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ASUS Zenfone 8 Review Rundown

ASUS | Published on 18 May 2021 | Last Edited on 08 Jun 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer

Overview

Photo of ASUS Zenfone 8
  • IP68 rating
  • Good camera performance
  • IP68 rated
  • Good battery life
  • Mediocre performance
  • Poor camera performance

Summary

Asus' new Zenfone 8 is a smaller version of last year's flagship device. It is powered by a new Snapdragon 888 processor and has IP68 water and dust resistant rating. It also has a one-handed mode that minimizes the display to the lower part of the screen.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

anandtech[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 57%
Reviewers from Anandtech have found the following[***]:
ASUS is launching their new mainstream line-up of flagship devices, the Zenfone 8 series. With a 5.9” screen and a width and height of 68.5 and 148mm, it's by far one of the smallest flagship SoC powered devices in the market. The build quality of the phone is excellent, and I particularly notice the removal of the plastic “gasket” piece between the phone frame and the display glass that's usually found on cheaper devices.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent performance
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 60%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
Asus has used Gorilla Glass Victus over the screen, and 3D frosted glass on the back. While sleek, the Zenfone 8 is also slippery, which makes one-handed use awkward because it's constantly making a bid for freedom. Unlike Asus' glitzy, sci-fi-style, optional Android UI on the ROG Phone 5, it's clean and uncluttered here, yet still has plenty of features.
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Pros[**]
  • Compact, lightweight design
  • Good battery life
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons[**]
  • One-handed mode isn't great for one-handed use

gsmarena[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from Gsmarena have found the following[***]:
The Asus Zenfone 8 has two cameras on the back and a single selfie snapper. You can switch modes one by one by swiping horizontally in the viewfinder. The Pro mode supports presets, just like some professional cameras, so you can customize your settings and have them at a tap away. The phone is a real beast with that 1080p 120Hz screen.
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Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 120Hz AMOLED screen
  • Good battery life
  • Good camera performance
Cons[**]
  • Battery life could be better

laptopmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from Laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The Zenfone 8 may be the most surprising phone launch of 2021 so far. The phone, previously known for its quirky flip camera, is delivering a more compact Android phone with true flagship specs. Asus anticipates launching at $599 for the base model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
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Pros[**]
  • Unique flip camera
  • Fast performance
  • Great battery life
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

nextpit[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 67%
Reviewers from Nextpit have found the following[***]:
The Asus Zenfone 8 comes with a 4,000 mAh battery that can be recharged via its 30-Watt charger. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. It will arrive in three memory configurations: 8/128 GB, 8/256 GB, and 16/256GB. Asus has made some compromises when it comes to concocting a high-end smartphone.
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Pros[**]
  • Stylish design
  • Decent camera performance
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Small 4,000 mAh battery
  • Camera lacks telephoto lens

notebookcheck[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
Asus manufactures the Zenfone 8 with a metal frame and a back made of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The phone runs a pure Android 11 with security patches as of April 5, 2021. It has a 64 MP main camera that takes close-ups with many details in the focus area. Pictures taken in low-light conditions only show blurry details and pale colors.
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Pros[**]
  • Bright AMOLED display
  • Good battery life
  • Fast SoC
  • Fast Wi-Fi
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre cameras
  • Slow SoC

pcmag[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
A 5.9-inch, 120Hz AMOLED display dominates the front of the phone. The Zenfone 8 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM. There's absolutely no lag when opening apps, and the gaming experience is excellent if you like playing on a smaller phone.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent cameras
  • Good performance
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techradar[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Asus Zenfone 8 represents a paradigm shift for a flagship phone – not to higher prices and more features, but to greater affordability. Greater affordability inevitably comes with compromises though, and the phone misses out on out the feature that made its predecessor stand out: its flip camera. The phone inherits a lot from its predecessor and other Asus phones, from the 120Hz screen refresh rate and ZenUI OS overlay to gaming modes.
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Pros[**]
  • Big 6.67-inch display with flip camera
  • Long battery life
  • Decent cameras
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

tomsguide[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 68%
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Asus Zenfone 8 is an excellent device and perfect for people who want the most power out of their small phone. The phone is very small by modern standards, with a sub-6 inch display, just like the best small phones. Asus has not yet revealed full pricing and availability, though we do know that the phone will start at €599.
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Pros[**]
  • Great performance
  • Fast-refreshing display
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Not as good as the Pixel 5

references

  1. 1. ^ The ASUS Zenfone 8 Hands-On Review: A New Compact Direction. Anandtech. 2021-05-12. Retrieved 2021-05-13.
  2. 2. ^ Asus Zenfone 8 review: Size isn’t everything, and this small phone proves it. Digitaltrends. 2021-05-12. Retrieved 2021-05-13.
  3. 3. ^ Asus Zenfone 8 review. Gsmarena. 2021-05-12. Retrieved 2021-05-13.
  4. 4. ^ Asus Zenfone 8 review: Android’s answer to the iPhone 12 mini. Laptopmag. 2021-05-12. Retrieved 2021-05-17.
  5. 5. ^ Asus Zenfone 8 hands-on: Going against the grain. Nextpit. 2021-05-13. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
  6. 6. ^ Asus ZenFone 8 smartphone in review: Compact and powerful. Notebookcheck. 2021-06-07. Retrieved 2021-06-08.
  7. 7. ^ Asus Zenfone 8 Preview. Pcmag. 2021-05-12. Retrieved 2021-05-13.
  8. 8. ^ Asus Zenfone 8 review. Techradar. 2021-05-12. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
  9. 9. ^ Asus Zenfone 8 review: The best small Android phone, hands-down. Tomsguide. 2021-05-12. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
  10. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  11. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  12. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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