ASUS today announced that its next flagship - the Zenfone 8 - will debut on May 12, likely via a virtual launch event. If the company's flagship strategy for 2020 is anything to follow, we could get two devices: the vanilla Zenfone 8 and a more expensive Zenfone 8 Pro model. But lately we've heard a lot about a compact device that will likely debut as the Zenfone 8 Mini. The expression "Big on Performance, Compact in Size" on the official website only adds fuel to these rumors.
As of now, ASUS has yet to reveal any official information about the Zenfone 8 series. But going through the usual Android flagship read for 2021, expect upcoming phones to rock the high-end Snapdragon 888 SoC from Qualcomm with a lot of RAM. It would be interesting to see if ASUS continues with the rollover camera module design that was introduced with the Zenfone 6 in 2019.
Interestingly, Google's official support database ARCore also named a device called ASUS Zenfone Flip. At this point, it's unclear whether the 'Flip' here refers to the 180-degree tilting camera module or whether it's a foldable flip phone similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. People at XDA developers also discovered the details of an upcoming phone named 'PICASSO' which has a 6,67 inch screen and four cameras (64MP + 12,2MP + 24MP + 8MP telephoto).
Back in February, DigiTimes reported that ASUS will launch a Zenfone Mini Later this year. The report mentioned that ASUS would not compromise on its compact phone when it comes to internal hardware, following a strategy similar to what Apple did with the iPhone 12 Mini. Geekbench's alleged listing suggests that the ASUS Zenfone 8 Mini will be powered by the Snapdragon 888 SoC paired with up to 16GB of RAM. Rumors also point to a 5,92-inch OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and support for 30W fast charging.
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