A working ASUS ZenFone 6 has just surfaced online, in a number of images, and even a hands-on video. This seems to be a working prototype of the device, following several prototypes that have arrived recently, and which we’ll talk about a bit later. In any case, if you take a look at the provided images and video, you will get a really good idea as to how the phone will look like, presuming this is the design ASUS will go with. The device will be made out of metal and glass, as expected, and it will sport a rear-facing fingerprint scanner, even though it may not seem like it at first. You will need to take a look at the provided video in order to properly see the phone’s fingerprint scanner, as it is tucked away under the phone’s rear-facing cameras and an LED flash. The fingerprint scanner is actually a part of the whole camera setup on the back, so it protrudes on the back a bit, same as the phone’s cameras, it’s not flush with the device’s back side, which is quite odd, as it’s not that common when it comes to smartphones. Speaking of which, the phone will feature two vertically-aligned cameras on the back if this leak is to be believed.
The phone’s power / lock and volume up and down buttons will be placed on the right, while its SIM card tray will probably sit on the left, though we don’t really get to see the left side of the phone properly in these images or video, so we cannot say for sure, it’s possible that ASUS will implement the SIM card tray on the top as well, we’ll see. On the bottom of the phone, you will be able to see a Type-C USB port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and the phone’s speaker grills. A look at the phone from the bottom also reveals that the device will be curved a bit, and you can also see its curved here as well. Now, if we flip the phone around, you will notice something rather odd here as well, a notch that is placed in the upper right portion of the phone’s display, and that notch houses the phone’s front-facing camera. An earpiece is placed at the very top of the device, and the phone sports really thin bezels overall, though it does have a really thin ‘chin’ below the display. This notch placement is rather odd as we haven’t really seen it in a smartphone just yet, though the looks of the notch itself resembles the Essential PH-1, though that display notch is centered on the Essential PH-1. The phone’s display sports rounded corners as well, as you can see.
Background: This is not the first time we’re seeing this ASUS ZenFone 6 design, as several prototypes of the phone surfaced at the end of last month. Three different prototypes of the ZenFone 6 surfaced, the first one sported a teardrop notch, similar to the one on the OnePlus 6, the second one included a camera notch like the one today’s leak showed us, while the third one actually had a camera hole in the upper-left corner of the display. The display camera hole approach seems to be becoming more and more popular, as a number of smartphone manufacturers seem to be planning to implement it in the near future. Samsung already hinted that the Galaxy A8s may sport such a setup, while the OPPO R19 leaked with it as well, It is worth noting that both the Galaxy A8s and OPPO R19 will probably have a centered display camera hole, unlike the one we’ve seen in ASUS’ ZenFone 6 prototype. The OnePlus 7 is also expected to include a display camera hole for its front-facing camera, as the OPPO R19 will probably have it. All in all, if the OPPO R19 ends up having it, the OnePlus 7 probably will as well.
ASUS’ ZenFone 6 flagship model will quite probably have the thinnest bezels out of the bunch, and it will be fueled by the next-gen flagship processor by Qualcomm. It is still unclear what will the name of that SoC be, either the Snapdragon 8150 or Snapdragon 855, but one thing is for sure, that processor will become official before the end of the year, as we will start seeing devices ship with that SoC in the first quarter of next year. ASUS is expected to announce one of the first devices fueled by that processor, though the company probably won’t make it available for purchase soon after its announcement, but we’ll see. The ZenFone 6 flagship will include at least 6GB of RAM, though an 8GB RAM variant is also a possibility, while it will almost certainly ship with Android 9 Pie, and ASUS custom UI on top of it. A larger display, and a larger battery are also expected, but considering that the phone’s specs did not leak out just yet, we don’t have any specific details when it comes to that, we’re only guessing here.
Impact: ASUS had introduced a number of ZenFone 5 models this year, including the ZenFone 5, Zenfone 5 Lite, and the ZenFone 5z, so the company will probably do the same with the ZenFone 6 as well. The question remains, though, will those ZenFone 6 models sport different designs, or will ASUS stick to one. As already mentioned, we’ve seen three prototypes of the ZenFone 6 leak recently, and it is even possible that ASUS aims to utilize all those prototypes in 2019, who knows, though it’s hard to expect that all three will be used for the ZenFone 6 lineup of devices. In any case, ASUS is expected to release the first ZenFone 6 models during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, which will take place in February next year, so we can expect to see many more ZenFone 6-related rumors and leaks in the next couple of months. The company will probably introduce two or three ZenFone 6 models at the MWC next year, though we’re only guessing based on past experiences when it comes to ASUS' flagship smartphones, and their launch events.