximately 9,900 rubles. According to most buyers, this price is fully justified by the characteristics. Of course, it was not without flaws, but in the budget segment they are not considered significant. Let's take a closer look at all the pros and cons of the device, as well as look at the characteristics of the Asus Zenfone 6 / T00G.
All Zenfone phones are packaged in fairly spectacular boxes.They are distinguished by their original design, which is achieved by using round slots on the side edges. Such a design decision was chosen for a reason. These circles indicate the brief equipment of the device - Bluetooth 4.0, camera, 3G and other characteristics.
The color of the box corresponds to the back of the phone. For example, if the smartphone case is red, then the upper part of the package is made in the same tone.
The lid of the box has four sides. It is rectangular in shape, only in the lower part on the sides there are cuts at an angle of 30 °. They are needed to make it convenient to take out the part of the package in which the smartphone is located. Opens the box on the type of tunnel. On the cover in the lower right corner there is a fragmentary photo of the phone. In the same side, only the manufacturer presented information about the processor from above. Closer to the left side is the name of the phone - Zenfone 6.
The first positive impression created by the bright packaging design was slightly spoiled by a set of components. Unfortunately, everything inside turned out to be at a minimum. In addition to the documentation package, the phone is completed only with a standard micro-USB cable and power supply. Adapter Parameters - 1.35 A, 5.2 V.
Some users received a View Flip Cover as a gift. It is branded, made in the form of a cover. Attached instead of the standard back cover. On the front panel there is a round slot. Through this "window" you can work with the menu.
The original design of the line Zenfone
Phone Asus Zenfone 6 is presented in the corporate design, which is used for all representatives of the line. It is worth noting that it is original, and not copied from some flagship devices like the iPhone. This is undoubtedly an advantage, since in recent times almost all smartphones are virtually no different in appearance from each other.
What did the designers of the company Asus think of? Looking ahead, we note that externally determine whether the phone belongs to the Zenfone lineup will be easy. Their "chip" is the socket, located on the front side. It is located directly under the control keys. This decorative insert is made in such a way that when the light hits it, it shimmers with rays. They diverge from the central button. Looks pretty nice and unusual. The same "rays" are available on the lock key, and on the volume control.
In addition to this "chips", the manufacturer did not overload the design with all sorts of decorative elements. Therefore, by and large, we can say that the body received a concise design. It is like those who prefer the classics. But for young people who want brightness, the manufacturer offers to choose a device with a beautiful cherry-red case. The color is juicy, so the phone looks pretty impressive. In addition to this option, Asus Zenfone 6 (A600CG) is also presented in classic colors: graphite, pearl white, light golden.
What do customers think about the design of the phone? Many liked it. However, there are those who believe that it is impossible to use the same design for all Zenfone devices. They would like the manufacturer to make some design changes. But as they say, how many people have so many opinions, therefore, according to this criterion, a decision can be made only on the basis of personal preferences.
Asus Zenfone 6 (16GB / 32GB / 8GB - modifications depending on the amount of internal storage), except for the decorative insert described above, has a standard set of elements on the front side.A 6-inch screen takes up most of the panel. Above it is located the oblong hole of the speaker. It is covered with a metal grill. Near it are displayed the indicators of illumination, approximation, an orange LED and a small “eye” of the selfie camera.
Between the screen and the inset there was a place for a thin control panel. It contains three standard touch-type keys. A weighty advantage is that the front panel is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. There is an oleophobic layer due to which fingerprints will not remain on the screen. And if some kind of pollution appears, it will be easy to remove with a soft cloth.
Between the screen and the side of the phone is a black frame. Its thickness is about 5 mm. In proportional terms, questions and comments do not arise, which cannot be said about convenience. Many users believe that the lack of a framework would be beneficial. In this case, the device would be more comfortable to use.
Asus brand identity is evidenced by the logo located above the screen. It is printed in steel color, making it stand out perfectly on the black panel.
