ASUS ZENFONE 8 – THE LITTLE MASTER

Asus Zenfone 8 is the surprise package of this year. If ever “small and powerful ” had a true interpretation this phone would be it.I call it the Little Master and I have reason enough to say so.

Asus has made a mark in the smartphone world mainly for its ROGPhone but the Zenfone series has also brought us some very good phones and most importantly with good value for money. The Asus Zenfone 8 is no exception and it is a flagship device.

Now why do I call it the little master?Little for its size and master for its specs.Name any flagship spec,water proofing, highest chipset,strongest glass,good cameras and the Zenfone 8 ticks all the boxes.To top it up the price is in the upper tier of midrange value phones.

So without further adieu lets have a look at what the phone offers.

LOOKS

The proverb “don’t judge a book by its cover” finds life with the Asus Zenfone 8.Its the only flaw I found in the device. To put it frankly the phone doesn’t look glamorous read premium and that is largely due to the non symmetric position of the rear camera module.

Asus Zenfone 8
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Besides that there is no other complaints as such.The front is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus and the back is also of Corning Gorilla Glass. The frame is Aluminium. The Zenfone 8 is IP68 certified water and dust resistant. The dual SIM tray is at the bottom and on the top edge is a 3.5mm port for your wired headphones. The phone is 8.9mm thick and weighs 169g.The length of 148mm makes it a very small and compact device.The fingerprint sensor is under display optical.

DISPLAY

The display is only 5.9″ which seems like a lilliput when kept besides some of the huge phones available nowadays. But as I mentioned earlier it may be small but it packs a lot of power.For starters the display is Super Amoled with 1080×2400 resolution. It supports HDR10 and the maximum advertised peak brightness is 1100nits.Moreover the refresh rate is 120Hz for ultra smooth touch experience. To add to all these the Asus Zenfone 8 also features Always On Display. In short the phone has an excellent display and provides the top end viewing and touching experience. I personally like small display sized phones as they feel more compact but still 6″ display would be the idol.

PERFORMANCE

The phone runs on Zenfone UI based on Android 11.The software skin may not be upto the level of Samsung’s One UI or Oxygen OS of OnePlus but it is not very bad either. Most importantly it tries to keep things simple.

No compromises for Asus Zenfone 8 in terms of the SOC.Under the hood is the latest best from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 888,running on 5nm technology. As we all know it’s the most powerful chipset for Android at this moment and is second to only Apple’s A14 bionic chipset. The GPU is Adreno 660.

RAM variants start from 6GB and ranges upto 16GB with 256GB the maximum on board storage. RAM is LPDDR5 and the internal storage UFS3.1 for faster storage.The only glitch is the absence of any external storage facility which again is a problem to some while others don’t care about it.

CAMERAS

The Asus Zenfone 8 features a dual camera module on the back which houses a primary 64MP f/1.8 wide sensor with PDAF and OIS, and a 12MP f/2.2 ultrawide sensor with 112° field of view. Both lenses are from Sony and the overall camera quality is way more than average but yes not the absolute top edge.

8K videos @24fps can be captured along with 4K,1080p and 720p.

The front houses a punch hole 12MP sensor.4K @30fps videos can be shot.Selfie shooting may not satisfy many of you.

AUDIO

Two stereo speakers and audio from Dirac makes audio quality of the Zenfone 8 awesome.For those who still are in love with their wired headphones this flagship device still retains the 3.5mm audio jack,a rarity nowadays.

BATTERY AND COLOURS

Asus Zenfone 8 houses a 4000mAh battery with 30W fast charging prowess. Wireless charging is absent.

There are two colour variants the Obsidian Black and Horizon Silver.

Asus Zenfone 8 colours
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CONCLUSION

The Asus Zenfone 8 is a blazing fast flagship device and is set to launch in India on 24th June,2021 with a starting price around the ₹45000 mark.For this price the phone offers perhaps the best value for money.Lets have a look at the highlights.

PROS

  1. Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
  2. Super Amoled display
  3. 120Hz refresh rate
  4. Snapdragon 888
  5. Ip68 certification
  6. 3.5mm jack

CONS

  1. Small size
  2. No telephoto lens
  3. Not so good front camera
  4. No wireless charging
  5. Not exactly premium looks

As is evident the pros are more eye-catching and the value for money of the Asus Zenfone 8 makes it a very recommendable phone.Let me know your thoughts in comments.

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