The trend of pan-fried smartphones is increasingly widespread, sometimes unmanageable but to which we have become accustomed by force of things but above all because of what the market offers. The luck is that in the technological landscape someone who does not go against the trends with all his might still exists, and this is the case with ASUS that although it is the bearer of many innovations, from time to time it pulls really interesting products out of the hat.
This is the case ofASUS Zenfone 8, which could be called a Mini for its compact size but definitely a "Max" for the technical data sheet of all respect.
Review ASUS Zenfone 8
Content of the package
La equipment in terms of accessories it is reduced to the indispensable e poco more. Asus, in fact, has included in the sales box:
- ASUS Zenfone 8
- 30W USB-C charger
- USB-C / USB-C cable
- Plastic cover to improve grip (with dotted texture that favors, in fact, a better grip)
- Manuals and SIM pin
Design and Materials
What sets this apart ASUS Zenfone 8 from the totality of the top of the range present in circulation are precisely the dimensions: we are talking about a flagship with the dimensions of 147.8 68.5 × × 9.2mm and a weight of suns 165g; the frame is made entirely of aluminum with matte black finishes, while the back shell is made of Gorilla Glass 3 with a matte black finish here too.
The grip, despite the very small size, is not the best due to the matt finishes of both the frame and the rear body; part prevented ASUS inserting a cover in the equipment that somehow compensates for this problem.
I particularly liked the finishes, the holophobic treatment is also good; worthy of note is the presence of IP68 certification. The assembly of the ASUS Zenfone 8 it is perfect, as always, the Taiwanese house leaves nothing to chance and everything is studied in detail; beautiful i slightly curved edges of the display that help us slightly in the grip.
The elements are distributed on three sides; at the bottom we find the sim cart, the microphone, the USB-C connector for charging and one of the two speakers. The presence of a does not go unnoticed cute notification LED on the bottom of the device, next to the charging connector. On the right side there is the lock and power button as well as the volume control; above the comfortable 3.5mm jack and the second microphone. Note the presence of the double stereo speaker (one at the bottom and the other in the ear capsule).
The display is one of those things that you do not expect on such a compact device and to which we are no longer used; ASUS Zenfone 8 has a 5.9 "inches with 20: 9 ratio and 2400 x 1800 pixel resolution, 445PPI with AMOLED technology. The maximum guaranteed brightness is approx 800nits. The panel is manufactured by SAMSUNG, and you can see a mile away: la quality is excellent and for me who am a big fan of Samsung's displays, it was really a pleasure to try this device.
Zenfone 8 it is a top of the range in all respects, the display is the witness: it is equipped with a high refresh rate up to 120Hz, a touch sampling rate of 240Hz and compatibility with playback of HDR10 + content. What has not particularly convinced me is the management of the update frequency; In fact, ASUS implements the changes not only based on the Hz selector in the screen settings, but also in those relating to the battery balance, often creating a bit of confusion and discrepancy in the two values.
It goes without saying that, therefore, to use the 120Hz mode it will be necessary to prioritize performance rather than drums and set the desired value in both sections. What a mess. On the other hand, the settings relating to the customization of color and color temperature are good.
Below the screen is also the sensor for unlocking by fingerprint: unfortunately it did not convince me at all and I had difficulties even during the first configuration. Personally I have disabled it, because it is too slow.
Hardware and Performance
Small does not mean not performing, and this Zenfone 8 is the clear testimony of this. The data sheet has few rivals: the processor is a Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G Octa-core (1 × 2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3 × 2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4 × 1.80 GHz Kryo 680), the GPU is a Adreno 660 and memory RAM LPDDR5 is variable, available in denominations of 6 / 8 / 16GB as well as type storage UFS 3.1 available in both 128 and 256GB, not expandable.
Hardware is good, lo smartphone it works well in everyday use and offers reliability in practically all areas. I was not convinced by the speech concerning the temperatures during highly stressful use, not surprisingly in the benchmark sessions or after a good half hour Call Of Duty Mobile the smartphone is really hot and difficult, at times, to handle.
The part relating to the connectivity it's good; there are two supported SIM cards, good compatibility with 5G and also with WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2 and NFC networks. I'm happy to find two stereo speakers, finally after a long time of mono speakers: ASUS did a good job since thereproduced audio is both qualitatively good and with a good maximum volume.
I started a bit biased on this aspect, I must admit, but I'm happy that this Zenfone 8 was able to surprise me on this profile which has never been the strong point of ASUS. Here the producer has made choices, not following trends and paying attention to substance; the rooms inserted, therefore, are only two. The main one is one 64MP f / 1.8 lens with optical stabilizer while the second, the wide-angle lens, it's 12MP f / 2.2.
As I anticipated, ASUS has paid more attention to substance than to appearance: two cameras, but excellent software optimization, which is why we are far from the cameras marketed by ASUS in recent years. The results are clearly above expectations, the shots are very good and the lights are managed quite well.
It lacks an optical zoom to the main room which therefore can only count on a digital zoom. The front camera is 12MP, f / 2.45 and I particularly liked it too: it is good image definition, good color balance, the only aspect to be reviewed with some software updates is the management of the lights.
Excellent camera interface, clean, precise and with all the necessary functions positioned in the right place; big step forward for Asus also on this point of view. There is also a fully compatible Google Lens. Do not miss the PRO mode with all the settings related to exposure, color range, ISO and much more.
Le video recordings up to the maximum resolution of 8K 24fps are supported; 4k, on the other hand, is available up to 60fps with digital stabilization. The front camera also records video in 4K, but only at 30fps.
Software has always been one of my personal favorite spots in ASUS smartphones. There ZEN UI it is very simple, very few graphic customizations but a few functional additions that make us prefer it to many other variants of Android.
Here the software is based on Android 11 with security patches updated to April 5 2021. The performances offered are good and the user experience is on a par with the software present on the Google Pixel.
ASUS has put its own in it: optimizations for one-handed use, full customization by the user on the launcher and its icons, the Smart Key that can be customized in functions, performance and battery management can be optimized according to the use scenario in which we find ourselves.
Here, this was a surprise, even if only halfway. The battery is a unit of 4000 mAh, values that you do not expect to find in such a small device, and instead ASUS has made it. It must be said, however, that the autonomy is unfortunately not first in the class and only with normal use, so no stress and no excessive games, you can get up to the evening.
I recommend using the smartphone at 60Hz if you are looking for a slightly better autonomy. There recharge and the relative times are average: from switched on, a 0-100% recharge with the 30W power supply in the package takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Price and Considerations
I start from the price, 699 € for the 8/128 variant which become € 749 for the 8/256 version and € 819 for the 16/256. We are in the norm, perhaps even below that of many other top of the range available on the market. What is certain is that this Zenfone 8 is that top of the range you do not expect: the small size, the perfect maneuverability and usability with one hand, the number one performance, could make us prefer it to the many devices in circulation, far more complex to manage on the dimensional side. For me it is fully promoted!⭐️ Discover the new Weekly Flyer of GizChina with always different exclusive offers and coupons.