r33fd, 28 May 2019This phone was so close to perfection yet so far away at the same time. The technological d... moreyeah,the poco had a better panel...that is why my brother's poco has a yellow stain in the upper right corner after 6 months?!
Problem is this is an Asus. Just take a look at their own forums and you will see that their phones work great out of the box, but with each updates, more features get broken and never fixed. Many zenfone 3 became a useless piece of brick after the final "update" and Asus say there are no plan to fix anything else.
4 stars and a 1/2 is a fair score. The only downside of the phone is the screen, most people would definitely be able to live with that
This phone was so close to perfection yet so far away at the same time.
The technological design is just great: the slider camera makes perfect sense: gives you a great sensor to take photos in all situations.
The performance is the best Android can offer right now.
The battery life is almost unrivaled for such a powerful device.
Even the sound is great as well: stereo speakers, 3.5 mm jack
Unfortunately the most important component of any device had to be sacrificed for the cost: unfortunately a bad display is the hardest deal breaker any device can have.
I mean the contrast ratio of this panel is just abysmal and contrast is essential for making anything pop.
Without it the content will look washed out.
Even Poco had a more decent panel than this and that display was mediocre at best.
Honestly if they would have added an OLED or at least a decent IPS panel and increased the cost by let's say 50-100 dollars this would have been a much more compelling option.
But as it stands right now it's an almost perfect device with a fatal flow.
Anonymous, 28 May 2019Yep 450 is insufficient even for an OLED. For IPS, that's completely useless. They've ruined a... moreIt isn't this bad at all after using the phone for 1 day! Not a bad screen at all. Not the most accurate colors but brightness i can't really fault
chrisggmu98, 28 May 2019Question is though, when is this phone actually going to be released. The launch event was 16t... moreIt is available in their EU shop. Can order it to Sweden as far as I can see.
I don't know how an AMOLED at FHD can be considered better than an IPS at FHD (Pentile vs full RGB matrix). The grainy picture of AMOLED at FHD bothers me extremely.
By the way, the Zenfone 6 is tested at approximately 600 nits by other reviewers. There are youtube videos proofing a good sunlight legibility either.
Question is though, when is this phone actually going to be released. The launch event was 16th May and when you go to the Asus website it just says pre-order. From what I know of there hasn't been an official release date and I think the demand for this phone must be high in the UK. For the past 2 days, when I go to the Asus UK store it says out of stock or it will say "Pre order" and then when it does say pre order, about 1 hour later say it says out of stock. Which in some way is a good thing, because if the demand is high but the stock is limited, hopefully, more UK retailers will stock this. Rather than buying it through the Asus website and going through all that trouble of returning it, in case you don't like it.
Jessy, 28 May 2019Asus has screen tuning software in the settings for users to fiddle with!Yes, but I hope it's like Huawei's. I've never experienced it. There are some apps in the play store, for example, but they're all useless for color temperature, because they destroy all colors and gradients at the same time.
I hope the color temperature adjustment can compensate for the bluish whites without imbalancing other colors. I can't understand why most LCDs nowadays come with a 8-9000K white instead of a natural 6500-7000K one. If the temperature adjustment slider doesn't solve the problem, I'll return it.
One good part is that the camera now seems decent, because the first sample I've seen were below any decency level.
You should also mention that both Mi 9 and the Onplus 7 lacks a 3,5 mm jack when you compare the Zenfone 6 with them. It's huge for many people! :)
TechEnthusiast, 28 May 2019I agree with that. I am using an OLED phone having around 450nits of brightness but on a brigh... moreYep 450 is insufficient even for an OLED. For IPS, that's completely useless. They've ruined a perfect phone with such a stupid and unacceptable compromize.
Either you missed some setting, or your units is faulty, because PhoneArena manged to get 573 nits max brightness.
And I think ASUS themselves say its supposed to go to 600 nits.
Tanase Adrian, 28 May 2019yeah,about that...how do you think it is soo cheap?!makes you wonder....oled,triple cameras,sd... moreI agree with that. I am using an OLED phone having around 450nits of brightness but on a bright day, I find it difficult to see things on screen even when the brightness is set at maximum. Definitely OLED offers better sunlight legibility than LCDs but if you actually want to see clearly in a bright sunlight, at least 550nits of brightness and less reflection of light is needed.
Whackcar, 28 May 2019Damn, that's rather impressive. Only the display is mediocre, everything else is pretty good. ... moreIt is ridiculous when a phone with LCD cant ofeer more than 500 nits.
If it was oled I would understand because lower brightness helps to delay burn-in.
But there are phone with LCD (Sony, Apple and LG) that easily pass 700 nits.