Even while the basic ZenFone 8 does away with the Flip camera module formerly associated with the ZenFone series in favour of a more compact design, the bigger ZenFone 8 Flip is ready to satisfy those flipping desires in 2021. When it comes to design, the ZenFone 8 Flip looks a lot like its predecessor, the ZenFone 7, which it is. Asus’ decision to improve the internals and make the smartphone more widely available in 2020 may disappoint some people. Still, it makes sense considering the restricted distribution of the smartphone in that year.
If you compare the flip camera system to its more competent but less expensive brother, is it worth the extra money? Although it’s a flip phone, the ZenFone 8 Flip is not exceptionally tiny or compact. Aside from its size, the Asus ZenFone 8 Flip is a stylish smartphone with an aluminium and glass body and a curved back that makes it easier to hold. After first appearing in the ZenFone 6, Asus has continued to refine the Flip concept with the ZenFone 8 Flip, which now has a redesigned motor for improved performance and finer angle control.
The ‘liquid metal’ camera module is flush with the body, but there is still a camera bump. Having a flippable camera system has the added advantage of not requiring a front-facing camera built into or above the display, in addition to all the creative possibilities it opens up.
The ZenFone 8’s ability to show the complete display is a welcome difference in a world where twin hole-punch cameras are standard. However, a good display helps; it’s an FHD+ AMOLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate, 200Hz touch sampling rate, and a 1ms reaction time similar to the ZenFone 7. It’s disappointing that the ZenFone 8 only has a 90Hz refresh rate, whereas the smaller ZenFone 8 has a quicker refresh rate of 120Hz.
With a maximum brightness of 500 nits in our testing, the ZenFone 8 does not have the brightest display, so it may be challenging to use in direct sunlight. The selfie-ambition takers are to use the flip camera system. Anyone unfamiliar with the series should know that the ZenFone 8 Flip uses a motorized module to make the rear-facing camera arrangement accessible on its front as well.
Camera and other Features :
Since the ZenFone 8 Flip has a powerful camera, you would expect it to perform well under a wide range of shooting settings. Of course, the ZenFone 8 Flip makes use of the flipping module in a variety of ways. When it comes to the ZenFone 8 Flip, the emphasis is on the cameras, but it’s still an impressive smartphone. The Snapdragon 888 processor powers the ZenFone 8 Flip. However, the RAM on the Flip is limited to 8GB, while the RAM on the ZenFone 8 is expandable to a massive 64GB. When it comes to everyday usage, the ZenFone 8 Flip outperforms similarly specced smartphones like the Snapdragon 888 and 8GB RAM-equipped Samsung Galaxy S21.
The ZenFone 8 Flip is a delight to use daily, regardless of how it stacks up against other 2021 flagships. A 90Hz refresh rate and 1ms reaction time on the display make things even more ‘instant,’ especially while using the ZenFone 8 Flip.
Battery Performance :
There’s no denying that the Asus ZenFone 8 Flip is a large smartphone, thanks in part to the massive 5000mAh battery housed within. If you want to get the most out of each charge, you may use ultra-battery saving mode, which disables all but the most important features to maximize the battery life. A 90Hz refresh rate is also an option, but what’s the fun in that? The 30W HyperCharge gives a fast charging experience when it is time to top it up, although it is not the fastest in the business.
According to our tests, the regular ZenFone 8 can re-charge to 60% in under 25 minutes, but the ZenFone 8 Flip could only manage 44% in 30 minutes. That’s not as fast as the Oppo Find X3 Pro’s 65W charger, which charges the phone to 93% in 30 minutes. Still, at least the ZenFone 8 Flip supports QuickCharge 4. 0 and USB-C PD, so you are not locked into a specific 30W HyperCharge charger. However, you get one in the box, which is a pleasant surprise given that many manufacturers have chosen to ditch charging bricks with recent flagship phones.
This is the only genuine letdown in the charging sector. Asus’ ZenUI has been added to Android 11 on the ZenFone 8 Flip out of the box. The ZenUI on the ZenFone 8 Flip comes near to pure Android, with just a few additions in particular to the ZenFone 8 Flip. Unlike other skins, they are more helpful than detrimental to the overall experience. For the most part, ZenFone users will not need this function, but it’s lovely for those who want to get the most out of their phones.
The Advanced Battery Care technology, previously available only on the ROG Phone 5 aimed at gamers, is even more beneficial. The system’s goal is to make your battery last longer by extending the time it can keep a charge before degrading, which eventually happens to all rechargeable technology. Additionally, Asus has committed to providing two complete operating system upgrades and two years of security patches, ensuring that the ZenFone 8 Flip will at the very least be compatible with Android 12 and Android 13. In the UK, the Asus ZenFone 8 Flip is only available in an 8GB/128GB configuration and costs 699.
The 8 Flip now competes with flagships like the OnePlus 9 and iPhone 12, and it’s only available from Asus for the time being. Also, it’s 200 more expensive than the 5. 9-inch ZenFone 8, which, aside from the flip camera module, has a lot of improvements over the ZenFone 8 Flip. In other words, it’s a hard sell, but it’s necessary if you want to use the Flip camera system. Our collection of the best smartphones will give you a better idea of the overall market in 2021.