Asus was among the first brands that got a head start with their Android 11 beta trials back in September, closely following the official release for Pixels. But the company took far too long to patch everything up and ready the final builds, which it's only just doing now. Asus has just begun rolling out the Android 11 update to its older flagship ZenFone 6, with its home market of Taiwan getting it first.
The ASUS Zenfone 6 has been the surprise midrange flagship of the year, and with the company's switch to a lighter, significantly more Pixel-like UI, the device is a no-brainer for people looking for an affordable, all-round good phone. ASUS is even making good on its promise for timely Android updates and has just started rolling out Android 10 to the Zenfone 6.
Following a recent update to the Zenfone 6, some owners have been reporting system stability problems including frequent crashes/restarts, network connectivity problems, and bootloops. According to a recent statement issued by an ASUS representative on the company's ZenTalk forums (spotted by PiunikaWeb), the issue is a hardware fault in affected devices which is triggered by the update.
The Zenfone 6 has been one of the best surprises in the smartphone industry this year. Asus has been making Android phones for years, but the excellent design, flagship specifications, and low $499 price tag of the ZF6 made it fiercely competitive with OnePlus' devices. A new update is rolling out for the device that makes it even better, with improvements to the camera, power consumption, and more.
The ZenFone 6 marks the beginning of a new era for ASUS, as the company switched to an AOSP-inspired ROM for the phone — plus, it's generally a surprisingly good phone at a decent price with an interesting take on cameras. The device has already got a plethora of updates, and now that it's starting to become available in retail, it received yet another one with version 16.1210.1906.156 that adds ARCore capability, further camera refinements, and the June 2019 Android security patch.
ASUS has made big strides into the flagship market with the ZenFone 6. For $499, you get great performance, a massive 5,000mAh battery, and even a motorized camera. Durability is always a concern when moving parts are involved, prompting phone-destroyer JerryRigEverything to take his picks, knife, and lighter to one.
ASUS seems to get that plenty of the folks interested in the latest ZenFone 6 are among the same market that like OnePlus' devices, and one of the biggest advantages for Android enthusiasts when it comes to OnePlus' devices is developer support. The root and ROM crowd go for things like the OnePlus 6T in part because, well, you can root and ROM it. Now ASUS wants its ZenFone 6 to get some of that same developer attention, so it's sending phones to some of them.
Last year's Asus Zenfone 5Z was an excellent phone with great hardware and an even better price point. The Zenfone 6, however, takes everything its predecessor did well and ups the ante with a wholly original design, powerful hardware, and a motorized flip-up camera, all while starting at $499 like the 5Z.
Asus today unveiled its 2019 flagship, the ZenFone 6. Sporting the latest hardware, its headlining features are its motorized flip camera, a huge 5,000mAh battery, and the very attractive starting price point of $499.