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Asus Zenfone 8 Flip leak reveals flipping camera and a killer chip

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There’s more than one way to free up screen space on a flagship phone. While the iPhone 13 is rumored to be shrinking down the notch that houses its front camera and Face ID sensors, Asus look like its taking a different approach with upcoming Zenfone 8 family. And it should be familiar if you’ve been following recent Zenfone releases.

In advance of the Zenfone’s release, 91mobiles has published a series of photos along with detailed specs for the new Zenfone 8 and Zenfone 8 Flip. It’s not clear when these phones will ship, but the Zenfone 8 Flip will stand out from the smartphone crowd with a fairly unique camera design. Well — unique for phones not built by Asus.

According to intel from leaker Ishan Agarwal, the Zenfone 8 Flip will feature a triple camera setup that’s housed in a flipping mechanism that allows the cameras to rotate over the top edge of the phone. 

zenfone 8 flip and zenfone 8

(Image credit: 91mobiles)

In other words, you’re taking selfies with the same cameras you’d use for other images shot by the phone. This should help with taking selfies, in addition to looking a bit strange, since the camera flips upward and sits atop the phone's frame. 

You’ll be familiar with this approach if you saw last year’s Asus Zenfone 7 Pro, which also featured a triple camera display that flipped around when it was selfie time. The Zenfone 6 offered something similar, but just with wide angle and ultrawide angle lenses.

Asus ZenFone 7 Pro

Last year's Asus Zenfone 7 Pro (Image credit: Tom's Guide)

Agarwal’s leak also includes the specs for those three lenses on the Zenfone 8 Flip — a 64MP main camera joined by an 8MP telephoto lens and 12MP macro shooter. In other words, the macro lens replaces the ultrawide angle camera on the Zenfone 7 Pro. 

Zenfone 8 rumored specsZenfone 8 Flip rumored specs
Screen size5.82 inches6.67 inches
CPUSnapdragon 888Snapdragon 888
Rear cameras64MP main, 12MP macro64MP main, 12MP macro, 8MP telephoto
Battery4,000 mAh5,000 mAh

Meanwhile, the Zenfone 8 sounds like it will sport a more conventional design, with two rear cameras (the 64MP main shooter and 12MP macro lens). Renders show a phone with a punch-hole cutout to house the front camera, so there’ll be no flipping with this phone.

Additional specs suggest that the Zenfone 8 Flip will offer the bigger of the two screens — 6.67 inches versus 5.92 for the Zenfone 8. Both phones will offer FHD+ resolution, though in the 91mobiles report, only the Flip is listed with a fast refresh rate — 90Hz in this case.

zenfone 8 and zenfone 8 flip

(Image credit: 91mobiles)

The same Snapdragon 888 powers both Zenfone 8 models, with the Zenfone 8 Flip expected to offer more storage at 256GB to the Zenfone 8’s 128BGB. The Flip will have a bigger batter too, Agarwal says — 5,000 mAh vs. 4,000 mAh.

Unfortunately, this leaked report doesn’t include pricing or release info. A countdown clock on the Asus website, however, points to a Zenfone 8 launch event next Wednesday (May 12) at 1 p.m. ET. We imagine that any and all questions about the Zenfone 8 and Zenfone 8 Flip will be answered then.