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Asus, not Samsung, is putting up a fight against Apple with a compact flagship handset. Asus launched its ZenFone 8 on Wednesday, which features a 5.9-inch touchscreen and a Snapdragon 888 CPU. The ZenFone 8 is the only flagship-grade Android smartphone, according to experts, that can compete with Apple's iPhone 12 mini. The ZenFone 8's launch serves as a relentless reminder that there is still a sizable need for one-handed smartphones that don't skimp on results.
The ZenFone 8 is a luxury smartphone, as shown by its style. It has a curved matte glass back and aluminum trim that matches. Yes, it's small and can be held in one hand. It's still compact enough to fit in your pocket, reassuring our confidence in small-screen smartphones. It also has an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance. The phone has a smooth 120Hz refresh rate and a 5.9-inch 1080p OLED display. The hardware on the inside is excellent. A Snapdragon 888 processor is included, as well as up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
The ZenFone 8 has two rear cameras: a 64-megapixel wide-angle lens with optical image stabilization (OIS) and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide lens. On the front, there's a 12MP sensor. On a single charge, the phone's 4000mAh battery can last a day. With the supplied charger, it allows 30W wired charging, but not wireless charging. Add a 3.5mm headphone jack and twin stereo speakers. ZenUI 8 is pre-installed on the unit, which runs on Android 11.
Apple is experimenting with a new segment for smaller premium smartphones with the iPhone 12 Mini.
On paper, Asus' flagship appears to be a versatile lightweight smartphone with a 120Hz screen, 5G support, a super-fast CPU, and a 4000mAh battery. In Europe, the Zenfone 8 will launch at €599 and go up from there (or approx Rs 53,257). The ZenFone 8's launch in India has been postponed for the time being due to an increase in Covid-19 cases in the region.
The ZenFone 8 Flip, which is basically a revamped version of the ZenFone 7 Pro, is also being released by the Taiwanese company. It has a 6.67-inch screen with a 1080p OLED display and a 90Hz refresh rate, as well as a Snapdragon 888 CPU, a 5,000mAh battery with 30W wired charging, and up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of data. It does not, however, have an IP ranking.
The phone's flip-out camera configuration, which includes a 64MP main camera, a 12MP ultrawide, and an 8MP telephoto with 3x optical zoom, is the phone's highlight. The Flip will be ready for €799 in Europe (or approx 71,030).
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