As expected, Asus formalizes two premium smartphones: the ZenFone 8 and 8 Flip. Unlike the ZenFone 7 and 7 Pro, the two 2021 models are very different. If the ZenFone 8 Flip is a true successor to the ZenFone 7, the ZenFone 8 is presented as a “little superphone”. It is positioned as a competitor to the Galaxy S21, iPhone 12 Mini and Xperia 5 III.
In recent weeks, the ZenFone 8 has been a lot of talk in the stream of leaks. Recently, their alleged prices have even been exposed on the internet. Today, we had an appointment with the brand to find out the official information on the two suspected smartphones. And as much to say, this presentation did not lack of surprise.
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First important information, the two smartphones are called Zenfone 8 and ZenFone 8 Flip. No Pro version. No Mini version. Who is the charming little smartphone unveiled by the rumors? It’s the ZenFone 8. Quite simply. The largest of the duo, with the rotating photo module, is therefore the ZenFone 8 Flip. This last replaces the ZenFone 7. And the ZenFone 7 Pro therefore has no direct successor.
The two high-end smartphones therefore aim to offer two different experiences, and no longer just one like in previous years with a Deluxe or Pro version to add a bit of pizzazz. Contacted by the editorial staff of PhonAndroid, the Asus brand explains that the goal is to create a variety of smartphones for different audiences. Excessive gaming? ROG Phone. Big screen and crazy selfie? ZenFone Flip. Small, complete smartphone? ZenFone.
ZenFone 8: the perfect competitor to the Xperia 5 and the Galaxy S21
Let us now go into the details of the technical sheets, starting with the ZenFone 8. Know, before starting, that the full review of ZenFone 8 should be online by the time you read this. You can now take a careful look at it. The ZenFone 8 is therefore a relatively small smartphone compared to the flagships of competing brands. The goal: to differentiate themselves from Samsung, Oppo, Xiaomi and others.
Its screen measures 5.9 inch. It is therefore larger than that of the iPhone 12 Mini, but slightly smaller than that of the Xperia 5 II or the Galaxy S21. Asus would have carried out a survey of its users which plebiscite with 67% a size lower than 6.0 inches. Hence this choice. Like Sony, Asus claims to have made no concessions in this phone. But you will find that this is not entirely true: no wireless charging, no optical zoom in photo.
But there are even three surprises. The return from a port 3.5mm jack (as for the ROG Phone 5), also equipped here with a Hi-fi DAC promising a very comfortable audio experience. The integration of a battery of 4000 mAh in this very small chassis, performance achieved thanks to an innovative internal architecture. And the fingerprint reader is integrated into the screen (and no longer in the power button). The less pleasant surprise is to be found on the side of the photo, since the photo module has only two sensors.
Dual photo sensor and no optical zoom
Let’s talk about these two sensors. There is a sensor 64 megapixels (lens opening at f / 1.8, pixel measuring 1.6 microns, PDAF dual autofocus and optical stabilizer). And a sensor 12 megapixels for panoramas (113 ° angle of view, lens opening at f / 2.2, pixel measuring 1.4 microns, dual PDAF autofocus, macro support). So there is no optical zoom, but only digital zoom. Up front, you will find another sensor 12 megapixels (lens opening at f / 2.45, pixel measuring 1.22 microns, PDAF dual autofocus). Note that, without the rotary module, the ZenFone 8 gains a IP68 certification.
Otherwise, no big surprise: this is a top-of-the-range smartphone from Asus. Mineral glass shell (Gorilla Victus front, Gorilla 6 in the back). Aluminum frame. Full HD + AMOLED display 5.9-inch HDR + compatible, 120 Hz, DCI-P3. SoC Snapdragon 888 by Qualcomm. From 8 to 16 GB of RAM. From 128 to 256 GB of storage. We will come back to the prices in more detail at the end of the article. Quick charge 30 watts (with the usual load management options). Double asymmetric speaker. Android 11 with ZenUI 8 interface.
ZenFone 8 Flip: a simple ZenFone 7 refresh
Now let’s move on to the ZenFone 8 Flip. This one therefore resumes the positioning of ZenFone 7, with its rotating photo module, its absence of a selfie sensor on the front and its large screen. It is above all an evolution. A refresh you could say. Hull in Gorilla Glass 6 front and back. Aluminum frame. Liquid metal photo module.
Screen 6.67-inch Full HD + AMOLED, compatible 90 Hz, DCI-P3 and HDR. Qualcomm processor Snapdragon 888. 8 GB of RAM. 256 GB of storage (only one configuration in Europe). Drums 5000 mAh with fast charge 30 watts. Android 11 and ZenUI 8. Double asymmetric speaker, in-screen fingerprint reader. But no 3.5mm jack. Pity.
Triple photo sensor on the rear (as on the front). The first two are inspired by ZenFone 8: 64 megapixels (lens opening at f / 1.8, pixel measuring 1.6 microns, standard autofocus) and 12 megapixels for panoramas (viewing angle 112 °, lens opening at f / 1.8, pixel measuring 1.4 microns, PDAF dual autofocus). The third is a 8 megapixel sensor with optical zoom (ratio 3x in optics and 12x in digital). The only real regret: there is no optical stabilizer in the ZenFone 8 Flip. And this for a question of cost …
Better prices than the competition
Finally, let’s move on to prices. ZenFone 8 will be available in France from 699 euros in 8/128 GB version. There will be no 6/128 GB version in France at 599 euros. On the other hand, Asus offers during the pre-order period a batch of ZenFone 8 with 8/128 GB at 599 euros (with an ODR of 100 euros). The ZenFone 8 8/256 GB will be sold at 749 euros. And finally the ZenFone 8 16/256 GB will be marketed at 819 euros. Either a fairly aggressive price in the face of the competition, for the same configuration. As for the ZenFone 8 Flip, it will be sold at 799 euros with a single configuration, 8/256 GB. The commercial launch of the ZenFone 8 and 8 Flip is scheduled for May 31st.