When it comes to special mobile phone lenses, ZenFone, which has a rotating lens and can be used as a self-portrait lens, is definitely one of them. This year, ASUS launched a new generation of ZenFone with a rotatable lens, and the name was changed to ZenFone 8 Flip. The appearance seems to be similar to the previous two generations, but has the experience of using it improved? Let Edward test it in detail for everyone.
It is more convenient to use the fingerprint on the screen to unlock with one hand
First of all, in terms of design, ZenFone 8 Flip is basically the same as the previous two generations. The screen is still 6.67 inches like the previous generation. The back of the machine is still polished. The thickness and weight are the same as the previous generation, which is still 9.6mm. 230g, so the one-handed control feel is basically not much different from the previous generation. The biggest difference between ZenFone 8 Flip and the previous generation is the fingerprint unlocking. The previous generation uses the physical fingerprint on the side of the machine to unlock it, and instead uses the current generation of off-screen fingerprints. Because of the thicker body of the ZenFone 8 Flip, it uses off-screen fingerprints. It will make it more convenient for everyone to unlock when holding the phone with one hand (especially when holding the phone with the left hand), and it does improve the user experience to a certain extent.
▲This is the latest ZenFone 8 Flip from ASUS. The following author will compare the previous ZenFone 7 Pro (a wallpaper with 7 characters) and the current ZenFone 8 Flip (black and blue wallpaper).
▲As you can see, ZenFone 7 Pro and ZenFone 8 Flip are almost the same in design. The only one is ZenFone 8 Flip. Since the fingerprint is no longer located on the switch button on the side of the fuselage, the switch button of the new phone will be more prominent. One point, and it will be more detailed.
▲In terms of one-handed control, the size and thickness of the two machines are almost the same, so the one-handed control experience is basically the same. The screen is slender and easy to control with one hand.
▲But because the screens of the two devices are relatively long, it is more difficult to tap the position closer to the top of the screen.
▲In addition, ZenFone 8 Flip is still the same weight as the previous generation, and it is also heavier.
▲So if you use one-handed operation for a long time, you still get tired easily.
▲In addition, the previous-generation ZenFone 7 Pro fingerprint reader is located in the switch key on the right side of the fuselage. For users with small palms, it will be more difficult to press the fingerprint recognition when holding the phone with one hand, especially the left hand.
▲However, the new ZenFone 8 Flip adopts an off-screen fingerprint design. Even with a small palm, you can easily use your fingerprint to unlock the phone. The palm size is more comfortable to use.
▲As for the back of the machine, the design of strengthened glass material is also adopted, and the design of polishing is also adopted.
▲Although it is a polished design, the advantages of not sticking to fingerprint dust are still retained, which is worthy of praise.
▲The buttons are all located on the right side of the fuselage, with an on-off key and a volume key.
▲There is a USB-C slot at the bottom of the machine.
▲ ZenFone 8 Flip, like the previous generation, also supports 5G networks, and the SIM card slot still supports dual-card dual-standby at the same time and a microSD memory card to expand storage space, which is very considerate.
The experience is roughly the same as the previous generation
As for the user experience, ASUS ZenFone 8 Flip and the previous generation ZenFone 7 Pro are also the same in many places. First of all, the screen is also 6.67-inch 2400 x 1080 90Hz AMOLED, and it also supports 110% DCI-P3 color gamut and HDR10+ certification. In addition, the ZenFone 8 Flip camera, in addition to the same three-lens design with a 64-megapixel main lens, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens, also uses a rotating lens design. The main lens can also be used. It can be used as a front mirror, and the angle can be adjusted according to personal preference, so that the framing can be more creative. Since the new machine on the hardware is completely the same as the previous generation, the performance is still very satisfactory, and the author is very satisfied with the previous generation. It is purely without any upgrades, so there is no surprise.
▲ ZenFone 7 Pro and ZenFone 8 Flip basically use the same screen configuration: 6.67-inch AMOLED.
▲The screen still uses 2400 x 1080 resolution and 90Hz screen update rate.
▲The new machine is also designed with a high screen-to-body ratio with a small frame.
▲As for the screen quality, ZenFone 7 Pro (left/top) and ZenFone 8 Flip (right/bottom) are basically very close. The only subtle difference is that ZenFone 8 Flip’s screen preset color temperature will be a little warmer. It will be better to enjoy the movie.
▲As for the viewing angle, ZenFone 7 Pro (first part) and ZenFone 8 Flip (second part) are also very wide. Similarly, the default color temperature of ZenFone 8 Flip screen will be warmer, which is used to browse text, especially if the background color When it is white, it will be relatively less glaring.
▲As for the viewing angle when viewing videos, ZenFone 7 Pro (first part) and ZenFone 8 Flip (second part) basically performed very well.
▲As for the lens, ZenFone 8 Flip (right), like the previous generation ZenFone 7 Pro (left), still uses a rotating lens mode.
▲The lens is still designed with 3 primary lenses, which are a 64-megapixel primary lens, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens.
▲Under normal circumstances, when the lens is facing the back of the camera, it can be used to shoot like a mobile phone lens.
▲When the lens is rotated to face the user, the three lenses of the main camera can be used as self-portrait mirrors, which can ensure the quality of the viewfinder and are more flexible than ordinary self-portrait lenses.
▲In addition, press and hold the rotating lens button and slide it up or down to set the shooting angle of the lens by yourself. This design is the same as the previous generation.
▲Users can also set up 3 different angles for easy access in the future.
▲As for the interface, the usual ASUS camera layout is still adopted.
