Wednesday, May 12, 2021

ZenFone 8 Flip, Full screen display and Flip Camera

Asus Zenfone 8 Flip is defined by its flip-up camera. It’s a triple camera that adds a 3x telephoto lens to what the smaller phone Zenfone 8 has to offer. There’s no front camera and the ability to shoot selfie photos and videos with the main and ultrawide cameras.

The Flip is also powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset. It comes with 8GB of RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. This one has a triple card slot with a dedicated spot for a microSD. This is essentially an S888 refresh of the Zenfone 7, the rest of the spec sheet is basically identical. The 6.67” AMOLED display has the same 1080p+ resolution (20:9) and it runs at the same 90Hz refresh rate (200Hz touch sampling rate) and it has the older Gorilla Glass 6. It’s not as bright as the Zenfone 8 display (it tops out at 700 nits), but it boasts the same HDR10+ certification and excellent color rendering.

One change here is that the fingerprint reader moved from the side to under the display. The phone still has a Smart Key, which can trigger three custom actions with a single, double or long press. The triple camera is the same too with a 64 MP IMX686 main sensor (note that it lacks OIS). The 12 MP IMX363 sensor in the ultra wide module is the same too. As is the 8 MP OmniVision sensor in the telephoto camera. As before, it offers 3x magnification (80 mm focal length) and up to 12x digital zoom.

The main camera can record 8K video at 30 fps as well as 4K at 60 fps, plus HyperSteady video. The ultrawide cam tops out at 4K/60fps, while the telephoto module offers only basic 1080p/30 fps recording. The camera trio is guarded by Gorilla Glass 3. The 5,000 mAh battery with 30W HyperCharge is unchanged as well (with QC 4.0 and USB-PD support). The wireless connectivity does benefit from the new chipset, with Wi-Fi 6E support. For audio there is aptX Adaptive (the 7-series had it too). The Flip may lack a 3.5mm headphone jack, but it does have stereo speakers with dedicaed NXP mono amps (TFA9874) and a Hi-Res Audio certification. The speakers were tuned by Dirac Research, just like the ones on the ROG Phone.

The Asus Zenfone 8 Flip can be pre-ordered in Europe and Taiwan later today starting at €800. You can find it online on, availability for other regions will be announced soon.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Asus Zenfone 8 is compact flagship with an Snapdragon 888 chip

Asus Zenfone 8 The Asus Zenfone 8 measures 148x68.5x8.9 mm and weighs 169g. Powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset, which runs Android 11 with ZenUI 8 which different than last year ZenFone with near stock android. The flagship has a 5.9” AMOLED display (Samsung E4) with 1080p resolution and a 20:9 aspect ratio. In terms of protection, the phone has Gorilla Glass Victus on the front and an IP68 dust and water resistance rating and this is Asus’ first phone with an IP rating.

The panel has 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate. It is HDR10+ certified, covers 112% of the DCI-P3 color gamut and comes with well-calibrated colors. It’s quite bright too, with a peak of 1,100 nits. The fingerprint reader is built into the display. On the back there is a dual camera with a 64MP sensor – the same IMX686 as used on the Zenfone 7 generation. It has 0.8µm pixels and a Quad Bayer filter an Dual Pixel Autofocus. This camera features Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and can record 8K video at 24fps (with EIS enabled). 4K/60 fps is also available as is 1080p/60 fps with HyperSteady. The triple mic system features OZO Audio Zoom and Noise reduction tech.

The second camera on the back is based on 12MP IMX363 sensor (1/2.55”. It has 1.4µm pixels Dual Pixel autofocus and its lens (with 14.3mm focal length) can focus at 4cm distance to shoot macro photos. The selfie camera on the front uses the new 12MP IMX663 imager (1/2.93”, 1.22µm), also with Dual Pixel AF. Both the ultrawide and the selfie cameras can record 4K video (at 60fps and 30fps, respectively). Asus equipped the little Zenfone 8 with some serious audio hardware. It has a 3.5mm audio jack, two linear speakers with dual Cirrus Logic mono amps (CS35L45) and Dirac HD Sound support. The Audio Wizard app will let you tinker with the equalizer.

The USB-C port supports 30W HyperCharge for fast and safe charging (Quick Charge 4.0 and USB Power Delivery PPS). The port is wired for only USB 2.0 connectivity, however. On the wireless front things are much better. There’s 5G with multiple bands supported (there is a USA and a worldwide version of the phone). The latest Wi-Fi 6E is supported as is Bluetooth 5.2 (with aptX Adaptive). The phone has a dual nano-SIM slot, but unfortunately no microSD slot. Asus offers the phone with 128GB and 256GB storage, with three RAM options – 6GB, 8GB and even 16GB. There’s a Smart Key on the side which can be configured to trigger three different actions.

