ASUS has unveiled the latest iteration of its ZenFone line of smartphones – the ZenFone 8 and the ZenFone 8 Flip. The launch of the new ASUS flagships took place online, and we now have full specifications and pricing details for both smartphones in global markets.
ASUS takes a slightly different turn with this year’s ZenFone series. While the ZenFone 8 Flip looks a lot like smartphones from previous years, with its large display and removable camera mechanism, the company has reworked from scratch with the ZenFone 8 and redesigned it as a smaller, easier-to-hold device. ‘one hand: a sort of iPhone mini for Android.
ZenFone 8 Flip: specifications
The ZenFone 8 Flip is a smartphone with a motorized camera that serves as both a front and rear camera on the smartphone. The smartphone is equipped with a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 90 Hz and full HD + resolution. There is no hole in the screen or notch. Instead, you have a full-screen screen with no uninterrupted edges.
Under the hood, you have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 5G chipset paired with 16GB RAM and 256GB UFS 3.1 storage space. The smartphone comes in three variants: 8GB + 128GB, 8GB + 256 GB, and 16 GB + 256 GB. The ZenFone 8 Flip arrives with Android 11 and ZenUI as an overlay.
All that said, the camera module remains the most exciting aspect of the smartphone, and also lends itself to the name “Flip”. The ZenFone 8 Flip is equipped with a triple camera system with a Sony IMX686 64-megapixel main sensor, a 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 ultra-wide lens, and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom. The camera module flips, like its predecessor, for your selfie needs if necessary.
Everything is powered by a large battery with a capacity of 5000 mAh with support for 30 W fast charging. It will be available in two colors, namely Galactic Black and Glacier Silver.
ZenFone 8 specifications
The ZenFone 8 is a compact flagship that aims to tackle the iPhone 12 mini. It features a 5.9-inch AMOLED E4 display with a 120Hz refresh rate and full HD + resolution. The panel also features Gorilla Glass Victus protection, a maximum brightness of 1100 nits, and support for the DCI-P3 color gamut at 112%. However, there is a major difference between the two. This variant comes with a front camera housed in a hole in the screen as opposed to the flip camera mechanism.
Under the hood, we find the same flagship Snapdragon 888 5G processor. It will be paired with 16 GB RAM and 256 GB UFS 3.1 storage capacity. The device was launched in three configurations: 8 GB + 128 GB, 8 GB + 256 GB, and 16 GB + 256 GB. It also comes with an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.
In terms of optics, the ZenFone 8 comes with a dual rear camera setup with a 64-megapixel Sony IMX686 primary sensor and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera (with a 4cm Super Macro mount). There is also a 12-megapixel front camera.
The technical sheet is completed by a modest 4000 mAh battery with a fast charge of 30 W. The device works with the ZenUI, based on Android 11. Finally, the main advantage of the ZenFone 8 is the presence of a headphone jack. 3.5 mm.
Pricing and availability
The ASUS Zenfone 8 (ZS590KS) will be available from May 31, in three different versions:
- An 8 GB RAM / 128 GB storage version, priced at € 699
- An 8 GB of RAM / 256 GB of storage version, priced at 749 €
- A 16 GB of RAM / 256 GB of storage version, priced at € 819
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