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

Update June 15: No major availability news yet unfortunately. The eBay Taiwan seller, $620 USD model (6GB/128GB) has sold out for now. Elsewhere, still no Twilight Silver availability yet. Added more prices and countries. Europe ASUS stores showing Midnight Black 6GB/64GB models in-stock. We have been diligently 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. NOTE: ASUS has not been able to answer questions regarding shipping dates or release dates for many markets. India is next, likely followed by US and Canada.

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Link 1 – $679 USD Taiwan Seller: Midnight Black – 8GB – 256GB- eBay.com – click here

Note: Being from Taiwan, the above listing are the model B. 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 – 64GB – 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 – Available From Alza.co.uk – All Models – Click Here

  Germany (ships anywhere in Europe) – Pre Order – 6GB – 128GB Model – Amazon.de – Click Here

 

ASUS Online Stores (Midnight Black only):

  • [direct link] België / Nederlands – 6GB/64GB In Stock
  • [direct link] Deutschland / Deutsch –  6GB/64GB In Stock
  • [direct link] Italia / Italiano – 6GB/64GB In Stock
  • [direct link] Poland / Polski – 6GB/64GB In Stock
  • [direct link] Belgique / Français – 6GB/64GB In Stock
  • [direct link] España / Español – 6GB/64GB In Stock
  • [direct link] Hungary / Magyar – 6GB/64GB In Stock
  • [direct link] Sweden / Svenska – 6GB/64GB In Stock
  • [direct link] Czech Republic / Čeština – 6GB/64GB In Stock
  • [direct link] Finland / Suomi – 6GB/64GB In Stock
  • [direct link] Россия / Русский – 6GB/64GB In Stock
  • [direct link] Denmark / Dansk – 6GB/64GB In Stock
  • [direct link] France / Français – 6GB/64GB In Stock
  • [direct link] Portugal / Português – 6GB/64GB In Stock
  • [direct link] United Kingdom / English – 6GB/64GB In Stock

Misc Availability:

  • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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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Google Camera on ZenFone 6 now working – includes full resolution HDR+

Ask most mobile phone experts and they will all agree that Google phones take the best photos. When we say best, that is to say the Google phones have the best camera software. With each new Pixel phone, Google seems to get better and better results. What if we told you that your ZenFone 6 can enjoy that Google camera software and fetch similar results? The first Google Camera (aka GCam) port has just been released by Arnova8G2 for the ZenFone 6.

It seems that ASUS’ choice to keep a near-stock Android on the ZenFone 6 is paying dividends already. This is the first Google Camera GCam mod to bring full resolution HDR+ photos. With the 48MP camera onboard the ZenFone 6 the results should be astonishing. We’re looking forward to showing off photo samples as those become available. Most people are still waiting for the opportunity to buy a ZenFone 6 but expect a lot of samples from this mod in the near future.

Certainly the HDR+ mode working for the 48MP camera is the headline, but there is more that this first GCam mod brings to the table. It also includes: HDR+ Enhanced, RAW, Portrait Mode, Video, Photobooth, Timelapse, and Night Sight. A rather impressive list and Arnova8G2 deserves a lot of props for getting this up and running so quickly. It makes us wonder what’s in store for the future. Good things we say!

We wrote an article yesterday about ASUS reaching out to the Android custom ROM and mod community by sending free phones to some trusted developers. These GCam mod developments will certainly catch a lot of headlines and is going to really give the ZenFone 6 launch a kick in the pants. We are tracking ZenFone 6 pre order and in-store availability here.

For most ZenFone 6 users, the Google Camera mod development is very noteworthy. Google and their camera algorithms are top-of-class and if it can be brought to the ZenFone 6 this quickly, the future looks bright. You don’t have to root your ZenFone 6 to use this mod which will make it more appealing to the general public out there. When people start seeing photo samples and comparisons with the GCam mod, this should be a very popular option for people. Look for a guide to using Anova8G2’s Google Camera mod in the near future. Are you excited about this development?

[source: XDA Developers]

ZenFone 6 owners manual now available – Download here

Who needs a smartphone owners manual? A few of us do. In fact we often get requests from visitors for various ZenFone owners manuals. So to those people, we have some good news.

The ZenFone 6 owners manual has finally been posted on the official ASUS support page! So far you can download the English or Chinese owners manuals. There should be many more languages coming in the next few days and we will have them all listed here for your downloading convenience.

On a side note, the owners manuals being made available is a good indicator in terms of release dates for the ZenFone 6. Because we’ve followed many a ZenFone release over the years, we look to things like this to help figure out how far off release dates and availability are. When there are no owners manuals available, it says to us that wide release and availability is a ways off. So we’ve now passed that early stage thankfully. So if you’re waiting for your ZenFone 6 pre order to ship or hope for the opportunity to pre order, your wait is just about over.

ZenFone 6 Owners Manual Downloads:

  • English [download]
  • Traditional-Chinese [download]

If you’re new to smartphones there is some useful information for navigation and touch gestures. You can read some useful tips in the user manual about setting up a dual SIM like creating custom names and setting up a preferred SIM card. There is also some good information on how to personalize your ZenFone 6 home screen and using wallpapers which is part of the ZenUI.

Here is one partial screenshot of the owners manual that gives you tips on saving battery life:

You can also check the official ASUS website to see if they have any new users manuals posted. We will update our list but it’s possible ASUS updated with new ones before we’ve had a chance to update our listings here.

 

ZenFone 6 custom ROM community gets free phones from ASUS

We’ve seen a lot of new and impressive moves from ASUS with the launch of the ZenFone 6. It appears they are more committed to their mobile phone business more than ever before. With this latest news, ASUS are hoping to ensure long-term success and loyalty via the ROM development community. If you enjoy custom ROMs and mods, ASUS hopes that by sending free ZenFone 6 phones to key developers it will spur on an active custom ROM community.

Other companies have tried this free phone move in the past and it’s a proven model. OnePlus and Xiaomi POCO have sent our free phones to the community for years. It’s hard to justify buying new phones just for the sake of development. Phones are expensive and the people developing custom ROMs aren’t making money on their works. Free phones removes one big barrier and ASUS is making a wise strategic decision here.

All this sounds good on paper, but make no mistake about it, this is all dependent on strong sales. In the past, the ZenFone series hasn’t sold in the numbers that would create a lot of interest from the custom ROM development community. Why would someone spend the time to work on custom ROMs or mods if hardly anyone is going to use them? It needs to be worth the investment of time, meaning people downloading and using their ROMs and mods. From every early indication, the ZenFone 6 seems like a sure bet to sell a lot of units which makes this effort a lot more likely to succeed.

ASUS worked with XDA-developers.com to establish the top 10 custom ROM developers and those fine folks are getting a free ZenFone 6. The list includes people from TWRP, LineageOS, OmniROM, and CarbonROM development teams. A number of other top developers that aren’t from those specific teams were also included which will create an even wider selection of mods and custom ROMs. Note that one developer getting a free phone is involved with a Google Camera port.

This isn’t a slam dunk just yet. Let’s see how ASUS is able execute on having enough units available for sale and that they can meet the demand in a timely manner. Right now the support seems strong though. In that sense these efforts ASUS is making to the ROM development community should pay off. What we can say is that this move won’t hurt. Going this route has worked for other companies so it should also work in favor for ASUS and the ZenFone brand.