Buying an ASUS ZenFone 6 in Canada [Updated Sept 17]

Update (4) Sept 17, 2019: Those four units on Amazon.ca sold out already! However we have promising news. Units may be showing up in Canada on September 18th. These dates have been pushed back at least two other times, but it’s the most current information we have. Perhaps third time is the charm? Surely they can’t get the date wrong three times in a row. Updates coming when we find them!

Screenshots of various Canada based retailers with ZenFone 6 listings:

Update (3) Sept 15, 2019: First chance to buy in Canada! Click here to check it out. Fulfilled by Amazon.ca and it’s version B (see bands listed below) with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage in either Twilight Silver or Midnight Black with free shipping. Only 2 of each color in stock!

  • FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 26, 28)
  • TD-LTE (Bands 38, 39, 41*, 46)
  • LTE B41(2535–2655 120MHz)
  • WCDMA (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 19)

We’ve seen the expected arrived move three times so far and now we don’t even have a date for you. We will make a bold prediction that it’s coming during the week Sept 16-20th because of previous ETA dates. There may not be a lot of units, but starting Monday, we suggest you prepare for a quick purchase so you don’t miss out. Limited quantities for sure. Best Buy and Staples should be your first visits.

Update (2) Sept 4, 2019: A reliable source has said September 11 is the expected date for 6GB/64GB Midnight Black units. Limited units, so you should check with us for updates about who and where you can pre-order. Don’t just rely on us, but keep checking various sources because when news breaks, they will sell out of pre-order units in the blink of an eye. All this said, shipments can be delayed and things can change for the worse. But let’s stay positive shall we?

Update Aug 29, 2019: We have breaking details here! Two configurations will be available in Canada. Either 6GB/64GB or 6GB/128GB priced at $799 CAD or $899 CAD respectively. There may be a possibility that the prices will be discounted by $50, but that is unconfirmed at this point. We are expecting product listings any day now and you can check back with us for the latest news. We’re all over this!

It’s now into July and the much talked about and much hyped smartphone from ASUS is still unavailable to buy in the Canadian and US markets. Given the affordability of the ZenFone 6 and its unique feature set, it’s understandable that people in Canada want to know. When and where can I buy one?

It’s worth noting that the dedicated ZenFone fan site ZenFone.org doesn’t seem to have any answers either. They track the goings-on of retail availability and pre-orders, but there is nothing to be said about Canada and the US.They have a dedicated ZenFone 6 pre order tracking page here. They are suggesting a July launch for North America. There does seem to be mostly speculation at this point but this happens when ASUS won’t divulge release details. Everyone is left guessing.

We have a history with ASUS in Canada as well. We know the ZenFone series quite well and this ZenFone 6 is in higher demand than any ASUS ZenFone release to date. Considering ASUS announced loses in their mobile phone division and were beginning some company restructuring that involved cutting back that division, it’s kind of funny to think now is the time for their hero product. It’s like from the outhouse to the penthouse. When everyone least expected the best ZenFone ever, ASUS delivered. They delivered in a huge way actually.

There are many unique selling points to the ZenFone 6. Let’s break them down for you.

Price

First, price for this Snapdragon 855 flagship is much lower than the closest competition like OnePlus 7 Pro. ASUS comes in cheaper, although the Canadian version of the ZenFone 6 will be higher by a fair margin to what you will see in the US.

Huge Battery

Price is one thing, but the 5,000mAh battery is simply the biggest that you’ll find in a mobile phone and certainly no other flagship has this battery capacity.

No Notch

The ZenFone 6 has a full-screen display with no notch. The phone features a flip camera, meaning the high-spec rear camera can be flipped to take the highest quality selfies as well.

Near-Stock Android

The ZenFone 6 has a near-stock Android which is a first for ASUS and the tech community is rejoicing the end of the bloat-heavy ZenUI from years past.

Headphone Jack

Better to have than to not have. On that we can all agree right? One less thing to charge. One less dongle you need. Everyone is happy to see a headphone jack on the ZenFone 6.

Unlocked

The ZenFone 6 is an unlocked smartphone, meaning you buy it, insert whatever SIM card you want, and bingo, you’re up and running. Freedom Mobile, 711 Speakout Wireless, PC Mobile, Bell, Telus, Rogers and most of the others will work with the ZenFone 6. More details on bands and network compatibility coming soon.

Negatives?

The display is an LCD rather than OLED so that is one area where the other flagships can beat the ZenFone 6. It doesn’t sound like a major deficiency as most ZenFone 6 reviews don’t quibble with the display and find it super bright and clear.

ASUS is far ahead with the launch of the ZenFone 6 than in previous years. Typically the North American market was very low priority for ASUS and it would be October sometimes before the new ZenFone releases would be available to buy in Canada.

ASUS has confirmed that July is the date for North America. The higher than expected demand has thrown a wrinkle into the supply for other markets and its yet to be seen whether demand elsewhere is going to affect their launch dates for Canada and the US. We will have updates on availability as those dates become known.

7 Responses to Buying an ASUS ZenFone 6 in Canada [Updated Sept 17]

  1. kawitan July 31, 2019 at 4:30 pm #

    So true. I’ve been waiting for this phone (my current phone is a 2013 motorola) so its time for me to get a new one. They released this phone back in may 2019 and even now, no news as to which is this damn phone available here in canada. Just a paper released dude. what the heck. Asus, don’t you get it? lots of people are wanting this product of yours. I kinda applaud oneplus as you know they released their oneplus7 in May and guess what? as early as May you can actually go to their website and order their phone. That’s mature marketing man. asus? nah, the phone is advertised there on the canadian website but there is no “Buy” or “where to buy” button. I mean all there older model phones have a “buy” button but the darn zenfone 6 is only for show but no buy. maybe for spite, i just buy huawei or oneplus, the wait is really disappointing. and oh yeah btw, they again had a new phone released “rog gamers phone 2” and the specs are something to look at. (exact name in not sure) But i highly doubt this is really gonna available. in taiwan maybe, but here in north america…maybe in december 2019.

  2. richard August 29, 2019 at 3:54 pm #

    $800 for a phone that is $500 in the US? Forget it. Might as well just import it from B&H Photo. Even after the exchange rate and potential import duty it’s still way cheaper than $800.

    I thought this was supposed to be an affordable flagship phone. I’ve wanted a Zenfone for a long while now, but not at that price. Time to potentially look elsewhere I guess.

    • Brandon Amres September 3, 2019 at 4:13 am #

      B&H after duties and taxes cost me $850 CAD for the 128gb.

      • President, Techaholic Inc. September 3, 2019 at 6:01 am #

        Awesome thanks for posting that information. Hopefully you can post back on how the shipping time was and whether you recommend others do the same. But for the 128GB? Sounds like a good savings that’s for sure!

      • Richard September 4, 2019 at 1:57 pm #

        How much were duties and taxes? For the $800 they want to charge here for the base model, I can order the 256GB model from B&H for the same price (before duties and taxes.

  3. Jason September 6, 2019 at 4:07 pm #

    Has anyone bought it through AliExpress? Was just wondering how their experience with the shipping and the world wide edition of the phone.

  4. Svet September 6, 2019 at 5:57 pm #

    Will the Canada phone be version C?

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