It’s great if innovations keep coming to the smartphone product line. This time, the innovation in question is the existence of a flip camera on the ASUS ZenFone 8 Flip which launched in Europe and Taiwan in May 2021.
Actually, a camera like this is not the first time because previously there was already an ASUS ZenFone 7 Pro which was present in 2020, using a similar camera mechanism.
Because this phone is in the flagship price segment, users also feel the quality that is second to none in terms of chipset performance, screen display quality, and also photography display.
ASUS ZenFone 8 Flip Specifications
- Release: May 2021
- Screen: Super AMOLED, 90Hz, 6.67-inch Full HD Plus
- Chipset: Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm)
- GPU: Adreno 660
- RAM: 8 GB
- Internal Memory: 128 GB, 256 GB
- External Memory: microSDXC (separate slot)
- Main Camera: Triple 64 MP + 8 MP + 12 MP
- Front Camera: Using the rear camera (rotating camera system)
- Battery: Li-Pro 5000 mAh
Advantages of ASUS ZenFone 8 Flip
Curious about the advantages of this ASUS phone? You are not alone, many are intrigued by the unique camera features that are rarely found on other phones. Instead of being curious, let’s just look at the points of excellence below!
1. Rear Camera as Well as Being the Front Camera
Surely you can’t wait to know the ins and outs of the camera, right? That’s why we deliberately kept this point at the top. The so-called innovation, surely can always be appreciated. Especially if it’s not the ASUS ZenFone 8 Flip camera whose rear camera can be turned over to become the front camera?
The first thing that comes to mind is definitely his resilience. Is this kind of mechanism lasting and not easily jammed? To answer it, of course, you must know the actions of these innovations.
We can be sure that the durability and smoothness of this mechanism have been tested, because this innovation is not the first to be present in ASUS products. Yes, this rotating camera was previously owned by ASUS ZenFone 7, so we can believe that ASUS is indeed experienced in presenting unique cameras like this.
What are the cameras that ZenFone 8 Flip has? First of all you are presented with a 64 MP main lens with an aperture of f/1.8 and a sensor size of 1/1.73 inch. The lens, which is a Sony IMX686 sensor, also presents a large pixel size of 1.6 μm and also a focal length of 26 mm.
This camera also uses Quad Bayer technology like mobile phone cameras in general so that each pixel captured has a larger size, producing a photo with a resolution of 16 MP by default.
Users will also not find it difficult to focus the reticle towards the subject because there is already a fast and practical PDAF autofocus. This PDAF feature is also available on both lenses, namely an 8 MP telephoto sensor in the form of an OmniVision OV08A which is able to shoot objects with 3x optical zoom.
This optical zoom serves so that users can zoom without causing the quality to decrease at all. Also, there is a digital zoom feature that can be done up to 12x maximum.
Well, then for the third lens, you are also presented with an ultrawide sensor whose function is indeed more important than macro. This ultra-wide lens has a resolution of 12 MP and is capable of taking photos with an angle of 112 degrees. Also, there is already a dual pixel PDAF feature in it.
What about the front camera? As we mentioned earlier, ASUS ZenFone 8 Flip has a rotating camera system which means that this rear camera can be adjusted to face the user’s face. Automatically, you can experience the same quality of selfie photography as the rear camera. Interesting, isn’t it?
Because this ASUS smartphone is a flagship lineup, it is natural that the camera can already capture video with resolutions up to 8K and also 4K (at a frame rate of 60 FPS).
This makes it really worthy of being a professional videography tool so that users can make continuous video editing on a PC, as well as bring more stunning sharpness when displayed on the TV screen.
Uh yes, this rotating camera also has additional extra interesting features, namely Auto Panorama and Motion Tracking. As the name implies, panorama allows users to capture photos with elongated sizes. The difference is that this time the panorama runs automatically.
Yes, you don’t need to move your phone at all and just let the camera rotate on its own so that it can capture the panorama vertically. Likewise with motion tracking, where the camera will always detect every move in the subject so that the reticle never leaves the subject.
