Alongside the standard model, ASUS also unveiled the Zenfone 8 Flip. as the name implies – the Asus Zenfone 8 Flip is defined by its flip-up camera.
It’s a triple camera that adds a 3x telephoto lens to what the smaller phone has to offer. There’s no front camera as such, of course, the key selling point here is the blemish-free display and the ability to shoot selfie photos and videos with the main and ultrawide cameras.
The Flip is also powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset. It comes with 8GB of RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. This one has a triple card slot with a dedicated spot for a microSD.
This is essentially an S888 refresh of the Zenfone 7, the rest of the spec sheet is basically identical. The 6.67” AMOLED display has the same 1080p+ resolution (20:9) and it runs at the same 90Hz refresh rate (200Hz touch sampling rate) and it has the older Gorilla Glass 6. It’s not as bright as the Zenfone 8 display (it tops out at 700 nits), but it boasts the same HDR10+ certification and excellent color rendering.
One change here is that the fingerprint reader moved from the side to under the display. The phone still has a Smart Key, which can trigger three custom actions with a single, double or long press.
The triple camera is the same too with a 64 MP IMX686 main sensor (note that it lacks OIS). The 12 MP IMX363 sensor in the ultra wide module is the same too. As is the 8 MP OmniVision sensor in the telephoto camera. As before, it offers 3x magnification (80 mm focal length) and up to 12x digital zoom.
The main camera can record 8K video at 30 fps as well as 4K at 60 fps, plus HyperSteady video. The ultrawide cam tops out at 4K/60fps, while the telephoto module offers only basic 1080p/30 fps recording. The camera trio is guarded by Gorilla Glass 3.
The 5,000 mAh battery with 30W HyperCharge is unchanged as well (with QC 4.0 and USB-PD support). The wireless connectivity does benefit from the new chipset, with Wi-Fi 6E support. For audio there is aptX Adaptive (the 7-series had it too).
The Flip may lack a 3.5mm headphone jack, but it does have stereo speakers with dedicaed NXP mono amps (TFA9874) and a Hi-Res Audio certification. The speakers were tuned by Dirac Research, just like the ones on the ROG Phone.
Battery Type and Capacity: Li-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable
Charging: Fast charging 30W
USB Power Delivery 3.0
Asus Zenfone 8 Flip ZS672KS Price and Availability
The Asus Zenfone 8 Flip is available for pre-ordered in Europe and Taiwan later today starting at €800. It can be pre-ordered online via asus.com, availability for other regions will be announced soon.
The phone comes with a 30W charger in the box, as does its small sibling. This one also gets an Active Case – a protective case that can lock the flip mechanism in place to keep it from opening when the phone experiences heavy vibration.