ASUS is again fully committed to the Netherlands and Belgium, and that with its new top devices: the ZenFone 8 and ZenFone 8 Flip. These are two flagships, each with very striking features. The first is a high-end phone with a very compact size, and the second has a rotating camera that takes pictures from both the back and the front.
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ASUS ZenFone 8
ASUS has presented its new range of flagships intended for the Dutch and Belgian markets. During an online event, we got to see the ZenFone 8 and the ZenFone 8 Flip. Both handsets have true flagship specifications, but each comes with unique features.
Read more under the specifications –
|ASUS ZenFone 8||ASUS ZenFone 8 Flip|
|Dimensions and weight:||148 mm x 68.5 mm x 9 mm, 170 grams||165 mm x 77.3 mm x 9.5 mm, 230 grams|
|Screen:||5.92 inch AMOLED (Full HD + 2400 x 1080 pixels), 120 Hz, 1100 nits HDR10 +||6.67 inch AMOLED (Full HD + 2400 x 1080 pixels), 90 Hz, HDR10 +, 1000 nits|
|Processor:||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888|
|Random-access memory:||8 GB / 12/16 GB GB LPDDR5||8 GB LPDDR5|
|Storage memory:||128 GB / 256 GB UFS 3.1||128 GB / 256 GB UFS 3.1|
|Rear cameras:||64 MP main camera (f / 1.8 and OIS), 12 MP wide-angle camera||64 MP main camera (f / 1.8 and OIS), 12 MP wide-angle camera, 8 MP telephoto camera (f / 2.4) with 3x optical zoom|
|Cameras for:||12 MP||Uses the main camera|
|Battery:||4000 mAh, 30-watt fast charging||5000 mAh, 30-watt fast charging|
|Android version:||ZenUI 8, based on Android 11||ZenUI 8, based on Android 11|
|Extras:||Stereo speakers, 3.5mm audio jack, IP68 water-resistant, 5G, Gorilla Glass Victus, in-screen fingerprint scanner, three microphones||Borderless screen, motorized camera, Stereo speakers, 5G, Gorilla Glass Victus, in-screen fingerprint scanner|
|Colors:||Obsidian Black, Horizon Silver||Obsidean Black, Horizon Silver|
|MSRP:||From 599 euros||From 799 euros|
Compact as an asset
Let’s start with the ZenFone 8. ASUS states that there is an incredibly large audience of users who would like a smaller phone, but with compact specifications. The new ZenFone 8 top device thus got a 5.9-inch AMOLED screen and a 120 Hz refresh rate. The smartphone has a format that has a length of over 147 mm and a width of 74 mm. That makes it smaller than other compact devices such as the Google Pixel 5 and the Sony Xperia 5 III. To achieve that small size in combination with high-end features, ASUS had to develop a special compact motherboard.
The ASUS ZenFone 8 in its Obsidian Black color
The ZenFone 8 also has a housing that, according to ASUS, is finished with plastic, but in a high-quality way. The phone is also water-resistant and has an IP68 certification. Furthermore, ASUS also worked with Dirac to build an extra sturdy speaker in the phone. The speaker also has a virtual bass function that software can simulate the effect of a bass sound. The phone also comes with a 3.5mm audio jack and an under-screen fingerprint scanner.
The Snapdragon 888 is also the motor of this ASUS ZenFone 8. You can get the phone in different combinations of storage and RAM, namely 6 GB / 128 GB, 8 GB / 256 GB and 16 GB / 256 GB. ASUS uses fast LPDDR5 memory.
The ASUS ZenFone 8 in its Horizon Silver color
ZenFone 8 works with ASUS ‘proprietary ZenUI software shell. It comes with a number of tricks, including the game Genie game mode, the AudioWizard equalizer and a recording function for phone calls. Also special is the one-handed mode with which you can adjust the height of the interface so that you can operate the phone more easily with one hand. The ZenFone 8 series is backed by version and security updates for two years.
The smartphone is equipped with a 4,000 mAh battery and can be charged with the 30-watt fast charger. ASUS focuses on its smart charging technology that ensures that you only charge up to 80 to 90 percent. If you don’t charge the battery to the full 100 percent, it will be better for the battery life.
The ASUS ZenFone 8 in its Obsidian Black color
The ASUS ZenFone 8 comes with two camera sensors on the back. The most important is the 64 MP main camera. This sensor is the well-known Sony IMX 686 that we know from the Poco F2 Pro, among others. Furthermore, the camera is assisted by optical image stabilization to take sharp photos and videos, and there is a 12 MP wide-angle camera that is also used for macro photography. The phone has a 12 MP selfie camera at the front.
ASUS ZenFone 8 Flip
In addition to the regular ZenFone 8, there is another Flip variant that is reminiscent of the previous flagships: the ZenFone 7 and the ZenFone 6. It has the characteristic flip camera that can serve as the main camera and selfie camera. Furthermore, the phone again comes with a borderless screen, namely a 6.67 inch Super AMOLED panel. The screen has a 90 Hz refresh rate and a brightness of 1000 nits. This phone has a motorized pop-up camera, which makes it not waterproof. The phone also doesn’t have a 3.5 mm audio jack, but it does have stereo speakers.
The ASUS ZenFone 8 Flip in its Horizon Silver color
Under the housing is also the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 as with the ZenFone 8. It is assisted by 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB storage, but there is also a version with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage. With such a larger housing, there is also room for a larger 5000 mAh battery, and recharging is possible with a 30-watt fast charger.
The Flip camera on the back of the ZenFone 8 Flip has a bit more to offer compared to the regular ZenFone 8. It does have the same base with its 64 MP main camera and a 12 MP wide-angle camera, but thanks to the 8 MP telecamera the phone can take better-zoomed photos. The phone has 3x optical zoom.
The ASUS ZenFone 8 Flip in its Horizon Silver color and Obsidian Black color
Furthermore, ASUS also uses its powerful main camera for selfies, but there is even more possible with the flip camera. ASUS proposes to create automatic panoramic images. ZenFone 8 then rotates on its own and takes pictures in quick succession to capture an extra-large image. You can also accurately determine the angle at which you take photos with the motorized camera in pro mode. The module contains a sensor that can accurately determine the angle.
Buy ASUS ZenFone 8 and ZenFone 8 Flip
The ASUS ZenFone 8 is for sale for 599 euros in the colors Obsidean Black and Horizon Silver. You can buy the ZenFone 8 Flip for 799 euros.