Today Asus officially announced its brand new Zenfone 8 series with two devices that are supposed to cover two very different market niches. The compact trend in smartphones now has a new defender and champion in the face of the Zenfone 8.
The goliath in this story is the Zenfone 8 Flip, a direct successor to the previous Zenfone 7 / Pro series. The 6.67-inch giant continues the company’s all-display legacy with its rotating triple camera module while maintaining the AMOLED fame and sheer power of its smaller siblings.
Both phones have HDR10 + -capable Pixelworks-matched displays with high color accuracy (Delta-E <1) and DC dimming technology, which combats the annoying flickering of the screen at low brightness levels.
Asus teased the Zenfone 8’s 120Hz refresh rate on Twitter a few days ago, and now it’s official. The 5.9-inch panel can reach up to 120 Hz and offers a response time of 1 ms and a touch sampling rate of 240 Hz.
The Zenfone 8 Flip, on the other hand, has a notch-free and cut-out-free 6.67-inch AMOLED that supports a key press rate of 90 Hz and 200 Hz. Both displays can output a thousand nits of peak brightness and are covered by Gorilla Glass (Victus on the Zenfone 8 and Gorilla Glass 6 on the Zenfone Flip).
On the software side, both models are equipped with ZenUI8 in addition to Android 11. This proprietary user interface is pretty clean and almost off-the-shelf, and has some nice features as a bonus.
The Zenfone 8 has a 4,000 mAh battery, which is really impressive considering its size, while the Zenfone 8 Flip has a 5,000 mAh cell.