ASUS announced today that its next flagship – the Zenfone 8 – will break cover on May 12th, most likely via a virtual launch event. If the company’s flagship 2020 strategy comes into question, we may get two devices – the vanilla Zenfone 8 and a more expensive Zenfone 8 Pro model. But we’ve been talking a lot lately about a compact device that will likely debut as the Zenfone 8 Mini. The phrase “Big on Performance, Compact in Size” on the official website only adds fuel to these rumors.
A Zenfone 8 Mini with no compromise on raw firepower? Yes, please!
As of now, ASUS has not yet released any official information about the Zenfone 8 series. However, if you use the Android flagship rendering that will be common for 2021, expect the upcoming phones to rock Qualcomm’s top-notch Snapdragon 888 SoC alongside plenty of RAM. It would be interesting to see if ASUS continues with the design of the flip camera module that was introduced with the Zenfone 6 in 2019.
Interestingly, the official Google ARCore support database also named a device called the ASUS Zenfone Flip. At this point it is unclear whether the “flip” here refers to the 180-degree flip camera module or whether it is a foldable flip phone that is similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. The folks at XDA-Developers also discovered details of an upcoming phone code-named “PICASSO” that has a 6.67-inch display and four cameras (64MP + 12.2MP + 24MP + 8MP telephoto lens).
ASUS Zenfone 8 Flip is also in preparation. Maybe a foldable one?
Back in February, DigiTimes reported that ASUS would launch a Zenfone Mini later this year. The report mentioned that ASUS will not compromise on the internal hardware of its compact phone, following a strategy similar to Apple’s with the iPhone 12 Mini. Alleged Geekbench listings suggest the ASUS Zenfone 8 Mini will draw power from the Snapdragon 888 SoC with up to 16GB of RAM. Rumors also suggest a 5.92-inch OLED display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz and support for 30W fast charging.
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