ASUS releases new color “matte black” ZenFone 6 version

Sure you still might be waiting for the original two versions (colors) of ZenFone 6 to make an appearance at retail stores in your country but that isn’t stopping ASUS from moving forward. Today ASUS released a video that showcases a new ZenFone 6 color, “matte black”.

We can’t say what markets are going to have access to this “matte black” colored ZenFone 6, but maybe this means there is hope for other markets. A new color must mean production is ramping up. Right? Of course we’re just having fun with this. Certainly a new color doesn’t mean very much in terms of when and where the ZenFone 6 will launch next.

This “matte black” color features the world famous ASUS concentric circle design. You know, that spiral looking design? It’s essentially the ZenFone 6 Edition 30 rear design/color and the only thing missing is that 30-year anniversary logo/icon. So this is “new” but it’s already been seen before. It’s going to be in the typical price range for the 6GB/64GB, 6GB/128GB, and 8GB/256GB models and you won’t have to splurge for the special edition ZenFone 6 to get this new design/color.

It’s funny when ASUS posts anything on their social media or YouTube channel relating to the ZenFone 6. You find out very quickly from the comments which countries are waiting for news of a release in their country. And of course those comments/questions go unanswered and the vicious circle seemingly has no end.

Here is the new marketing video from ASUS:

No mention of availability so far. Most likely Europe first, seeing as the European market has been swimming in ZenFone 6 inventory consistently from the release date before the summer. We will keep track and report and retail opportunities for this concentric circle, matte black version of the ZenFone 6.


Possible ZenFone 7 accessories spotted online

Just as we mentioned the ZenFone 7 discussion showing up online, we now have some information on what looks like some official ZenFone 7 accessories. Maybe it’s not too soon to start discussing the ZenFone 7 after all.

The regulatory website Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) has posted some new ASUS products that are officially named “ASUS wireless charger”. There are three different colors and these listings have been added within the past month.

The model numbers are “W1G-AWPM” and list the potential power level of “15 watts” with the Qi standard. There are three different colors listed—blue, pink and white. The blue and pink are a light pastel type color that is more of a tint rather than deeply colored.

Obviously ASUS has these wireless charge pads for a reason and currently no products would make use of them. That is why logic says these would be for the next generation of ZenFone and possibly ROG phones. If ASUS is going to bring new features to the ZenFone 7 then wireless charging would be necessary as it’s industry wide at this point and largely expected to be part of any flagship device.

An accessory that appears this neutral could also be used for other devices and wouldn’t be specific to ASUS phones only. In that sense, calling this a ZenFone 7 specific accessory is a bit of a stretch. However it’s unlikely that ASUS would bother with releasing an accessory that wouldn’t be used on one of their future devices.

It’s going to be interesting to see what the ZenFone 7 launch schedule will be like given the lengthy delays for the ZenFone 6 roll out. It would be surprising to see any type of leaks in 2019 and the end of May is the typical target for ASUS and their ZenFone launch dates. They like to have a mid-year update but those may not be part of their new mobile phone strategy as they want to reduce their products and focus on one model a year.

[source: WPC]



Reddit folks already talking ZenFone 7. Is it too early for that?

What the heck? It’s late October and countries still are waiting on either an official ZenFone 6 launch or new inventory. Clearly the ZenFone 6 is still in demand regardless of how confusing the launch schedule has been. Given that fact, should people even start talking ZenFone 7 now? It seems that Reddit users are quick to start talking about the next big thing—ZenFone 7.

It has been quite the journey with the ZenFone 6. Out of the gates it looked extremely promising for ASUS and their newly streamlined mobile phone division of the company. They were downsizing but at the same time they came up with their most popular and most touted ZenFone ever.

There has been a veil of secrecy surrounding release dates and inventory but it still hasn’t turned the demand away. Sure some people have moved on to other devices, but many still wait. It may be bizarre to think the ZenFone 7 is closing in, but it really is.

We aren’t inclined to say much about a ZenFone 7 release because it’s nothing but speculation. It’s fun to talk about what we want to see in the next device of course and we put together a ZenFone 7 page for just that purpose.

ASUS learned a lot with the ZenFone 6 experience. How to deal with pent up demand and supply shortages should make the ZenFone 7 launch much better. The real question when it comes to the ZenFone 7 is whether ASUS will make the flip camera their mainstay feature. Will it continue on to the next generation of phones. We certainly hope so as it’s a difference maker and with manufacturing issues dealt with, the ZenFone 7 could really benefit not only in price, but manufacturing efficiency.

As for the Reddit community and the ZenFone 7, it shows you that people want to know about the next big thing. We will eventually shift our focus to what’s next, but for now we will continue to track ZenFone 6 inventory, release dates and prices. It’s the phone available to buy and hopefully we can be of better service to you with providing current information vs. sheer speculation on a future ZenFone.

[source: Reddit]