ASUS is not a major player in the mobile market, but what they offer has been special in some ways for years. They have now realized that they maintain a rather narrow but demanding product line, which basically consists of two members: the ROG Phone series, which offers the best of gamer smartphones, and Zenfone, which is intended for traditional use but is still interesting.
Prior to the premiere of the 8 Series, ASUS had already leaked this and that, it was known that they were also making a small model. That’s right, the Zenfone 8 without a suffix is a very tiny smartphone, but it still knows everything you would expect, and the previous, rotating camera design was inherited by the Zenfone 8 Flip. Obviously, the latter is less interesting now, because it’s mostly about updating Zenfone 7, obviously in response to the demands that arise over time.
The Zenfone 8 Flip is a sizable paddle, however, with a 6.67 inches display like the previous model, this time again we find a Super AMOLED panel supplied by Samsung that offers Full HD resolution and 90 Hz image refresh. Protection is provided by Gorilla Glass 6. The chipset is, of course, the 888 Snapdragon, the minimum RAM size is 8 GB (but there is also a 12 GB version), and the internal storage can be 128 or 256 GB. This can be further expanded with microSD. The fingerprint reader is located behind the panel. There is no indentation in the display, as the Zenfone 8 Flip did not get a front-facing camera, as the rear module, like the predecessor model, pivots forward.
There’s definitely progress on the camera, the liquid-metal alloy module can show three lenses, the main camera has a 64-megapixel resolution quad-Bayer sensor Sony IMX686 PDAF arming, but OIS is not included. ASUS says that because the Zenfone 8 Flip is the successor to the Zenfone 7, not the next version of the Zenfone 7 Pro. (This also means that it is possible that the Zenfone 8 Flip Pro will arrive, but this has not even been confirmed by an ASUS official.) In addition to the main camera, we find a 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 sensor with 112-degree viewing angle and autofocus, which also offers the option of super macro shots, and the third module hides an Omnivision sensor that provides triple optical zoom using an 8 megapixel resolution.
A novelty in video recording is that there is electronic stabilization even at 8K resolution (30 fps) and 120 fps can be selected at 4K. The device also has a manual video mode where you can select which microphone to record the sound. The battery can hold a charging speed of 5,000 watts on a 5000 mAh cable, but there is no wireless option. The rotatable camera has been given a new, more powerful engine, a smoother stepping ability, and a sensor still detects when the phone starts to fall, in which case it tries to fold itself to make it less damaged. From a network point of view, the Zenfone 8 Flip obviously knows everything (5G, WiFi 6, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2), yet now the situation is no matter how striking the mobile, the sleek Zenfone 8 is much more interesting.
This is a very small smartphone, specifically the smallest Android smartphone on the market. At ASUS, the goal was to be no higher than 150mm and no wider than 70mm, here they drew the limit of one-handed usability, then looked around the market and saw that the Xperia 5 II in width it brings what is expected, but it is much longer than what the Taiwanese say is still comfortable. So the Zenfone 8 got really tiny, smaller than the previous Galaxy S10e, yet they tried to put in everything that could fit into it. And this is to be taken literally, because, for example, there are only two cameras in the back due to lack of space, wireless charging was not possible here either, but the battery is suitable for 4000 mAh and 30 watt charging, even though the housing size is only 148 x 68.5 x 8.9 millimeters.
The Zenfone 8 has a 5.9-inch Super AMOLED display that offers 120 Hz image refresh and Full HD resolution, and Gorilla Glass Victus protects it from damage. Here, however, is a camera hole that asks for space in the upper left corner of the panel. Inside, Snapdragon 888 also works here, the smallest memory option is 6 GB, but it can go up to 16 GB depending on the wallet, the internal storage can be 128 or 256 GB, respectively. However, there is no memory expansion, however, the product also fits two speakers powered by the Cirrus Logic CS35L45 amplifier, the top is 10×12 millimeters and the bottom is slightly larger because there is 12×16 millimeters. ASUS says the Zenfone 8 sounds almost as good as the much bigger ROG 5. It also has three microphones (with OZO Audio Zoom technology) and a 3.5mm jack supported by a Qualcomm Aqstic WCD9385 DAC .
At the back of the camera front, the Zenfone 8 Flip solutions are back, the 64-megapixel Sony IMX686 sensor handles the task in most cases, and the ultra-wide module has the Sony IMX363 sensor with a resolution of 12 megapixels, but unlike the Flip, the main camera behind it is also working OIS, which can further improve the stability of videos. The 8K recording and the 4K resolution at 120 fps were given this time as well, but they didn’t skimp on the front panel module either, as the Sony IMX663 sensor with autofocus, electronic stabilization, 12 megapixel still images and 4K video resolution was included.
The tiny top model isn’t far behind in terms of data communication arsenal, 5G, WiFi 6, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2 is also included, and it’s the first ASUS smartphone to receive IP68 protection. The most surprising moment of the whole presentation was when it turned out how much the devices will cost, because the small Zenfone 8 is much cheaper than the Flip, it will open at a starting price of 240 thousand forints at home (8/128), and then it will be a little more expensive ( 280 thousand forints), from here the price of the 256 GB version is 290 thousand forints. The Zenfone 8 Flip starts at 310 thousand forints, so far only in the 8/128 version, and for 320 thousand you can get the most combo packaging from the Zenfone 8 with 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage. Our test will be on both devices very soon.