ASUS Zenfone 8 Vs 8 Flip: We’ve got In the house.
The brand new is ASUS Zenfone 8 as well as the Zenfone 8 Flip.
nice and early SuperSaf style.
So it thumbs up for your boy will be appreciated.
Now ASUS has taken a bit of a different approach this year with the flagship.
The one that they’re really pushing is the Zenfone 8,
not the Flippy boy.
So let’s go ahead, get these inboxes.
And then we’ll also do a detailed side-by-side comparison.
So you know all of the key differences.
Now the unboxing experience is pretty much identical for both devices, as well as the smartphones.
You get a SIM card tool, some paperwork, and a plastic case, which is included.
Both also come with a USB type C to USB type C cable as well as a 30-watt charger.
And here they are.
You’ll notice right away that the Zenfone 8 is much more compact compared to the 8 Flip.
And this is something ASUS was very keen on it, to create a very compact form factor for the 8 which is a lot more comfortable to use with one hand, and not only is it’s smaller, it’s also quite a bit lighter coming in at 169 grams which is over 60 grams lighter compared to the Zenfone 8 Flip.
And we’ve got Gorilla Glass three on the back of both devices but we’ve got a matte finish on the Zenfone 8 but we’ve got a glossy
finish on the 8 Flip.
Both are also available in silver variants.
Now, what is the key difference that we have with the builds is the fact that the Zenfone 8 does have water and dust resistance.
The Flip, however, does not.
Now that is of course because of the Flip rotating camera module which we’ll be looking at a little bit later.
Right now, let’s move over to the front.
So we do have AMOLED displays on both.
We’ve got relatively small bezels although there is a bit of a chin on both devices.
It actually appears to be a little bit larger on the smallest Zenfone 8 compared to the Flip but because the Flip is larger overall, it doesn’t seem as big here.
With the 8 Flip, thanks to that Flip-up camera module.
You actually do not have any interruptions with the display whereas the Zenfone 8 does have the punch out for the front-facing camera.
Both devices also have an in-display fingerprint scanner and there are lots of keys differences between these two.
So firstly, of course, the size, the Zenfone 8 Flip does have a much larger 6.67-inch display versus the five nine-inch display on the Zenfone 8.
But the Zenfone 8 has a 120Hz refresh rate compared to the 90Hz refresh rate of the Zenfone 8 Flips.
So they have reserved that high refresh rate for the 8, which is their flagship.
It’s going to be a little bit smoother but it’s also going to be a bit more responsive because it has a higher-touch sampling rate.
The Zenfone 8 also has a slightly higher peak brightness compared to the Zenfone 8 Flip.
And we’ve got Gorilla Glass Victus on the Zenfone 8 compared to Gorilla Glass 6 on the 8 Flip.
So that also makes the Zenfone 8 display a little bit more durable.
So both displays are very good overall.
But with the Flip, you do get that larger, uninterrupted display.
On the Zenfone 8, you get the high refresh rate, touch sampling the Gorilla Glass Victus, as well as, the high peak brightness.
So we actually have pretty SIMilar cameras on the Zenfone 8 and 8 Flip with some differences.
So same, same but different wherever I heard that before?
Anyway, so the ultra-wide cameras are exactly the same 12 megapixels using the Sony IMX363 sensor.
They also have autofocus which means you can use the ultra-wide cameras for macro shots as well.
Now the primary cameras are almost the same so they have the 64 megapixels Sony IMX686 sensor, but we have optical image stabilization on the Zenfone 8.
We do not have optical image stabilization on the 8 Flip, just electronic image stabilization.
Now there seems to be a couple of reasons for this.
Firstly, the Zenfone 8 being the flagship device has the OIS feature.
The Zenfone 8 Flip because of the Flip camera module,
It must have also been a little bit more difficult to apply OIS to that primary camera.
But the Zenfone 8 Flip does have an additional camera and that is the telephoto camera.
This is 8 megapixels and it gives you 3x optical zoom as well as 12x digital zoom.
This is something that you do not have on the Zenfone 8.
And then the other thing that you don’t get on Zenfone 8 is the ability to Flip the rear-facing cameras as so use them all including the ultrawide and telephoto as selfie cameras.
Now, this has definitely been one of my favorite features of the Zenfone series for the past couple of years.
Something that’s quite unique and nobody else has really been able to replicate.
Just having the ability to have those high-quality cameras including 8K video and 4K at 120 frames a second.
This is something that you, unfortunately, do not have on the Zenfone 8.
