Asus announces the Zenfone 8 series starring David and Goliath
Asus announces the Zenfone 8 series starring David and Goliath


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.

Asus Zenfone 8 Flip with all the technical data This phone has a 5.9-inch AMOLED screen from Samsung and despite its small footprint it offers a flagship hit thanks to the Snapdragon 888 chipset.

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.

Asus Zenfone 8 Flip review: the stubborn one

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).

Both models are equipped with Sony flagship class camera sensors. The Zenfone 8 is equipped with a dual camera system that includes a 64-megapixel Sony IMX686 sensor for the main camera and a 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 sensor under the ultra-wide-angle lens, autofocus with dual-pixel Phase detection, quad Bayer color filters, optical image stabilization, macro functions and more. The Zenfone 8 also has a Sony punch-hole selfie camera and offers almost the same bells and whistles as the bigger brothers on the back.

The flip camera is back and this time Asus decided to emphasize the fact by adding the nickname to the Zenfone 8 name. The module, which can be rotated by 180 degrees, has a better stepper motor and houses the same two sensors as its little brother, but expands its photo functions with a third telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom and 12x overall zoom.

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.

There’s a system-wide Dark Mode, a nice Audio Wizard app that lets you use the high-resolution audio chips in the phones, as well as our favorite Game Genie software. The battery control center is really comprehensive and allows users to tweak every aspect of the charging process. As we dive into the topic, both phones come with a 30W fast charger in the box.

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.

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