US Pre Order Starts Now For ZenFone 6 – Full Details!

[Update: Now is your chance to get an 8GB/256GB Midnight Black model. Ships August 23rd. See updated links below!]

Not from the US? Check our B&H link below because they ship internationally via DHL. The only countries they do not ship to includes: Iran, Sudan, Cuba, Syria, North Korea and Uganda. Also, if you’re not from the US, please check out our daily updated global ZenFone 6 pre-order tracker information here.

The wait is over for anyone in the US (and Canada) hoping to buy a ZenFone 6. Pre-orders are starting for at least one retailer and ASUS US online store. We have the details and links here! Canada gets free shipping but check before buying as sometimes the free shipping offer comes and goes.

Choices:

  • Note that these configurations sell out quickly and in any given day,  one of these configurations could go from in-stock to pre-order to completely unavailable—all in the same day! The point being, check often because the availability is sporadic.
  • 8GB RAM / 256GB storage ($599.00)
  • 6GB/64GB ($499.99) or 6GB/128GB ($549.99) Storage
  • Midnight Black or Twilight Silver

Shipping Dates For B&H:

  • 6GB/128GB (Midnight Black) – August 26 (Thanks Arjun!)

Pre Order / Buy Now Links:

US Only – Ships August 23: $599 – Midnight Black – 8GB/256GB – US Warranty – Free Shipping – 3rd Party Amazon.com

US / Canada / International – Buy now, ships soon: 8GB/256GB ($599) – B&H – Free Shipping to US and Canada – Click Here

Pre Order – Black – 6GB/64GB ($499) or 6GB/128GB ($549) – B&H – Click Here

Plan on buying from B&H? You can save the equivalent to the sales tax you pay on every purchase shipped to eligible states with the B&H Payboo Card. Get approved and you can use the card right away and save. Check out the B&H Payboo Card info page and FAQ here.

Shipping Dates:

  • Midnight Black – ships August 13th
  • Twilight Silver – ships August 20th

What about Newegg, Best Buy and other retailers? Great question! We will update with those details as they become available. Likely the minimal retail options is attributable to the lack of units.

ZenFone 6 Accessories (Case, Screen Protector)

ASUS is selling the phone but not the official case. At this point, there are few reliable options. In the meantime you can use the included case, but we strongly recommend getting a protective case rather than the include shell case. Our experience with the included ZenFone cases has not been positive in the past. We are in the midst of getting some links to some recommended ZenFone 6 accessories. Hopefully by days end August 9.

ZenFone 6 Shopping Advice:

Tip #1: Don’t wait. Regardless of what the shipping date is, pre order now so you don’t wait even longer. The shipping date most times is wrong. Usually units ship sooner than first suggested during ASUS pre order phases. There will be a limited number of units available and Twilight Silver will be in short supply. In other markets we’ve seen sell outs in a matter of minutes. It’s hard to predict how many units ASUS had dedicated to the US/Canada market so we suggest moving as quickly as possible.

Tip #2: If you’re from Canada, the links above are for you too. B&H offers free shipping to Canada for orders over $100. Canada has the same ZenFone 6 model with the same network bands, so there is no difference if you buy in the US and bring into Canada.

Tip #3: Please take our advice and do not rely on the included ZenFone 6 case. We have a couple of articles about what you should do before getting your hands on your new ZenFone 6. These are cautionary tales that comes from our own experience with previous ZenFone models.

 

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

Update August 21: Canada and UK are waiting for availability news. Unconfirmed reports are suggesting Sept 1st is when pre-ordered UK units will ship. We investigate that information currently. Europe is still not seeing any 8GB/256GB variants and there has been no news regarding when those units will show up. ASUS US Online store is totally sold out and no pre-order opportunities currently. Full details here for US/Canada (international shipping) news. 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. Certainly there haven’t been a lot of new release dates and inventory hitting store shelves that we can see. Issue fixed, but when will that show results in stores?

If we haven’t mentioned your country in these updates, it’s because a lack of stock means a very selective launch schedule.

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 > US Only – Ships August 23: $599 – Midnight Black – 8GB/256GB – US Warranty – Free Shipping – 3rd Party Amazon.com

Link #2 > 3 Available: $605 – Midnight Black – 6GB/128GB – Free Global Shipping

Link #3 > 5 Available: $549 – Midnight Black – 6GB/64GB – Free Global Shipping

  • TDD / TD-LTE TD-LTE Bands 38 / 40 / 41
  • 4G+ FDD-LTE Band 1 / 2 / 3 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 20 / 28

Link #4 > Limited Edition: $1,281 – ZenFone 3 Edition 30 – 12GB RAM / 512GB Storage- Shops Worldwide – Click Here

ZenFone 6 In-Stock Listings: Newest ZenFone 6 Listings – eBay – International Shipping – Click Here

Most, but not all in-stock units shipping from Asia have the following bands:

  • 2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
  • 3G bands HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1800 / 1900 / 2100
  • 4G bands LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 18(800), 19(800), 26(850), 28(700), 38(2600), 39(1900), 41(2500), 46

Be sure to check with each individual sellers listing for the network bands. The in-stock ZenFone 6 units are almost always shipping from Taiwan.