Of course, users are also curious about the quality of the camera results. For that we present some examples of his photo samples that we took from the following sources.
Disadvantages of ASUS ZenFone 8 Flip
His rotating camera is tempting, but this leads to his body becoming a bongsor. Then, there are also some other shortcomings that you need to pay attention to, namely as follows.
1. No IP Certification
It’s not easy for a smartphone to promise to survive even if it has fallen into a waterhole. That’s why generally IP certification aka Ingress protection only applies to expensive smartphones.
IP itself is a certification that signifies the resistance of a device to dust and water. Generally, in the flagship price range above 10 million, smartphones are equipped with IP68 which is able to hold water so as not to damage HP components when falling to a water depth of 1.5 m.
What about ASUS ZenFone 8 Flip? Apparently, ASUS does not provide IP certification at all. It is not known how tough this device is when exposed to water, so users are expected to be more careful so that the phone does not experience water damage.
2. Fast Charging Is Less Competitive
Regarding the battery, we still assess its durability as durable. But when it comes to the 30W charging speed it has, we need to say that this is really a drawback. Why? Yes, if you are just looking for 30W fast charging, there are also entry-level phones to the mid-range that are used.
Judged by hp flagship quality standards, we think the 30W power is too small to be able to deliver a premium feel charging experience speed. For your information, GSM Arena records that the device has only reached 100% after being charged for 1 hour and 40 minutes.
A slightly different thing was revealed by TechAdvisor, where this device has an even longer power speed of 44% in 30 minutes.
This device, which is supported by USB-C Delivery Power 3.0, is also less competitive due to the absence of wireless charging. If concluded, ASUS ZenFone 8 Flip is included in the flagship smartphone lineup with the worst charging capabilities.
3. High Refresh Rate Option “Only” 90 Hz
2020 is the beginning of the emergence of the rampant refresh rate of 90 Hz on medium-sized phones, such as realme 7, realme Narzo, and so on. Over time, this 90 Hz refresh rate option can even appear on HP 1 million like the Infinix Hot 10s.
That’s why, ASUS ZenFone 8 Flip, which only presents 90 Hz, feels like it’s an obsolete for today. Even so, it is quite appreciable because ASUS is still generous to combine AMOLED panels with high refresh rates.
By the way, the high refresh rate option has a meaning related to how often the screen refreshes every second. Generally, the screen has a refresh rate of 60 Hz which means it refreshes 60 times every second.
A 90 Hz refresh rate means the screen has a 50% increase in refresh, and makes every screen shift look smoother.
In relation to asus ZenFone 8 Flip, GSM Arena also hints that the application of 90 Hz has its drawbacks. In a sense, the phone will continue to be in 90 Hz mode even though the screen is static. Only when opening YouTube or watching a video on a media player, the refresh rate is lowered to 60 Hz.
ASUS is a “entrant” mobile phone brand, which means they have to fight to compete with several other brands that are stronger in position such as Xiaomi, Samsung, Huawei, and so on. Well, if we look at the ASUS ZenFone 8 Flip, it seems that ASUS is indeed mature in entering the smartphone war.
None other than the existence of a flip camera, an innovation that has never existed in other brands’ products and is guaranteed to be a smoking gun to beat other flagships.
However, making this flip camera does not seem to be easy so there must be some things sacrificed. Judging from the other side, this smoking gun could actually be a backfire. Why?
The product does not present adequate fast charging, even though this is one of the flagship markers compared to other cheaper phones. Customers are also used to being offered IP rating certification for the price of 13 million which is also owned by ZenFone 8 Flip.
ASUS really puts its appeal on this flip camera, and hopes that customers can understand the absence of IP rating and wireless charging, as well as a number of other shortcomings.
One thing is for sure, we believe that the target market that ZenFone 8 Flip has exported is very broad. The reason is, photography on cellphones is increasing in prestige, and will not decrease as long as Instagram and TikTok are still popular.
So, are you amazed by this cellphone from ASUS? Until this article was written, the new device was available in Europe and Taiwan only and was priced at around Rp. 13.8 million.