How to pre order and buy a ZenFone 6 (2019) ZS630KL

Update July 14: US has a pre order date. We have details here. ASUS Europe online stores briefly had 6GB/128GB units available. And, yes, those sold out in a matter of hours. Amazon stores in most countries seem in limbo without units, but some have been shipping out of Amazon.de over the past two weeks. For other countries, unfortunately it’s really a guessing game right now because a lack of stock means a very selective launch schedule. If you are frustrated (like us) waiting for wider availability, the wait is likely over soon. Why give up now after waiting it out to this point? The 5,000mAh battery makes it worth the wait in our opinion!

Since launch, we have been tracking various pre-order opportunities across many markets and many retailers. If you hear something, please let us know via email. We post pre-order information as we get it. If you want availability updates emailed to you, please sign-up for our newsletter here. Remember to check your junk/trash folder though as sometimes newsletter emails can get missed and filtered as spam. If you are wondering why the delays for buying a ZenFone 6, we discuss the situation here.

Buy Now Links:

Link 1 – Updated by the Minute – $689 USD and up: In stock ZenFone 6 listings – global international shipping – eBay

Note: Being mostly from Taiwan, the listings are usually the model B version. Here are the model B network bands:

  • FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 26, 28)
  • TD-LTE (Bands 38, 39, 41*, 46) *LTE B41(2535–2655 120MHz)
  • WCDMA (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 19)
  • EDGE/GPRS/GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz)


Link 2 – 3rd Party Seller – $549.99 USD + $8.66 Shipping
: Black – 6GB – 128GB – Global Version – No Warranty – Amazon.com – click here

Note: This 3rd party Amazon seller above lists these network bands:

  • FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28)
  • TD-LTE (Bands 38, 40, 41)
  • WCDMA (Bands 1, 2, 5, 8)
  • EDGE/GPRS/GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz)
  • LTE compatibility

Pre Order Links:


UK + Europe (AT, HR, CZ, FR, DE, HU, PL, RO, SK, SI) – Available From Alza.co.uk – All Models – Click Here

 
Germany (ships most places in Europe) EUR 559 – Pre Order – 6GB – 128GB Model – Amazon.de – Click Here

Note about Germany Amazon.de listing: Some orders are shipping out and being delivered. If Amazon shows 1 to 2 weeks or 1 to 2 months shipping date, ignore this. Amazon.de doesn’t have definite date on supply so they are being cautious about promised shipping dates. Our advice? Order now. With inventory shortages, it’s better to get in line now. Depending on the time you have to wait, you can also cancel your pre-order if you find alternate solution.

 

ASUS Online Stores (Midnight Black only): UPDATE JULY 11: Sold out in 24 hours. Check links below because it may be temp situation only.

  • [direct link] Hong Kong – 6GB/128GB Sold Out – All Models Shipping after July 12 and July 20
  • [direct link] België / Nederlands – 6GB/128GB
  • [direct link] Deutschland / Deutsch –  6GB/128GB
  • [direct link] Italia / Italiano – 6GB/128GB In Stock
  • [direct link] Poland / Polski – 6GB/128GB In Stock
  • [direct link] Belgique / Français – 6GB/128GB In Stock
  • [direct link] España / Español – 6GB/128GB In Stock
  • [direct link] Hungary / Magyar – 6GB/128GB In Stock
  • [direct link] Sweden / Svenska – 6GB/128GB In Stock
  • [direct link] Czech Republic / Čeština – 6GB/128GB In Stock
  • [direct link] Finland / Suomi – 6GB/128GB In Stock
  • [direct link] Россия / Русский – 6GB/128GB In Stock
  • [direct link] Denmark / Dansk – 6GB/128GB In Stock
  • [direct link] France / Français – 6GB/128GB In Stock + Official ASUS ZenFone 6 Stand Case 29,99 EUR
  • [direct link] Portugal / Português – 6GB/128GB In Stock

Misc Availability:

  • ASUS France expects in-stock 8GB units first week of July.
  • India pre orders start June 26th at 12pm. The following configurations in Midnight Black are available: 6GB/64GB, 6GB/128GB, 8GB/256GB.
  • Hong Kong release dates: 6GB/128GB (Black) available now, 6GB/128GB (Silver) June 28, 8GB/256GB (Black) June 28, 8GB/256GB (Silver) July 12. (source: official ASUS Hong Kong online store)
  • Sweden has in-stock ZenFone 6 units at various retailers. Inet.se shows 126GB model in stock.
  • Italy being the initial launch country has various retailers selling the ZenFone 6.
  • Europe countries still have the best availability as of June 10.

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We have some good news regarding the ZenFone 6 pre order situation. If you live in Europe and have an ASUS online store, go for it! You can actually get an order in now with a shipping date in about one week from now! Shipping on May 25th according to ASUS! For the rest of us?

