Update: The Asus Zenfone 6 is now official. You can read our first news of the phone here, and we’ll have our first impressions on the device soon.
Today’s the day – the Asus ZenFone 6 is being announced today (May 16) at 11AM PT / 2PM ET / 7PM BST, or 5AM AEDT on Friday 17, and we’ll be reporting live from the event.
While the ZenFone 6 might not be on your radar it probably should be, as it looks set to offer high-end specs and features likely at a lower price than rivals.
Ahead of the announcement, some things have already been confirmed by Asus – we know for example that it has a top-end Snapdragon 855 chipset – while a number of other details have been rumored.
You’ll find everything that we know and suspect about the phone below, including information on when you might be able to buy it and what it might cost.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The next Asus flagship
- When is it out? It’s being announced on May 16 (that’s today!)
- What will it cost? Unknown, but probably less than most flagships
Asus ZenFone 6 release date and price
The Asus ZenFone 6 is being announced today (May 16), so we’ll know all about it very soon. Want to tune in? Here’s how to watch the live stream.
Of course, that’s not necessarily when you’ll be able to buy the phone, but it’s likely to go on sale within a couple of weeks of that date and there’s a chance it will be made instantly available.
As for what it might cost, the only rumor there comes from ITHome, which claims it will start at NT$19,990 (roughly $645/£495/AU$930) for a version with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
It apparently rises to NT$23,990 (around $775/£600/AU$1,115) for a model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and tops out at NT$29,990 (approximately $965/£750/AU$1,385) for a version with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.
Of course, we wouldn’t expect a direct currency conversion, but that suggests this will be a reasonably expensive phone, while still probably undercutting the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Huawei P30 Pro.
Asus ZenFone 6 news and leaks
As noted above in the price section, there’s talk of three Asus ZenFone 6 models being launched – one with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, one with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and one with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.
That’s just a rumor for now, but what we know for certain is that the ZenFone 6 will have a Snapdragon 855 chipset, as a teaser tweeted by Asus includes an image saying as much.
The image, which you can see above, also lists a 3.5mm headphone port, a notification LED, a ‘smart key’ and ‘triple slots’ – likely for two SIM cards and a microSD card.
That 5,000mAh battery claim has been made more obvious in a subsequent teaser from Asus which you can see below. This one also includes a clearer look at the phone, highlighting the lack of bezel at the top.
5000 > 1+7+3700, so why choose ordinary when you can #DefyOrdinary? #ZenFone6 pic.twitter.com/x8R24953mSMay 14, 2019
These aren’t the only ZenFone 6 teasers either, as previously the company posted another image (below) which shows the outline of a phone that seemingly lacks bezels, a notch or a punch-hole, suggesting the Asus ZenFone 6 might have an all-screen design.
The teaser also reads “Defy Ordinary”, which suggests the phone could have an unusual design or features.
There’s no shortage of leaks either. According to a listing on AnTuTu for example, the ZenFone 6 has a 1080 x 2340 resolution screen, 48MP cameras on both the front and back, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, as well as running Android 9 Pie.
We’ve also seen leaked images possibly showing the phone. Both sets were shared by Sudhanshu Ambhore, with the first ones being case renders posted on SlashLeaks.
Here is your first look at the #Asus #ZenFone6 case renders.1/2 pic.twitter.com/wPVlfyMLxdMay 8, 2019
You can see that there’s a dual-lens camera on the back, but also a clear notch on the front, which we weren’t expecting based on teasers.
However, it’s possible that more than one model will be launched, as both a ZenFone 6 and a ZenFone 6Z have been mentioned by the source. It would make sense for the company to launch both, as there’s both a ZenFone 5 and a ZenFone 5Z.
Confusingly though the second, newer set of images from the source shown below also supposedly show the standard ZenFone 6, yet show a completely different design, with a slider mechanism for both the selfie camera and the speakers – this is more in line with what we’d expect from the flagship, whatever it launches as.
Some more pics with better quality.#Asus #ZenFone6 1/2 pic.twitter.com/1s5lQlRTEGMay 10, 2019
Making matters even more confusing we’ve also now seen leaked images from Roland Quandt (a reputable leaker), which show a different design again, this time with an all-screen front and a camera that can swivel from the back to the front.
This is the most recent leak and the one that looks most in line with official teasers, so we’d say this is the most likely design – though again, there might be multiple models with different design.
ASUS ZenFone 6 1/2 (yes, seen elsewhere before, sat on these for a while, as I had no specs, so here ya go.) pic.twitter.com/syTfJmI4qIMay 15, 2019
Questions about the design aside, if the rumors pan out, then along what we already know for sure about the ZenFone 6 it sounds like it could be a truly high-end handset in most ways, though the screen resolution could be slightly disappointing. But then this probably won’t cost as much as most flagships. We’ll know for sure soon.
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