The last Asus device I managed to buy was the Asus Zenfone 5Z, since the next Zenfone had to go on safari to get it, and the ROGs… are a bit brick.
So, when the first rumors of the Zenfone 8 were heard I started to look forward to it, but what Asus finally brought us with the Zenfone 8 was simple, I DIDN’T TAKE IT WITH ANYTHING.
ASUS Zenfone 8
The Zenfone 8 is the smallest flagship on the market in the Android world, measuring 148 x 68.5 x 8.9 mm and weighing just 169 grams. That means it’s smaller than the Galaxy S21, but also the Pixel 5 and generally anything smaller you can find with flagship horsepower.
The overall design isn’t anything special, with the Camera Module being a bit of a thing, positioned at the top, but less far from the side. I think the folks at ASUS did this to avoid the phenomenon of having your fingers take pictures with the UltraWide lens when you hold the phone on its side, but it’s still a bit of a mess.
Still, we have a glass back, and an aluminium frame, with the back even being matte, which in itself would be a reason to get it. At the same time, of course, it has 50 other reasons to get it. It’s also IP68 Rated!
On the front you’ll find a 5.9″ AMOLED display made by Samsung, with FHD+ resolution and 120hz refresh rate. The panel is HDR10+ certified and has a brightness of 450nits in Manual, which becomes 800 in Auto, and shoots up to 1100 nits in HDR content.
Simple, it doesn’t have the rotating Camera Module that we saw on the previous Zenfone and Zenfone 8 Flip, so you’ll find a hole in the top left corner that houses a 12MP Sony IMX663 sensor with DP PDAF for your Selfies.
In the Camera Module on the back you’ll find 2 cameras, with no pseudo cameras to increase their number, with a Sony IMX686 at 64MP, and an Ultrawide Sony IMX363 at 12MP.
The main sensor also has optical stabilisation, while the Ultrawide in addition to automatic distortion correction can focus at a distance of just 4CM to use it as a Macro.
HOWEVER if it has more impressive, it’s its speakers, since despite its small size the ASUS Zenfone 8 is equipped in a pair of excellent stereo speakers, with Dirac HD Sound , which in all the reviews I’ve read/seen so far they praise.
Small phone, you see, Flagship level, no way it has a headphone port you will think, but unfortunately for all the other companies that think we are biting with excuses “we took it out because it didn’t fit” ASUS has added a headphone port to the Zenfone 8, and the FM Radio antenna is not missing!!!
Inside you’ll find the Snapdragon 888, with 6/8/16GB of RAM and 128/256GB of built-in UFS 3.1 memory, while of course the Adreno 660 GPU and 5G Modem are not missing.
Based on benchmarks the Zenfone 8 is one of the fastest phones on the market, and when we say one of the fastest, we mean top-5, which is very impressive for a phone of this size.
“So, Angel, the catch is in the battery, huh?” NO, it’s not in the battery either, since ASUS crammed a 4000mAh battery with 30W fast charging, without wireless charging of course, since at 9mm the phone was already too thick, and if they put coils for wireless it would make things difficult.
And the Software is at a very good level, since ASUS’ ZenUI has become one of the cleanest, but at the same time FAST Android Skins, with the Korean company having ported many of the software’s gaming tricks directly from the ROG Phones. The Zen UI 8.0 installed on the device is based on Android 11.
To these, add the notification LED on the bottom of the device, WiFI 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, a linear vibration motor, Dual Band GPS, and Dual SIM functionality.
The initial price of the Zenfone 8 is set at €599 for the European market, and already in those countries where ASUS has a digital store, such as Germany, Italy, Portugal, Poland, France, Belgium, Czech Republic, etc., they are running an offer for the 8/128GB , which drops it from €690 to €610!!!