Asus recently announced its next batch of flagship phones, which can only mean one thing: it’s time for another flagship showdown. Both the Zenfone 8
versus iPhone 12
pack some serious tech and features into a trim and tidy package. But which one is the right choice for your next smartphone? Use the guide below to help you decide between the Zenfone 8 versus iPhone 12.
But first, a quick PSA: No matter which phone you choose for your next upgrade, you’ll want to make sure you protect that new purchase with an extended smartphone warranty from Upsie
. Just be aware that the Zenfone 8 isn’t quite available directly in the USA yet, so you’ll have to wait until it is in order to be eligible for Upsie extended warranty protection.
Now, on to the showdown!
Form Factor and Dimensions
If you’ve seen the iPhone 12, the dimensions aren’t particularly surprising. You get a 6.1-inch OLED display packed into a body that measures 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4 mm, weighing in at 5.78 oz. The design is a familiar combination of metal edges with an all-glass front and rear. The noticeable iPhone notch sits up front and enables FaceID, among other things.
The Zenfone 8 has a slightly smaller 5.9-inch display and a slightly different aspect ratio, as well. It’s slightly taller at 148mm, but narrower (68.5mm) and also a bit thicker.
The height difference is due to the small bezel at top and bottom, where the iPhone has practically none. There’s a tiny hole punch in the AMOLED display for the selfie cam, and that lower bezel does stick out in a sea of otherwise all-screen Android handsets.
In terms of hand feel, the two phones feel very similar as far as size and weight, with the Zenfone 8 weighing just 5 grams more. It’s strange, then, that the Zenfone 8 is marketed as a “mini” phone, while the iPhone 12 is a mid range phone. There’s a difference in size expectations between Apple and Android, it seems.
The Zenfone 8 is an Android handset, and it runs a pretty clean version of Android. There are a few customizations courtesy of Asus, but they are generally helpful ones that don’t drastically alter the pure Android experience, but rather help address
some of the annoyances of running Android on non-giant phones.
The iPhone, on the other hand, runs iOS 14, a sleek and secure mobile OS that’s decidedly different from Android.
Chances are, you already know which one you prefer. For some, the OS alone makes the purchasing decision obvious.
Historically, the Zenfone line has been known for one thing: the flip-up camera. But strangely Asus has left this feature out this time around, saving it for the larger Zenfone 8 Flip
alone. So you’re left with a fairly standard setup, with two lenses and a flash on the rear and a small selfie cam on the front.
Strange as this choice may be, the included cameras pack Sony tech and should deliver exceptional images. Still, you won’t get the kind of front-facing quality that you could from previous Zenfones. Despite this drawback, there’s OIS image stabilization, which is a huge benefit.
iPhone 12 contains Apple’s custom cameras, which are excellent as usual. The combination of a telephoto and regular lens allows for an exceptional variety of photo options, and Night Mode photos are still a wonder to behold.
Processors, Storage, RAM
The Zenfone 8 has several tiers of storage and RAM, and all the handsets are powered by the newest Snapdragon 888 5G chipset. It’s the best chipset in the Android world. Configurations are available ranging from 6 to 16GB RAM and 128 to 256GB storage.
On the other hand, the iPhone 12 features Apple’s custom silicon, the Apple A14 Bionic chip. No matter how you slice it, this is one impressive chipset. Apple has had a significant processor advantage over Android for several years, and this continues.
Storage on the iPhone ranges from 64 to 256GB, and it appears that the phone has just 4GB of RAM. That said, differences in OS architecture and processor capacity mean that you’re unlikely to miss the extra RAM if you choose an iPhone.
There are a handful of other notable differences between the two phones. The Zenfone 8 retains a 3.5mm headphone jack, which the iPhone doesn’t have. The Zenfone also offers 120Hz refresh rate and some impressive color specs. The iPhone’s refresh rate is lower at 60Hz, but the included True Tone display is something Asus doesn’t match. And both phones offer IP68 water and dust resistance.
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