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

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?

First, here is the pricing breakdown for Europe, US, and UK:

  • 6GB RAM / 64GB ROM
    • 499 EUR
    • $499 USD
  • 6GB RAM / 128GB ROM
    • 559 EUR
    • $549 USD
    • £499.99
  • 8GB RAM / 256GB ROM
    • 599 EUR
    • £599.99

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 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, Koodoand cellular network providers utilizing GSM network.” Here are a couple charts to sort out the US and Canada compatibility:

US:

Canada:

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Model Numbers (Europe):

  • 6GB / 128GB – Black : 90AI01W1-M00030
  • 6GB / 128GB – Silver : 90AI01W2-M00040
  • 8GB / 256GB – Black : 90AI01W1-M00060
  • 8GB / 256GB – Silver : 90AI01W2-M00070
  • 6GB / 64GB – Black : 90AI01W1-M00350
  • 6GB / 64GB – Silver : 90AI01W2-M00360

Other European Countries Including UK:

  • 6GB / 64GB – Black : ZS630KL-2A031EU
  • 6GB / 64GB – Silver : ZS630KL-2J032EU
  • 6GB / 128GB – Black : ZS630KL-2A002EU
  • 6GB / 128GB – Silver : ZS630KL-2J003EU
  • 8GB / 256GB – Black : ZS630KL-2A005EU
  • 8GB / 256GB – Silver : ZS630KL-2J006EU

Model Numbers (US / Canada):

  • ZS630KL-S855-6G64G-BK
  • ZS630KL-S855-6G64G-SL
  • ZS630KL-S855-6G128G-BK
  • ZS630KL-S855-6G128G-SL

At the unveiling event, when it came to the price announcement? Crickets. Yep, it’s true. The reality is ASUS no longer feels the need to join that race to the bottom. They did say the strategy moving forward was towards “power users” and with that quest comes a fully packed ZenFone 6.

It’s too soon to say pricing in USD or CAD. The straight conversions are NOT ACCURATE so don’t believe a lot of estimations that people will be throwing around. During the unveiling event, ASUS stated something along the lines of “at least we didn’t increase the price”. That indicates the ZenFone 6 should fall in line with the previous ZenFone 5Z pricing.

A curious point that we’ve noticed is that Europe is first up whereas ASUS has always been about Asia first when it comes to ZenFone launches. Imagine the miracle if North America was getting some pre order opportunities before September, October or November! The paltry release dates for North America have to end. Starting now!

Check out our dedicated ZenFone 6 page where we break down the specs, images along with Q&A.

ZenFone 6 (2019) Benchmark Score Results and Comparisons

Given that the ZenFone 6 comes packed with most of the latest and greatest hardware available for mobile phones, expect some top-end results. If anything, the ZenFone 6 benchmarks will show top results on a phone that costs less than the other flagships on the market today.

Note: The numbers in bold/italics below are the benchmark scores for the ZenFone 6.

Geekbench 4.1 Multi-Core:

  • 10800 (using ZenUI power boost)
  • 10721 (normal mode)
  • 11181 Xiaomi Mi 9
  • 10943 OnePlus 7 Pro
  • 10081 Galaxy S10e
  • 10114 Huawei P31 (performance mode)
  • 9789 Huawei P30
  • 5176 Google Pixel 3a

Geekbench 4.1 Single-Core:

  • 3505
  • 3503 Xiaomi Mi 9
  • 4518 Galaxy S10e
  • 3402 OnePlus 7 Pro
  • 3351 Huawei P30
  • 1615 Google Pixel 3a XL

AnTuTu 7:

  • 377024 (using ZenUI power boost mode)
  • 361679 (using normal mode)
  • 372006 Xiaomi Mi 9
  • 364025 OnePlus 7 Pro
  • 325192 Galaxy S10e
  • 314595 Huawei P30 (performance mode)
  • 287960 Huawei P30 (normal mode)
  • 159110 Google Pixel 3a XL

Basemark X:

  • 45291 (using ZenUI power boost mode)
  • 45074 (nusing normal mode)
  • 45413 OnePlus 7 Pro
  • 45089 Xiaomi Mi 9
  • 44948 Huawei P30 (performance mode)
  • 43428 Huawei P30 (normal mode)

