(-) – Asus has introduced its newest flagship smartphone and its surprisingly small. As a substitute of piling the highest specs into the biggest cellphone it might discover, it is launching a compact flagship, seeking to attraction to those that don’t desire an enormous cellphone.
It enters a market when the vast majority of small telephones are low spec, with solely actually the Sony Xperia 5 sitting on this house.
The Asus Zenfone 8 does not wish to skimp on flagshiyp specs, nevertheless, providing all the facility you will discover in different prime telephones. That is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G sitting inside it, choices for RAM as much as 16GB and storage as much as 256GB.
There is a 5.9-inch show, with a 2400 x 1080 pixel decision – 446ppi – which gives adaptive refresh as much as 120Hz.
There are twin audio system, with the ear speaker firing ahead and the bottom speaker firing downwards, every with a Cirrus Logic amp and optimisation from Dirac. There’s additionally a 3.5mm headphone socket too.
The battery is a 4000mAh cell, which sounds fairly massive contemplating this cellphone’s compact type, whereas there’s 30W charging – and a 30W HyperCharge adapter within the field.
There is a punch gap within the show for the entrance going through 12-megapixel Sony IMX663 digicam, whereas the rear of the cellphone will get two cameras – a 64-megapixel Sony IMX686 predominant digicam with OIS and a 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 ultra-wide.
The ultra-wide can double as a macro digicam because of its shut focusing vary, however there is not any optical zoom, with Asus as an alternative suggesting you utilize digital zoom with sensor cropping to get nearer to the motion.
There’s IP69 water safety and a pleasant strong construct, with frosted rear Gorilla Glass Victus – which additionally protects the entrance of the cellphone.
The design is unlikely to scream “have a look at me”, however the dimension and energy will make this cellphone attraction to those that do not wish to sacrifice for going smaller.
The opposite benefit it has is providing a less expensive worth level, ranging from £599/€599, a wholesome slice cheaper than Sony’s compact cellphone. There’s additionally going to be early chook pricing of £539 for these shopping for earlier than the 31 Might.
Writing by Chris Corridor.