The Asus ZenFone 8 is an Android iPhone mini

After generations of making phones with flip cameras and increasingly larger displays, Asus took the ZenFone 8 in a completely different direction: compact. The flip camera concept also applies to the new ZenFone 8 Flip, but it’s no longer a standard feature in this year’s ZenFone lineup. Instead, priced at 599 euros (approximately $730), the ZenFone 8 is in the upper mid-range with a conventional rear camera bump and a much smaller 5.9-inch display. For reference, the final price in the US is undecided. Asus says it’s between $599 and $799, but unlike last year’s model, it’s coming to the North American market. Rather than an eye-catching camera feature, the focus of this design was to create a smaller mobile phone that was comfortable to use with one hand. Asus did it without sacrificing processing power or advanced features. It’s an Android iPhone mini and it’s fantastic. Good Stuff Thoughtful compact design Rugged build quality and IP68 rating Excellent Snapdragon 888 performance Bad item Battery life is okay. Only two major OS updates, no telephoto cameras. Asus designed the ZenFone 8 for one-handed operation. Asus ZenFone 8 screen and design ZenFone 8 is small but didn’t offer the latest flagship processor, the Snapdragon 888 chipset and 6GB, 8GB or 16GB RAM (16GB for my review unit). I couldn’t find any glitches in the performance of this phone. It’s responsive, animations and interactions seamless, and follows demanding uses and fast app transitions. This is a performance fit of the flagship device. The display is a 5.9-inch 1080p OLED panel that supports a fast 120Hz refresh rate, making everyday interactions like swiping, scrolling, animation, and more, looking much smoother and more stylish than a standard 60Hz screen or even a 90Hz panel. By default, the phone automatically switches between 120/90/60Hz depending on the application to save battery life, but you can manually select one of the three refresh rates if you wish. The display’s 20:9 aspect ratio was carefully considered by Asus. The company says it has adopted a slightly narrower format to make the phone easier to fit in your pocket. I can’t put it completely in the back pocket of my jeans, but it almost fits. More importantly, it fits nicely into your jacket pocket and doesn’t feel like it won’t pop out when you sit on the floor to tie your shoes. ZenFone 8 is rated IP68 for dust protection and some immersion. You can’t put it in the back pocket of your jeans, but it almost fits. The front panel is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus, has an integrated display fingerprint sensor, and Gorilla Glass 3 with a frosted finish is used on the back. Matte side with matte/glossy spectrum. The front panel is flat, but the back has some curves on the long edges to make it easy to fit in your hand. At 169 grams (5.9 ounces), it’s heavy for its size and surprisingly dense when first picked up. The frame of the phone is aluminum, which gives the entire package a luxurious look and feel. There is also a headphone jack on the top edge as a treatment. The location of the power button (interesting shade of blue!) is good, so the right thumb falls naturally while holding the phone in the hand. The same is true for the in-screen fingerprint sensor. The subject seems to be positioned higher on the screen than usual, but in reality my thumb can comfortably reach it. I would honestly admit I have a personal bias towards smaller phones, but the ZenFone 8 feels good in my hands. I’ve spent a lot of time using my big device over the past 6 months and got used to it. But the ZenFone 8 is the first device that feels like it’s adapted to me, not something I have to adapt to use. Smaller phone means smaller battery. Asus ZenFone 8 battery and software The smaller size of the phone requires a smaller battery, in this case 4,000mAh is much smaller than the 5,000mAh of the ZenFone 6 and 7. I felt the difference between using this phone and my everyday budget or midrange phone, but I had no problem using it in moderation all day long. I accidentally left Strava running for 20 hours and the battery life was still there the next morning. ZenFone 8 supports 30W wired charging using the included power adapter, so your discharged battery will take up to 100% in over an hour. Wireless charging isn’t supported, so the ZenFone 8 is a bit of a peculiarity in its flagship class. Asus offers tons of options to help you extend your everyday battery life and the overall life of your battery. There are more than 5 battery modes to optimize your phone’s performance or battery life every day, and various charging modes allow you to set custom charging limits or parallax overnight, so at 100% on alarm time for better battery health. Can be reached. . You won’t