Here is the pricing breakdown for Europe, Taiwan, US, and UK:

  • 6GB RAM / 64GB ROM
    • 499 EUR
    • $499 USD
    • 5 299,00 SEK
    • ₹31,999
    • 2 199,00 zł
    • 159 990,00 Ft
    • 12 990,00 Kč
    • 3.999,00 DKK
  • 6GB RAM / 128GB ROM
    • 559 EUR
    • $549 USD
    • £499.99
    • NT$ 17,990
    • ₹34,999
    • HK$4,998
    • 5 799,00 SEK
    • 2 399,00 zł
    • 189 990,00 Ft
    • 14 490,00 Kč
    • 4.399,00 DKK
  • 8GB RAM / 256GB ROM
    • 599 EUR
    • £599.99
    • NT$ 20,990
    • HK$5,798
    • ₹39,999
    • 6 299,00 SEK
    • 2 599,00 zł
    • 207 990,00 Ft
    • 15 990,00 Kč
    • 4.699,00 DKK
  • 12GB RAM / 512GB ROM (ZenFone 6 Edition 30)
    • NT$ 27,990 (55% more expensive than 6GB/128GB Taiwan version price)
    • 866 EUR (estimate only)
    • $850 USD (estimate only)
    • £774.98 (estimate only)

Where can I buy the Twilight Silver color version of the ZenFone 6?

At the time of writing (June 10) there is no stock availability of the Twilight Silver color ZenFone 6. There is a reason however. The production of Twilight Silver takes more time than the Midnight Black. Expect stock to show up soon, expect limited stock and fast sell-outs. We recommend you act quickly and buy or pre-order right away.

How does this pricing compare to the competition like say, the OnePlus 7 Pro?

  • 6GB/128GB: $669 USD – 699/709€
  • 8GB/256 GB: $699 USD – 749/759€
  • 12GB/256GB: $749 USD – 819/829€

How does this pricing compare to the Google Pixel 3a XL?

  • 64GB – $479 USD

What versions of the ZenFone 6 (ZS630KL) will be available in the US and Canada?

  • The 6GB/64GB and 6GB/128GB models will be available in North American markets (US and Canada)

What is this newly announced ZenFone 6 Edition 30? Where can I buy it and when will it be available?

The ZenFone 6 Edition 30 is a variant of the ZenFone 6 that ASUS announced as part of their 30-year anniversary. This model has 12GB of RAM, 256GB storage, a 30-month warranty, and a differently designed rear. Only 3,000 units will be produced. No pricing or availability has been announced so far.

What network bands will the North America variant of the ZenFone 6 have?

  • Just like previous generations of ZenFone models, expect the typical networks to be compatible. As ASUS states about network compatibility in the US, “This device is not compatible with CDMA Networks such as: Verizon, Sprint, and US Cellular.” As for Canada, here is what ASUS says: “Compatible with GSM Networks including Rogers, Bell, Telus, Wind, Fido, Virgin, Koodo and cellular network providers utilizing GSM network.” Here are a couple charts to sort out the US and Canada compatibility:

US:

Canada:

Need more answers to your questions? Check our dedicated ZenFone 6 page here.

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US finally gets a ZenFone 6 pre order date!

There has been growing frustration expressed by those of you looking to buy a ZenFone 6. Adding to this frustration has been the lack of communication from ASUS regarding release dates in various markets. To this point, Europe is the main focus for ASUS and there has been decent availability up until this past week. Now it appears the US market has their pre order date, at least according to one US retailer.

Mark this on your calendar now! US pre orders for the ZenFone 6 start August 1st at 12am ET. That means July 31 is the date you want to be staying up until midnight to place a pre order. Miss this window and you risk waiting for the second batch of ZenFone 6 units to ship. Given the spotty availability that has been available in Europe, this risk isn’t worth taking if you can avoid it.

What we see so far is both Midnight Black and Twilight Silver in either 64GB or 128GB storage options, both with 6GB of RAM listed on B&H. If you’re hoping for a 256GB storage and or 8GB RAM configuration, it’s not happening initially. That said, it’s possible the ZenFone 6 Edition 30 with its 512GB storage and 12GB of RAM could be sold exclusively at the ASUS US online store. At this point we think it’s unlikely to see an 8GB model of the ZenFone 6 hitting the North American market. Perhaps when things settle down ASUS may consider it but they typically pigeon hole certain markets to a set number of configurations because they try to meet a pricing strategy that they believe a market will accept.

Prices you ask? Well we can only go with what information that was initially slipped for the US market and quite a lot of time has passed since then. However, at the official ZenFone 6 unveiling, the presenter did say the ZenFone 6 was NOT more expensive than the previous generation ZenFone 5z. With that, the 64GB model will be $499 USD and the 128GB model will be $579 USD. These are not officially announced prices by ASUS so they are indeed subject to change!

