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

[Update: September 14, ASUS US online store has the ZenFone 6 Edition 30 in-stock for $899 USD. A little excessive in our opinion. Literally any day now for US and Canada to finally get units in-stock. Monday is likely, but we will be updating the moment there is movement. You can pre-order now, see links below and hopefully it will ship out with this upcoming shipment.]

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 (mid-September is expected shipping date at this point) 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:

  • 8GB RAM / 256GB storage ($599.00)
  • 6GB/64GB ($499.99)
  • 6GB/128GB ($549.99) Storage
  • Midnight Black or Twilight Silver

Shipping Dates For B&H:

  • mid-September

Pre Order / Buy Now Links:

US / Canada / International – Buy now, but listed as back-ordered:: 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 – mid-September
  • Twilight Silver – TBD

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 September 16: Australia is showing some units at Amazon.com.au here, albeit 3rd party sellers who are selling international versions of the ZenFone 6 for $1,099. We are starting to see some 6GB/64GB $499 units shipping in the US for those who got in their pre-orders! Well, those 4 units for Canada at Amazon.ca sold out in a matter of hours. We have an update to when you might see the true North America variant of the ZenFone 6 available from Canadian retailers. Check out details here. $899 USD for the ZenFone 6 Edition 30 available now in the ASUS US online store. (thanks Borneol and Will!) Some cheaper options from eBay have showed up so check the updated links below. Some ASUS online stores in Europe are finally showing 8GB/256GB units in stock!! Mid-September was the expected arrival of more ZenFone 6 units in multiple markets. Starting Monday, start checking local retailers or the ASUS online stores. Various Europe ASUS online stores you can buy the limited edition ZenFone 6 Edition 30 which is priced at 799,00 €. ASUS UK online store is now sold out and we await news on upcoming availability but we have a link for UK below from Amazon that may be of interest. Full details here for US/Canada (international shipping). 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? So far in September there has been no appreciable bump in availability or pre-orders opening up in more markets. The waiting game continues unfortunately.

If we haven’t mentioned your country in these updates, it’s because a lack of stock means a very selective launch schedule. If you live in Asia, it seems that unlike years past, your region is not prioritized with this ZenFone launch. You will get an opportunity, but it’s coming after other markets unfortunately.

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 > $599 USD – 6GB – 64GB – Black or Silver – Global Shipping – GearBest.com – Click Here

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

Link #2 > $626 – 6GB RAM – 128GB Storage – Silver or Black – eBay – Free shipping

Link #3 > $639 – 8GB RAM – 256GB Storage – Black or Silver – eBay – Free expedited shipping

  • Cellular Band (3G): WCDMA B1 / B2 / B3 / B4 / B5 / B6 / B8 / B19
  • Cellular Band (LTE): LTE B1~B5/B7/B8/B18/B19/B26/B28/B38/B39/B41/B66

Pre Order & Buy Now Links:

New! UK (Amazon.co.uk): £606 – 6GB/128GB – Midnight Black – 3rd Party Seller – Click Here

Germany (Amazon.de):  559,00 € – 6GB/128GB – Twilight Silver – 3rd Party Seller – Click Here

France (Amazon.fr): 559,00 € – 6GB/128GB – Twilight Silver – 3rd Party Seller – Click Here

Italy (Amazon.it): 644,37 € – 6GB/128GB – Midnight Black – Order Now Ships Soon – Click Here

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 MID-SEPTEMBER: Some store have ZenFone 6 Edition 30 IN STOCK! Twilight Silver 6GB/128GB in stock! Finally 8GB/256GB are in-stock! Also Midnight Black available in different configurations including 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
    • $799 CAD
    • 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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ZenFone 6 User Group – Share Advice, Tips, Troubles with other owners

We are grateful to have a strong group of visitors to our website who are keen on the ZenFone 6. In years past, we’ve covered ASUS tablets and had some excellent user group articles that were very helpful to the community.