Pre Order Links:


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

 

ASUS Online Stores: UPDATE AUGUST 19: Twilight Silver in stock! Also some Midnight Black available in different configurations. Configurations include 6GB/64GB and 6GB/128GB. If sold out, keep your eyes open. Stock seems to show up suddenly, without warning and then sells out fast. We try to keep up as best we can!

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
    • 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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August ZenFone 6 Firmware Update adds 18 new options for smart key

Deep breath for ZenFone 6 owners. ASUS has just started to roll out a new firmware/software update. This continues the trend where ASUS is releasing firmware updates on a monthly basis. If you’ve wanted some more usability for the smart key, this update is going to make you very happy.

People have mentioned the desire for more options with the Smart Key. Opening apps was something people had mentioned and with this firmware update, ASUS bring the usability closer to what people were hoping for. Here is a list of the 18 added options for the Smart Key:

  • Toggle Hotspot
  • Toggle Bluetooth
  • Phone
    • Make a call
    • Show my QR code
  • Calculator
    • Open calculator
    • Open currency converter
    • Open unit converter
  • Clock
    • Open Stopwatch
    • Open Timer
    • Set an alarm
  • File Manager
    • Open Recent files
  • Gallery
    • Open photo album
  • Camera
    • Open camera
    • Take picture
    • Record video

Individual apps still cannot be launched using the Smart Key but perhaps ASUS is still working on making this happen.

Here is a list of other updates, fixes and tweaks:

  1. Video call tuning parameters updated.
  2. Updated audio parameter & quality Improved.
  3. General system & app stability improved.
  4. Optimized Translation Strings
  5. 2019 Jul. & Aug. security patch level updated
  6. GMS_9_0_201906_r1 updated
  7. Preload new Rajiko & HybridRadio APK for JP
  8. Preload new Netflix APK for BR

There have been some complaints about the earpiece volume in noisy environments. ASUS has been continuing to work on this issue and in this latest update, there is an option to optimize the call volume. It should be interesting to see the feedback in the ZenTalk forums about this update and whether it is able to resolve the complaints that have been posted.

There is some good news in there also for South American fans of the ZenFone 6. It would appear that your release date is nearly rather quickly as ASUS put in a specific Brazil Netflix APK. There can only be one reason for that!

Version: 16.1220.1908.189 / ZenFone 6 ZS630KL_ WW_16.1220.1908.189

Model: ZenFone 6 (ZS630KL)

Release Date: 2019/08/21

Connect your phone to WiFi and the update notification should come through. Otherwise you can initiate the update through system settings.

[source: ASUS ZenTalk]

Is your ZenFone 6 camera loose or floppy? Here is the simple fix!

How to easily fix a loose or wobbly ZenFone 6 camera module

With the level of innovation on the ZenFone 6 flip camera, there have been some initial concerns from people about its durability. The flip camera module is unlike anything on the market so people are somewhat hysterical when there is something amiss. ASUS put a lot of time into development to ensure quality. So if you’re finding it loose or floppy don’t freak out.

If your ZenFone 6 camera seems loose or floppy it’s a super simple fix. You need to adjust the calibration.

It’s just a menu setting that you need to use:

Swipe down menu > long press retract camera button > select calibrate camera angle

We’re heard this solution from a Reddit user who says this simple setting fixed their camera wobble.

It’s normal to think worst case scenario when something wobbles or is loose on a smartphone. It’s rather unnatural. That said, put the panic aside and realize a fix is only a setting away. Our hope is that this quick fix is more widely known so that people don’t need to panic and post concerns on the internet about the camera module breaking or being faulty.

We would love to have screenshots but hopefully those can be added in the near future. Let us know in the comments if this fix helped you and if you knew this camera calibration setting existed.

[source: Reddit]

First chance to buy ZenFone 6 Edition 30 with 12GB RAM and 512GB Storage

It seems like ages ago when ASUS unveiled a limited edition ZenFone 6 Edition 30 at Computex in June. Since that time people have been asking about prices and availability. Well if this particular model interests you, we have great news for you. One is available to buy!

Link: $1,281 – ZenFone 3 Edition 30 – 12GB RAM / 512GB Storage- Shops Worldwide – Click Here

From what we’ve seen, this is the first ever opportunity to buy this model of ZenFone 6. It is being sold out of Taipei, Taiwan and we’re not sure if was just released in that market. It seems to us that this is a very special opportunity to buy one and ASUS hasn’t really disclosed which markets will even get this model in stock.

In case you’re wondering, no, we didn’t make a typo. There is 12GB of RAM onboard if you can believe it. The 512GB of storage will most certainly come in handy as well. Regarding the extended warranty we do not know how that will transfer to other regions. Given this is a limited edition you would hope ASUS provides special treatment to go along with this “special” edition. Just be aware that ASUS can be a challenge to deal with when it comes to warranty claims. This model has a special VIP 30-month warranty but the terms of that warranty we do not know at this point. Design wise the ZenFone 6 Edition 30 comes with a special 30-year anniversary logo and the iconic “concentric-circle” design on the rear.

The listing says it has the following network bands:

2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G bands WCDMA (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 19)
4G bands LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 26(850), 28(700), 38(2600), 39(1900), 41(2500), 46

Shipping Exclusions: India, Russian Federation, Sri Lanka, Netherlands, Indonesia, Taiwan