The Asus Zenfone 8 series is releasing in Australia
Though more commonly known for its high-performance laptops, Asus has been quietly kicking goals in the smartphone space for a while now, particularly overseas. Here in Australia, we’ve had the Asus ROG Phone series for a while now and we’ve been thoroughly impressed with the gamer-centric smartphone series so far (last year, the ROG Phone 3 made our list of the best phones available). But just like its laptop range, the ROG series is only half of the Asus story, the other half belongs to its Zen-branded products. In 2021, the Asus Zenfone range is heading to Australia with the Asus Zenfone 8 and Zenfone 8 Flip.
Asus Zenfone 8: Small premium
The flagship handset from the new range is the Asus Zenfone 8, a smaller 5.9-inch smartphone that doesn’t compromise on power. Unlike the iPhone 12 mini, which failed to meet Apple’s sales expectations, the Zenfone 8 isn’t a step-down or budget alternative, it’s the premium handset Asus is leading with this generation. The Asus Zenfone 8 sports a compact 120Hz Samsung AMOLED display, a Sony-made dual rear camera array and is packing a burly Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G chipset.
The Zenfone 8 has been designed for one-handed use, which is evident in its size and the features available in the Android 11-based ZenUI 8 operating system (which includes a one-handed operation mode).
The Asus Zenfone 8 is available in Obsidian Black and Horizon Silver.
Asus Zenfone 8 Flip: Quirky camera
The second handset Asus announced today was the Zenfone 8 Flip. Another first for Australia, the Zenfone 8 Flip is the quirkier sibling in the Asus family of phones. The unique feature that inspires its name is the “Flip Camera,” a triple-camera array on a motorised hinge that serves as both a rear camera and a front-facing selfie camera. Rather than taking up space on the display with a front-facing camera, the rear camera flips up to face the user when initiated in the camera app.
Outside of the Flip Camera, the Asus Zenfone Flip 8 features a larger 6.67-inch Full HD+ Samsung AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. It’s also got the same CPU (Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G) and GPU (Qualcomm Adreno 660). As mentioned above, the Zenfone 8 is the premium option in the new Asus range, which might confuse people who are used to the larger phone being the most advanced. See below for the full spec comparison.
The Asus Zenfone 8 Flip is available in Galactic Black and Glacial Silver.
What about pricing and availability?
It’s uncommon to know this much about a handset while not having the foggiest clue about how much it will cost and when you’ll be able to get it but that’s currently the case with the Asus Zenfone 8 series. All we know is that the Zenfone 8 and Zenfone 8 Flip are launching in Australia but there’s no official word on how much it will cost when you can get it or which retailers will be supplying it. We’ll be sure to update this page when we have more information on pricing and availability.
Asus Zenfone 8 vs Zenfone 8 Flip specs
As touched on above, the size and flippable camera array are only the two most obvious differences between the Zenfone 8 and Zenfone 8 Flip. There are also some crucial differences between the devices in areas like waterproofing, display refresh rate, RAM and more. Here’s a full list of specs side-by-side so you can compare the two new handsets.
|Specs||Zenfone 8||Zenfone 8 Flip|
|Display protection||Corning Gorilla Glass Victus||Corning Gorilla Glass 6|
|Water-resistance||IP68 (Dust, dirt, water submersion up to 1.5m/30mins)||No water resistance|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G|
|GPU||Adreno 660||Adreno 660|
|Memory||128GB 6/8GB RAM / 256GB 8/16GB RAM||128GB 8GB RAM / 256GB 8GB RAM|
|Expandable storage||No||microSD slot|
|Camera (wide)||64MP f/1.8 PDAF OIS||64MP f/1.8 PDAF|
|Camera (ultra-wide)||12MP f/2.2 Dual Pixel PDAF||12MP f/2.2 Dual Pixel PDAF|
|Camera (telephoto)||No telephoto lens||8 MP, f/2.4 3x Optical Zoom|
|Camera (features)||LED flash, HDR||Dual-LED flash, HDR, auto-panorama (w/ Flip camera)|
|Camera (video)||8K@24fps, 4K@30/60/240fps||8K@30fps, 4K@30/60/240fps|
|Camera (front-facing)||12MP f/2.5 Dual Pixel PDAF||Main camera via Flip function|
|WiFi||WiFI 6e||WiFi 6|
|Battery size||4,000mAh w/ reverse charging||5,000mAh|