Asus today unveiled the latest version in its ZenFone line of smartphones: the ZenFone 8 and the ZenFone 8 Flip. The online launch of the new Asus flagships has just concluded, and we now have the full specifications and pricing details for both phones in the global markets.
For those who don’t know, Asus has postponed the launch of ZenFone 8 India due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. With that out of the way, let’s take a look at the specs:
ZenFone 8 Flip Specifications
The ZenFone 8 Flip is the phone with the elegant motorized camera that acts as a front and rear shutter on the smartphone. The smartphone comes with 6.67-inch Full-HD + AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. Here there are no perforations or notches on the front. Instead, it has a discreet full-screen bezel-less display.
Under the hood, you get the Snapdragon 888 5G chipset paired with up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The phone comes in three variants: 8GB + 128GB, 8GB + 256GB, and 16GB + 256GB. ZenFone 8 Flip runs Android 11-based ZenUI out of the box.
All that said, the camera module is still the most exciting aspect of the phone and it also lends itself to the name ‘Flip’. The ZenFone 8 Flip comes with a triple camera system with a 64MP Sony IMX686 Primary Sensor12 MP Sony IMX363 ultra wide angle lens and 12 MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom. The camera module flips over, like its predecessor, to act as a selfie shooter when needed.
Powering all of this is a massive 5,000mAh battery with support for 30W fast charging. It will be available in two color combinations, namely Galactic Black and Glacier Silver.
ZenFone 8 Specifications
The ZenFone 8 is a compact flagship that aims to take on the iPhone 12 mini. Comes with a 5.9-inch AMOLED Full-HD + E4 display with a refresh rate of 120Hz. The panel also has Gorilla Glass Victus protection, up to 1,100 nits of maximum brightness, and compatibility with the 112% DCI-P3 color gamut. However, there is a big difference between the two. This variant comes with a perforated selfie camera instead of the flip-up camera mechanism.
Under the hood, you get the same flagship Snapdragon 888 5G processor. This will be paired with up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The device has been launched in three configurations: 8GB + 128GB, 8GB + 256GB, and 16GB + 256GB. It also comes with a IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.
In terms of optics, the ZenFone 8 comes with a dual rear camera setup with a 64MP Sony IMX686 primary sensor and a 12MP ultra-wide camera (with 4cm Super Macro support). There’s also a 12MP selfie camera up front.
Completing the spec sheet is a modest 4000mAh battery with 30W fast charging support. It’s not the thickest battery we’ve seen on Android flagships, but it should be pretty good. The device runs ZenUI based on Android 11 out of the box. Last but not least, the highlight of the ZenFone 8 is the onboard 3.5mm headphone jack.
Price and availability
The ZenFone 8 Flip has been price from 799 euros (~ Rs. 71,000) for the base variant, while the compact ZenFone 8 starts at just 599 Euros (~ Rs. 53,200). Asus did not share the exact availability details for the ZenFone 8 series. There is currently no official information on when these flagship smartphones will be launched in India. So stay tuned for more information.
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