It’s important to note that the actual shipping date has not been announced by ASUS or anyone else for that matter. Given that we’re still two weeks away from August 1st, maybe there is a chance the shipping date moves up sooner and a ZenFone 6 can be in your hand by the end of July. Wishful thinking on our part, but let’s try to be optimistic! Would you blame ASUS if they went on the side of caution rather than promising a date they can’t fulfill?

We are relying on one retailer at this point and without official confirmation from ASUS. As a result, we recommend checking in with our website or sign up for our newsletter for updates or changes to the current information. We believe that places like Best Buy and Amazon will have listings up as the time draws closer. Certainly more than one retailer will provide us more confidence on the dates being listed so far.

ASUS rolls out Android 9.0 Pie update to ZenFone 5Q / Lite

Ask almost anyone about their Android smartphone and you will get one common complaint. Where are the updates for the new Android version? Most times these complaints get met with crickets. This is not an ASUS ZenFone problem, it’s simply an Android problem. For now, let’s forget about what we don’t have and focus on what we have. And what we have here is an Android update for a year-old ZenFone series.

ASUS has just now started to roll out an Android 9.0 Pie software update to the ZenFone 5Q which in some parts of the world is known as the ZenFone 5 Lite or ZenFone 5 Selfie Pro. Got all that? One phone, three different names.

Not familiar with this ZenFone 5Q/Lite/Selfie Pro release? Think of it as a slightly lesser spec model of the ZenFone 5Z that flips the camera script by offering a better selfie camera than rear camera. Oh, it also goes without that trendy ZenFone 5Z notch. Sure you get chin and forehead on the ZenFone 5Q/Lite/Selfie Pro but you might appreciate some neutral areas to hold your phone as a change of pace.

The reason we’re mentioning some of the features of the ZenFone 5Q/Lite/Selfie Pro is because you’re going to find it in a lot of countries at a deep discount. You can find it for $299 USD or $449 CAD and expect it cheaper than that in the coming weeks. It’s a very solid mobile phone and would be good for members of your family who aren’t quite ready for a flagship level device. The fact you have a new Android version available means this phone has a bit more staying power and you won’t be feeling too outdated.

One note here about this Android 9.0 Pie update for the ZenFone 5Q. A lot of the quirks and bugs may have gotten worked out in the ZenFone 5Z Android 9.0 Pie update. The ZenUI is what has to incorporate with Android 9.0 and both the ZenFone 5Z and 5Q share that commonality. Expect there to be fewer issues and bugs on this rollout to the ZenFone 5Q.

Here are some of the more noteworthy Android 9.0 Pie features:

  • Adaptive Battery
  • Easier Screen Rotation
  • Easier Text Selection
  • Gesture Navigation
  • Improved Volume Controls

ASUS has done their best on updating phones as per their promises. With releasing fewer ZenFone models, expect even better and faster Android updates. ASUS with their ZenFone 6 launch has promised three future Android updates and it seems clear they will make good on these promises. Certainly most Android updates border on being overrated but ASUS must give the people what they want in order to gain some market share in the ultra-competitive smartphone market.

Update: Zenfone 5Q/Zenfone 5 Lite/Zenfone 5 Selfie Pro (ZC600KL)_WW/RU_16.0610.1905.79

[source: ASUS]

 

Flipkart sells out of 8GB/256GB 6z model in a day

We know from the last couple of years that ASUS has shifted a lot of focus to the India market. It has been one of their priority markets especially with regards to the ZenFone series. In that sense it should be surprising that India has received more variety of models than most other markets. One of them even sold out already.

ASUS initially launched the 6GB/64GB model of the ASUS 6z (renamed due to ongoing “zen” trademark dispute) in India late June. As of July 1, 2019 two more models were added including the 6GB/128GB and the 8GB/256GB version. In about 24-hours we see that the 8GB/256GB model is already sold out. There is no indication of number of units sold at this point, but seeing the most expensive model selling out first does surprise us a bit.

We should also mention that the original model for sale on Flipkart did show as being out of stock but later that same day it was back in stock. So if you really want the 8GB/256GB model, it’s worth checking back at Flipkart over the next day or two to see if they magically come up with more units to sell.

India is fortunate with their opportunity to buy a ZenFone 6. Most other markets are still in a holding pattern when it comes to pre orders or actual in-stock units. We predicted that July would be a big month in terms of increased stock and likely US, Canada and UK availability, but nothing just yet. You can visit our dedicated and updated shopping/pre-order page here if you need to know what is happening. Also we suggest you sign-up for our newsletter as we will send out information as it comes available. The pressure is certainly building on ASUS to get unit for other markets.