The back cover of Asus Zenfone 6 (A600CG) is made of plastic. It feels rather pleasant to the touch, remotely resembling skin. There is a small textural pattern. It is rather difficult to notice it, however, it was he who made it possible to reduce the level of marcos. Fingerprints, of course, remain, but they can only be noticed in bright light. Also, thanks to the fine texture, the back cover does not slip at all in the palm of your hand.
On the panel, the manufacturer brought only standard elements. We are talking about the camera lens, flash and speaker. The first two are at the top, the last is at the bottom. However, despite this, they are clearly located in the center. Under the flash logo is applied. It stands out quite clearly and clearly against the general background. But information about the brand of the processor and the series of the smartphone are printed in translucent letters. Therefore, to notice them, you will need to take a closer look.
As mentioned above, in the lower part there is a speaker hole. Although it is narrow in size, it is rather long. But you should not count on two speakers, the configuration is nothing more than standard.
The back cover fits snugly to the main body. Doubts on the criterion of strength among users does not arise.The panel is fixed with special latches (there are more than ten of them). Thanks to them, the construction will be quite difficult to loosen. This is an undoubted advantage, but it is also not easy to open the lid. As users say, without nails or a third-party object to cope with the locks will not work.
The back cover is removable. Under it are slots for SIM-cards of the “micro” format. There is also a connector for the drive. The manufacturer brought them clearly in the center in one row. This made it possible to round the back cover in such a way that the thickness from the middle to the edges was reduced by about half (from 10 mm to 5 mm).
Controls and connectors
Asus Zenfone 6 is equipped with standard controls. These include keys to adjust the volume and lock. Both of them are displayed on the right side. The owners claim that they are quite convenient to use, since they are clearly located under the thumb. When you click on them, nothing backlash, and this is an indisputable plus. On these keys, a characteristic pattern is engraved, which is a “chip” of all Zenfone devices.
How did the manufacturer arrange the mini-jack and micro-USB connectors? The first is displayed on the upper end. Used for wired headset.There was also a place for an additional microphone hole. But on the bottom there is a micro-USB port. It is designed to charge the battery and connect the phone to other devices. In the first models there is no support for OTG mode. However, subsequent updates were made and this option became available to users. In addition to the micro-USB connector, there is also a small hole in the main microphone at the bottom.
Due to the fact that the shape of the case of the Asus Zenfone 6 is curved, the smartphone in your hand is like a glove, even despite its large size. Fixing with a palm reliable, so the probability of an accidental fall is minimized.
Manage the phone with one hand will not work. The fact is that its width is almost 85 mm, so the length of the thumb will only be enough on the bottom of the display.
Given the considerable weight of the device, wearing it in the breast pocket of a shirt does not work, but in pants it is even quite comfortable. However, users noticed that it would be somewhat difficult to get a smartphone from jeans.
In Asus Zenfone 6, the characteristics of the screen are worthy of respect. As mentioned above, its diagonal is six inches.The display is made using modern technology IPS +. This matrix has many advantages. The first - provides wide viewing angles, the second - the image is displayed saturated, colors are juicy and bright. Many users have noticed the oleophobic coating and durable glass that protects the display.
A high-quality image provides not only high resolution (1280 × 720 px), but also the absence of an air layer. There is no flicker, pixelation with the naked eye is not noticeable (density - 245 ppi). The advantages include the margin of brightness of the screen installed in Asus Zenfone 6 (max - 330 cd / m², min - 12 cd / m²). There are automatic and manual configuration features. The color balance is excellent, the depth of shades is 16 M. The multitouch option is provided. Touchscreen type - capacitive touchscreen. The sensor responds to touch quickly, without delay, it works accurately.
The only thing that can be attributed to the disadvantages is the stability of black color. She is low. Changes can be seen even with a slight deviation from the perpendicular. But in general, the screen turned out to be of high quality, especially considering the price category of the smartphone.