Given the wide ranging success of the ZenFone 6, this seems like the perfect time to try the same with the ZenFone 6. We didn’t consider this up until now because in all honesty, most of the other generations of ZenFone models didn’t sell well enough to generation much of a user group community.

Can we make this work together? A lot of you are starting to receive your orders and will be looking for advice or tips when it comes to your new device. Whether that’s accessories, best settings, troubleshooting, we hope that you can make use of the comment section here and create some Q&A’s or general tips that you think people should know about.

I’ll offer one. This is not so much exclusive to the ZenFone 6, but it’s a tip for using Google’s Gboard. Some of you know about this, but for those of you who don’t? You’re going to love it and use this feature every day.

The Gboard spacebar is like a trackpad. In other words, when you need to move the cursor around, you simply use the spacebar to move the cursor. No need to try and be precise with the finger in hopes of inserting a letter that you might have left out of a word. You can edit your text messages in a snap!

So who’s first? Go ahead and start in the comment section and let’s see what the community can build. I’m hoping that people who received their ZenFone 6 will still consider coming back to the site, but that’s not a sure thing. Have a question? Post it below and see who will answer it!

ZenFone 6 Canada Price Revealed – We have all the details! [Updated]

[Updated September 15, 2019: Breaking news here. First time in Canada to buy a ZenFone 6. Be fast, there are only 3 left! Click here to see Amazon.ca listing for $799 (free shipping) 6GB with 128GB Storage in Black or Silver. Third-party seller and fulfilled by Amazon.ca so you can have a bit of confidence on this opportunity. It’s a B version, which has the following 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)

We haven’t been able to find a solid source as to when actual North American variants of the ZenFone 6 will be showing. Mid September and it’s surprising (and frustrating) to see this situation. We are trying to find you answers so please hang in there and stay with us!

[Updated August 29, 2019: We have some breaking news here. Two configurations will be coming to Canada. The 6GB/64GB is $799 and the 6GB/128GB is $899 in either Midnight Black or Twilight Silver. Sources indicate that pre-orders are going up any day now. In addition, it’s possible that there could be a $50 discount at launch. One of our readers has advised that ordering out of the US can actually be a cheaper option if these prices stick as the release prices in Canada.]

We have found the daily ritual of tracking the ZenFone 6 to be tiring in recent days. That is especially true as of late. Now that we’ve hit late August, the days are starting to pile up since the announcement and initial European availability. Hang on though, what’s happening now? It seems that “when it rains it pours” is playing out as suddenly the ZenFone 6 has showed up in two more markets in as many days. Yesterday it was UK, now today it’s Canada’s turn. Well, it’s almost Canada’s turn.

Initial Launch Details:

ZenFone 6 Price in Canada: $799.99 CAD and $899.99 CAD

ZenFone 6 Canada Network Bands:

Price Comparables:

  • OnePlus 7 Pro (128GB Storage): $899.00 CAD
  • Pixel 3 (On Sale): $599 CAD
  • Pixel 3 XL (On Sale): $729 CAD
  • iPhone 8 Plus: $949 CAD
  • Samsung A50 (On Sale): $399 CAD

Model Available in Canada: 6GB RAM / 64GB Storage of 6GB / 128GB

Color: Black or Silver

Release Date: Any Day Now

We expect availability any day now. A placeholder product page is good enough for us to call this. With the limited retailers in the US, we don’t expect Canada to see many more retailers initially. Limit stock levels means a different launch strategy. We say this because typically there will be more retailers leaking information just prior to availability but this time around, we’re only

If ASUS employs the same strategy with the 6 as they did with the 5z, then there will be the one configuration in two different colors. We only see Midnight Black listed so far and it would be a miracle to see Twilight Silver as available any time soon. If there are more configurations brought to Canada it’s likely very much dependent on initial demand. With price cuts to some more well-known mobile phones, it may affect the ZenFone 6 sales in Canada.

Don’t worry. When the opportunity comes for pre-orders in Canada, we will let you know! With UK and Canada moving forward this is proof that other markets are not far off. Hang in there if you’re still holding out in your market for the ZenFone 6.

 

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]