Asus bucks large display trend to launch 5.9-inch smartphone, Zenfone 8, in Singapore

Smartphones are getting bigger and bigger, as consumers thirst for larger displays. But that means one-hand operation is becoming a distant memory.

To reclaim that one-hand operation, Asus has launched the Zenfone 8 – “the ultimate compact Android phone” according to its maker.

The Asus Zenfone 8 offers great one-hand operation. (Photo: Trevor Tan)

The Zenfone 8 features a 5.9-inch AMOLED display (2,400 x 1,080 pixels) protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. The display comes with a touch sampling rate of 240Hz and a refresh rate of 120Hz. This allows for smooth scrolling and prevents screen tearing when playing games. It also features in-display fingerprint sensor for quick unlocking of the phone.

As a result of the small display, it offers great one-hand operation. The 5G smartphone is only 8.9mm thick and weighs a mere 169g. But yet, it is sturdy and weather-resistant being rated at IP68 in terms of water and dust resistance.

The Asus Zenfone 8 (left) compared to the iPhone 12 mini. (Photo: Trevor Tan)

Despite its small size, it packs plenty of punch featuring Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 888 5G chip for super fast performance and a large-capacity 4,000mAh battery for long-lasting battery life.

In capture your everyday life, the Zenfone 8 uses a 12-megapixel (MP) punch-hole front-facing camera for your sharp selfies. It has a rear dual-camera system that comprises a 64MP wide-angle camera for general use and a 12MP ultra-wide-angle camera for landscape shots.

The Zenfone 8 comes with a rear dual-camera system consisting of a 64MP main camera and a 12MP ultra-wide-angle camera. (Photo: Trevor Tan)

The Asus Zenfone 8 will available in Singapore on May 28 in two variants of 8GB RAM/256GB storage ($999) and 16GB RAM/ 256GB storage ($1,099). Pre-order of the smartphone starts today till May 27.