The successor to the ZenFone 7 is called the ZenFone 8 Flip. It takes up its positioning, design, ergonomics. It also uses its now famous rotating photo module with multiple advantages. But is this its only argument against the competition? What are the improvements compared to ZenFone 7? Answer in this comprehensive test.
Last week, Asus presented its two new high-end smartphones. These are the ZenFone 8 , a small flagship with a screen measuring less than 6 inches, and the ZenFone 8 Flip , the subject of the article you are currently reading. Find now in our columns a presentation of the two smartphones, as well as the complete test of ZenFone 8 .
The ZenFone 8 is the “best” of the two , insofar as it embeds all the most advanced technologies: 120 Hz screen, 16 GB of RAM, optical stabilizer for its main photo sensor, and so on. The ZenFone 8 is a bet for the Taiwanese firm: that of establishing itself in the segment of small flagships, where Apple has failed to convince with the iPhone 12 Mini . A very risky bet.
The ZenFone 8 Flip directly replaces the ZenFone 7 (and not the ZenFone 7 Pro ). It incorporates its ergonomics and design, in particular this rotating photo module which offers selfies an image quality much higher than that offered by direct competition. Even today, the ZenFone 7 Pro is considered one of the best smartphones for selfies.
But is the ZenFone 8 Flip just a replacement for the ZenFone 7? Is it just a high-end selfie phone? Does it suffer from the same heat concerns as the ZenFone 8? And, of course, is it a good smartphone? Here are some of the questions we’ll answer in this comprehensive test.
The price difference is explained by two technical details. The first is SoC. ZenFone 7 and ZenFone 7 Pro did not have the same processor (SD865 and SD865 +, respectively). This year, the ZenFone 8 Flip benefits from the same SoC as the ZenFone 8: the Snapdragon 888 .
Then, the ZenFone 8 Flip is equipped with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage (expandable with a microSDXC card), like the ZenFone 7 Pro. This also helps to explain the tariff increase applied this year. Remember that there is only one version of the ZenFone 8 Flip, unlike the ZenFone 8 which comes in four configurations, three of which will be sold in France.
In the box, you will find an AC adapter, a USB type-C cable, as well as a rigid plastic shell. It protects the smartphone right out of the box. This is the case with all of the brand’s smartphones. And we can only praise this initiative, even if you decide to adopt another hull, like that of Rhinoshield which you can find the photo above.
Aesthetically, the ZenFone 8 Flip is identical to the design of the ZenFone 7. Their dimensions are also almost the same: a slight millimeter less in height for the most recent model. And the weight is the same, 230 grams. Asus therefore retains the ergonomics and size of the previous generation of ZenFone here. Regulars should therefore not be disoriented.
Let’s take a tour of the owner. At the back, we therefore find the famous rotating photo unit capable of switching from classic photo mode to selfie mode. It is a block formed by a frame formed of molded liquid metal . It incorporates three photo lenses and a flash, all protected by mineral glass. The maximum opening angle offered by the unit is 180 °. But you have the option to open it at different angles as needed. Three angles are pre-saved in the photo interface, but you can easily assign one of the three shortcuts to an angle that you will have more use.
Under the photo block, you will find a microphone, the only other technical element to see on the back of the ZenFone 8 Flip. The back of the smartphone is covered with mineral glass, here Corning Gorilla 3 . This glass is curved on the side edges. Its finish is shiny? This means that it keeps more fingerprints compared to the ZenFone 8. A gray “Asus ZenFone” marking is visible, but it is much more discreet than that of the ZenFone 7 and ZenFone 6. On the other hand, the legal marking was not engraved on the shell, but just glued with a sticker.