Today ASUS announced two smartphones with the fancy ASUS Zenfone 8 Flip and a compact phone, the Zenfone 8. And while the Flip looks cool, the star of the show this year is the smaller flagship model.
Both phones have a lot to offer and the latest specifications, similar to the recently released ASUS ROG 5 gaming phone, only with a paired design for the mainstream market.
ASUS Zenfone 8
The Zenfone 8 is completely different from last year’s model. Since it is ASUS ‘new compact device, it is designed to perform big yet small in size. Small by today’s standards, of course, as it still has a large 5.9-inch 1080p 120Hz Samsung AMOLED display.
Both phones are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, like most flagship devices released in 2021 so far, and the ZenFone 8 comes with up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. In addition, it has an IP68 rating for water resistance, 5G, 240Hz touch sampling rate, 4000 mAh battery, a headphone jack and dual rear cameras. That’s a lot of power in a device you can hold with one hand.
For optics, the main lens is a 64-megapixel Sony shooter, in addition to a 113-degree secondary 12-megapixel wide-angle lens. That main camera can also record 8k video at up to 30fps. And finally, expect a modest 12MP front camera in the top left screen.
If the price is right, the Zenfone 8 could be a great Pixel 5 (or Pixel 6) alternative.
ASUS Zenfone 8 Flip
For techies or those who want a bigger screen, the Zenfone 8 is pretty exciting too. Like last year’s Zenfone 7, the company didn’t want to add a notch or cutout in the screen for the front camera. Instead, they threw three capable cameras into a mechanism that tilts the rear cameras forward for selfies, Snapchat, and zoom calls.
The Zenfone 8 Flip has a much larger 6.67-inch screen, although it’s still only 1080p and 90Hz compared to 120Hz on the smaller phone. That said, you get more room for a larger 5000 mAh battery with 30W fast wired charging. With a flip-out camera, there is also no official IP water rating.
As for the cameras, unfortunately they are very similar to the previous model and have the same 64 megapixel main camera, a 12 megapixel ultrawide and an 8 megapixel telephoto with 3x optical zoom. ASUS said the motor is faster and stronger than last year because it spins those cameras back and forth.
Price and release details have yet to be announced for the US market, but previous rumors suggested around $ 700 for the smaller phone and over $ 900 for the Flip. When they arrive, it will only be for AT&T and T-Mobile.