UPDATED: May 13, 2021 22:17 IST
Asus ZenFone 8 series has finally arrived. There are two phones as rumours suggested, but the Taiwanese company took a different approach this time. It is calling its high-end phone that retains the flip camera the Asus ZenFone 8 Flip, while the company’s iPhone mini rival is simply called ZenFone 8. Both the new ZenFone 8 smartphones use the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, which is why the reasons why someone would choose either will largely come down to the size, much like the iPhone 12 series. While the ZenFone 8 is a small phone, the ZenFone 8 Flip will continue the legacy of previous ZenFone smartphones.
Both the Asus ZenFone 8 Flip and the ZenFone 8 have debuted globally, but their India launch will take place later. In an announcement, Asus India said it is postponing all the launch events scheduled for May and June because of the deadly Covid-19 wave. Not just Asus, some other brands, such as Realme and Vivo, have suspended their launch schedules for some time until the situation improves in India. It is only after India gets some respite from the pandemic, Asus is likely to introduce the new ZenFone 8 series here.
Asus ZenFone 8, ZenFone 8 Flip price
The Asus ZenFone 8 starts at EUR 599, which is roughly Rs 53,300, while the ZenFone 8 Flip costs EUR 799, which translates to roughly Rs 71,100. Pre-orders for both ZenFone 8 and ZenFone 8 Flip have opened in Europe and Taiwan. The ZenFone 8 comes in Obsidian Black, Horizon Silver, and Moonlight White colours, while the ZenFone 8 Flip has Galactic Black and Glacier Silver colourways.
Asus ZenFone 8, ZenFone 8 Flip specifications
The biggest attraction here is the new ZenFone 8 that takes the name from previous generations but comes in a completely different avatar. The compact phone seems inspired by last year’s iPhone 12 mini. It has a 5.9-inch Full-HD+ HDR10+ OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. And that is among the top-class specifications you can have on a flagship phone.
Asus’ new phone comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor inside, meaning you are going to get the best performance in terms of gaming and other resource-intensive tasks. Asus has gone all out in terms of features, which is also why the phone has things such as IP68 water and dust resistance rating.
The ZenFone 8 comes with up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. There is a 4000mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 4.0 with compatible chargers. However, the company is shipping a 30W power adapter with a USB-C cable in the box. Surprisingly, the Asus ZenFone 8 also has a 3.5mm headphone jack, among other connectivity options. The phone also has stereo speakers.
There are two cameras on the back of the ZenFone 8; a 64-megapixel main sensor with OIS and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor. Since this compact phone does not have the flip mechanism like the ZenFone 8 Flip or previous ZenFone models, Asus has given a 12-megapixel selfie camera inside a punch-hole on the top left corner of the display.
The Asus ZenFone 8 Flip, on the other hand, is a flagship by all means. I am referring to the regular phone size that the company has so far standardised for its flagships. The ZenFone 8 Flip retains the flip cameras, hence, the name. It also uses the same Snapdragon 888 chipset, along with the 64-megapixel main camera and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera, but adds a third 8-megapixel telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom. The ZenFone 8 Flip uses a bigger 6.67-inch OLED screen with Full-HD+ resolution and HDR10+ support. However, there is just a 90Hz refresh rate. This phone has a 5000mAh battery with 30W fast charging support. And while most features are flagship-worthy, it lacks an IP rating for water resistance.