ZenFone 6 uses the Zen UI 6 interface, based on Android Pie. If you remember the Zen UI add-on from previous years – forget about it, there are no traces of bloatware and obnoxious colours. The interface was cleaned, toned down and moved towards pure Android.
Fortunately, the manufacturer left positive features that distinguish this add-on. The interface can have a flat or a tray version, and apps on the desktop can be connected into folders – even automatically. Folders can have various looks, we can change the size and the grid of icons, we can switch to the dark or shades of grey mode as well.
In the tray we can find the browsing panel and the last used apps list. We can divide the screen, use the one-hand mode or gestures. Besides waking the phone with a double tap or muting by turning the phone, we can find a slightly forgotten drawing gestures on a locked screen: by drawing an appropriate letter, we can quickly run a selected app. There is another interesting feature: we can record the screen, for example while gaming.
Gestures can replace the bar with system buttons, but if we prefer to keep them visible, we can change their arrangement. The notifications panel looks and works typically, and the switches panel is enhanced and editable. In the software we can find Mobile Manager for maintaining and checking the system, we can clone apps, as well as optimize the work using OptiFlex. It enhances running apps and helps to save power.
There is the Game Genie mode as well, which optimizes the phone for gaming, Asus adds a few apps of its own – like Gallery or Files Manager. Basically, the interface is friendly and light and I asses it positively.
I assess the efficiency of the phone just as positively. Inside we can find Snapdragon 855 and 6 or 8 GB of RAM. This can only work great. And it is so in practice, there is nothing to dwell about. I did not experienced a single lag while using ZenFone 6. This is confirmed by benchmarks results – the smartphone lands in top places.
However, it is worth noting that if we will force ZenFone 6 to make an extensive work, it heats up noticeably, and the increased temperature has a slight effect on its performance. A few rounds of benchmarks results in increasingly lower scores. In an everyday usage we will not experience any drops in efficiency – even during longer gaming sessions we cannot witness any disturbing symptoms suggested by numbers from benchmarks.
The reviewed device – besides 8GB of RAM – had a large internal memory, 256GB. This should be enough for some users – and if not, I will remind you that we can use a microSD card, while using DualSIM at the same time.