Earlier this week, ASUS announced its 2021 flagship phones for the Zenfone line. The compact Zenfone 8 and the Zenfone 8 Flip feature Snapdragon 888 processors and run Android 11 out of the box. While ASUS didn’t say anything about software support during the launch, new details have surfaced regarding that.
According to The Verge, ASUS revealed that it will provide at least two major OS updates for the Zenfone 8. This means that the new flagship will get updated to Android 12 and also receive an update to Android 13 when it is announced. The Taiwanese manufacturer will also provide security updates for the same duration which is about two years.
It appears that ASUS is sticking to the same plan it used for the Zenfone 6. When it announced the 2019 flagship which launched with Android 9 Pie out of the box, it promised that it will get updated to Android Q (Android 10) and Android R (Android 11). It kept that promise as it released Android 10 for the phone in November 2019 and Android 11 in December 2020. As you can see, both stable updates arrived just a few months after the new version was released, so we can expect the same for the Zenfone 8. However, three years of OS and security updates would have been better considering that is what other major brands are offering for their flagships.
The Zenfone 8 has a 5.9-inch FHD+ display with a hole at the top left corner for a 12MP selfie camera. It comes with up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. There is a 64MP camera on the back along with a 12MP ultrawide angle camera that can also take macro shots. ASUS has added an audio jack at the top, stereo speakers, IP68 rating, and a 4000mAh battery under the hood with support for 30W fast charging.
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