The Asus Zenfone 8 series was scheduled to launch in India earlier this week, but it didn’t because of the COVID-19 crisis. It’s uncertain when the Zenfone 8 and 8 Flip will be released in India, but the vanilla 8 may be renamed as the Asus Zenfone 8z. The explanation for this is that the “ASUS 8Z” has appeared in the list of Google Play-approved devices for the Zenfone 8 Indian version with model code I006D. The 8 Flip, on the other hand, isn’t mentioned as an 8z Flip, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Asus did launch it in India as an 8z Flip.
Asus is yet to announce what its new flagships will be named in India. However, Asus released the Zenfone 6 as the Zenfone 6z in India in 2019 in response to a court ruling prohibiting the Taiwanese phone maker from using the “Zenfone” branding in the world, so we might see Asus remove the Zenfone moniker from its smartphones in India once more.
Asus Zenfone 8 Specifications
The ASUS ZenFone 8 comes with a 5.9-inch Full HD+ Samsung-made E4 AMOLED monitor with a refresh rate of 120Hz and a peak brightness of up to 1100 nits. It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 SoC, which is paired with an Adreno 660 GPU and 6/8/16 GB of RAM, as well as 128/256GB of internal storage. In terms of software, it will be booted on Android 11 out of the box, with the ZenUI 8 skin on top. The smartphone is also IP68 approved, making it water and dust resistant, and it has an in-display fingerprint sensor for security.
In terms of optics, it has a dual-camera configuration with a 64-megapixel Sony IMX686 sensor with an aperture of f/1.8 as the main sensor and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera with an aperture of f/2.2 and dual PDAF as the secondary sensor (Phase Detection Auto-Focus). It has a 12-megapixel sensor on the front for selfies and video chats. Dual-SIM support, 5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.2, a 3.5mm audio socket, and a USB Type-C port for charging and data sharing are among the smartphone’s networking features. The mobile has a 4000mAh battery with quick charging support up to 30W, weighs 169 grams, and measures 148 x 68.5 x 8.9mm in dimensions.
Asus Zenfone 8 Flip Specifications
The ZenFone 8 Flip has a 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 90Hz and a max brightness of 1000 nits. It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 SoC, which is combined with 6/8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. In terms of features, it will be based on Android 11 out of the box, with the ZenUI 8 skin on top. However, unlike the ZenFone 8, it does not have an IP certification.
In terms of optics, it has a three-camera configuration with a flip-camera mechanism similar to the Zenfone 7 Pro, which has a 64-megapixel main camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide lens, and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with optical zoom up to 3x. A fingerprint sensor embedded in the display for authentication. In terms of connectivity, the handset supports dual SIM cards, 5G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v5.2, and a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer. The mobile has a 5,000mAh battery and supports rapid charging up to 30W. It weighs 230 grams and measures 165.08 x 77.28 x 9.6mm.