The ASUS ZenFone 6 prototypes have just appeared online. Several different prototypes of the ZenFone 6 appeared, and you can check them all out in the gallery down below. As you can see, the very first prototypes have a ‘teardrop’ notch that got included on the OPPO R17, amongst others, and will also be a part of the upcoming OnePlus 6T. That prototype of the device also has a ‘chin’ below the display, but its bezels are quite thin overall. The device also has three vertically-aligned cameras on the back, an LED flash below them, and a rear-facing fingerprint scanner, while ASUS’ logo is also included on the back. The device is made out of metal and glass, and its back is slightly curved on the sides. The second prototype of the phone that appeared is far more interesting in terms of the design, as not a single smartphone like that got announced yet. As you can see, there is a prototype down there which has a camera cutout in the upper right corner of the phone’s display, though not exactly in the corner itself. This is basically a display notch, but a rather interesting-looking one that not many people would have a problem with, though it may trigger some people as it’s not centered, of course. Display ‘chin’ is a part of this design as well, and it seemed like two cameras are envisioned for this design, along with a rear-facing fingerprint scanner. You can also check out two different sizes of that phone.
The third, and last design that is pictured in the gallery down below shows off a device which has a camera hole in the display. This camera hole first surfaced with the OPPO R19 recently, and then it got teased for the upcoming Galaxy A8s. It seems like this design will actually see the light of day in the near future, and it basically removes a display notch, and replaces it with a straight-up camera hole in the display, a camera hole that is not connected to the edges in any way. Some people may actually prefer a small notch over this, as it’s an eyesore just like a display notch, and may even look worse to some people, but that’s a matter of preference. This prototype also comes with two vertically-aligned cameras on the back, and it also sports a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom. Its back cover is probably made out of glass, but we cannot say for sure, as it is white-colored, so it’s possible that it’s some other material as well, but one thing is for sure, its frame is made out of metal, as is the frame on every other prototype that we’ve talked about today.
Background: ASUS had introduced several ZenFone 5 smartphones this year, and if the company plans to keep to its release cycle, the ZenFone 6 smartphones will not start arriving until early 2019, the very first will probably become official during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next year, or at least in that timeframe. The ZenFone 6, based on these prototype leaks, may actually trim down bezels even further compared to its predecessor, but this is the first time that we’re actually seeing the ZenFone 6 appear, so who knows how accurate are these leaks.
Impact: Chances are that ASUS will choose one of the provided images for the ZenFone 6 design, though as already mentioned, it’s still unclear which one. It is even possible that the company will try its luck with several of these designs, as the company is expected to release several ZenFone 6 models next year. The in-display camera hole design seems to be growing in popularity, at least based on leaks, so we’ll probably see a number of devices with that design next year, including the OPPO R19, Galaxy A8s, one of ASUS’ smartphones, and probably even the OnePlus 7.