The speakers installed in Asus Zenfone 6 are not of high quality. The sound can be described as average. There are no comments on the conversational dynamics.The voice of the interlocutor is transmitted naturally and clearly. Reserve volume enough, even when talking in a noisy place.
But the main speaker received several complaints from users. The most significant drawback is low volume. For those who prefer to listen to music through headphones, this model is great. Sound tracks loud and clear, without interference.
The Asus Zenfone 6 camera specifications are also average. The device has two optics modules. The front is equipped with a 2 megapixel sensor. The advantages include the presence of autofocus. The resolution of the main camera is enough to make high-quality pictures. It is based on a 13-megapixel matrix. According to users, the photos are worthy. Sharpness, though not at a high level, but it is uniform. The settings provide automatic photo processing. Users noticed that shumodav cope perfectly well. Sometimes with poor lighting in the picture you can see the grain.
Camera resolution, though not the flagship, but it copes with the text. All letters will be clearly visible on the photos. Highest quality can be achieved in documentary and artistic filming scenarios.There is a video recording mode. The maximum resolution is 1920 × 1080 pixels. The fps index is 27,579. Video quality, in a word, not bad. All large elements are clearly visible, there are no blurry details. However, if you record a movie with moving cars, then their number will not be disassembled.
What communication capabilities does the Asus Zenfone 6 offer? The board (Intel XMM 6360 (modem) + Intel Clover Trail) provides work with 2G and 3G. This model is not suitable for work with fourth-generation networks, since this standard is not supported. You can connect to the Global Web via Wi-Fi. This module operates in the 2.4 gigahertz frequency range. Supports all modern standards. You can also use the mobile Internet 3G. For data transmission over the air, a Bluetooth 4.0 wireless module is available. There is also navigation (GLONASS, GPS). In order to establish contact with the satellites, you will need to wait about a couple of minutes. And these dates correspond only if the phone is under the open sky.
Most users have positive feedback with the Smart Dial feature.It is designed to automatically search for a number in the phone book. In the factory, the manufacturer offers a proprietary keyboard. It is comfortable, contains all the necessary characters. If necessary, adjust its height. You can dial a number on the keyboard with your thumb, since the number keys are rather large. However, the transition to the letter, you have to use the fingers of the second hand.
In order to expand the capabilities of communications in the gadget, the manufacturer installed branded applications.
For mobile communication, this phone has two ports for micro SIM format. Both are on standby. If necessary, one of the SIM cards can be assigned, for example, to work with 3G Internet. Both slots support this option.
Initially, this smartphone was released running Android 4.3. After a while, an update to version 4.4 became available. The users were pleasantly pleased with ZenUI corporate graphic interface. The manufacturer regularly offers firmware updates over the air, but there are no major changes in the menu. The interface is designed correctly. In the curtain, you can choose the application for quick access.There is also a slider for manual brightness adjustment. On the desktop, there is a standard clock, Google search bar, phone book icons, calls, browser, and so on. The user can change the application at its discretion. Their number can be both reduced and increased. Frequently used applications are brought to the desktop. The number of windows is not limited. However, the majority of users have 2 of them. In Asus Zenfone 6, “Android 4.4” can be officially updated to version 6, as will be described below.
Now a few words about using a smartphone through a proprietary case-shell. As mentioned above, it has a round hole. The gadget has the function of compressing the interface to its size. That is, you can browse without opening the cover of the cover. In this mode, the clock, flashlight, weather and even a magic ball of answers are available. If the owner activates the music player, a line will appear in the window to control the player. The only thing to unlock the smartphone through this hole will not work. To activate, you will need to either open the cover or use the power key.
Upgrade to Android 6
Asus Zenfone 6, as mentioned above, you can officially upgrade the system to the sixth version. Advanced users rated this opportunity with positive comments. However, if such an update did not appear automatically, you can perform it through the main system settings, installing the archive or using a PC.