▲It is worth mentioning that in the general 4:3 shooting mode, the pixels of the photo taken are 16 million, and you need to select “4:3 (64MP)” in the camera resolution setting of the camera to get 64 million Pixel mode to take pictures.
▲The author took the ZenFone 7 Pro (first photo) and ZenFone 8 Flip (second photo) to compare the shooting effects of the two mobile phones. You can see that shooting with the main camera lens, the phase qualities of the two cameras are basically very similar. , But ZenFone 8 Flip will be a bit brighter and the color will be slightly lighter, but the overall performance of the two cameras is excellent.
▲As for the ultra-wide-angle lens, in daytime street shooting, the effects of the two cameras are equally excellent, and almost identical.
▲As for the telephoto lens, the effects of the two mobile phones are also good, especially the ZenFone 8 Flip, the color and clarity are better and clearer than the old one.
▲The author also tried to shoot with the lens of two mobile phones, zoomed to the farthest (12x), you can see the photos taken by the two cameras, the sharpness is also very high, and the noise of the two cameras is also obvious. However, in terms of color and water, ZenFone 8 Flip will be closer to the effect seen by the naked eye. This shows that the new generation of ZenFone 8 Flip, although the specifications of the telephoto lens are the same as the previous generation, but the quality is slightly improved.
▲As for shooting objects indoors, ZenFone 7 Pro (first photo) and ZenFone 8 Flip (second photo) are equally good.
▲Test the two cameras to shoot food at close range indoors, and the effect is also very good.
▲As for night scene shooting, when shooting with the main camera lens, the two are equally good, but the new camera has a certain degree of improvement in clarity, whether it is the name marked on the building in the distance or the stone pattern near the fountain. It can be clearly seen, which shows that the main camera lens of the new machine performs very well.
▲As for shooting with an ultra-wide-angle lens at night, the performance of the old and new generations is similar.
▲While shooting at night with a telephoto lens, I think the old and new generations are equally good, but the color of the photos taken by the new machine is also closer to the effect seen by the naked eye, so it is better.
▲As for the interface design, ZenFone 8 Flip also uses a native OS closer to Android, which makes it very smooth and easy to use.
▲This time ASUS also introduced different protective cases for ZenFone 8 Flip, and users of their own back cover can set different functions.
▲In addition, this time ASUS has also cooperated with the famous brand Rhino Shield to launch an exclusive crash and fall protection case. In the setting, the user can set it to be turned on by opening the lens cover when the screen is in sleep mode. camera.
▲As you can see, as soon as you open the lens cover, the camera will turn on immediately, which is very convenient for taking pictures.
▲The Rhino Shield protective shell is very clean, and it can be covered with a protective cover when the camera is not in use, so you don’t have to worry about accidentally dropping the camera, it will easily break the camera.
▲However, ZenFone 8 Flip itself is not light anymore. With the addition of the Rhino Shield case, it will be more difficult to hold it in your hand.
Guaranteed flagship hardware performance
In addition to using off-screen fingerprints, another difference between ZenFone 8 Flip and the previous generation is that the hardware is upgraded to the latest flagship configuration, including: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G processor, 8GB LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB UFS3.1 built-in storage space. The same as the previous generation, it also adopts the top-level configuration, but the hardware is upgraded to the latest generation, so the experience of using it is still very smooth, and the overall performance is very good.
▲Although the shape of ASUS ZenFone 8 Flip is very close to the previous generation, it is a new machine after all. It naturally uses the latest hardware configuration, including: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G processor, Adreno 660 image processing chip, 8GB RAM, 256GB built-in storage space and Pre-loaded with Android 11 operating system.
▲The performance of the processor was tested with Geekbench 5 first, and the results obtained 1,118 points and 3,552 points in single-core and multi-core computing, which showed satisfactory performance.
▲After testing the ZenFone 8 Flip’s image processing performance with 3DMark, it turned out that even in Wild Life Extreme, it scored 1,525 points, which is very good.
▲The performance of the built-in storage space was tested with AndroBench, and the results showed that the read and write speeds were 2004.12MB/s and 790.89MB/s, respectively. The performance was ideal, especially in terms of read speed, which is even better for flagship mobile phones. .
▲Finally, the overall system performance was tested by AnTuTu, Geekbench 5-OpenCL and PCMark for Android. The results obtained 813,260 points, 4,732 points and 15,086 points respectively. The scores are very satisfactory, and this result also proves that ZenFone 8 Flip can basically cope with absolutely nothing. Most of the applications that users use on their mobile phones daily, even if they use the phone, there is no problem.
▲In addition, the fuselage has excellent heat dissipation performance. I played a mobile game for about 30 minutes, and the internal temperature was only 35-40 degrees Celsius, and my fingers felt that it was only slightly warm, which is pretty good.
▲As for the built-in battery, the capacity is 5,000mAh. I have tried it for more than one day and there is basically no problem.
Summary: Micro-upgrades further improve the experience
All in all, the ZenFone 8 Flip launched by ASUS this time has not changed much in terms of appearance and function. If you don’t pay attention to the details such as the switch key, it may not be so easy for others to separate it as a new machine. The main difference of ZenFone 8 Flip is that it always uses off-screen fingerprints and hardware upgrades to the latest generation of the same level configuration, so in terms of experience, it is only slightly improved. If you already own ZenFone 7 Pro, you may not need to upgrade so quickly. . But if you haven’t used ZenFone before and want to experience a rotating lens, a mobile phone that has outstanding performance in both selfies and landscapes, ZenFone 8 Flip is always a rare good choice on the market.