GFX 3.1 (4 different benchmark tests):

  • 71/57/42/36
  • 70/56/42/35 Xiaomi Mi 9
  • 68/33/41/19 OnePlus 7 Pro
  • 67/57/42/40 Galaxy S10e
  • 20/19/11/11 Google Pixel 3a XL

3DMark SSE 3.1 Unlimited:

  • 6282 (using ZenUI performance mode)
  • 6263 (using normal mode)
  • 6093 OnePlus 7 Pro
  • 5816 Xiaomi Mi 9
  • 4545 Galaxy S10e
  • 4329 Huawei P90 (using performance mode)

What do these ZenFone 6 benchmark scores tell us?

Consider the price of the competing phones. The ZenFone 6 holds its own against the big hitters from the larger name brands in the mobile phone space. Notable to us is the ZenFone 6 domination over the Google Pixel 3a XL which should be on the mind of consumers shopping in that $499 price range. Yes the Pixel 3a XL is marginally cheaper but the benchmark scores tell you just how much performance you lose out on. Even though the OnePlus 7 Pro beat the ZenFone 6 marginally in some benchmark scores, the price difference between the two phones is more substantial. In terms of sheer speed or processing power, it’s hard to justify spending more on the OnePlus 7 Pro just to eek out minimal speed benefits. Xiaomi Mi 9 does score some solid benchmark scores, similar to that of the ZenFone 6 (ZS630KL).

There is also another conclusion that can be found here by analyzing the data. The ZenUI performance mode really works! So if you buy a ZenFone 6 (details here) then you really should make use of the “performance mode” when gaming.

Why the ZenFone 6 is the best ZenFone ever

Can we go out on a limb for a moment? Calling something the best can always be debated but that’s part of the fun right?

With the launch of the ZenFone 6, we are now declaring this the best ZenFone ever.

It’s hard to think of ASUS being able to top that original ZenFone Zoom. How about the pristine look of the ZenFone 3 Deluxe? There have been some diamonds in all those ZenFone releases over the years to be sure. And some outright fails of course.

We’ve always considered ASUS to be risk takers and with their lack of inspiration in previous ZenFone generations, our faith started to waiver. ASUS has been following trends which put them as just another smartphone maker bringing the same experience as the top players in the market. The ASUS brand wasn’t enough, and there wasn’t a uniqueness that could help them rise above the crowd.

So then we have the ZenFone 6 with its flip camera. Maybe it’s been done before, but has it been done in this way before? ASUS has essentially wielded the notch killer! In one fell swoop, ASUS has seemingly turned the smartphone designs today on their ear.

I admit, and perhaps you can as well, that after seeing the ZenFone 6 flip camera in action, you had a moment of enlightenment. Perhaps you thought like me and truly realized just how dumb notches are especially when there is a solution. I’m sure most of us know that notches are dumb but I believe ASUS just put an exclamation point on it. There is in fact a better way!

Why is this the best ZenFone ever? It’s because ASUS is bringing some meaningful innovation to the market. Perhaps not an original concept, but certainly they brought it out into the mainstream and people have taken notice.

The battery of 5,000mAh is also part of our criteria. ASUS put a 5,000mAh battery way back in the ZenFone 3 Zoom and ultimately it should be a standard for any smartphone that calls itself a flagship. Ask yourself this. Who wouldn’t want 5,000mAh over 4,000mAh?

The ZenFone 6 is the best ZenFone ever because it’s different than the rest. ASUS has essentially thrown caution to the wind here and done something different. The reward of course would be impressive sales but that’s a very hard nut to crack. We think ASUS is back on course though where they choose to innovate and take risks.

 

 

Has ASUS learned anything from past ZenFone failures?

Excited? We are! The new ZenFone 6 unveil is about to happen! Plenty of leaks out there and most of the details are known. As followers of the ZenFone series for years, we have one big question when it comes to the ZenFone 6. Has ASUS learned from past mistakes? We have been scratching our head over one thing ASUS seems to do on a consistent basis and it’s costing them sales.

