ASUS’s two new Zenfones are far tamer offerings. That’s because they’re trying to appeal to a more mainstream audience, while still offering features other manufacturers have mostly written off.
The question is whether or not either one goes far enough.
Almost every contemporary smartphone causes you to sacrifice photo quality if you’re taking a selfie, because those front-facing cameras are nearly always cheaper components.
The problem has gotten worse in recent years because those selfie shooters also are placed within the display, which necessitates a notch or a hole punch cutout and also limits the sector of view, so those spacious wide-angle selfies of a couple of years back became rarer and rarer.
The Asus Zenfone 8 Flip solves both problems with (you guessed it) a flip.
All three of its main cameras are mounted on a motorized module that rotates out from a recessed bay. meaning that when it comes time for a selfie, you’re not sacrificing any quality because you’re actually using the phone’s main cameras – they only happen to be pointing at you.
ASUS has been doing this for several years – which experience shines through in features custom-tailored for vlogging.
You can set the camera to any angle you wish using the volume keys, which is beneficial if you wanna go hands-free without a tripod.
If you do have a tripod, you’ll use object-tracking to follow a topic although it leaves the frame, by physically steering the camera – and for the product reviewers out there: an equivalent mode will keep specialise in a topic you decide on rather than defaulting to your face.
The optics module is formed from metal specially designed to resist deformation if you drop it – but it shouldn’t ever come thereto , because the phone’s accelerometer detects falls and retracts the camera automatically before it hits the ground .
The design, size, even the cameras are an equivalent as last year – right down to the sensors which wouldn’t be a drag if their performance was better.
Despite being the smaller sibling, this phone is ASUS’s actual flagship for 2021. this is often the Zenfone 8 – and its small stature belies its potent powerhouse.
Like the Flip, this is often powered by a Snapdragon 888, and it settles for 2 cameras and a 4000 mAh battery (instead of the Flip’s5000) but it takes the specs up a skooched just about everywhere else.
The main camera is optically stabilized; the twin speakers are backed up by the headphone jack that’s missing on the Flip – and therefore the same goes for IP65 and IP68 dust and water resistance.
There’s also double the RAM, which you almost certainly won’t notice – and a better 120Hz refresh rate on the screen, which you would possibly .
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888|
|Rear Camera||64 MP + 12 MP|
|Front Camera||12 MP|
|Launch Date||May 12, 2021 (Unofficial)|
|Operating System||Android v11|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888|
|CPU||Octa core (2.84 GHz, Single core, Kryo 680 + 2.42 GHz, Tri core, Kryo 680 + 1.8 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 680)|
|Screen Size||5.92 inches (15.04 cm)|
|Resolution||1080 x 2400 pixels|
|Pixel Density||445 ppi|
|Touch Screen||Yes, Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch|
|Refresh Rate||120 Hz|
|Waterproof||Yes, Water resistant, IP68|
|Resolution||64 MP Primary Camera, 12 MP, Wide Angle, Ultra-Wide Angle Camera|
|Sensor||Exmor-RS CMOS Sensor|
|Flash||Yes, LED Flash|
|Image Resolution||9000 x 7000 Pixels|
|Settings||Exposure compensation, ISO control|
|Resolution||12 MP Primary Camera|
|Quick Charging||Yes, Fast, 30W|
|Internal Memory||128 GB|
|Expandable Memory||Yes, Up to 2 TB|
|Network & Connectivity|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM, GSM+GSM|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano|
|Network Support||5G supported by device (network not rolled-out in India), 4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G|
|Wi-Fi||Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n|
|Wi-Fi Features||Mobile Hotspot|
|GPS||Yes with A-GPS|
|USB Connectivity||Mass storage device, USB charging|
|Audio Jack||USB Type-C|
|Fingerprint Sensor Position||On-screen|
|Other Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope|
That’s tons of capability for a compact smartphone, and I’m very happy to ascertain a manufacturer aside from Sony stepping up within the small-phone space.
As per the website you can buy the Asus Zenfones 8 for a starting price the 8GB RAM/128GB storage variant is priced at EUR 700 (roughly Rs 62,500), whereas the 8GB RAM/256GB storage and 16GB RAM/256GB storage variants are priced at EUR 750 (roughly Rs 67,000) and EUR 800 (roughly Rs 71,500), respectively.