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The last few days were quite exciting for smartphones fans as OnePlus and Asus wraps off the cover from the new offering. In a surprising move, OnePlus announced two new flagships killer phones this year including OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro. Both the phone has a number of aspects to lure customers but the center of attention was undoubtedly the Pro model. The OnePlus 7 Pro is quite special not only for being the first Pro phone from the company but also brings a number of special features.
OnePlus flagships are known for their affordable price tag, however, the OnePlus 7 Pro is the most expensive phone ever announced by the company. On the other hand, the cheaper OnePlus 7 is available at a very luring price tag but it lacks the goodies of the Pro model. The Taiwanese giant Asus took the stage in Spain to unveil the latest ZenFone 6. The latest ZenFone 6 brings improvements in all aspects from its predecessors and the best thing it can be purchased at a very affordable price tag.
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Despite bringing a number of goodies Asus didn't increase the price of the latest flagship. The ZenFone 6 brings stylish design, beautiful display, larger battery, latest Android OS and solid cameras. However, the first question in everyone's mind is whether all these goodies enough to challenge the latest OnePlus 7 Pro or not?
Today we will put the latest Asus ZenFone 6 in a head-to-head confrontation with the OnePlus 7 Pro to know in detail the real differences and similarities between the two phones. Without any further delay, let's start with the design.
75.44 x 159.1 x 9.2 mm
6.4 inches - 2340x1080 px
75.9 x 162.6 x 8.8 mm
6.67 inches - 3120x1440 px
Following the latest trend both the phones have a full front-facing display with nearly zero bezels around the display. The chassis is made up of series 6000 aluminum with glass covering the front and rear side.
The ZenFone 6 bottom chin is slightly thicker than the OnePlus 7 Pro. On the rear side, the device comes with a gradient finish. The rear edges are gently curved from the sides so that the device can be grabbed single-handed easily. The fingerprint scanner is on the rear side in the center.
The ZenFone 6 comes with dual snappers on the rear side which flips and rotate as a selfie snapper. Asus uses the liquid metal to manufacture the Flip Camera module, it is quite sturdy and efficient. The good thing is it also supports free angle which allows user to capture shots at different angles. In terms of color options, the device will be available in Twilight Silver and Midnight Black colors. For connectivity, it comes with USB-C port and retains the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. It comes with speakers for stereo audio setup.
The ZenFone 6 dimensions are 158.94 x 75.58 x 9.1 mm and weigh 195g. It comes with a dedicated Smart key button to access the Google Assistant instantly. The Smart Key can also be customized to access other apps.
Like most of the latest phones, the OnePlus 7 Pro features an aluminum chassis with glass covering the front and rear side. The glass and front rear are gently curved from the edges. It comes with pop-up selfie snapper to reduce the top bezel. Overall the OnePlus 7 Pro is wide, and taller at 162.6 x 76 x 8.8 mm. It weighs 206g. It lacks the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack instead rely on the USB-C port for connectivity and charging. The Corning Gorilla Glass 6 is protecting the display. It is available in Mirror Gray, Nebula Blue, and Almond colors.
The OnePlus 7 Pro features an under-glass optical fingerprint scanner. It is significantly fast and efficient than its predecessor. Both phones lack IP-ratings.
The difference in the display department is quite evident. The OnePlus 7 Pro sports an OLED display panel whereas the ZenFone 6 comes with LCD display. Another prominent aspect of the OnePlus 7 Pro display is 90Hz refresh rate which makes it superfluid and smooth as opposed to the 60Hz display of ZenFone 6.
The OnePlus 7 Pro sports a 6.67-inches Fluid AMOLED display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19.5:9 and the pixels density is 516 pixels-per-inch. On the other hand, the ZenFone 6 features a 6.4-inches IPS LCD display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19.5:9. It lacks notch or dewdrop notch and also the edges are flat from the corners. The display screen-to-body ratio is 92% and its maximum brightness level is 600 nits.
Being the new top-tier phones both are packed with the Qualcomm's latest Octa-core Snapdragon 855 chipset. The new Qualcomm chipset is built on the 7nm process like the Huawei's Kirin 980. The Adreno 640 GPU is taking care of graphics on both the phones.
In terms of native storage and RAM, the ZenFone 6 is available in three configurations. The base model has 6GB RAM with 64GB storage. The standard model has 6GB RAM with 128GB storage. The top of the line model has 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. It comes with a dedicated slot for memory expansion via MicroSD up to 2TB.
