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Asus Zenfone 8 Review: Review

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Asus’ Zenfone 8 represents a paradigm shift for a next-generation smartphone when it comes to affordability, with essential specs and excellent cameras. However, the lower price inevitably comes with cutbacks: the Zenfone 8 lacks the feature that made its predecessor stand out: its flip camera, which allowed the Zenfone 7 to take rear-facing photos as well as selfies with the same set of lenses.

It’s still possible to get this new camera functionality, but only on a special smartphone version – the Zenfone 8 Flip, which will have a limited release, will cost more and will come with a single RAM and storage configuration.

Asus anticipates the Zenfone 8 to be the standard version of the device, with high-end specs in a variety of configurations – a world-class Snapdragon 888 chipset and up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage – at a very competitive price. This means that consumers comparing the Zenfone 8 to other high-end smartphones will have to accept other cuts the company has made – there are only two rear cameras (no telephoto lens), and this is a smaller device, with a screen of one. size less than 6 inches.

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design

The Zenfone 8’s design is nothing out of this world, but it packs some impressive features into a compact package that’s more or less usable with one hand. Today, this is new – it’s not a smartphone for users who want more screen area to watch videos or who need larger text, but for those who want a smaller device, the Zenfone 8 is one of the few options with high-end specifications and workmanship.

There are few devices in this niche of this size, with the Zenfone 8 (148 x 68.5 x 8.9 mm) reaching almost the same size as the Google Pixel 5 (144.7 x 70.4 x 8 mm).

The Zenfone 8 has a smooth frosted glass bottom with a camera module in the upper left corner and rounded edges that curve into the aluminum frame, creating a solid, elegant feel. Although the smartphone is a bit thick, at almost 9mm, the sides are wider at the back and narrower towards the front glass, which makes it a little easier to wrap your fingers around the device.

Other than that, the smartphone has a pretty standard design, with a rotary volume knob at the top of the right edge and a metallic blue lock knob below it. The thick fingerprint sensor lock button built into the Zenfone 7 is passed, as Asus has finally implemented a fingerprint sensor on the Zenfone 8’s screen. At the top of the device are a microphone on the right and a jack for headphones. 3.5mm, and at the bottom there is a central USB-C port with a speaker on the right, a microphone on the left and a SIM card slot on the left (no microSD capability).

Screen

The Zenfone 8 has a 5.9 inch AMOLED screen with Full HD Plus resolution (2400 x 1080). Features a 120 Hz refresh rate for smooth browsing, video and gaming viewing, as well as a 240 Hz touch sampling rate that reads finger inputs 240 times per second for faster game inputs.

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Compared to other ‘small’ smartphones, the Zenfone 8’s 5.9-inch screen has a slightly smaller area than the 6-inch Google Pixel 5, but the Zenfone 8’s display is longer and thinner.

The 20:9 aspect ratio screen is tall and narrow, and although larger thumbs can easily stretch across its width when the smartphone is held in one hand, the top of the display will be out of everyone’s reach. One-handed mode pushes everything on the display to the bottom half by default, but you can customize this ceiling to whatever height you prefer.

The image quality on the display is very good – it’s even sharper than the iPhone 12 Pro’s display in a side-by-side video test, with good colors and brightness producing an image that looks more lifelike than its predecessor, the Zenfone 7.

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In a first for the Zenfone line (although beaten by the ROG line), the Zenfone 8 has an on-screen fingerprint sensor that works accurately and very quickly. The smartphone can also be unlocked through facial recognition.

Chambers

This Asus device has two rear cameras (main and ultra wide) and a 12MP front camera in a hole on the front. While its predecessor had a telephoto lens (just like the Zenfone 8 Flip), the Zenfone 8 doesn’t have one.

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The 64MP f / 1.8 main camera seems to have been completely inherited from the Zenfone 7 Pro, right down to its Sony IMX686 sensor and optical image stabilization, and so does the ultra-wide 12MP f / 2.2 camera and its Sony IMX363 sensor.

Daylight shots look very respectable, with good clarity in well-lit shots and lots of detail in close-up shots. Colors can look a little too vibrant, and cameras start having problems with low light, losing clarity in dusk and twilight shots.

Performance

The Zenfone 8 brings together the best features you can find in a smartphone in this price range, with a Snapdragon 888 processor, 8GB to 16GB of RAM and 128GB to 256GB of storage (although it’s not possible to expand that space because it doesn’t there is microSD slot).

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It runs Android 11, the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system. The smartphone has Asus’ ZenUI overlay, a clean skin over the operating system that primarily adds the Game Genie skin (featuring a menu for in-game options like performance tweaks and mute notifications), as well as offering more granular settings than on many Android phones, including features to balance battery life, screen refresh rate and other parameters.

Drums

The Asus Zenfone 8 comes with a 4,000 mAh battery, which is enough to power you during the day, although screen-intensive activities like watching videos or playing games decrease battery life at a faster rate than than on other smartphones. Various power saving modes allow users to extend battery life by reducing screen brightness and refresh rate, turning off the display and managing other power-intensive settings.

There are also recharging settings inherited from the ROG 5, such as reducing charge capacity to 90% or 80% to extend battery life, as well as scheduled charging to keep the battery at this value during overnight charging – only reaching 100 % immediately before the wake-up alarm is programmed to go off, if the user has chosen to do so.

The smartphone comes with a 30W charger out of the box, which offers comparatively fast charging, though it’s not quite the level of the 60W charger that comes with the Asus ROG 5. The 30W charger still charges the smartphone. up to 32% in just 15 minutes, 58% in 30 minutes, and 70% in 45 minutes, fully charged in about an hour. Unfortunately, the Zenfone 8 doesn’t have wireless charging like all previous Asus smartphones. Another cut the company made here.

Verdict: ZenFone 8

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Asus’ Zenfone 8 is a pretty solid, high-end smartphone at an affordable price, though there are inevitably cutbacks: there’s no telephoto lens or wireless charging, and it misses its predecessor’s new flip camera, which allows the rear lenses to rotate forward to take selfies.

For those looking for small devices, easy to handle, and don’t worry too much about the capacity of the cameras, but only with a good performance, this is the ideal smartphone for you.

For those who love wide screens, extraordinary battery life and taking lots of photos to post on social media, perhaps the Zenfone 8 is not the best option.

This smartphone costs between €500 and €700, respectively depending on the variant you choose – the 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage or the 16 GB RAM and 256 GB storage.

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