The Taiwan based smartphone company, Asus, has officially unveiled its much-anticipated flagship smartphones globally. Yes, the Asus Zenfone 8 series is official now, which includes Asus Zenfone 8 Flip and Zenfone 8. The former one comes with a camera system with a flipping mechanism whereas the latter one has a fixed camera module and is much more compact now.
Asus Zenfone 8 Flip and Zenfone 8 Pricing and availability
The price of the Asus Zenfone 8 Flip is set at €799 for the 8GB RAM with 256GB of storage that translates to Rs 71,105. This phone is now available for pre-orders in the European market and is expected to be available in more regions soon.
On the other hand, the Asus Zenfone 8 comes in multiple configurations. The price of the 6GB RAM with 128GB storage is set at €599 that translates to Rs 53,207, 8RAM with 128GB storage at €669 (approx Rs 62,090) and 8RAM with 256GB storage at €729 (approx Rs 64,754). Lastly, the 16GB RAM with 256GB storage will be available with a price tag of €799 that translates to around Rs 70,972. All the models are now up for pre-orders and are scheduled to go on sale in Europe and Taiwan starting May 31.
Asus Zenfone 8 Flip
This the most premium device from the series and its biggest USP is its camera set up that can flip from rear to front; it may also serve as a selfie camera. This model will be available in two colour options of Galactic Black and Glacier Silver. The Asus Zenfone 8 Flip features a no notch 6.67-inch Samsung AMOLED display with 1,080×2,400 pixels of resolution with a 20:9 aspect ratio. The display has a 90Hz refresh rate support with a 200Hz touch sampling rate, 700 nits of peak brightness with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection.
The device runs Android 11 with ZenUI 8 and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor paired with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage which can be expanded using a microSD card.
For optics, there is a triple camera with a flip mechanism that includes a 64-megapixel Sony IMX686 primary sensor with an f/1.8 aperture. In addition to this, there is a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and OmniVision sensor. The camera module is protected by Gorilla Glass 3.
The Asus Zenfone 8 Flip lacks an IP rating and a 3.5mm audio jack but does have stereo speakers with dedicated NXP mono amps, NXP amplifiers, and Hi-Res Audio. Moreover, the device packs a 5,000mAh battery supported by 30W fast charging tech.
Asus Zenfone 8
Asus Zenfone 8 comes with a small and compact form factor for single-handed usage. The size of the phone has been compressed to a 5.9 inch AMOLED display with 2,400 x 1,080-pixel resolution. It comes with a 120Hz refresh rate support for a super-smooth display. It has HDR10+ support with a 20:9 aspect ratio and an IP68 dust and water resistance rating and is guarded by Gorilla Glass Victus.
The smartphone runs on ZenUI 8 on top of Android 11. Under the hood, there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC with up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. Instead of a flip mechanism, Asus Zenfone 8 has gone with a fixed dual camera set up that includes a 64-megapixel Sony IMX686 primary sensor with an f/1.8 aperture and a 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 ultra-wide-angle camera with Dual PDAF that also supports 4cm macro photography. Upfront there is a 12-megapixel selfie camera housed inside a punch hole cut out at the left side corner of the display. It should be noted that the company has not compromised with the features here; the camera set up here has Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) which Flip lacked.
Unlike its sibling, the device includes an audio jack at the top, two linear speakers fine-tuned by Dirac HD sound technology with dual Cirrus Logic mono amps and Hi-Res Audio. In addition to this, there is an Audio Wizard app to customise the equaliser. The phone supports 30W HyperCharge with a 4,000mAh battery.
For the latest gadget and tech news, and gadget reviews, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. For newest tech & gadget videos subscribe to our YouTube Channel. You can also stay up to date using the Gadget Bridge Android App.