find the best battery capacity in its class here, but if you need to increase your ZenFone 8’s battery, you have plenty of options. ZenFone 8 comes with Android 11, and Asus says it will deliver “at least” two major OSes with security updates over the same period. This is lower than what we would expect for our flagship phones, especially when compared to Apple’s typical 4 or 5 year support schedule. The important thing for US shoppers is that the ZenFone 8 only works on AT&T and T-Mobile’s LTE and Sub-6GHz 5G networks. This phone is not available on Verizon, and there is also no support for a fast, but extremely limited millimeter wave 5G network. ZenFone 8 offers standard wide and ultra wide rear cameras. Asus ZenFone 8 Camera The ZenFone 8’s rear camera bump has only two cameras, both of which are worth the time. Rather than immerse yourself in the depth sensor, macro or monochrome nonsense, Asus used a 64 megapixel main camera with OIS and 12 megapixel ultra wide. It’s borrowed from last year’s model, excluding the telephoto camera and flip mechanism. Like the ZenFone 7 Pro, the 8’s main camera produces 16 megapixel images with rich detail in vivid colors and good lighting. Images can be skewed too far into areas that look unnatural and some high-contrast scenes look too HDR like I want. But overall, this camera works fine. It handles slightly low light conditions well, such as in a dark store interior, and the night mode works fine even in very dark lighting. Just hold your phone still for a few seconds and the subject t move. With the grid view portrait mode, the beauty mode to soften the skin is turned on by default, which is not good. The skin looks overly smooth and unnaturally flat and bright, as if the subject is wearing several layers of stage makeup. Turning this feature off significantly improves the situation. Ultra wide-angle cameras also perform well. Asus calls it a “flagship” grade sensor, which may be true in 2018, but it’s a step higher than the smaller and cheaper sensors commonly found in ultra-wide-angle cameras. Likewise, a 12 megapixel front camera is fine. Beauty mode is off by default when you switch to a selfie camera. Fortunately, the. There are no telephoto cameras here, only digital zoom. The camera shot screen has an icon that jumps to a 2x 16 megapixel “lossless” digital zoom for quick cropping. This works fine, but it doesn’t have much reach, it makes the limit of a small sensor and the lens is more obvious. Overall, the camera system is good, but not great. It’s disappointing that you don’t have a true optical zoom or telephoto camera, but you can’t fit everything in a device like this one. Personally, I’ll shoot an ultra wide angle one day rather than telephoto. ZenFone 8 doesn’t sacrifice flagship experience to achieve a small form factor. ZenFone 8 fills the void in the Android market for small devices with full specs. The Google Pixel 4A is about the same size, but it’s a budget device with a step-down processor, a plastic chassis and less features like an IP rating or a quick refresh screen. In addition to its easy-to-manage battery life, it rarely gives up its flagship features to get ZenFone 8’s small form factor. You should look for iOS for the most direct competition for this phone. The iPhone 12 mini almost matches spec by specification, from IP rating to camera configuration. The 12 mini is actually a bit smaller than the ZenFone 8, and it’s likely a more expensive choice at $829 for 256GB, given the storage capacity. But considering that the 12 mini will probably get a few more years of OS and security support, it could be a better buy in the long run if you have flexibility in your operating system choices. Flagship-level build quality and performance are literally in your hands. I love the ZenFone 8 a lot, but I’m not sure if you’ll find a large audience at least in America. Apple is having a hard time selling the iPhone 12 mini, and one thing Apple is good at is selling phones to US customers. I hate to accept this idea, but maybe we’ve gotten used to a giant cell phone. I love how the ZenFone 8 feels in my hands and pockets, but you can see how small the screen and everything in it are compared to the larger phones I’ve used recently. There are also some important considerations, such as the lack of compatibility with Verizon and the relatively short phone support life. If you need the best battery life, ZenFone 8 can’t offer it, and if you want the best-in-class camera, you’ll have to look elsewhere. That said, ZenFone 8 will be suitable for certain types of people, and I can sincerely recommend it to fellow small phone fans. You literally get flagship-level build quality and performance right in your hand. Photo of Allison Johnson / The Verge


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