The Asus Zenfone 8 is already available in Europe and Taiwan (the Black one at least, the Silver one is on pre-order). The early-bird price is €600, but it will go up to €670 at the end of the month. The phone will be available in other regions too, more details soon.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Zenfone 8 will become official on May 12


ASUS has today announced their new next flagship Zenfone 8. The unveiling event will take place on May 12 at 1 PM Eastern / 7 PM CET most likely via a virtual launch event. There must be two variant Zenfone 8 and a pricier Zenfone 8 Pro model. But lately, we’ve been hearing a lot of chatter about a compact device that will likely debut as the Zenfone 8 Mini. The Taiwanese company says we should expect something that's "big on performance", and "compact in size". Regarding the former, the implication is obvious - expect a Snapdragon 888.

Back in February, DigiTimes reported that ASUS will launch a Zenfone Mini later this year. The report mentioned that ASUS won’t make any compromises for its compact phone when it comes to the internal hardware, following a strategy similar to what Apple did with the iPhone 12 Mini. Alleged Geekbench listing suggests that the ASUS Zenfone 8 Mini will draw power from the Snapdragon 888 SoC paired with up to 16 gigs of RAM. Rumors also point towards a 5.92-inch OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and support for 30W fast charging.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Asus Zenfone 8 Mini passes by Geekebench with SD 888 and 16GB RAM

Asus is expected to bring its Zenfone 8 series soon in no less than three sizes according to the latest rumors. The smallest device of the bunch will be the 5.9-inch Zenfone Mini (ASUS_I006D) and the phone was now spotted in the Geekbench database.

ZenFone 8 Mini - Geekbench 5 score

The Zenfone 8 Mini is powered by the Snapdragon 888 alongside 16GB RAM and managed impressive scores of 1,123 in the single-core department and 3,681 on the multi-core thread. Based on previous rumors, the Zenfone 8 Mini will feature a 64MP Sony IMX686 main cam alongside a new Sony IMX663 module. The phone will also bring 30W charging. All Zenfone 8 series phones are expected to pack OLED displays 120Hz refresh rates and FHD+ resolution. The Mini will be joined by the Zenfone 8 Pro (ASUS_I004D) as well as Zenfone Flip which could be the only device to retain the signature flip-up camera of the previous Zenfone series.s

Friday, April 16, 2021

How To Downgrade ZenFone 7 From Android 11 to 10

ZenFone 7 / ZenFone 7 Pro (ZS670KS / ZS671KS) Software downgrade from Android 11 to target Image Version: WW- (Android 10) for WW SKU only. ※ 

Android 11 to Android 10
Download ZenFone 7 / ZenFone 7 Pro Firmware  Android 11 to Android 10

Before you start the downgrade, please make sure all pictures, important data finished the backup. 

The downgrade process will erase all data to be a new system. 

ASUS company would not not be responsible for the risk of data loss. Steps of Update: 

1. Download the firmware and copy to internal storage. 

2. Remove Google Account. 

3. Pull down the quick setting list. 

4. The system will pop up a message which detected a firmware update info. 

5. Execute the downgrade firmware file. * If you skip step 5, and you don't know how to trigger the downgrade process again. Please reboot the system, and the downgrade info will pop up again. 

*How to know the device model? Path: Settings->About-> Model number Example: ASUS PadFone2 **How to know the device software version? Path: Settings->About-> software information->Build number Example: CHT_PadFone2-user- *System upgrade may cause part of data missing, please backup your important data before system upgrading.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

How to change Zenfone System Navigation Style

Swipe down from the top of the screen to access Quick Settings > tap Settings icon  > Display  > System navigation.

If you choose Gesture navigation, you can tap Gesture navigation settings icon to adjust Back Sensitivity of the screen.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

How to enable Graphics boost - ROG Phone 5

What is Graphics boost? Graphics boost is an enhanced tool for improving the quality of the game screen, allowing players to adjust the picture quality according to their preferences in the game Tap Armoury Crate from the Home screen, enter Game Library, tap Scenario Profiles of the game > Display.

In the drop down menu select Balance, High quality or Customize.

For example, when Customize is selected, multiple settings can be adjusted, such as Anti-aliasing. Then tap Save in the upper right corner.

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