Asus Zenphone 8 Review

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The Asus Zenfone 8 is a solid flagship phone at a sub-flagship price, though inevitably there are compromises: there’s no telephoto lens or wireless charging, and it misses out on its predecessor’s novel flip camera that let the rear lenses rotate forward to take selfie shots. You can still get that camera in the limited-release Asus Zenfone 8 Flip, but the regular Zenfone 8 delivers top-tier specs at the most affordable price since the OnePlus 6T.

The Asus Zenfone 8 represents a paradigm shift for a flagship phone – not to higher prices and more features, but to greater affordability, with essential specs and strong cameras. It’s the kind of device phone brands like OnePlus used to release, and it’s just as welcome.

 

You can still get this novel camera functionality, but only in a larger specialty version of the phone – the aptly-named Zenfone 8 Flip, which will be a limited release, cost more, and come in a single RAM and storage configuration.

 

The Zenfone 8 launched on May 12 and starts at €499, and has gone on sale on Asus’ US store for $629, though it’s already discounted down to the price we expected of $599 (around £425 / AU$769) for 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. You can bump that up to 256GB for $699 (around £505 / AU$929) in the US store, but it’s not selling any variants with higher RAM.

 

The Asus Zenfone 8 is a solid flagship phone at a sub-flagship price, though inevitably there are compromises: there’s no telephoto lens or wireless charging, and it misses out on its predecessor’s novel flip camera that let the rear lenses rotate forward to take selfie shots. You can still get that camera in the limited-release Asus Zenfone 8 Flip, but the regular Zenfone 8 delivers top-tier specs at the most affordable price since the OnePlus 6T.The Asus Zenfone 8 represents a paradigm shift for a flagship phone – not to higher prices and more features, but to greater affordability, with essential specs and strong cameras. It’s the kind of device phone brands like OnePlus used to release, and it’s just as welcome.You can still get this novel camera functionality, but only in a larger specialty version of the phone – the aptly-named Zenfone 8 Flip, which will be a limited release, cost more, and come in a single RAM and storage configuration.The Zenfone 8 launched on May 12 and starts at €499, and has gone on sale on Asus’ US store for $629, though it’s already discounted down to the price we expected of $599 (around £425 / AU$769) for 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. You can bump that up to 256GB for $699 (around £505 / AU$929) in the US store, but it’s not selling any variants with higher RAM.

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