Asus Zenfone 8: The Most Powerful Zenfone Yet
Powered by the advanced 5 nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform, Zenfone 8 is the most powerful Zenfone yet, and features the fastest possible 5G speeds. Zenfone 8 also includes the latest WiFi 6E2 technology with 6 GHz support, which gives you faster and more stable connections. Whatever you want to do, you’ll do it faster with Zenfone 8.
Asus Zenfone 8: Features
The 120 Hz AMOLED display with its 1 ms response time ensures silky-smooth scrolling and blur-free visuals: you’ll appreciate the speed with every touch! The 112% DCI-P3 color gamut brings videos and images to life, and the industry-leading Delta-E < 1 color accuracy is your assurance that every color is rendered faithfully. The display’s also HDR10+ certified to bring out the detail in even the darkest scenes.
Zenfone 8 redefines portable design to give you the ultimate performance, with none of the weight or bulk. It’s designed to be easy to use and easy to take with you, everywhere.
The 3D-curved back perfectly fits your palm for the most comfortable grip for a total control. On the back, the brand-new anti-glare frosted-glass finish gives it a clean and sleek look, all the time.
Inside the compact body of Zenfone 8 is a powerful 4000 mAh battery that gives you non-stop power. To make it last even longer, the charging system automatically learns your behavior so it’s always ready for you. For the best power optimization, there are automatic power modes that let you choose anything from optimized performance to maximum battery life. There’s also an Advanced Mode so you can customize Zenfone 8’s power usage for your own needs.
The professional dual-camera system on Zenfone 8 captures every precious moment for you with superb-quality photos under any conditions. The 64-megapixel main camera delivers unprecedented resolution and a high level of light sensitivity, for perfect photos day and night. The ultrawide camera gives you even more freedom in your composition and it can also take incredible macro shots with close-up details. With Zenfone 8, every magic moment is captured with ease.
Zenfone 8 gives you the highest video quality, and lets you capture stable and smooth action videos. It also provides amazing video features in Pro Video Mode including Free Zoom and Wind Filter to add a cinematic touch to your videos. There are also triple microphones for enhanced audio capture while recording: these enable the Acoustic Focus Mode that lets you choose the direction of the sound you want to record, eliminating unwanted sounds.
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Asus ZenFone 8 Review
The ZenFone 8 fills a void in the Android market for a full-specced, small-sized device. The Google Pixel 4A is around the same size, but it’s decidedly a budget device with a step-down processor, plastic chassis, and fewer niceties like an IP rating or a fast-refresh screen. Aside from battery life, which is manageable, you give up very little in the way of flagship features to get the ZenFone 8’s small form factor.
- Thoughtful compact design
- Robust build quality and IP68 rating
- Excellent Snapdragon 888 performance
- Battery life is just okay
- Only two major OS updates
- No telephoto camera
The Zenfone 8 doesn’t have the largest display, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in quality. A full HD 1080p resolution combined with a 20:9 aspect ratio produces a sharp image with plenty of screen real estate to work with, especially considering the 90 percent screen-to-body ratio. By far my favorite part of the display, though, is the 120Hz refresh rate. That’s twice what you get in even the most expensive iPhone model on the market right now. Even basic tasks like web browsing and scrolling through Twitter are so much smoother-looking with a refresh rate that high. Overall, this is an excellent display for a sub-$700 phone.
The Asus Zenfone 8 is a solid flagship phone at a sub-flagship price, though inevitably there are compromises: there’s no telephoto lens or wireless charging, and it misses out on its predecessor’s novel flip camera that let the rear lenses rotate forward to take selfie shots. You can still get that camera in the limited-release Asus Zenfone 8 Flip, but the regular Zenfone 8 delivers top-tier specs at the most affordable price since the OnePlus 6T.
Great performance. Nice, compact size that’s easy to hold with one hand. Smooth 120-Hz AMOLED screen. Plenty of battery care features. Good dual speakers, headphone jack, and IP68 water resistance.
No wireless charging, no MicroSD card slot, no mmWave 5G. No Verizon compatibility. Dull (and slippery) design. Fingerprint sensor isn’t as reliable. Cameras and battery life are just OK. Asus has a poor track record with Android updates. Potential LTE connectivity issues and buggy call quality.