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Zenfone 8 review: Asus’ small but mighty phone is a winner

CNET Senior Editor Sareena Dayaram (@sareenadayaram) reviews the new Asus Zenfone 8, which is being billed as “the ultimate compact Android phone.” Asus didn’t get rid of its cool flipping camera entirely — an upgraded version features on the Zenfone 8 Flip , but that device will likely not see a US release. Subscribe to…

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CNET Senior Editor Sareena Dayaram (@sareenadayaram) reviews the new Asus Zenfone 8, which is being billed as “the ultimate compact Android phone.”

Asus didn’t get rid of its cool flipping camera entirely — an upgraded version features on the Zenfone 8 Flip , but that device will likely not see a US release.

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  1. Who Asked

    May 12, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    Asussy

  2. Shot By Mitesh Gala

    May 12, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    hi

  3. Agung HP

    May 12, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    Nice

  4. 平和

    May 12, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    I’m so disappointed and sad…
    The compact ZenFone 8 could have been the perfect device.

    Only 3 things are missing:
    1. Flip Up Camera
    2. Support for GrapheneOS and CalyxOS
    3. Removable battery

    Everything else is perfect…
    – It’s compact
    – Has a headphone Jack
    – Expandable storage
    – Under screen Fingerprint scanner
    – A flat screen without curves

    I really hope ASUS will do better next time, they missed out on launching the best phone for consumers…

    • AbdulRahman Amr

      May 12, 2021 at 8:00 pm

      It doesn’t have expandable storage

    • 平和

      May 12, 2021 at 9:10 pm

      @AbdulRahman Amr Really!? Oh man, that’s so unfortunate… 🙁

  5. Cornbreadfed Kirkpatrick

    May 12, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    yes yes yes to me less is more

  6. Prabhu Gentlemen

    May 12, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    Price range high

  7. STRIM X

    May 12, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    most of failed product in this year😂

  8. Solidcancer07

    May 12, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    Yes compact phones are absolutely here to stay!! Thank you Apple for setting the trend, have to give it to them. And no I’m no fanboy.

    • Fk Youtube

      May 12, 2021 at 6:31 pm

      No sd card why

    • Jake

      May 12, 2021 at 9:14 pm

      @Fk Youtube thats fading away, sadly

  9. Yogesh Kumar

    May 12, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    Asus doesn’t know how to market their products.

    • Awudu Awudu

      May 12, 2021 at 5:51 pm

      Yes just like LG and HTC.

  10. STE

    May 12, 2021 at 5:43 pm

    Are you getting the Sony Xperia 1 III?

  11. raviraj shetty

    May 12, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    Nice Awesome video lots of love from India ☺️👍

  12. Awudu Awudu

    May 12, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    Is this not the Zenfone 8 Mini?

  13. Om Aggarwal

    May 12, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    🔥🔥🔥

  14. realDonaldTrump burner account

    May 12, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    Midrange? It has a snapdragon 888.

  15. acche2

    May 12, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    They’re still alive?

  16. VSPA TMX

    May 12, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    I want this in India.
    Can’t find it on Amazon India.

  17. Vrodboy

    May 12, 2021 at 7:41 pm

    Can you spell Samsung Galaxy S…whatever

  18. G. G.

    May 12, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    BEST. PHONE. EVER !!! 😍😍😍

  19. Douglas Watts

    May 12, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    This feels like they made their own version of the Pixel 5.

  20. Smit Ramteke

    May 12, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    Almost 6 inches phone is a small phone now. LMAO.

    • Fred Behrend

      May 13, 2021 at 1:17 am

      Now with edge to edge screens, yeah.

  21. Eduardo Flores

    May 12, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    Oh crap! I just switched my phone, otherwise I would’ve bought this one! There aren’t enough flagship compact phones!

  22. Andrew h

    May 13, 2021 at 1:06 am

    Like yalls reviews the most. More professional than all that other childish crap

  23. Siddharth

    May 13, 2021 at 4:06 am

    What about the Haptics? Please mention the experience. Really looking forward to buy this one. But bad haptics are deal-breakers.

    • Jagadish palani

      May 13, 2021 at 6:44 am

      Haptics are good check mr whose the boss video.

