ASUS has finally lifted the curtains off the newest additions to its signature ZenFone lineup. Meet the new ZenFone 8 and ZenFone 8 Flip, and yes, you’ve guessed it right. The latter has the unique flip camera module that lets you use the rear cameras for a quick and high-quality selfie.
Both devices boast FHD+ Samsung AMOLED displays, 5.9-inches on ZenFone 8, and 6.67-inches on the ZenFone 8 Flip. The former also boasts a 120Hz refresh rate, while the latter has 90Hz. Under the hood is no less than the Snapdragon 888 5G mobile platform along with up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM on the vanilla and 8GB on the Flip, as well as up to 256GB of storage.
For optics, the two flagships are equipped with a 64MP Sony IMX686 camera, along with a 12MP Sony IMX363 ultra-wide unit. The ZenFone 8 Flip has an additional 8MP Telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and up to 12x total zoom. For the vanilla variant, you get a 12MP Sony IMX663 front snapper with dual-phase detection autofocus.
Both phones run on ZenUI 8 on top of Android 11. ZenFone 8 packs a 4,000mAh battery, while ZenFone 8 Flip houses a 5,000mAh power pack. Both support Quick Charge 4.0 and Power Delivery Charging.
ASUS ZenFone 8 and ZenFone 8 Flip Specifications
|ZenFone 8||ZenFone 8 Flip|
|Display||5.9″ Samsung AMOLED, FHD+||6.67″ Samsung All-Screen AMOLED, FHD+|
|20:9, 120Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time||20:9, 90Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time|
|240Hz touch sampling rate, 1100 nits||200Hz touch sampling rate, 1000 nits|
|112% DCI-P3, Delta E<1 color accuracy||110% DCI-P3, Delta E<1 color accuracy|
|1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, Gorilla Glass Victus||100,000: 1 contrast ratio, Gorilla Glass 6|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform|
|RAM||8GB/16GB LPDDR5||8GB LPDDR5|
|Storage||64GB UFS 2.1, 128GB/256GB UFS 3.1||128GB/256GB UFS 3.1|
|Camera (Rear)||64MP Sony IMX686 (Main, f/1.8, 4-Axis OIS)||64MP Sony IMX686 (Wide, f/1.8)|
|12MP Sony IMX363 (Ultra-Wide/Macro, f/2.2, Dual PD AF, real-time distortion correction)||12MP Sony IMX363 (Ultra-Wide/Macro, f/2.2, real-time distortion correction)|
|8MP (Telephoto, 3x optical zoom, up to 12x total zoom)|
|Camera (Front)||12MP Sony IMX663, Dual PD AF||Same as rear (via flip mechanism)|
|Camera Features||8K UHD video at 24fps + EIS and OIS for main camera||8K UHD video at 30fps + EIS for main camera|
|4K UHD video at 30/60fps for secondary camera||4K UHD video at 30/60fps + EIS for secondary camera|
|720p HD video at 30fps||720p HD video at 30fps|
|3-axis EIS for rear cameras||3-axis EIS|
|4K UHD Time Lapse||4K UHD Time Lapse|
|Slow Motion Video (4K UHD at 120fps, |
1080p FHD at 240fps, 720p at 480fps)
|Slow Motion Video (4K UHD at 120fps,|
1080p FHD at 240fps, 720p at 480fps)
|Can take stills while recording video (not supported in 8K video recording)||Can take stills while recording video (not supported in 8K video recording)|
|Manual video mode||Manual video mode|
|OS||Android 11 + ZenUI 8||Android 11 + ZenUI 8|
|Fast-Charging||Quick Charge 4.0 and PD Charging||Quick Charge 4.0 and PD Charging|
|Connectivity||Integrated WiFi 6E (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax, 2×2 MIMO), tri-band 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz / 6 GHz WiFi, Bluetooth 5.2 (EDR + A2DP), supports Qualcomm aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC||Integrated WiFi 6E (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax, 2×2 MIMO), tri-band 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz / 6 GHz WiFi, Bluetooth 5.2 (EDR + A2DP), supports Qualcomm aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC|
|Sensors||In-display fingerprint sensor, acceleration sensor, e-compass sensor, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, gyro sensor||In-display fingerprint reader, face recognition, acceleration sensor, e-compass sensor, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, gyro sensor, angle sensor, Hall sensor|
|Dimensions||148 x 68.5 x 8.9 mm||165.04 x 77.28 x 9.6 mm|
|Weight||169 g||230 g|
|Colors||Obsidian Black, Horizon Silver||Galactic Black, Glacier Silver|
ASUS ZenFone 8 and ZenFone 8 Flip Pricing
ASUS ZenFone 8 is priced starting at 599 Euros, while ZenFone 8 Flip will retail starting at 799 Euros. ASUS has also confirmed that the new ZenFone devices are coming to the Philippines, with local SRPs to be announced at a later date.
Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.