Asus Zenfone 6
SpecificationsNotebook: Asus Zenfone 6 (Zenfone Series)
Processor: Intel Atom Z2580
Graphics Adapter: PowerVR SGX544MP2
Display: 6.0 inch, 16:9, 1280x720 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 300 euro
Average of 10 scores (from 11 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus Zenfone 6
Design for a small price. This was Asus' goal for the Zenfone 6, a 6-inch phablet with HD resolution, bright IPS touchscreen, a powerful Intel Atom dual-core SoC, as well as 16 GB flash storage for a fair price of 279 Euros (~$353, RRP). The combination looks promising.
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.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/24/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Hardware Secrets
The ZenFone 6 is a new smartphone from ASUS, with a six-inch HD (1280 x 720) touchscreen and Android 4.4 operating system. ASUS ZenFone 5 is an excellent smartphone for its price range, and the ZenFone 6 is actually a version of the ZenFone 5 for users who perfer a bigger screen. As a bonus, it brings a better camera.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/23/2015
The ZenFone 6 offers a good screen and camera. It's multimedia performance as well as the UI are great. What's more, the phone's build quality is solid. So if you don't mind lugging around, go for the Zenfone 6. Those who know the fact that bigger is not better in terms of mobiles, should rather consider the Zenfone 5.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/20/2014
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 70% workmanship: 80%
Source: PC Advisor
Overall, we're pleasantly surprised by the Asus ZenFone range. There's a smartphone to suit everyone here, whatever your budget and whatever screen size you prefer. We're excited to see what Asus has up its sleeve next, and we expect rivals will be curious and perhaps slightly worried, too.
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/07/2014
Source: PC 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 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.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/24/2014
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80% performance: 50% features: 50% workmanship: 70%
Source: Trusted Reviews
The question of whether you should buy the Asus Zenfone 6 needs to be countered with another: are you sure you really need or want the Zenfone 6? We’re not trying to dissuade you from upgrading your phone, but are you sure you want a 6-inch one? Even the leap from a 5.5-inch phone is significant. And while we got used to the Zenfone 6’s size, we found the phone often ending up in a bag rather than a pocket because of its sheer size.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/16/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 80% display: 70% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80%
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.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/22/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Digital Trends
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.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/19/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: NDTV Gadgets
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. Both the Xperia T2 Ultra Dual and Desire 816 are priced above Rs. 20,000 while the Grand 2 costs slightly less than Rs. 20,000 now.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/22/2014
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80% performance: 70% display: 90% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
Source: Computer Magazin - Heft 3/2015
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 91%
Source: Android Magazin - Heft 2/2014
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
The Asus Zenfone 6 is a mid-range phablet that is positioning itself to be friendlier to a consumer’s wallets than other high-end phablets available right now.
For the price, one might expect to see some cut corners, but it's actually powered by a 2 GHz Intel Atom Z2580 processor and a PowerVR 544MP2 graphics processor. Together with 2 GB of RAM, these ensure a smooth experience. You won't face problems running most applications except some extremely high-end games and multitasking will be a breeze.
It comes out of the box with 4.3 Jellybean and is upgradeable to 4.4 KitKat. Storage is 16 GB with microSD support up to 64 GB. So, space will definitely not be a problem. The 13 MP rear camera is pretty solid for this budget and with its selfie mode, you can take selfies with the rear camera as it detects as many as four faces. The front camera is 2 MP and you won’t be using it much with the rear camera’s selfie mode.
A 3300 mAh battery supplies the energy for the components. It is more than sufficient for a full day of web browsing, gaming, calling and media playback. The Zenfone 6 is definitely a good option for those seeking a phablet but are not willing to fork out the money for higher end devices. It holds up more than admirably against them.
PowerVR SGX544MP2: OpenGL ES 2.0 compatible with 8 pixel and 4 vertex shaders
These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.
Intel Atom: The Intel Atom series is a 64-Bit (not every model supports 64bit) microprocessor for cheap and small notebooks (so called netbooks), MIDs, or UMPCs. The speciality of the new architecture is the "in order" execution (instead of the usual and faster "out of order" execution). Therefore, the transistor count of the Atom series is much lower and, thus, cheaper to produce. Furthermore, the power consumption is very low. The performance per Megahertz is therfore worse than the old Pentium 3M (1,2 GHz on par with a 1.6 GHz Atom).
Z2580: Soc with integrated dual core Atom processor clocked at 1.3 - 2 GHz (short bursts), a PowerVR SGX 544MP2 based GPU clocked at 400 MHz and a dual channel LPDDR2 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This display is quite big for a smartphone but frequently used for smartphones.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.
Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese multinational company, produces motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, PDAs, computer monitors, notebook computers, servers, networking products, mobile phones, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems. The company's 2007 revenues reached US$6.9 billion. ASUS also produces components for other manufacturers. The Eee PC initiated the netbook boom in 2008.
76.3%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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