    • Siddharth

      May 13, 2021 at 6:46 am

      @Jagadish palani ohh thanks 😀checked it❤️

  24. Terry Roulhac

    May 13, 2021 at 4:10 am

    This is the third time! Will someone please inform her if your going to do a phone interview ( Please get your nails 💅done).

  25. Tejender Singh

    May 13, 2021 at 4:54 am

    Watching this on my 2 years old asus 5z with zero complains. This would definitely be my next phone but as of now my 5z is still working perfectly. 👍🏻👍🏻

    • Satinder singh

      May 13, 2021 at 6:02 pm

      My 6z died

    • Apex gamer

      May 14, 2021 at 8:52 am

      Definately you should buy the asus zenfone 8 amazing specs🔥🔥🔥 and I feel that it is much better than any other companies🔥🔥

  26. TARUN JANGRA

    May 13, 2021 at 5:07 am

    Hlo beautiful lady 😍,very good video about the information of zenfone 8.
    Please make a complete review and camera comparison video also

  27. Isaac Ogdan

    May 13, 2021 at 5:10 am

    Asus phones are always impressive in the reviews but worldwide they are sold in limited quantities, sometimes a complete model is skipped like 7 in my country.

  28. Cancer Called Human Species

    May 13, 2021 at 6:29 am

    I wish i could afford this….. Looking for less than 6 inch phone… But there is none

  29. Gautam Saharan

    May 13, 2021 at 7:52 am

    Oh so beautiful and charming.

  30. Kongolox

    May 13, 2021 at 7:53 am

    notch… Pass.

  31. Omar Ali 89

    May 13, 2021 at 8:51 am

    How is it mid-range flagship?!

  32. Tauseef Ahammad

    May 13, 2021 at 8:52 am

    Doesn’t the back feels plastic to touch ?

  33. Sourav Saha

    May 13, 2021 at 9:02 am

    What was that game?

    • Galaxy rock Studio

      May 13, 2021 at 3:48 pm

      It’s called “Genshin impact”

      It’s about 8 gigabytes and it’s a heavy game so it will make your phone overheat

      Unless you play it on low settings then it won’t overheat your phone

    • Sourav Saha

      May 13, 2021 at 4:09 pm

      Oh. Thank you for your help.

    • Galaxy rock Studio

      May 13, 2021 at 4:18 pm

      @Sourav Saha np👍 it’s an amazing game btw

  34. Cosmic Jerry

    May 13, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    🧙‍♂️ ☎️ …Hello

  35. Galaxy rock Studio

    May 13, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    I thought this was 300$ USA price?

    If it’s any more than 500$ then it’s garbage

  36. Wall-e

    May 13, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Gorilla glass 3 on the back folks. Kinda important unless you use the case.

  37. kaundinya swarna

    May 13, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    google pixel 5 or asus zenfone 8 which is better

  38. RAMiEL JO

    May 13, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    Nice review 👍🏼
    Great Phone by Asus
    A phone that is compact so you can carry it anywhere

  39. Mateo A

    May 13, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    What’s the game’s name?

    • Arun KP

      May 14, 2021 at 11:49 am

      Genshin Impact. It’s the biggest game on the playstore by size. Around 10GB.

  40. Jay Wyatt

    May 14, 2021 at 1:10 am

    How can I Not get my eye off your white finger nail polish , is distracting 🤣🤣🤣

  41. Minmin Li

    May 14, 2021 at 2:17 am

    This might be a perfect replacement for my s10e.

  42. Saddam Styawan

    May 14, 2021 at 6:58 am

    Is this zenfone 8 support wireless baterry charger?

  43. Apex gamer

    May 14, 2021 at 8:51 am

    Asus was on another level🔥🔥🔥

  44. Dwanel Barman

    May 14, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    thank god there still a ” mobile phone” 👍

  45. faris rizam

    May 14, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    Watching this on my zenfone max pro m1

  46. namelesssnitchy

    May 14, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    if you hold the camera taking button is will go into burst shot?

  47. Rajesh Phadke

    May 14, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    I think you missed most important aspect; your review comments about audio quality. DAC, headphone jack output and speaker/s quality. Can you share an update? Considering it is going to be go to phone for LG G/ V series fans.

  48. Subrata Mondal

    May 15, 2021 at 1:21 am

    Your Home location is clearly stunning… 👌😍

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