On the Zenfone 8, within that punch out, you get a 12-megapixel sensor.
This is the Sony IMX663 and this is quite a large sensor and it’s an industry first, but it’s just not going to be as good as the rear-facing cameras, with that versatility that you get on the Zenfone 8 Flip.
Right now, let’s take a look around the devices.
So at the bottom, we do have a USB type C in ports.
We’ve got one of the two stereo speakers.
We’ve got one on the earpiece of both devices.
There’s also an LED notification light at the bottom of both devices.
This is so cool.
I’ve not seen an LED notification light on a recent device, in ages.
Now the SIM card tray is actually the bottom of the Zenfone 8 and this has space for two 5G SIM cards but the Zenfone 8 Flip
has the SIM card tray on the left-hand side.
Now, this not only has space for two 5G SIM cards but you’ve also got a micro SD card slot.
So you can expand the storage on the 8 Flip.
You cannot on the regular 8.
On the right-hand side, we have the volume rocker as well as the smart key which is not only going to be used as a power key but you can customize actions with a press and hold or a tap twice gesture.
And at the top, the Zenfone 8 Flip has that Flip camera module but the Zenfone 8 doesn’t have that.
So it gives it some space for a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack.
So it’s pretty interesting because both devices are trading blows with some advantages going to the Zenfone 8 and others going to the 8 Flip.
Now for the batteries being the larger device the Zenfone 8 Flip does have a larger 5,000mAh power battery versus 4,000mAh power on the Zenfone 8.
Both devices do come with the 30-watt charger included out of the box.
However, unfortunately, there is no wireless charging on either device.
And wireless charging really seems to be something ASUS doesn’t want to do.
Now I’m not sure exactly why this is.
It seems like they wanted to keep the devices compact.
But to me, that’s not really an excuse.
Pretty much all flagship devices have wireless charging and wireless charging is something that I find super convenient.
So I’m definitely disappointed that it’s not available on either of these devices.
For software, We do have ZenUI 8, which is built upon Android 11.
And one thing that I really like about ZenUI is the fact that it’s very close to stock Android with some additional features.
So for example, we’ve got a game genie that is similar to what we see on the ROG devices giving you lots more controls over your gaming experience, as well as some features to improve your battery health over time such as being able to set a custom charging limit.
Steady charging for the times that you don’t need faster charging as well as scheduled charging.
Right now, internally, both of these are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, 5G chipset.
So in terms of speed and performance, they are really up there.
And we do have LPDDR5 RAM with UFS 3.1 storage.
And we do have a few different options.
So we’ve got 128 or 256-gigabyte storage options.
Remember you can expand the storage on the 8 Flip and for RAM on the 8, we’ve got either six, eight, or even up to 16 gigabytes of RAM.
For the 8 Flip, there are just 8 gigabytes of RAM.
Right, what about pricing?
Well, the Zenfone 8 actually starts at a very competitive €599.
And in the UK that’s around £540 which for a device with a 120Hz display as well as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset is definitely quite competitive.
I mean, we’re looking at a lower price compared to a lot of the OnePlus devices out there as well as the S20 and the S21 FE that will be coming soon.
The Zenfone 8 Flip will be coming in at €799.
Now that is €200 more compared to the base Zenfone 8.
However, you do have to keep in mind that Zenfone 8 Flip is at that price.
Will have 256 gigabytes of storage with 8 gigabytes of RAM.
Now, if we do compare the like-for-like configurations then the Zenfone 8 is around €729 which makes it around €70 cheaper compared to the 8 Flip.
Right? So what are my thoughts and which one of these should you go for?
Well, I think they’re both very promising devices.
I’m still leaning towards the Zenfone 8 Flip.
I think that the Flip-up camera feature is really what makes Zen phones unique.
But I also understand that ASUS wants to reach the mass market and they can really do this with something like the Zenfone 8 which is coming in at a very competitive price.
And if you are interested in picking one of these up but you’re not sure which one to go for what would the Zenfone 8 you’re getting a much more compact device, which is cheaper has water and dust resistance, a smoother more responsive display.
That’s also brighter, more durable Gorilla Glass Victus with a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack.
However, if you don’t mind spending a little bit more on the Zenfone 8 Flip then you’re getting the larger uninterrupted display with a larger battery, micro SD card slot, and additional telephoto camera, as well as that super unique flip up the camera feature which lets you use those higher-quality rear-facing cameras as front facing cameras.
Which one of these would you choose? Definitely drop me a comment below. Let me know your thoughts.
I hope you enjoyed this articles and find it useful.
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