Taiwanese tech giant ASUS recently took the industry by storm with the launch of the Zenfone 6 packing a flip camera design. The Zenfone 6 courts admiration for the well thought out design which ensures the dual rear cameras also double as the selfie shooters when the selfie camera is activated on the phone’s camera app.
The flip camera design is yet another clever way to trim bezels around the display. We have seen designs ranging from pop-up selfie cameras, slider design, punch-hole, notch design to even dual screens. Zack Nelson of the popular Youtube channel JerryRigEverything has given us a much-needed look at the internals of the Zenfone 6. If you think, the flip camera design is the only aspect where the device stands out, you are so mistaken.
The phone doesn’t have an IP rating as a result of the flip camera design but it is well sealed as was discovered during the dismantling. The glass back is held to the mid-frame with sticky glue and won’t go off easily, even when it is heated with a heat gun. The device comes with some wires and cables that can cut easily near the sides and that poses a risk to any attempt to open up the phone.
The flip camera is definitely the main attraction on the device. Since it is a dual camera setting, there are two camera cables that connect to the motherboard. The cables seem to be wrapped in a durable material but are also attached by non-standard connectors. Thus, they can’t be pulled out from the camera sensors as that would mark the end of the camera even though it won’t stop the phone from booting.
The device also comes with two motherboards that are separated by a thermal paste which could end up transferring heat between the two boards. The battery is also not held firmly by its adhesive as a little pry got it off. With this arrangement of the internals, the Zenfone 6 may be a difficult phone to repair but it is, no doubt, a beautiful phone to behold and handle.