Putting Asus' ZenFone 6 flip-up camera to the test

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Companies like Xiaomi and Oppo have already demonstrated that motorized cameras on smartphones will be a short-lived fad but they’re not quite ready for prime time just yet. As such, devices with mechanical cameras like the OnePlus 7 Pro and the Asus ZenFone 6 are permeating the market.

But just how durable are these devices? Is a mechanical camera really as bad as it sounds?

Zack from JerryRigEverything recently took a look at the new ZenFone 6. It features a flip-up design that brings the rear cameras – a 48-megapixel primary shooter and a 13-megapixel wide-angle lens – to the front, essentially repurposing the higher-quality rear-facing array as a front-facing shooter. Most fixed front-facing cameras are of lower quality than their rear counterparts so it’s nice to see here that the best camera array can be used in both orientations.

As for durability, the flip-up camera was surprisingly sturdy. Rated for 100,000 flips, the mechanical motor isn’t overly powerful and will essentially “give up” when met with even a modest amount of resistance. That’s a good thing, however, as something too powerful would likely strip the gears out in short order.

The hinges Asus selected are equally as sturdy, refusing to fail even under substantial abuse.

Image credit: Sam Rutherford via Gizmodo

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This phone is near perfect in my eyes, Snapdragon 855, 8GB RAM, Headphone Jack, Quick Charge 4.0. Stereo Speaker, No Notch, 5000mAh battery, Duel Sim and Expandable Memory.

Only two things missing. 5G which isn't really an issue as you can only get 5G in very small parts of certain major city's anyway.

My main complaint is the lack of an OLED screen! I know it has a really decent IPS LCD blah blah blah but come on Asus! Had you slapped an OLED in there, I would have seriously considered picking this bad boy up.


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I'd take a notch over a flip up camera any day just because of how stupid the idea is, but would prefer to pass on both.


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I'd take a notch over a flip up camera any day just because of how stupid the idea is, but would prefer to pass on both.
Did you know the camera can follow object automatically and do perfect 180 degree panorama sweep and has an open source camera API for hackers and tinkerers to play and develop new functionalities with?