Reviews | Asus Zen Phone 8, the high-end smartphone that the’small phone’ enthusiasts have been waiting for

If you remember the early days of smartphones, you know that’handsets’ at the time pointed to small devices suitable for use with one hand. Since then, due to the rapid development of hardware and functions and the user’s demand for a larger screen, the mobile phone has grown larger and it is now difficult to find a small mobile phone.

So what stands out even more is the Zenfone 8, the latest high-end device from Asus. This smartphone, which is less than 6 inches long, did not give up battery capacity to reduce its size, and as a result became the best product for small phone enthusiasts.

From left: Asus Zenphone 8, Asus Roguephone 5 Ultimate, Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra © Adam Patrick Murray/IDG

Asus is more famous for its notebook and PC hardware components. However, the company’s mobile phone division has been producing pretty good products one after another over the years. It still has a low market share in the global mobile phone market, but it is certainly one of the great latecomers. In fact, the ROG Phone 5, which I announced a few months ago, is the best gaming phone I pick.

The Zenphone product line is aimed at more general users. Asus seems to have wanted to make the ZenPhone 8 the ultimate compact Android phone. It was aimed at the small smartphone market that many companies did not care about until now, but it actually made a great product.

Looking at the main specifications, it supports up to 120Hz using a 5.9-inch FHD+AMOLED Samsung panel, and the maximum brightness is 1,100 nits. The color gamut such as 112% DCI-P3 and delta=E<1 is also excellent. It reflects the expectations of small phone enthusiasts because it shows the best screen in any situation.

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ZenPhone 8 features the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G chip. It has up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB of UFS3.1 SSD, and is cooled by a heat-pipe. Compared to the Rogue Phone 5 with similar specs, there is no loss of responsiveness or speed. The performance was more impressive. The same was true for everyday tasks as well as heavy tasks such as games. It got slightly hotter than the Rogue Phone 5 when dealing with heavy tasks, but it’s understandable considering its size, and it wasn’t really a big deal.

The huge battery capacity of 4,000mAh also seems to contribute to this heat generation. However, thanks to the ample battery, despite this level of performance and size, the screen refresh rate was set to’auto’ and was able to use it all day. Moreover, Asus applied a 30W high-speed charging system to this product. The company claims that it is the most powerful charging performance for products under 6 inches. This feature is a great help for quick charging in emergency situations.

The screen is large enough to read the article. © Adam Patrick Murray/IDG

Now let’s look at the software. ZenUI 8 is based on Android 11. It doesn’t seem like a big difference on the outside, but there are a few clever improvements. All of the newly added features will help you get the most out of this smartphone. For example, there are various battery management options, and additional sound tuning has been made to improve the sound quality of the dual speakers. You can also add Rogue Phone 5’s Game Genie software to customize your gaming experience.

All of these features are easy to find and take advantage of within Settings, making Android even more powerful. When I ran a third-party launcher that supports the new swipe system, a strange flashing occurred when closing the app, but I thought I could use ZenUI as a custom Android OS with a little more improvement.

With one-handed mode, no matter how small your hand is, it reaches the top of the menu at once. © Adam Patrick Murray/IDG

The biggest weakness of Zen Phone 8 is its design. It’s basic and gives no inspiration. It wasn’t a big problem for me, but smartphones are the products we use in our daily lives. Therefore, it is necessary to consider purchasing in advance knowing that Asus puts more emphasis on making products that can be fully used with one hand rather than an aesthetically pleasing smartphone.

Asus explained that it has spent a lot of time researching to find the optimal height and width that can be used with one hand, but it is also the expression that best describes the characteristics of this product.

If you prefer a one-handed phone, this one will be pretty attractive. You don’t have to worry about dropping it from your hand even if you don’t hold your phone tight. My wife, who had previously been looking for a small phone, said the Zen Phone 8 wasn’t small enough as expected. However, the response was enviable for the new’one-handed mode’, which limits the height of the screen and allows you to easily reach the top of the menu.

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In summary, the Zen Phone 8 is a product like Danbi for small cell phone enthusiasts. While not many of the advantages of large mobile phones have been abandoned, it supports performance comparable to the most expensive products currently on sale. Prices also start at $600. I highly recommend it to be on the’handset’ wish list for those who prefer small devices. [email protected]

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