ZenFone 8 coming to India. Good news for other global markets?

With the limited release of the ZenFone 7, there is some good news for the upcoming ZenFone 8 launch. It’s coming to India!


One of the most well-versed markets when it comes to technology is India. ASUS has a strong presence in that market and it was quite a disappointment for many when the ZenFone 7 didn’t make it there. ASUS will be bringing the ZenFone 8 to India, but the actual launch will be coming later than the official release. The covid issue in India has resulted in ASUS delaying any sort of a launch which is a good call.

With there being two of more ZenFone 8 models, it’s unclear if India will get partial availability or the entire line-up will be available. From early leaks it looks like the “ZenFone 8” will be without a flip camera which should bring down the price. This would make it an ideal candidate for many competitive markets like India.

We see ASUS list New York in their launch page with the countdown timer. If ASUS is putting that time zone into the launch event marketing we sure hope there is something to that. Would they include New York yet not release the phone(s) to the US market? That would be rather cruel.

Other markets aside from just India, US and Canada missed out on the ZenFone 7 entirely. ASUS seems poised based on a number of indicators to have a more inclusive roll-out this time around. The surprise for us is the non-flip version of the ZenFone 8 which does mean extra models that might be more suited to more markets. Price is a big factor for many markets and if ASUS can hit certain price targets then they may have an option this time around.

Only a couple days to go. Official launch is May 12, 2021. There have been some rumors on pricing but nothing official. It’s entirely possible the ZenFone 8 Flip, which is a new model of ZenFone 7 and ZenFone 7 Pro with the flip camera, is going to have a starting price like last year. The apparent “mini” ZenFone 8 without a flip camera could come in at a lower price but the specs seems quite substantial so there is no guarantee of a lower priced ZenFone model this year.

Gearing up for the ZenFone 8 launch!

Where have we been hiding? Far away it seems! We don’t need to dwell on the recent past because there are more important things to discuss. Such as…the upcoming ZenFone 8 launch!

A lot of information has already hit the web and most likely you’ve already seen the images and read the specs on what may be three different ZenFone 8 models.

We have one burning question and it’s completely made up of self-interest concerns.

Will the ZenFone 8 series come back to North America?

See, a lot of what we do, we do it out of the love of ASUS products. Some of the reward comes via our site visitors if they use one of our links to buy a ZenFone. A healthy portion of our audience is US and Canada and when the ZenFone 7 wasn’t widely released it meant few sales.

We don’t run ads and we don’t link to other brands. We’re 100% ASUS ZenFone content and we are completely reliant on people wanting to buy them.

Certainly we can and have invested our own time without concern of any earnings when it comes to running websites over the years. Would we spend hours on the site just for the fun of it? In the past yes, but nowadays time is limited and some income to cover costs matters.

With that out of the way, we remain hopeful. Regardless of where the ZenFone 8 ends up available to buy, we are going to give you the details. We are gearing up starting right this second.

If you are unaware, unconfirmed reports suggest a ZenFone 8 Flip or ZenFone Flip which features the flipping camera that ASUS has been so well known for lately. It does appear that the ZenFone 8 will be a traditional design without the flip camera and will feature a “punch hole” in the display. The ZenFone 8 or ZenFone 8 Mini? We aren’t yet sure of those details just yet. We do know that ASUS is going smaller.

Looking back at the ZenFone 7 we think ASUS hit that price ceiling. We are hoping for the best for the ZenFone 8 availability globally and at a price that comes in lower than the ZenFone 7. Based on no flip camera (unconfirmed) on the ZenFone 8, we expect prices to reflect that fact.

We hope you stick with us heading into the launch as ZenFone 8 pre orders start up!

US/Canada – Want an ROG Phone 3 instead? It’s available now.

There has been much debate about ASUS’ intent on bringing the ZenFone 7 to more markets. The original statement from ASUS suggested 5G compatibility issues were the reason why some markets like North America would not get a ZenFone 7 release. We can’t say whether the arrival of the 5G enabled ROG Phone 3 will influence a ZenFone 7 release, but we can say if you want the ROG Phone 3 instead, you can order it now.

Don’t be shocked at the price here. You’re looking at the best of the best and some features that no other manufacturers are offering.

Shopping Link: Available now at B&H – Free shipping to US and Canada – Ships Globally – Click Here

US ROG Phone 3 pricing:

$999.99

  • 12GB/512GB

$1,099.99

  • 16GB/512GB

Of course the North American network bands are important. Here they are:

GSM 3G/3.5G

  • UMTS, HSPA+: 850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz

4G LTE

  • LTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 48, 66 Bands

5G NR

  • n1, n2, n3, n5, n28, n41, n66, n71, n77, n78, n79 Bands

What does this North American ROG Phone 3 release mean for a possible ZenFone 7 release?

This is a very curious situation for us. Nothing official yet from ASUS that clearly states the ZenFone 7 is coming to the US and Canada. Yes, there have been reports of ASUS support telling customers that the ZenFone 7 is coming to North America but there is an element of uncertainty on those reports.

ASUS stated the 5G compatibility was the primary reason for not bringing the ZenFone 7 to the US and Canada. Well, it certainly appears that the ROG Phone 3 and its 5G capability show that the ZenFone 7 has no issues in coming as well. It’s a common sense argument but that only applies if compatibility was the ONLY reason ASUS decided not to release it in North America.

Not to be a downer, but it all comes down to the FCC filings. If you consider it would be 4-6 weeks minimum from a published FCC filing, we are getting awfully late into the year now. It wouldn’t be shocking if ASUS was to make the ZenFone 7 available in the US and Canada by late November, so we hope to see a filing in the next couple of weeks. It would be extremely strange to see the ZenFone 7 being brought to North America in December or early 2022.

Stay tuned to our website, as we monitor many sources for a possible North American release!