Asus on Wednesday took curtains from the flagship Zenfone 8 series in the global market. The smartphone series succeeds the last year’s Asus Zenfone 7 and adds a pinch of spice to the successor. The series includes the Asus Zenfone 8(a.k.a the Asus Zenfone Mini) and Asus Zenfone 8 Flip. For the newbies, these devices were up on the cards in the leak spree, thanks to the (leaked)enticing details. Now that the phones are available everyone is confused between the two as the differences are way too much.
Today, in the piece, we’ll be comparing(Asus Zenfone 8 vs Zenfone 8 Flip) the specs of the Zenfone 8 with the Zenfone 8 Flip and list down the major differences between the two. It will be followed by a conclusion where we expect that you would get a clear idea of which one is for you. So without scratching the head, let’s get started.
Asus Zenfone 8 vs Asus Zenfone 8 Flip: Full Specs Overview and Comparison
Display and Design
The Zenfone 8 and Zenfone 8 Flip differ significantly in terms of design. The former brings a new design, whereas, the latter borrow points from the predecessor. The Zenfone 8 has a compact form factor with the following dimensions – 148 x 68 x 8.9mm. It has a 5.9-inch Punch-hole Samsung E4 AMOLED display with a Full-HD+ resolution. It offers an impressive 120Hz refresh rate with a 240Hz touch sampling rate.
On the other hand, the Flip sports a big 6.67-inch Full-Screen Samsung AMOLED panel with Full-HD+ resolution and 90Hz refresh rate. Yes, the Flip offers an intuitive experience but takes awake the super-smooth refresh rate. It has a 200Hz touch sampling rate which is impressive as most of the phones offer 180Hz with the said refresh rate. The Zenfone 8 has Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection at the front, whereas, the Zenfone 8 Flip bags the inferior Gorilla Glass 6 protection.
There’s a 800 nits bright screen on the Zenfone 8 as compared to the 700 nits on the Flip. HDR10+ certification and Low-Blue-Light covered SGS certification is present on the phone displays.
Cameras on the Zenfone 8 and Zenfone 8 Flip
The optics as well vary between the two. The vanilla has a simple vertically aligned dual-rear camera setup with a 64MP Sony IMX 686 main sensor and a 12MP Sony IMX363 ultra-wide sensor. At the front, it has a 12MP Sony IMX663 single camera setup for selfie shots.
The Flip uses a single setup for both the front and the rear. It has a motorized swivel mechanism that pops up to work for selfies. It is almost the same as the predecessor. The horizontal setup holds a 64MP Sony IMX686 primary lens, a 12MP Sony IMX363 sensor, and lastly an 8MP telephoto lens with 3x optical and 12x digital zooming support.
The main camera on the Flip has support for 8K video recording at 30fps as compared to the max 4K video recording at 60fps on the Zenfone 8. Both the phones support Optical Image Stabilization for smooth video captures.
We aren’t quite sure about the Flip but the Zenfone 8 features OZO audio and Noise reduction technology thanks to the three cameras present on the phone. The Flip has Gorilla Glass 3 protection on the camera island which the vanilla misses.
Hardware and Software
One thing which Asus kept common for both is the processor. The phones draw power from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset paired with up to 16GB RAM on the Zenfone 8 and up to 8GB on the Flip. So far in this piece, you must have observed that the Flip misses out on plenty of features that the vanilla possesses. Seems like Asus has focused on the compact offering for this year. Anyways, getting to the internals, the battery also differs.
The Zenfone 8 packs a small 4,000mAh battery over the 5,000mAh battery on the Zenfone 8 Flip. However, the fast charging support on both phones is the same – 30W Rapid Charging.
If you are an audiophile, the Zenfone 8 offers way better audio features as compared to the Zenfone 8 Flip. The former has a 3.5mm audio jack, aptX audio, a stereo speaker setup powered by Dirac HD Sound. The phone even has a dedicated application for controlling the audio experience. The Audio Wizard app lets you tweak the smallest of the audio settings.
The Flip on the other hand misses on a 3.5mm headphone but has the stereo speaker setup. It also has the aptx Adaptive audio.
The duo has an in-display fingerprint scanner for security, Zen UI 8 (Android 11) running out of the box, and Wi-Fi 6E support. The Zenfone 8 gets IP68 dust and water-resistant rating which the Flip misses. The glass and metal-made phones also vary in terms of storage expandability. The Flip has a dedicated microSD card slot which the vanilla lacks.
Major Differences Between the Asus Zenfone 8 and Asus Zenfone 8 Flip
|Asus Zenfone 8(Mini)||Asus Zenfone 8 Flip|
|Compact and Sturdy 5.9-inch Display||Full-Screen Display(Offers Intuitive Experience)|
|120Hz High Refresh Rate, 240Hz Touch Sampling Rate||90Hz High Refresh Rate, 200Hz Touch Sampling Rate|
|Bright 800 nits, Strong -Gorilla Glass Victus||700 nits, Gorilla Glass 6|
|Misses Telephoto lens||Has 8MP Telephoto lens|
|8K Video @ 30fps||Limited to 4K Video @ 60fps|
|Up to 16GB of RAM||Users are limited to 8GB of RAM|
|No microSD card slot||Dedicated microSD card slot|
|Small Battery, Less SOT||Big Battery, Better SOT|
|3.5mm Audio Jack||–|
|EUR 599(₹53,251, $723)||EUR 799(₹70,931, $964)|
Review and Conclusion
With the Zenfone 8 and Zenfone 8 Flip, Asus seems to have manufactured two different devices for two different users. Let’s assume there are two buyers, Mr. Oreo and Mr. Nougat.
Mr. Oreo has small hands and is enticed by the latest and the greatest, he’s an audiophile, loves videography, and prefers the most out of everything. On the other hand, Mr. Nougat prefers a chunky good-looking phone in his hands, wants a 1+ day battery life, and is fine with missing out on extras.
If you are Mr. Oreo then it’s evident that the Asus Zenfone 8, the one which Asus really wants to sell(period) is for you. If you want to go ahead with the regular trend of larger-sized phones and have standard needs, then the Zenfone 8 Flip might suit you.
A tip from our experts would be to pass the higher-end Zenfone for this year. Instead of the Flip, there are plenty of good options available, definitely, you won't get the full-screen or the fancy pop-up, but you would be getting way more for less.
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