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

Update October 15: Absolutely the lowest price we’ve ever seen on eBay for the 6GB/128GB for $499 USD. Grab one quick because we see prices changing often so this may not last long! Click here to see the listing on eBay!

Canada’s inventory has all but dried up and the big box retailers have still not had listings up! There was a handful of proper North American models in-stock, but those quickly sold by 3rd party sellers and now they are asking around $1,500 CAD laughing out loud. See Canada specific details here.

US customers only, but in-stock units! 6GB/128GB ($549) in Midnight Black and 6GB/64GB ($499) shipping now. See below in the links section.

ASUS US online store has in-stock units but only ships to US based addresses.

Can you believe the date and the fact many countries still don’t have availability? Brazil is Oct 21 and Indonesia is by the end of the year. No other release dates that we’ve found yet. Rumors are that the Philippines and other countries may be missed all together!

The $899 USD ROG Phone 2 is available now (options for Canada and International as well) and we have full details here.

A few Europe ASUS online stores have the limited edition ZenFone 6 Edition 30 which is priced at 799,00 €.

ASUS UK online store is now sold out but they are taking pre-orders once again. We have other active links for UK (see link section below) that may be of interest.

If you are outside of the current ZenFone 6 stocked countries, you can look at international options here. If you are outside of the US and don’t want to deal with 3rd party sellers, check that linked article out. Ordering from the one US retailer (who ship internationally) may be a decent option for those of you from Australia and other countries.

ASUS has officially disclosed why the ZenFone 6 production has been slow, but according to ASUS the issue is resolved now. There must have been other issues because other countries have been slow to get their inventory. ASUS continues to say very little on the inventory woes but we hope to see good news soon. Yes, it’s something that we keep saying far too often.

Since launch, we have been painfully tracking various pre-order opportunities across many markets and many retailers. If you hear something, please let us know via email. We post 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:

US retailer with in-stock, shipping now! > US only – 6GB/64GB ($499) and 6GB/128GB ($549) in Midnight Black

Link #2 > $499 – 6GB RAM – 128GB Storage – Silver or Black – eBay – Free shipping

Link #3 > $600 – 8GB RAM – 256GB Storage – Black or Silver – eBay – Free expedited shipping

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  • Cellular Band (LTE): LTE B1~B5/B7/B8/B18/B19/B26/B28/B38/B39/B41/B66

Pre Order & Buy Now Links:

UK (Amazon.co.uk): In Stock – £589.99 – 6GB/128GB – £689.99 8GB/256GB – Black or Silver

Germany (Amazon.de):  559 € – 6GB/128GB – Twilight Silver – 3rd Party Seller – Click Here

France (Amazon.fr): 682.90 € – 8GB/256GB – Black

Italy (Amazon.it): Overpriced 3rd Party Sellers Currently

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

 

ASUS Online Stores Stock update October 10: Largely across Europe, the 6GB/64GB is not available. The 8GB/256GB is available in Midnight Black and 6GB/128GB is available in either Midnight Black or Twilight Silver. We are monitoring these ASUS online store inventory levels and update whenever possible.

Misc Availability:

  • Most countries that do not have pre-order information or availability yet are delayed due to stock shortages. The situation is improving as of mid-August.
  • India has the following configurations in Midnight Black: 6GB/64GB, 6GB/128GB, 8GB/256GB.
  • Hong Kong has stock of all models in Midnight Black. Twilight Silver is delayed until mid-August. 6GB/128GB, 8GB/256GB (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 late August but still do not have the 8GB/256GB models available.

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If you live in Europe and have an ASUS online store, it’s worth checking their stock on a regular basis. The in-stock status has been fluctuating over the past couple of weeks. Not a lot of units but they do show up and sell out quickly.

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

  • 6GB RAM / 64GB ROM
    • 499 EUR
    • $499 USD
    • $799 CAD
    • 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
    • $599 USD
    • NT$ 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?

Twilight Silver is now starting to show up at various retailers. If you want this color, be fast during pre-order opportunities. Only a limited number will be made available to pre-order. In the US for example, the Twilight Silver sold out during the pre-order phase quite quickly. 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 order right away when the chance comes.

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, 6GB/128GB, 8GB/256GB 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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New ZenFone 6 update fixes screen rotation flashing black issue

It’s that time again. ASUS has rolled out their monthly update for the ZenFone 6. It does seem that they have a consistent schedule with something coming out every month or more depending on what issues are being reported out there.

This October 14th update fixes a screen rotation flashing black issue. There have been numerous reports on the ZenTalk forums about this problem and it’s reassuring to know that ASUS is listening. More than that, it’s good to know that complaints communicated through ASUS channels get to the team(s) that can address and fix the issue. The moral of this story is that if you are having an issue or bug, post about it on the ASUS ZenTalk forum and it will get dealt with. Make sure you have all the details posted so the issue can be duplicated on their end.

