Asus is making a serious push in India with its new Zenfone series of smartphones, packaging good hardware for attractive prices. The Zenfone 5 especially looks like a winner, as we found in our full review. But is bigger better?
Specs: 6″ IPS touchscreen (1280×720 pixels, 245ppi) with Gorilla Glass 3 | 1.6GHz Dual-core Intel Atom Z2580 processor | 2GB RAM | 16GB internal memory, expandable microSD slot up to 64GB | 13MP rear camera with LED flash, 2MP front camera | Dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) | 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, microUSB 2.0 | 3300mAh battery | Android 4.3 (upgradable to Android 4.4 Kit Kat) with Zen UI
Price: Rs. 16,999
With a big screen, the Asus Zenfone 6 is naturally a behemoth. You can hold it in one hand, but you can’t use it with just one hand—no matter how much Asus wants to make that easier with a built-in one-handed mode that shrinks the screen. The matte finish on the back lets you get a good grip, but for most people it’s going to be too big to hold naturally. You better have big hands if you want to use this one.
In terms of how it looks, the Zenfone 6 looks good but not especially striking. Then again, there’s nothing about it that’s an eyesore either. Sometimes, non-descript isn’t such a bad thing.
The 6-inch screen is the main feature of the Zenfone 6 and the reason anyone would want to consider it. It displays accurate colors, has decent viewing angles, and you’ll be able to view it clearly in direct sunlight too. If there is a complaint, it would be the resolution: if you’re coming from a screen with a higher resolution, you’ll notice that text doesn’t appear as sharp in the Zenfone. It’s not a deal-breaker though and it’s only while reading text that you notice it. But again, with a 6-inch device, you are looking to get a little bit of the tablet experience, so reading is an important part of it.
Asus claims you can use any pencil or most pens as a stylus with the Zenfone 6, but there are lots of caveats in that. You need to use it at a certain angle to register the input perfectly; you need to not press any other part of the screen with your hand; you need to go slow, it can’t take really fast input without