ASUS Continues With Flipping Cameras with the ZenFone 8 Flip

by Duey Guison  May 13, 2021

While most smartphone manufacturers have mostly moved on from motorized camera modules, Taiwanese manufacturer ASUS is still sticking with the design with their latest flagship phone, the ZenFone 8 Flip. Their latest offering is probably the only mainstream flagship in the world that packs a motorized module which they’ve gone to great lengths to improve from its previous iterations.

ASUS ZenFone 8 Flip Specs:

  • Snapdragon 888 processor
  • 8GB LPDDR5 RAM
  • 256GB UFS 3.1 storage
  • 6.67-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display, 90hz refresh rate, 1ms response rate
  • 64-megapixel f/1.8 IMX 686 main camera with PDAF, 12-megapixel f/2.2 IMX 363 ultra-wide-angle camera, 8-megapixel telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom
  • 4G, 5G
  • WiFi 6e, Bluetooth 5.2, in-display fingerprint scanner
  • Stereo speakers
  • 5000mAh battery
  • 30w fast charging
  • Android 11

ASUS has improved the flip mechanism of the ZenFone 8 Flip from the one in their previous flagships, making it tougher and more resistant to breakage. The stepper motor is smoother, and the motor can produce 2.2x more torque despite the entire mechanism being 40% smaller.

The flip mechanism is rated to endure around 300,000 flips during its life, which translates to 150 flips per day for a period of 5 years. That’s more than what a typical user would ever subject the mechanism to realistically.

As for the actual cameras on board, you’re looking at a 64-megapixel f/1.8 IMX 686 main camera with PDAF, 12-megapixel f/2.2 IMX 363 ultra-wide-angle camera, and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom.

What’s nice about the ZenFone 8 Flip’s mechanism is that you can use the same set of snappers for selfies, ensuring that you get quality selfies compared to a dedicated selfie snapper.

Aside from the unique camera module, you also get a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a 90hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and 110% DCI-P3 coverage, along with a 5000mAh battery that supports 30w wired charging. And yes, you are still getting stereo speakers on the ZenFone 8.

The main difference between the ZenFone 8 and its predecessor is with the internals: this time around, you get a Snapdragon 888 processor that is paired with 8GB LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB UFS 3.1 storage.

Aside from improving on the ZenFone 7’s design and internals, the big advantage of the ZenFone 8 is that it will be available in more countries compared to the former, including the Philippines. That’s right–ASUS will start selling their mainstream ZenFone devices in the country again, starting with their ZenFone 8 series.

ASUS ZenFone 8 Flip Price

The ZenFone 8 Flip is priced at 799 Euros(~Php 46.5k) for the sole 8GB/256GB variant. No pricing has been set for the local pricing of the ZenFone 8 Flip in the Philippines though.

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