Asus Zenfone 8 to come in three variants, Mini will sport 5.9-inch OLED panel

18 March 2021
A compact Android flagship from Asus is on the way.

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5.9 inch with 0.2inch notch will do 5.7 fullscreen, and still reasonable to be considered as mini phone these days. Samsung s8-s9 has 5.8 with extra 0.2 for cameras. If curved stepped aside, those two would've 6.2 inch, but thanx to curved it got little less in dimension.

Me and my self are looking forward to consider this mini from Asus as daily driver. As Compact matters a lot to mine, yet, with speculated specs will add some confidence to go for.

  • Marko

@DBS
Exactly. Took my thought.

  • DBS

There's NOTHING "Mini" about a 6" screen.
I don't know who Asus thinks will buy this, but it surely won't be those of us who want normally sized phones, similar to the iPhone 12 Mini or to Sony's old Compact line.

  • Levy

djamesz, 10 Apr 2021Speak for yourself man. I agree totally with him. Fuck blue... moreYou're obviously wrong.

skejpa, 08 Apr 2021Screw the 3,5mm jack, we have bluetooth headphones anyway. ... moreI prefer the headphone jack instead of wireless charging... Not really a mini phone but my X5II is compact in terms of wideness

Anonymous, 08 Apr 2021No headphone jack? No sale. I totally agree on that man....

skejpa, 08 Apr 2021Screw the 3,5mm jack, we have bluetooth headphones anyway. ... moreSpeak for yourself man. I agree totally with him. Fuck bluetooth headsets i will never going to pay 120 euro for a decent pair of earphones. Because everthing less sounds also alot worse. Why should i buy BT earphones if i have 6 quality wired earphones. That don't need to be charged after 6+ hours. They refuse to build headphone jacks in de high-end devices, but they build one in mid-end/low-end devices. Doesn't make totally sense.

  • Anonymous

No headphone jack? No sale.

salarx, 25 Mar 2021Yeah say goodbye to wireless charging in Asus Phones. They&... moreScrew the 3,5mm jack, we have bluetooth headphones anyway. But the wireless charging is a must. Its almost in every new car.

And yes, 5,9'' is not mini at all but we have to take what is given. In compare to top smartphones it is mini...

  • Anonymous

5.9-inch is not mini at all ...

B52, 25 Mar 2021Xiaomi left that superb Mi Pad 1 on its own, without any su... moreYeah say goodbye to wireless charging in Asus Phones. They'll do anything to reach the 5000mah mark and space for flip cam, be it dropping headphone jack or wireless charging.

salarx, 24 Mar 2021Samaung + Custom Roms is disaster. Even OnePlus is no longe... moreXiaomi left that superb Mi Pad 1 on its own, without any support or custom rom support, I guess it was the same for the newer models.
I do not know nothing about their phone support, according to you, it is far better.

I kept an eye on ASUS for a while. I will give them a try if they dont screw up the 8 Mini. (By not screwing up I mean a good camera and decent battery life with Qi charging and a sane price.)

B52, 24 Mar 2021Actually, not all of those devices were not phones but and... moreSamaung + Custom Roms is disaster. Even OnePlus is no longer as developer friendly as it used to be. Your best chance of getting great support for custom android is with either Asus or Xiaomi phones. With the exception of ROG 5, all Asus phones are built like tank, and have great support in Custom Rom community. Xioami offers great hardware for the price.

i0S.-.Never.-.Again, 23 Mar 2021I don't know what phone you are using, but on my OnePl... moreActually, not all of those devices were not phones but android tablets, but I dont think this matters in this case.
I used a Mi Pad (1) for a very long time, I loved it. But there were no updates lately, so I decided to upgrade it with custom rom. Flashing was okay and I could step up a few main versions on the Android ladder, so I could run some newer features and newer apps that required android 7+.
The other device was a CUBE Hi10Pro, that came rooted out of the box, but with stock rom my banking app (and some other I already not remember) told me goodbye.
After that I bought a newer Lenovo 7" tablet (not chinese import) and before root there was no problem with apps, after root I could not log in to the banking app. So this one also had to go. At the moment I use a Huawei Media Pad T5 as main tablet, it finally has all the features I needed out of the box, so there was no need to root it, all the apps working fine.

The last phone I installed custom rom was the poor old SGS1. As you stated, on an old hw like that custom roms did miracles. No need to mention, banking app did not work on it because of root error.

I did not own Oneplus or Asus phones yet. But for phones like Samsung (S10e at the moment) rooting will void your warranty for sure. And in terms of hardware I do care about warranty.

What do you think of this?

B52, 23 Mar 2021Did not know about root cloak, seems like a useful thing. ... moreI don't know what phone you are using, but on my OnePlus, rooting doesn't void warranty.

I am using stock ROM. By rooting, I have debloated it further and have all the goodies that rooting can unlock.
These days there is no need for custom ROMS. Custom ROMS used to be great on older hardware with poor specs or heavy ROM like miui. These days, rooting alone is sufficient.

May I ask which phone you have and which specific feature you are getting in custom ROM that isn't there on stock?

i0S.-.Never.-.Again, 22 Mar 2021Banking apps run fine with root. Root cloak or using Magis... moreDid not know about root cloak, seems like a useful thing.

However, my banking app did not work either on rooted stock rom nor custom rom. I tried it on multiple devices, "Your device is rooted, app will not work" error message every time. But it works fine with untouched stock rom.

Okay, I did not try root cloak or magisk... But when you buy a 500+ eur phone, istallation of a custom rom (which means you automatically loose your warranty as well on day 1) to make that phone usable is not acceptible.

B52, 22 Mar 2021And at the moment you install those glorious custom roms yo... moreBanking apps run fine with root.
Root cloak or using Magisk, one can easily fool banking apps into thinking device isn't rooted.
Looks like you have zero experience using rooting.
Rooting actually unlocks administrative privileges,... Meaning you are the boss of that device.

Anonymous, 21 Mar 2021man up to install a Custom ROM whenever you want and run yo... moreAnd at the moment you install those glorious custom roms you lose the chance of using important apps (e.g. banking apps) that are not running on rooted rom.
Now that's one really mature thing to do instead of buying (maybe more expensive) products with proper software background.....

  • Alek

I bought Zenfone 7 pro only because fingerprint sensor in flagship phone... After every single galaxy 1 - 10. In display sensor is a major failure. If Zenfone 8 get the same stuff with louder speakers, I'll buy.

salarx, 21 Mar 2021There's no particular reason, for me it's the not... moreThe unholy un-notched screen is the killer feature of these. I have doubts they'd drop that on the top-end model.