The biggie for us is release date. Meaning, how long after the launch event will there be pre-orders available and when does the ZenFone 6 get into the hands of the people?

Each year a new ZenFone is launched, it’s a slow and monotonous road to the actual date you can buy or pre order. ASUS just can’t seem to hold off unveiling products far, far in advance of them being available to buy and this isn’t just a problem with the ZenFone product line. However for the phone market it plays a more important and significant role.

Unveils that don’t match the date of availability wastes all the hype that was generated for the unveil event. Especially in the ultra-competitive mobile phone business the time passes quickly, specs grow old, people forget, other products hit the market and then the ZenFone hits store shelves.

The failures of the ZenFone are well documented and even stated by the company themselves. But since they are staying in this game, they must realize that the big companies unveils with pre orders starting right away. Those companies put the phone in people’s hands within week, not months.

Obviously release dates stagger across regions and ASUS is prioritizing Taiwan and Asian markets. But the ASUS brand is strong in the US and Canada (thanks in large part to ROG) yet North America is far down on the list of priorities. If the Zenfone 6 gets unveiled in May and doesn’t get released until the fall in some regions, then we are going to be disappointed  for sure.

We say get the ZenFone 6 in the hands of the influencers out there who largely reside in North America. With the inevitable coverage of the launch, have pre orders ready to go! Change things up and maybe it works.

Yes we’re excited to see a new ZenFone from ASUS. Yes we hope they find some success. We just hope that ASUS for once can ramp up some sales immediately after the big unveil. It would show us that they see some past failings and are looking for ways to improve.

ASUS confirms more phone releases than first thought

No question this has been a tumultuous time for ASUS and their handset business. Huge financial loses leading to massive cuts to their phone business made clear to everyone the struggles in this ultra competitive space. During the initial coverage of these changes at ASUS, it was said that there would only be a couple phone releases per year. That would mean an ROG Phone release and one ZenFone release. We’ve now learned from ASUS that this isn’t exactly the case.

At the recent ASUS investors conference, executives confirmed that there will be more than two phone releases per year. This is because of an arrangement with Qualcomm in Brazil. Recent news revealed the launch of “Max Shot” and “Max Plus (M2)” which are products of this Qualcomm relationship. These two phones are a showcase or sorts for some new technology that Qualcomm is developing.

So in 2019, expect to see ROG Phone 2, ZenFone 6, ZenFone Max Shot and ZenFone Plus (M2) in most markets. It’s entirely possible that ASUS wanted to stick with just two phone releases but prior agreements and arrangements (Qualcomm) were in place and not able to be resolved. A deal is a deal they say in business circles.

ZenFone Android Updates 2019 – Everything you need to know.

We can appreciate that Android updates are important to ZenFone owners. If you are upset with the news we are about to share, consider that Android updates are slow no matter what manufacturer or company you’re dealing with. These things take time and even with Google’s attempts at making the process less painful for companies, it seems that updating Android is tricky. Ask yourself whether a stable, bug free OS is better than a buggy updated Android OS.

ASUS has officially confirmed that Android 9.0 Pie is coming to the following ZenFone models. Note that some models will get the update by April 15, 2019 according to ASUS.

  • Zenfone 4 Max
  • Zenfone 4 Selfie
  • Zenfone 4 Max
  • Zenfone Live
  • Zenfone 4 Max
  • Zenfone Max Plus (M1)
  • Zenfone 5Q
  • Zenfone Live (L1)
  • Zenfone Max Pro (M1) – by April 15, 2019
  • Zenfone Max (M1)
  • Zenfone 5
  • Zenfone 5Z
  • Asus ROG Phone
  • Zenfone Max Pro (M2) – by April 15, 2019
  • Zenfone Max (M2) – by April 15, 2019

With price drops expected for older stock ZenFone models, this list should provide some useful guidance. Note that the ZenFone 4 Pro and ZenFone AR are not included in this list. It’s still unclear when ASUS will be shifting resources out of the mobile phone division because certainly that will have an impact on updates if a majority of personnel involved with software are shifted to other divisions of ASUS.

We will update this list as we move through 2019.