Unremarkable and unmemorable. That’s how I’d describe the Zenfone 8, Asus’ newest Android smartphone. That doesn’t suggest it is a unhealthy telephone. It has a high-end processor able to speedily working any and each app I would like, with a compact design that makes it straightforward to make use of with one hand. It additionally does not price a thousand bucks. Depending on the configuration, it ranges between $599 and $799 (although Asus says pricing is not ultimate).
However, there is not any model behind the substance. There are only a few perks that distinguish the Zenfone 8 from its friends. If I seemed up boring in a dictionary, I’d count on to see an image of this telephone. It’s so boring, which is stunning contemplating it is from the identical firm that made the flashy ROG Phone 5. But hey, generally generic wins.
Delivering the Goods
Compare the Zenfone 8’s specs with pricier telephones from OnePlus and Samsung and it is simple to be impressed. It’s acquired the identical flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip inside, with 8 gigabytes of RAM and 128 gigs of storage (there’s additionally a 256-GB mannequin out there). Support for Universal Flash Storage 3.1 additionally means it may match its friends in learn/write speeds for sooner app and recreation load occasions.
That type of energy and pace is not straightforward to seek out at $599. You by no means have to fret about your favourite video games stuttering, or lag when switching between apps. You even get a excessive 240-Hz contact sampling charge (the measure of how rapidly the touchscreen registers the faucet of your finger). Paired with the 120-Hz display refresh charge (the variety of occasions the show refreshes to indicate you a brand new picture), scrolling by way of apps like Twitter and taking part in titles like Oddmar feels clean and responsive.
Better but, if immediately’s telephones are too huge for you, then the Zenfone 8 will really feel satisfying. It’s no iPhone 12 Mini, however it’s about the identical measurement as Google’s Pixel 5. I can attain all elements of the 5.9-inch display with my thumb. That’s particular as a result of there aren’t many small Android telephones today, not to mention ones with flagship efficiency.
Speaking of the display, the AMOLED panel is sharp and colourful, although I want it may get barely brighter outside. It’s protected with Corning’s ultra-tough Gorilla Glass Victus, and the again is Gorilla Glass 3. You undoubtedly want a case since you will drop this telephone; the matte texture on the again is tremendous slippery! Thankfully, the glass coating has confirmed to be surprisingly sturdy. I’ve dropped the telephone three or 4 occasions now, and there are hardly any scuffs or seen indicators of injury. I nonetheless would not press my luck going caseless.
There’s a 4,000-mAh battery cell within the Zenfone 8, and it often will get me by way of a full day, however simply barely. If you are on TikTok for hours on finish, you will most likely must plug in earlier than bedtime. (These outcomes are with the Always-On Display and the 120-Hz display turned on; toggle these off and also you would possibly prolong the battery life to the morning of a second day.)
It does not recharge as rapidly as different flagships, however you will get a bit greater than 50 % in 25 minutes with the included 30-watt plug-in charger. I like that Asus has included a few of its battery-minded options of the ROG Phone 5 right here, like the flexibility to cost the telephone at a slower tempo and to cap charging at 80 or 90 %—each of which can, over time, assist to elongate the battery’s lifespan.
Asus makes use of its Game Genie software program right here too. While taking part in a recreation, swipe to the appropriate from the sting and a slide-in menu will allow you to do gamer-friendly issues like disable notifications and calls, seize spotlight movies, higher optimize RAM, create higher controls, and activate a display recorder.
The high-end options do not cease there. The Zenfone 8 packs twin audio system that get loud and sound good, a headphone jack(!), assist for the Wi-Fi 6 normal, and IP68 water resistance. There’s 5G assist as nicely, although you are restricted to the lesser kind of 5G known as sub-6; there is not any millimeter wave for super-fast 5G speeds. Honestly, millimeter wave continues to be sparse within the US, so you are not lacking a lot.