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Asus releases the ZenFone 8 to the US market

The ZenFone 8 is now available on the US market. (Source: Asus)
The ZenFone 8 is now available on the US market. (Source: Asus)
Asus' ZenFone 8 stands out among 2021 flagship Android smartphones with its unusually compact form-factor and stripped-back dual rear cameras. It is now available on the US market, through its OEM's own web-store in the country. It can be had for just under $600 at present, although this price may not be around forever.

Asus has taken a gamble by designing the ZenFone 8 in accordance with the "Mini" trend. Accordingly, its FHD 5.9-inch AMOLED display has a higher-than-average pixel density, although its smaller footprint might not appeal to all users. However, for Android fans in the US that might prefer the option, the 2021 flagship is now available unlocked on the OEM's website for the country.

It is available on (without its "full-sized" Flip counterpart at present) in 8GB RAM SKUs with either 128GB or 256GB storage options. The former has a normal price of US$629.99, or $70 more for the latter. Then again, the base model is discounted to $599.99 as part of a release-event special.

Therefore, it could represent a good deal for those in the market for a new Snapdragon 888-powered phone...although it would be a better one if the ZenFone 8 had a microSD card reader. On the other hand, it does have a 3.5mm headphone jack, Bluetooth 5.2, with the aptX HD and aptX Adaptive codecs, plus a 30W 4,000mAh battery that might be sufficient for its form-factor.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-06-30 (Update: 2021-06-30)