Asus caused a buzz in the smartphone world – something it hasn’t done in quite a while. The Asus Zenfone 8 in particular lit up people’s excitement with its petite design and reasonable price.
It was the clear favorite in last week’s poll. It’s not perfect, but it doesn’t need to be, it just needs to be better than the other phones in its category and there just aren’t many of them.
Save for the iPhone 12 mini, this is the smallest 5G flagship around. Sony’s Xperia 5 III and Samsung’s Galaxy S21 come close, but they are still bigger. And pricier. Though they do have telephoto cameras and larger batteries. The S21 also has wireless charging, while the Xperia adds a microSD slot (also, it and the Zenfone 8 are some of the few phones that still carry a 3.5 mm jack).
So, in this case “better” will vary by person. A phone that’s comfy to use with one hand and close to stock Android 11 (with at least two major OS updates in its future) and high-end features for €600 sounds like dream for some.
That said, we will caution Asus execs that it’s too early to pop the champagne. The iPhone 12 mini won a poll too, but sales didn’t live up to expectations. Also, sales should improve once Asus expands the phone’s availability beyond Europe and Taiwan (it’s coming to the US soon, for example).
Moving over to the Asus Zenfone 8 Flip, the situation looks pretty dire. Most people either prefer the smaller model (which also has newer features) or think Asus missed the mark entirely. Very few are actually interested in the Flip.
It didn’t even come up often in the conversation in the comments, other than to point out its lack of OIS (the 7 Pro from last year and the 8 both have it) and the lack of a 3.5 mm jack (the smaller 8 has it).
There’s not much more to say here, a standout design – even if it stands out with something as simple as its size – causes more excitement than a recycled design with a new chipset.