The OnePlus 7 Pro is also available in three configurations. The base model comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The standard model has 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. The top of the line variant has 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. It lacks support for memory expansion via MicroSD. The native storage on the ZenFone 6 has UFS 2.1 tech whereas the OnePlus 7 Pro comes with the latest UFS 3.0.
|Specs||ZenFone 6||OnePlus 7 Pro|
|Screen resolution||1080 x 2340 pixels||1440 x 3120 pixels|
|Chipset||Snapdragon 855||Snapdragon 855|
|Storage||64GB,128GB,256GB Expandable via MicroSD||128GB, 256GB Non-Expandable|
|3.5mm headphone jack||Yes||No|
The ZenFone 6 lights are kept on by a 5,000mAh battery cell. It supports Quick Charge 4.0 for fast charging. On normal to heavy usage the device last more than one day on a single charge. It is shipped with 18W fast charge straight out of the box.
The OnePlus 7 Pro is packed with a fairly larger 4,000mAh battery cell. It comes with 30W Warp charging tech which requires less than 90 minutes to completely recharge the phone. Despite having glass rear both the phones lack support for wireless charging. Due to larger display and 90Hz refresh rate, the OnePlus 7 Pro requires a lot of battery juice but still, it can easily last one day on a single charge.
As OS both the phones are running on the latest version of Android OS with different UI skin over it. The OnePlus 7 Pro is running on the Oxygen OS whereas the ZenFone 6 is running on Zen UI 6. The best thing is both the UI skin are quite thin and close to the vanilla version of the Android OS. The System-Wide Dark mode on the ZenFone 6 is worth appreciating.
As far as the future updates are a concern, ZenFone 6 will be receiving two major OS updates in the next couple of years and also the latest security patches. The Oxygen OS 9.5 key special features are dedicated Gaming mode and Smart Boost. The Oxygen OS is specially optimized for the super smooth and slick experience.
The flip cameras setup was one of the key highlights of the ZenFone 6. It comes with dual snappers on the rear side. The primary snapper is 48MP with f/1.8 aperture and laser autofocus whereas the secondary snapper is ultra-wide angle 13MP sensor with 125 degrees field of view. As mentioned above the same sensors flip to work as selfie snappers. The dual sensors can record 4K videos at 60 frames per second with electronic image stabilization. The dedicated Night Mode enhances the capturing experience in low-light conditions. It supports HDR+ as well.
On the other hand, the OnePlus 7 Pro has triple cameras on the rear side. The primary snapper is 48MP with f/1.6 aperture. The secondary 16MP snapper is an ultra-wide angle sensor with f/2.2 aperture and 117 degrees field of view. The third sensor on the rear is an 8MP telephoto module with f/2.2 aperture. It provides an optical zoom up to 3x without affecting the image quality. The primary and telephoto sensor comes with optical image stabilization. It also supports 4K video recording at 60fps. Up front, the pop-up selfie snapper is a 16MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture.
Soon after the announcement the ZenFone 6 is up for pre-orders in Europe. The entry-level model with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage can be grabbed at 499 Euros, the standard model with 128GB storage can be purchased at 559 Euros. The top of the line model with 256GB storage can be purchased at 559 Euros. The ZenFone 6 will be released from May 25th.
The OnePlus 7 Pro entry-level variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage at a price tag of $699. The 8GB RAM variant with 256GB storage can be purchased at $699. The top of the line model with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage will cost you $749. It is currently up for sale in many regions.
Undoubtedly both the premium phones are worth trying as both are bringing tons of special features to lure customers. The OnePlus 7 Pro takes lead in the display and cameras section. On the other hand, the ZenFone 6 has dedicated slot for MicroSD and traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. It competes well in the design, software, and has an edge in the battery section.
So if you are amongst those who want to try something else below $600, the ZenFone 6 is certainly a pretty good alternative. Do share your thoughts regarding the ZenFone 6 vs OnePlus 7 Pro in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.
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If the Asus ZenFone 6 is being seen as a flagship killer, I'd expect the phone to have at least 128GB basic storage. I think OP is doing a great job here.
The absence of the 3.5mm headphone jack still pushes the fact that the OnePlus 7 Pro is looking to keep the tag it's got. But would have been happier to see a slightly better battery cell.
Why no front camera is mentioned in the ZenFone 6 list in the table above? :confused: :confused:
See, there's the Flip Camera module for the Asus phone. A new design approach, where the rear camera flips to become the front camera as well.
Going by the history of the OnePlus phones all these years, I'd still offer the "flagship killer" tag to the OnePlus 7 Pro. You know, it's a matter of mentality. But any phone can be a flagship killer in a sense.