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

Update June 20: India prices and info added. Big marketing push indicates stock coming soon. Still no Twilight Silver. Added more prices and countries. Europe ASUS stores 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 – $620 USD Taiwan Seller: Midnight Black – 6GB RAM – 128GB Storage – eBay – click here

Link 2 – $707 USD Taiwan Seller: Midnight Black – 8GB RAM – 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

Italy – EUR 698 – In Stock – 3rd Party Seller – Midnight Black – 6GB RAM – 128GB – Amazon.it – Click Here

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

Note about Germany Amazon.de listing: We know Amazon well in regards to ASUS releases. Amazon will have stock any day now, so don’t fear the temporary out of stock situation. If there was a long delay then Amazon wouldn’t have the “Buy Now” button. The fact you can buy now means you won’t be waiting long for it to ship. Our advice? Order now because inventory of the ZenFone 6 is going to be limited in all regions.

ASUS Online Stores (Midnight Black only):

  • [direct link] Hong Kong – 6GB/128GB Sold Out – All Models Shipping after July 6
  • [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:

  • 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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ASUS can thank ZenFone 6 for their smartphone business recovery

There has been some doom and gloom surrounding ASUS and their mobile phone business in the recent past. We were not immune to some of that pessimism with the announcement of cutbacks and fewer ZenFone models being launched. The bleak future seems rather short lived, as it appears now that ASUS executives are optimistic about their smartphone business and expect a gradual recovery into profitability. How is this quick turnaround possible? All the credit goes to the ZenFone 6 and the team that put it all together.

ASUS chairman Jonney Shih spoke with Digitimes and shared his thoughts on how their mobile phone business is progressing. Shih credits the strong demand for the ZenFone 6 and the upcoming launch of the ROG Phone 2 in helping the mobile phone business recover. Shih also noted that the company will continue to invest in smartphone development, targeting power users and gamers. This is promising news for us since we need new phones to write about!

The second-generation ROG Phone 2 is set for a third quarter release date which should bolster the mobile phone business for ASUS. It’s not clear at this point if the company has another trick up its sleeve like they did with the ZenFone 6 flip camera innovation. Nobody saw a flip camera coming so it’s best not to limit expectations when it comes to the new ROG Phone. The category of gaming phones is a new and it’s unproven to a large extent. Is there a big market for game “centric” smartphones? ASUS says yes, but time will tell.

Clearly the ZenFone 6 is the hero product that ASUS was so deperately seeking. They have the demand, but they now need to deliver the product to markets in a timely manner or risk losing much of the goodwill that consumers have expressed. It does seem like a tough crowd who want the phone in their hands or they will move on.

To facilitate the turnaround they need units available to be sold. Making matters more precarious is the reality that smaller mobile phone players like ASUS face additional challenges to quickly ramp up production. The question remains how well ASUS can meet consumer demand. While trying to catch up, communicating release dates and availability should help to reduce any growing frustration and impatience.

Not that long ago there were rumors that ZenFone brand would be no more. ASUS quickly squashed those rumors, but at the same time significant cuts to their mobile phone business took place and things were being dialed back. There was uncertainty for sure and little reason for optimism. Then the ZenFone 6 happened. If ASUS sees profound growth in their mobile phone business over the next year, they should look no further than the team who developed the ZenFone 6 for the good fortune and turnaround.

Source: [digitimes.com]

 

Full Details – India ASUS 6z (ZenFone 6)

India is an important market to ASUS and judging by the group of top executives on-hand for the ZenFone 6 (known as 6z in India due to trademark issue) launch event, this product is very important to the company. India has been price sensitive and with the praise that the 6z has received, it’s unclear how the India consumers will respond. Everyone needs to keep in mind that this isn’t a budget phone and it’s packing the Snapdragon 855 processor.

Try not to be confused about the phone’s naming. India gets the ZenFone 6 but it is called ASUS 6z. If ASUS is able to win their court dispute over the using of “Zen” in their products, we don’t know if that means a switch back or if this will forever be the 6z. Perhaps it will be branded the ZenFone 6z if they win the court case.

India ZenFone 6 (ASUS 6z) Prices:

  • 6GB/64GB – ₹31,999
  • 6GB/128GB – ₹34,999
  • 8GB/256GB – ₹39,999

Available to buy on Flipkart. You can buy starting June 26th at 12pm. If India is like every market so far, these early units will sell out! Act fast or you will end up waiting for restocking which may take substantial time. ASUS has to keep enough inventory for other launch countries first, then restocking will occur.

Currently there is only Midnight Black showing up on Flipkart. ASUS has official said that the Twilight Silver manufacturing process takes more time which is why it’s not being listed at launch in India. Most likely India will eventually get Twilight Silver but we need to confirm this.

ASUS announced during the launch event that there are a few India specific customizations available. These include:

  • Call recording – added because Android P doesn’t allow
  • Twin apps – allows user to use different accounts in apps like Facebook
  • Outdoor Mode – specific to ambient noise in India
  • Mobile manager – allows users to fully control behaviors of 3rd party apps
  • FM Radio
  • Applock via Face and Fingerprint – unlock an app with a fingerprint or face

The ZenFone 6 supports 4G VoLTE network. Both SIMs support 4G VoLTE simultaneously. The Jio SIM will work with the ASUS 6z.

[source: ASUS India]

OptiFlex promises fastest app launches ever in the ZenFone 6

ASUS has made a concerted effort to streamline and reduce the ZenUI to an almost stock Android experience. This move has been universally applauded by consumers, observers and reviewers and the ZenFone 6 has received many accolades as a result. Although a lot of bulk was removed, not everything was scrapped. OptiFlex, a resource-management engine, survived the ZenUI cuts and brings improved performance and speed to the ZenFone 6.

With this latest iteration of OptiFlex and with Android Pie’s “Adaptive Battery”, you basically get the best of both worlds. Increased speeds to your most used apps via OptiFlex and less resources to infrequently used apps thanks to Google’s Adaptive Battery. Two different AI learning-based features that should help reduce battery usage and improve performance where and when you need it most.

You may not be familiar with OptiFlex, so let’s break it down for you. You control OptiFlex from your settings menus under “AI Features”. Follow this path: Settings > Advanced > OptiFlex.

OptiFlex manages Android’s system processes more intelligently to make efficient use of memory. It keeps track of your behaviour and ensures that the most frequently used apps get the most resources. Said another way, OptiFlex keeps your frequently-used apps in memory for as long as possible to help them load faster. OptiFlex effectively distributes power to your most-used apps and over time through AI, it can predict what apps you’ll use next. ASUS also claims that OptiFlex saves power on standby.

There are many toggle on/off selections within OptiFlex that give you complete control. You can choose to speed up apps including: Chrome, Facebook, Gmail, YouTube, Google, among others. You can literally make the ZenFone 6 faster for the things you use most often. You can manually choose to speed up certain apps or you can allow OptiFlex to “Auto-select based on app usage”. Experiment and see what works best for you.

To be clear, ASUS makes a lot of claims about OptiFlex. Future reviews and comparisons will be needed to back up the claims and validate the promises made. Sometimes features can sound somewhat gimmicky but ASUS has clearly put some effort into optimizing OptiFlex in ZenUI 6. With the 6GB, 8GB or even 12GB RAM options on the ZenFone 6 you will have plenty of memory to maximize the benefits that it can bring. With most of your apps remaining in memory it makes sense that they will load more quickly. Let us know what you think of OptiFlex on your ZenFone 6 in the comments below!