The Taiwanese company has decided to focus on a compact device but without sacrificing performance, an interesting alternative to big phones
You have to use it for some time, let this Asus Zenfone 8 enter into the daily dynamics, into everyday life to be able to understand and really appreciate it. The truth is, you have to get used to phones again “normal” size, because the extra-large devices now in circulation are really huge. The new smartphone of the Taiwanese company instead it is operated with one hand and fits comfortably in trouser pockets or small handbags, an aspect that is anything but secondary with the arrival of summer as jackets and coats are back in the wardrobes.
Small and powerful, the Asus Zenfone 8 aims to offer the best of technology available on the market today but putting every attribute in a very compact form factor, with a display that stops at 5.9 in, just under 15 centimeters in height. In the Android world an absolute champion, which finds similarities only with the iPhone 12. The only not entirely convincing aspect is the design. The flaw is just the fact of being rather conventional, a dejà vu that does not excite but similarly does not disturb. The display bezels are a bit too pronounced and the rear camera lock is anonymous. On the other hand, nothing to complain about the assembly: solid and without imperfections.
Excellent grip, obviously thanks to the size but also to the 3D curved back with a new satin glass finish that does not let it slip from your hands. Excellent display is also a Amoled Samsung FHD + with refresh rate up to 120 Hz, but above all with a faithful and vivid display of colors (Delta-E <1), even in direct sunlight. It is protected by a latest generation Gorilla Glass Victus glass.
Small phone means having to sacrifice something and inevitably the imaging department suffers the most: the rear cameras are only two. The feeling is that of a poverty of options, especially compared to other models on the market, but in practice the sacrifices are few. In fact, the user has at his disposal what he needs to take home all the shots and videos that are needed for social media and a little more.
From a technical point of view we are talking about a main chamber with Sony IMX686 64MP sensor, dual-pixel autofocus, optical image stabilization, brightness f / 1.8, therefore capable of expressing itself well in all situations and without fear of night shots. The second ultra wide-angle lens uses a 12 MP, f / 2.2 Sony IMX363 sensor instead, with macro functions up to 4 centimeters away.
Both cameras record in 8K, but more significantly supportano i video in 4K a 60p. Optical zoom stops at a modest 2X. On the front, Asus has mounted a 12 MP Sony IMX663 punch-hole camera, which also works quite well in video mode. The strength of the Asus Zenfone 8 is obviously the Snapdragon 888 processor which needs no introduction being the reference chip on the market, but thanks to the 8/16 GB of ram and above all to the software optimization of the Asian company, the phone proved to be lightning, both in simple tasks, and in the most demanding tests with robust video games.
Just the ZenUI 8 operating system represents another advantage of this phone. The geeks can have fun accessing the many options that allow you to customize the phone according to your tastes. For example, just double click on the side service button to access the camera even when the phone is off. You can also activate the voice assistant with a long press of the key.
There are also many options available for battery control such as setting the charging limit, programming charging at the times indicated, the ability to select slow charging. Certainly useful elements but the fact remains that 4000 mAh capacities are a bit “right”, that is, you can easily reach the end of the day but you don’t have much room for maneuver.
Well, however fast charging at 30W with power supply in the package even if there is no wireless charging. Among the aspects that we liked deserve a mention: the quality of the speakers, the presence of the FM radio, the LED notification light, the audio jack, the ability to record calls. Finally, an aspect that is anything but secondary, the phone is IP68 certified, therefore waterproof.
In conclusion, the Asus Zenfone 8 has the merit of offering top-of-the-range performance in a practical and compact format, convenient to use and carry. It does not shine in design and the photo / video department is not at the top of its category, but it performs all the tasks with flying colors also thanks to the 888 processor and excellent software. The additional asset is the price, it starts from 699 euros for the 8/128 GB version, it goes up to 749 euros for the 8/256 GB configuration, and it reaches 819 euros for the 16/256 GB.
Wired: compact and light, fast, IP68 certified
Tired: anonymous design, there is no pushed optical zoom, wireless charging and expandable memory are missing