Asus Zenfone 8 is a Compact Flagship
May 12, 2021, 5:00 PM by Rich Brome @rbrome
updated May 13, 2021, 4:41 PM
Updated: Added US frequency band info.
Asus today announced the Zenfone 8, its latest flagship phone. The phone is notably smaller than most competing phones, addressing the market for compact high-end phones. The 5.9-inch AMOLED display has 120 Hz refresh, HDR10+, and is protected by Corning's top-end Gorilla Glass Victus. The Zenfone 8 is powered by Qualcomm's top-end Snapdragon 888 chip, paired with up to 8 GB of 6400 Mbps LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The 4,000 mAh battery supports 30W fast charging. The main camera is 64 megapixel with a Sony IMX686 sensor that can shoot 8K video, accompanied by a 12 megapixel Sony IMX363 wide-angle/macro camera. The 12-megapixel front camera also has a Sony sensor and supports auto-focus and 4K video. Other features include IP68 dust and water resistance, Wi-Fi 6e, Bluetooth 5.2, in-display fingerprint reader, and Android 11. The US version of the Zenfone 8 has decent support for the 4G and 5G networks of AT&T and T-Mobile, including LTE in bands 2, 4, 5, 12, 25, 26, 30, 41, 66, and 71. Support for 5G NR includes bands 2, 5, 12, 25, 66, 71, and 77 (C-Band). Asus plans to launch in the Zenfone 8 in "late Q2" in North America. Final US pricing was not revealed.
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