Asus Unveils the Zenfone 8 and Zenfone 8 Flip Smartphones

Asus has announced the Zenfone 8 and 8 Flip smartphones which feature similar camera sensors, but the latter allows the rear camera array to “flip” up and act as the front-facing camera. Asus Zenfone 8 The Zenfone 8 is Asus’s compact, an approachable model that is designed to be a strong performer despite its small […]

Asus Unveils the Zenfone 8 and Zenfone 8 Flip Smartphones

Asus has announced the Zenfone 8 and 8 Flip smartphones which feature similar camera sensors, but the latter allows the rear camera array to “flip” up and act as the front-facing camera.

Asus Zenfone 8

The Zenfone 8 is Asus’s compact, an approachable model that is designed to be a strong performer despite its small size and lightweight. The company is positioning it as a device that is designed to be used one-handed. It features a large 5.9-inch AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, a one millisecond response time, a 240Hz touch sampling rate, covers 112% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, and is HDR10+ certified thanks to the promise of 1,100 nits of peak brightness and a 1,000,00:1 contrast ratio. The smartphone is of course powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapddragon 888 processor as well.

As far as the camera system is concerned, Asus went with a more streamlined dual rear camera system that features a wide and ultra-wide lens.

The “main camera” is a wide-angle and features a 64-megapixel Sony IMX686 1/1.7-inch sensor and optical image stabilization. It has an equivalent 26.6mm focal length and a 78.3-degree field of view. The secondary ultra-wide camera has a smaller 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 1/2.55-inch sensor with a 14.3mm equivalent focal length and a 113-degree field of view and features real-time distortion correction. The ultra-wide is also capable of capturing macro photos.

Both sensors feature dual-pixel autofocus technology that Asus says will perform “extremely fast.”

Asus says that the wide-angle camera features the ability to capture 8K video at up to 30 frames per second with electronic image stabilization, and the ultrawide-angle camera offers up to 4K at 60 frames per second recording. The Zenfone 8 also comes with new video features, including HyperSteady, Free Zoom, and Pro video mode.

“With three microphones, Zenfone 8 records high-quality audio while shooting, and audio can also be optimized with functions such as Wind Filter, Mic Focus, and Acoustic Focus for focusing on and isolating the sounds of selected objects,” the company adds.

The front-facing camera is a Sony IMX663 12-megapixel sensor that Asus says is the first phone to feature this particular sensor. It is a 1/2.93-inch with 1.22µm effective pixel size, an f/2.45 aperture, and a 27.7mm equivalent focal length with a 76.5-degree field of view.

Asus Zenfone 8 Flip

The Zenfone 8 Fip, which was leaked earlier this week, keeps the unusual flipping camera array design and is much larger than the Zenfone 8. It has a 1080p OLED panel with a 90Hz refresh rate but does have a larger battery than its smaller counterpart. The camera system shares a lot in common however, and brings the same 64-megapixel main camera and 12-megapixel ultrawide but adds a third 8-megapixel telephoto that features a modest 3x optical zoom.

The motor that powers the flipping mechanism is apparently improved over the Zenfone 7 Flip, and Asus reports that it is rated for up to 300,000 “flips.”

As previously noted, Asus is pretty much the last major brand to release a flagship device that features a kind of mechanical flipping system found here. While it can be seen as a possible failure point, Asus seems to believe that the ability to use the main camera array as both a front and rear-facing system outweighs any of those downsides.

Asus says the Zenfone 8 series will be available starting “from late Q2” in North America. The Zenfone 8 will be available for about $725 and the Zenfone 8 Flip will retail for about $965.

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The iPhone 13 Will Be Thicker and Camera Bump Larger: Report

via MacRumors A new report alleges that the iPhone 13 will be slightly thicker than the iPhone 12 and feature a camera bump that will grow in size but protrude outwards less than current models. According to a report on MacRumors, Apple may be trying to make its camera bump less noticeable by making the […]

The iPhone 13 Will Be Thicker and Camera Bump Larger: Report
via MacRumors

A new report alleges that the iPhone 13 will be slightly thicker than the iPhone 12 and feature a camera bump that will grow in size but protrude outwards less than current models.

According to a report , Apple may be trying to make its camera bump less noticeable by making the iPhone itself slightly thicker. Referencing schematics shared with the publication, MacRumors says that the new models will be 7.57mm thick, an increase of 0.17mm over the current 7.4mm thick iPhone 12. This jump is visible, but is likely not going to be majorly noticeable to most people.

What will be immediately apparent is what MacRumors is calling a “more noticeable” camera array. Not only does it appear that the array itself will take up more room on the back of the camera, but the entire bump will also protrude out more in what appears to be an attempt at curtailing how much the individual camera lenses stick out from the back of the iPhone body.

The ‌iPhone 12‌ and 12 Pro currently have camera bumps that measure 1.5mm to 1.7mm, while the report alleges that the ‌iPhone 13‌ will have a thicker 2.51mm camera bump while the 13‌ Pro will feature a 3.65mm thick camera bump.

In the image below, the actual real estate that the bump takes up on the back of the camera is particularly noticeable.

via MacRumors

The ‌iPhone 12‌ and 12 Pro currently have camera bumps that are about 28mm by 30mm, while the report alleges that the ‌iPhone 13‌ will have a more squared-off bump that is closer to 29mm by 29mm. Additionally, the bump will allegedly be located about a millimeter closer to the top of the iPhone.

The iPhone 13 Pro’s bump is even larger and will reportedly have a bump that is closer in size to the iPhone 13 Pro Max. The report alleges that Apple will lean closer to bringing both the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max to camera feature parity in this iteration rather than having them be so notably different as they are with the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max.

These reports mirror the CAD leaks originally in mid-April but expand to show differences not only with the Pro Max camera array, but the whole iPhone 13 line.

notes, there is no official word on when the iPhone 13 is expected to come to market, though an April report on chip manufacturing could suggest that it is possible the iPhone 13 could revert to pre-pandemic launch windows, as last year was the first time in eight years that September did not feature a new iPhone announcement.

The most notable changes to actual iPhone camera quality is not expected until 2022 when Apple is expected to release the iPhone 14. According to another report, that device will feature a 48-megapixel camera to take iPhone photography “to a new level.”

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