Asus has unveiled its 2021 flagship this week with the Zenfone 8, an Android phone that takes a completely different direction from most of the other top phones I used this year.
I have to be honest and say that I was not particularly excited about the arrival of the recent series of Asus phones. The previous Zenfones were fine, but I wasn’t a big fan of the flippy camera module, which was the flagship of the previous generation.
After spending a week with the Zenfone 8, I was conquered by its charm. While I haven’t quite completed the full review, I can already say that this is one of the best Android phones of the year,
He does not get this distinction by copying the OnePlus 9 or the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus. Instead, it offers something rarely seen in Android space – a small device that doesn’t sacrifice specifications.
The 5, 9 inch is smaller than almost the entire competition. It is smaller than the iPhone 12 and the Samsung Galaxy S21 and slightly narrower than the Pixel 5. This makes it ridiculously easy to hold and even easier to slide into a smaller pocket or handbag. I use many larger phones and switching to something this size is refreshing.
Now it is not as small as the iPhone 12 Mini. I felt that the phone was a little too small for the mass market, but the Zenfone 8 feels right – big enough to enjoy episodes of Call of Duty Mobile and YouTube videos, but small enough to use with one hand.
The Zenfone 8 also differs from the Pixel 5 (one of the few other small consumer Android phones) in that it does not come with modest specifications. Typically, smaller phones are hampered by mid-range chipsets and marketed as “Lite” or “mini” options.
This is not the case here. Zenfone zenfone zenfone 8 is the flagship for 2021, and the larger zenfone 8 Flip the most modest option. They have the same Snapdragon 888 chipset as the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra high-end, up to 16GB of RAM and a very precise and bright Samsung 120Hz OLED display.
This phone is just as capable as any of the other big-hitter Android phones, something that can’t be said about the Pixel 5.
But what attracts me most about Zenfone 8 is the price. This is a flagship phone with the price that is more in line with the best mid-range phones I recently tested. You can also pay a surcharge of 100, – for up to 16 Gb of RAM and 256 Gb of storage. This makes it lowest that the Pixel 5 for much more phone-and lowest than the iPhone 12 Mini. This phone is a big deal.
It remains to be seen whether the Zenfone 8 is a success. If Asus can get a lot of units, making it easy to buy and market it well, there is every chance that this can be a real success.
If the Zenfone 8 is a hit, then I’d like to see this plan used by other Android phone makers to give us smaller Android phones that feel like real flagships.