Asus Zenfone 8 review
The Asus Zenfone 8 series is now official, and one thing that may have come as a surprise – there is no Zenfone 8 mini. That’s because the Zenfone 8 itself comes in a mini for factor this year. Asus wanted to make one of the most compact Android phones without compromising on anything – speed, screen, camera, battery, not even stereo speakers and a 3.5mm connector. And they did! Meet one of the season’s most exciting phones – the Asus Zenfone 8
The compact class has been barren for some time. The iPhone 12 mini was probably the only glimmer of hope that some Android manufacturers might be doing what Apple did and what Sony might once like to offer on a regular basis – a compact yet accurate Android flagship.
And that’s what Zenfone 8 is all about – it’s a 5.9 “120Hz AMOLED display, the latest Snapdragon 888 5G chip, a large 4,000 mAh battery, a flagship dual camera that can take wide, ultra-wide , 2x lossless zoom and macro photos Oh, and the Zenfone 8 is also waterproof.
In fact, it seems that Asus made sure to include everything in the Zenfone 8, and we can not complain. In addition to all these flagship features, we must also note the presence of the little things that sometimes cause the biggest problems – there are two tall stereo speakers, a 3.5mm audio jack with Qualcomm Aqstic DAC, a microSD slot, NFC, and even FM radio if you are in a non-EU market.
The camera department also seems very impressive. There are only two snappers at the back, but they pull double. The most important 64MP camera with OIS is for your everyday photos, but it can do 2x lossless zoom. The 12MP ultrawide shooter has a large sensor and autofocus, which is why it can make macro shots. Finally, the 12MP selfie camera is also AF-enabled and it is 4K-enabled.
Zenfone 8 sounds incredible and we can not wait to disconnect it. So let’s take a quick look at its specifications and ger this review started.
Asus Zenfone 8 specifications at a glance:
- Body: 147.8×68.5×9.2mm, 165g; Gorilla Glass Victus front, aluminum frame, Gorilla Glass 3 rear; IP68 rated for dust and water resistance.
- Screen: 5.9 “Super AMOLED, 120Hz adaptive refresh rate; 240Hz touch sampling, HDR10 +, 1080x2400px resolution, 20: 9 aspect ratio, 445ppi.
- Chipset: Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm): Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 680); Adreno 660.
- Memory: 128/256 GB UFS3.1 storage; 6/8/16 GB RAM.
- OS / software: Android 11, ZenUI 2021.
- Rear camera: Wide (head): 64 MP, f / 1.8, 26 mm, 1 / 1.7 “, 0.8 µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS, 2x lossless zoom; Ultra wide angle: 12 MP, f / 2.2, 14 mm, 1 / 2.55 “, 1.4 µm, dual pixel PDAF, 4 cm macro shots.
- Front camera: 12MP, f / 2.45, 28mm, 1 / 2.93 “, 1.22mm, dual-pixel PDAF.
- Video recording: Rear camera: 8K @ 30fps, 4K @ 30/60 / 120fps, 1080p @ 30/60 / 240fps, 720p @ 480fps; gyro-EIS, HDR, three microphones for sound zoom and NC; Front camera: 4K @ 30fps, 1080p @ 30 / 60fps.
- Battery: 4000mAh; Fast charging 30W, QC 4.0, USB-PD 3.0.
- Various: Fingerprint reader (on display, optical); NFC; 3.5 mm jacks, stereo speakers, FM radio (non-EU models).
There seems to be nothing missing on this € 599 Zenfone 8 and you can color us impressed. Could this be a perfect phone? Only one way to find out.
Unboxing of Asus Zenfone 8
Zenfone 8 has the usual retail package – it comes with a 30W power adapter, a USB-C-to-C cable and a grippy plastic box.
There are no headphones inside the box, though the Zenfone 8 comes with an audio jack and you can use your favorite wired set. Plus, it’s a pretty affordable flagship, so we’ll definitely apologize for such a omission.