In order to update over the air, you will need to connect the gadget to the Internet. It is desirable to use Wi-Fi for this, since mobile 3G can have limited traffic.
Algorithm of actions:
- Open settings.
- Click on the “Help” tab. In it find the item "System Update".
- Start searching for the latest updates.
- After a new firmware version is found, activate its download and, accordingly, install it on the device.
In order to perform the update through the installation of the archive, you will need to do the following:
- Download firmware files on PC in archived form. It is desirable for this to use only the official site.
- Transfer files to the memory of the smartphone, then turn off the power.
- Next, start the phone in recovery mode, using the volume and lock keys.
- In the menu that opens, select Apply update.
- Go to Choose from internal storage or Choose from sdcard (depending on the location of the firmware file).
- The last action is to find the file and activate its installation.
You can also update the smartphone software via a computer. To do this, you will need to download the file from the official Asus website on your PC. After that, unzip the folder and, by connecting a smartphone with a USB cable, start the installation.
The undoubted advantage of Asus Zenfone 6 is the battery. The device has a battery with a capacity of 3300 milliamperes per hour. These parameters are enough for a 6-inch device with a wide range of capabilities. The phone can work:
- In game mode - about 4 hours.
- In reading mode - 16.5 hours
- In video mode - up to 9 hours.
Such results can be considered worthy. The only thing you need to pay attention to incorrect display of charge. The fact is that with a small percentage of the unit will work longer by approximately 6%.
The availability of energy saving features deserves praise. There are two of them. The first disconnects the Internet connection with a small charge, reduces the brightness and deactivates other options. Using this mode, the owner will receive the device with minimal functionality.But with the inclusion of intelligent energy saving, power savings will be realized without any restrictions for the user. In most cases, the latter mode is used while watching videos and reading books.
Asus Zenfone 6 works on a 2-core Intel Atom Z2580 processor. Each compute module is capable of issuing a frequency of 2000 megahertz. Responsible for the graphics card PowerVR SGX544MP2. Its capabilities are limited by the frequency of 533 megahertz.
This device is integrated 2Gb of RAM. Depending on the modification, the amount of internal storage can vary from 8Gb to 32Gb. The intermediate version has an internal memory of 16Gb. An indisputable advantage is the availability of a separate slot for external drives. The gadget works with flash drives connector up to 64Gb.
Positive and negative reviews
Considering that users have had the opportunity to test this device for several years, many reviews about Asus Zenfone 6 can be found online. They talk about the advantages and disadvantages of the device. To the first rank:
- Large screen with decent features.
- Qualitatively working sensor.
- Realistic color reproduction.
- Convenient and beautiful interface.
- Support for two SIM-cards.
- Reliable assembly.
- Long battery life.
- Worthy characteristics of the main camera.
- Powerful hardware platform.
However, as in most cases with other smartphones, there are also disadvantages in this model. These users include:
- Quite bulky size and heavy weight.
- At high load, the back panel is heated.
- Low energy efficiency of the Intel Atom processor.
- Low volume.
Comparing Asus Zenfone 2 Laser and Asus Zenfone 6
In conclusion, this review will conduct a comparative description of the two models of the manufacturer Asus. Zenfone 6 was released in 2014, while the Zenfone 2 Laser went on sale in 2015. The latter has support for fourth-generation standards, and is missing in the sixth model. Also, the advantages of the gadget in 2015 include a smaller mass (the difference is 6 g), the operating system version (Lollipop), an improved graphics accelerator (Adreno 405), the ability to work with flash drives, the amount of which is 128 GB. Also in the Zenfone 2 Laser screen has a higher resolution, which corresponds to the quality of Full HD. The characteristics of the protective glass to a higher level - Corning Gorilla Glass 4. And the resolution of the front camera has also increased to 5 megapixels. The rest of the equipment remains the same as in Zenfone 6.