Aside from fixing the screen rotation issue, ASUS says this update is “enhancing the system stability”. That’s awfully generic in nature but perhaps this covers a few reports minor bugs that have been reported since the last update. The actual release notes for these updates are sometimes lacking specifics which is a frustration. Explain what you’re fixing or tweaking because people care about these types of details. Obviously if they are “enhancing” stability, they have some idea of what it is they tweaked. Tell us please!

Available For The Following Regions:

  • ZenFone 6 ZS630KL_ WW_16.1220.1909.194
  • ZenFone 6 ZS630KL_EU_16.1220.1909.194
  • ZenFone 6 ZS630KL_RU_16.1220.1909.194
  • ZenFone 6 ZS630KL_ IN_16.1220.1909.194

Version:

  • 16.1220.1909.194

Model Name:

  • ZenFone 6 (ZS630KL)

Release Date:

  • 2019/10/14

(source: ASUS)

New DXOMARK scoring system rates ZenFone 6 camera even higher

By the sheer innovation of the flip camera module, it wasn’t surprising that when the ZenFone 6 was first tested by DXOMARK that it was the best selfie camera on the market. The overall DXOMARK score back then was impressive for the ZenFone 6. After DXOMARK recently added “Wide” and “Night” modes to their scoring criteria, the ZenFone 6 is rated even higher.

Truthfully it hasn’t been a fair fight when it comes to selfie ratings on DXOMARK. ASUS is able to use their ultra-capable rear facing camera for front facing photography so that isn’t entirely an even playing field. None the  less, it’s clearly the best option for selfie photo lovers who don’t want to pay an extraordinary price for their mobile phone.

It has been a while since ASUS last updated their firmware with camera improvements so that will be interesting to monitor in the future. It’s also not exactly clear which firmware version DXOMARK was using for their reviews. Given that ASUS was initially very dedicated to monthly improvements to their camera, it’s worth noting and considering when it comes to review scores. Not just as it relates to DXOMARK, but any early ZenFone 6 reviews that cover the camera are likely done with early firmware that has not undergone tweaking and improvements so the information may not be accurate or representative of how good the ZenFone 6 camera really is.

So with ASUS scoring a 104, the ZenFone 6 is among the greats. This is quite an achievement for ASUS considering they are a minor mobile phone player at this stage but have kept hard at trying to make their offerings strong in the photography category. It looks like they have achieved their goal, at least for now. The ZenFone 7 should likely inch them closer to the top DXOMARK positions provided ASUS sticks with their flipping camera module.

In the 104 score review of the ZenFone 6, here are some of the key aspects that DXOMARK really enjoyed about the camera:

  • autofocus is fast and accurate in both photo and video
  • noise control in a variety of lighting conditions
  • good color rendering in both photo and video
  • white balance and exposure are accurate in night portraits using flash
  • video had good stabilization
  • video captured good details in a variety of conditions

[source: DXOMARK]

Oppo files patent for “ZenFone 6 like” flip camera

The expression, imitation is the ultimate form of flattery, rings true for the ASUS ZenFone 6 flip camera. It appears at this point, ASUS has created a solution for a problem that all-screen displays suffer from—a lack of space. Other companies are paying attention it seems. We’ve just learned of another company (Oppo) have submitted patents for a similarly designed flip camera module.

ASUS has always been a company that doesn’t fear failure. They are risk takers who are willing to create products that break the mold of what’s expected. Some have been successful, others have failed. They made no bigger splash than their first Android tablet offerings in their Eee Pad series where they came up with their unique Eee Pad Transformer and Eee Pad Slider.

It has been very clear that the ZenFone 6 camera module came out of nowhere. It was an incredibly well kept secret and ultimately took the mobile phone industry by storm. Who woulda thunk it? It was the talk of the town after the launch event and ASUS has simply not been able to manufacture enough units to meet the huge demand.

In a sense, cameras that can be used for both front facing and rear facing is like the holy grail of design. One set of high-end cameras that provides the functionality of two different placements. This means zero compromise regardless if you’re shooting a selfie, regular photo or video.

When you see what Apple is doing and Google is doing with the Pixel 4, there are more cameras now on the rear. The three rear facing cameras is a trend that all other manufacturers will adopt in late 2019 and 2020 to be sure. This should lead to an interesting decision for ASUS and the ZenFone 7.

Should ASUS keep their innovative camera module design and just upgrade it with more cameras that are common in the next generation phones? Or will the addition of another camera throw a wrench into the entire flip camera design?

When it comes to the ZenFone 7, we think ASUS can manage just fine by including the additional camera and creating a larger flip camera module. Easy for us to say!

[source: PriceBaba.com]