Asus is perhaps better known for his laptops, but it has two new smartphones to show off – and they both offer something a little different from the norm. The Zenfone 8 packs the flagship specs into a compact package, while the Zenfone 8 Flip sports the same nifty dual-function camera as the Zenfone 7.
The Zenfone 8 looks pretty standard at the phone level, but it sports a 5.9-inch, 2,400 x 1,800-pixel AMOLED display, which is one of the smallest on the market right now. It beats the 5.4-inch screen of the iPhone 12 mini, but it is more compact than most of the competition. Asus says it was aiming for “perfect pocket-size capability,” and if you’ve lamented the lack of choice when it comes to small Android phones, it should be a welcome arrival.
Besides the size, the Zenfone 8 is a flagship: it is powered by the Snapdragon 888, the leading processor for Android phones this year, which includes up to 16GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage. There is 5G support and a battery with a capacity of 4000mAh inside.
The Zenfone 8’s rear camera is a 64 MP + 12 MP dual-lens snapper with an ultra-wide mode but no telephoto zoom, and you get a 12 MP single-lens selfie camera up front, housed in a punched hole notch. However, it lacks a few features compared to the best handsets on the market, including wireless charging and waterproofing.
The Asus Zenfone 8 Flip also debuts today, which is likely to grab the most attention: it has the same flip camera as its predecessor Zenfone 7, so the rear camera pops up. above the phone to act as a selfie camera. when it’s necessary. This is an interesting trick, and it means that you don’t need to have a notch on the front screen.
This screen is a 6.67-inch, 2400 x 1800-pixel AMOLED panel, so it’s significantly larger than that of the standard Zenfone 8. On the Flip handset there is an additional 8 MP camera lens offering 3x optical zoom which means one also in terms of photo and video capabilities.
To round out the rest of the specifications of the Zenfone 8 Flip we have a Snapdragon 888 processor, 8 GB of RAM, up to 256 GB of internal storage and a battery with a capacity of 5000 mAh (which should help with that size. additional screen). Like the standard model, you don’t get an IP rating for water protection or wireless charging.
In terms of price, these phones fit into the gap between the mid-range and truly high-end flagships – an increasingly crowded space. The Zenfone 8 costs € 599 (around US $ 725) and more, while the ZenFone 8 Flip will set you back € 799 (around $ 965). For now, Asus says that only the compact Zenfone 8 will be officially available in the United States.