Asus, not Samsung, is taking on Apple with a compact flagship smartphone. Asus unveiled the ZenFone 8 with a 5.9-inch display and a Snapdragon 888 processor on Wednesday. According to experts, the ZenFone 8 is the only flagship-level Android smartphone that can compete with Apple’s iPhone 12 mini. The ZenFone 8’s release serves as a constant reminder that there is a sizable customer base that still prefers one-handed smartphones without sacrificing performance.
The ZenFone 8 is a premium smartphone, and the design language reflects this. It has a curved matte glass back and aluminum trim to match. Yes, it is small and can be held in one hand. It’s also pocketable, which restores our faith in small-screen smartphones. It’s also water and dust resistant, with an IP68 rating. The phone has a 5.9-inch 1080p OLED display with a fast refresh rate of 120Hz. The hardware on the inside is excellent. There is a Snapdragon 888 processor, as well as up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
The ZenFone 8 has two rear cameras: a 64MP wide-angle lens with optical image stabilization (OIS) and a 12MP ultra-wide lens. On the front, there is a 12MP camera. The phone’s 4000mAh battery is expected to last a full day on a single charge. It supports wired charging at 30W with the included charger, but not wireless charging. Include dual stereo speakers as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack. ZenUI 8 is pre-installed on top of Android 11.
On paper, Asus’ flagship appears promising – a powerful compact smartphone with a 120Hz screen, 5G support, a super-fast processor, and a 4000mAh battery. The Zenfone 8 will be priced at €599 in Europe (or approx Rs 53,257). The ZenFone 8 India launch has been postponed for the time being due to an increase in Covid-19 cases in the country.
The ZenFone 8 Flip, which is essentially a refreshed version of the ZenFone 7 Pro, is also being released by the Taiwanese company. It has a 6.67-inch 1080p OLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate, a Snapdragon 888 processor, a 5,000mAh battery with 30W wired charging, and up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Unfortunately, it does not have an IP rating. The phone’s highlight is its flip-out camera setup, which includes a 64MP main camera, a 12MP ultrawide, and an 8MP telephoto with 3x optical zoom. The Flip will be priced at €799 in Europe (or approx 71,030).