Asus has announced the Zenfone 6 at an event in Valencia, Spain. The new handset comes with a premium spec sheet, as well as some interesting characteristics that set it apart from the rest of the Android pack.

The Zenfone 6 features a 6.4-inch, FHD+ LCD display with 92 percent screen-to-body ratio, Snapdragon 855 chipset, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of on-board storage.

Asus has also managed to cram in a 5,000mAh battery, which should help towards the higher end of the smartphone battery life table. It supports Quick Charge 4.0, and Asus says it has up to two-day battery life in normal usage. The only downside in this regard is that it’s 18-watt fast charging, which is slower than Huawei and Xiaomi’s high-end phones.

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The standout Zenfone 6 feature is its camera system. This cute-as-heck motorized flip camera comes with a 48MP sensor (Sony IMX 586) and an ultra-wide 13MP sensor. This means you can take the same high-quality photos whether shooting forward or backward, while also enabling group selfies. Samsung’s Galaxy A80 works in a similar way; it’s a novel approach you don’t see on many manufacturers attempt.

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Asus has also implemented a couple of other flip camera features here. For starters, the company says you can adjust the flip camera’s movement with an on-screen slider. This means you can bring the flip camera to a 90-degree angle, then place the phone on a table to record stable video clips.

The Asus Zenfone 6 flip camera can also be used for panoramas, allowing users to take a panorama without moving their phone. We’ve already seen this on the similarly equipped Oppo N3, but it certainly seems like an interesting use-case nonetheless.

After the Zenfone 6 launches, Asus tells us it will add native Google Lens integration to the camera app, as well as a 2x toggle for easier switching to 2x lossless crops using the 48MP camera. Asus says it’s also planning to add Night Mode to the front-facing camera mode. 

The Asus Zenfone 6 starts at $499/499 euro with 6GB RAM and 64GB ROM. Upping that to 128GB of storage will cost you 559 euro, and the 8GB of RAM/256GB of storage model will cost 599 euro. Thoughts? Let us know in the comments.

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