Asus Zenfone 6 hands-on preview: video and image gallery

by: Andrew GrushJanuary 8, 2014

On Monday Asus took to the stage to unveil quite a few new products, including three new budget devices going by the new ZenFone brand name. The largest of these Intel-powered devices is the ZenFone 6, a 6-inch handset with a starting price of just $199.

In our hands-on preview of the ZenFone 6, Josh Vergara took a quick look at what the largest model brings to the table, noting that for such a massive phone it’s actually very light at just 200 grams.

Asus Zenfone 6 specifications

  • CPU: Intel Atom Z2580, dual-core, 2GHz
  • GPU: PowerVR SGX 544MP2
  • RAM: 1GB OR 2GB (depending on model)
  • Display: 6-inch IPS LCD, 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Internal storage: 8GB or 16GB, expandable with up to 64GB
  • Cameras: 13 MP rear, 2MP front, LED flash
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi b/g/n, USB 2.0, A-GPS
  • Networks: GSM, HSDPA+
  • Battery: 3240 mAh
  • Dimensions: 166.9 x 84.3 x 9.9mm, 200g
  • OS: Android 4.3 with ZenUI

When it comes to hardware, the Zenfone 6 is essentially the same as its 5-inch brother, though there is a version of the handset that will jump up to 2GB of RAM, and the camera of all variants of the Zenfone 6 is a 13MP shooter — not bad for a budget device, at least on paper.

The Zenfone 6 is certainly not a high-end device, but for those looking for a super-sized phone that packs a reasonable punch, this could certainly be an option. Better yet, the handset has the ability to use any pen or pencil as stylus, and you can even use the phone while wearing gloves. On the downside, the phone only comes with 8 or 16GB of storage, though you can expand the memory with microSD, adding up to an additional 64GB.

For stock Android fans, you’ll be disappointed to know that Asus is packing its own custom skin that it calls Zen UI. On the bright side, the UI still manages some stock-like elements and seems to be a clean, interesting take on Android.

Again, the Zenfone 6 isn’t a Note 3 or even a Xperia Z Ultra, but it is certainly worth looking out for if your on and limited budget and don’t want or need the latest and greatest hardware. We’ll do our best to get a review unit of the ZenPhone 6 as soon as possible so we can jump in and take an even deeper look. In the meantime, be sure to check out all the great news and hands-on videos from our CES 2014 coverage!

  • Siphiwe

    I love it! I think it fitted very well on Joshua’s hands, I can handle it too! :)

  • Tuấn Ankh

    It’s a 6″ phablet. It costs only $200. It has a notification light!

  • Jacques Hragar

    Anyone know how this gpu holds up? I think the CPU is pretty good Intel do make reliable ones.

  • Guest123

    I like everything about this device except. . . intel inside.

    Curious to see what bands they support when/if they get to the US.

    The intel chip is 2.0GHz turbo = ~900MHz normal. Dual core. The GPU is OK, nothing great. Intel must be paying Asus to push their chips because a year old ARM chip could beat this intel chip easily.

    And from what I’ve read elsewhere, intel chip = no custom ROMs.

  • MY

    I’m getting one of these ZenFone series either the 4-5 or 6 :-) For the price, I think can’t go wrong ;-)
    Great review as always from @Joshua

    • MSmith79

      That’s what I thought too until one day I bought a $100 tablet. I quickly realized that for the price I could in fact go wrong ;)

  • MSmith79

    The Moto X and the new Droid Line has enlightened me that you don’t need the latest specs to have a good experience…if it’s done right. That part remains to be seen. Based on the Transformer line, which did have higher specs but performed horribly, I don’t hold out high hopes.

  • Stefan

    It’s the same chip the Lenovo K900 had. This means it should perfom close to a tegra 4 or snapdragon 600. So you get last year flagship perfomance for 200$, which is awesome.

    • Mozes Sugiarto

      agree with you dude …. this is for budget limited user .. recommended

  • thetdo30

    i think this fone:) has good specs its not s800 but its better than s600 ,that is what i know ,anyway,i think the zenfone 6 with 2gb of ram is goanna be my next phone when is goanna release in europe

  • Kakeh

    I will buy.. actually i wanna buy 2 units im from malaysia.. Unfortuantely there is no 1 selling it in malaysia.

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  • Eddy

    The Zenfone 6 is basically an enlarged Zenfone 5 and the only differences are the bigger screen estate (though at the same 720p resolution), and the higher-resolution 13MP camera sensor. The design is exactly the same, so is the controls placement.