ZenFone 8 shows up at FCC – US / Canada release is official (and coming soon)

ASUS means business this time for the North American market. You could say they’ve turned it up a notch! The ZenFone 8 (ZS590KS) has shown up at the FCC and this is good news for US and Canada consumers.

In all the ZenFone releases we’ve followed (that’s a lot) this is the earliest ZenFone that we’ve seen pass through the FCC. This is meaningful because it gives answers to release date time lines.

We’ve never seen an ASUS product pass through the FCC and hit the store shelves earlier than four weeks. Realistically speaking it means two months away, maybe a bit longer than that at the earliest. If anything this FCC filing is in line with ASUS telling the media that a summer launch for the US is likely.

Another reason why we are so impressed with this FCC filing is because it may indicate ASUS taking the North American market a bit more seriously. Year after year the US and Canada waited well into the fall to get their opportunity to buy a ZenFone. ASUS did speed things up with the ZenFone 6 but at that time we didn’t know if this would be common moving forward given that the ZenFone 7 didn’t come to the US or Canada. Generally speaking, we never have expected to see a ZenFone in the US or Canada in August to buy. This could be the year though!

It’s worth noting that it’s only the ZenFone 8 that hit the FCC and not the ZenFone 8 Flip. This was to be expected based on the intitial information that ASUS released to the press about the US release.

With what we know, expect prices and pre orders to roll out in late June or early July. You might not get the ZenFone 8 in your hand until August but we are confident that there will be a lengthy pre order phase in mid July. Pricing should be known sooner so please come back and visit for updates. In all other markets, reviewers are stating that the ZenFone 8 is cheaper than the competition from the big hitters like Google and Samsung. Expect the same aggressive pricing in the US and Canada. If ASUS gets super aggressive with pricing they could do very well in the North American market.

[source: FCC]

ZenFone 8 is coming to US and Canada

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Breaking: ASUS has confirmed that the ZenFone 8 is coming to the US. Pricing not determined yet. We assume that a US launch means Canada as well, but Canada hasn’t officially been mentioned.

We are attempting to find out if both ZenFone 8 and Zenfone 8 Flip are coming to the US market or if only one model is coming.

Price is a key factor and we will only post confirmed details as they become available.

Expected release date in US and Canada? A real wild card. Years past it was fall. This year let’s hope for summer. FCC filings will give more realistic and accurate time lines.

(Update in progress)

 

ZenFone 8 – ZenFone 8 Flip – Full Official Details and Pre Order Info

 

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There are two new ZenFone 8 models to talk about! The ZenFone 8 and ZenFone 8 Flip. Let’s get into this!

First detail is that the ZenFone 8 does not feature the flip camera. It has a punch hole in the display. If you want the flip camera then the ZenFone 8 Flip is for you. The ZenFone 8 is smaller at 5.92-inches whereas the ZenFone 8 Flip is large at 6.7-inches.

Price:

  • ZenFone 8 – 669 euros for 128 GB model (599 euros for a limited time if purchased at ASUS online store). The 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB of flash memory is 799 euros.
  • ZenFone 8 Flip. 8/256GB ~ 799 – 819 Euro
  • more details to come…

Availability:

  • Europe will get pre order first
  • more details to come…

ZenFone 8 Specs:

  • Display: 5.9 inches (1080×2400) 120Hz AMOLED, 1100nits brightness, HDR10 +, GG Victus
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
  • Memory: 16GB RAM LPDDR5 (6.400MB/s) / 256GB storage UFS 3.1
  • Cameras:
    • Main Camera – Sony IMX686 to 64MP, aperture F / 1.8 and OIS
    • Wide angle Camera – Sony IMX363 12MP – Dual PD autofocus
    • Front Camera – Sony IMX663 12MP – Dual PD autofocus
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM dual-standby, 5G SA/NSA, WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC
  • Audio: Dual stereo speaker, 3.5mm audio jack, triple microphone, wind filter and mic focus
  • Body Materials: 3D curved glass / IP65 and IP68 certification
  • Battery: 4,000mAh with Quick Charge 4 and 30W adapter
  • Dimensions/Weight: 148 x 68.5 x 8.9 mm / 169g
  • Available Colors: Obsidian Black or Horizon Silver

ZenFone 8 Flip Specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch 2,400 x 1,080 resolution Samsung all-screen AMOLED display
    • 90Hz screen update rate, 200Hz touch response rate
    • Corning Gorilla Glass 6 panel
  • Dimensions/Weight: 165.04 x 77.28 x 9.6mm, 230g
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, 2.84GHz processor
  • Memory: 8GB + 128GB / 8GB + 256GB memory
    • LPDDR5 / UFS 3.1, support microSD memory card expansion 2TB
  • Fingerprint recognition under the screen
  • Cameras:
    • 64 million pixels F1.8 aperture Sony IMX 686 main lens
    • 12 million pixels F2.2 aperture Sony IMX363 ultra-wide-angle lens
    • 8 million pixels OmniVision OV08A triple telephoto lens
  • Battery: 5,000mAh battery, 30W fast charge
  • OS: Android 11 with ZenUI 8