ASUS probably is not the most relevant name in the smartphone industry, but certainly made some noise back in its days. The company is still there launching a new generation for its ZenFone series every year. In addition to that, it keeps providing a decent level of software support. It was one of the first brands to roll out Android 13 to its 2022 flagship. Now, the update is reaching its 2021 smartphones. Starting today, the ASUS ZenFone 8 and ZenFone 8 Flip are getting Google’s latest Android flavor. On top of that, we also get the January 2023 security patch.
ASUS ZenFone 8 and ZenFone 8 Flip join the Android 13 bandwagon
To recall, the ASUS ZenFone 8 and 8 Flip launched in 2021 and were two major milestones for the brand. The ZenFone 8 was a compact flagship featuring a punch-hole design. It was ASUS’ first take into this design as it has been sticking with full-screen displays with a flipping camera system. The ASUS ZenFone 8 Flip was the brand’s last take on this design and was not impressive enough in terms of specs. The devices run a close-to-stock Android, and now are getting one more major update.
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Worth noting that both ASUS ZenFone 8 series smartphones run a stockish Android build, but there are some extras from ASUS. The update is rolling out with build number 33.0210.0210. The update is rolling out in a gradual form. We believe that the company is monitoring the update to make sure there is no critical bug that escaped the testing phase. Users in Europe, Russia, India, and Taiwan should keep an eye on the notification tray for the OTA update. Alternatively, you can head to ASUS’ website for instructions about the manual flash process.
To recall, the ASUS ZenFone 8 has a 5.9-inch AMOLED FHD+ screen with a Punch-Hole and 120Hz refresh rate. Under the hood, it boasts the Snapdragon 888 and has a 50MP main camera with OIS plus a 12 MP ultrawide shooter. The phone draws power from a 4,000 mAh battery with 30W charging. The Flip has a 6.67-inch FHD+ 90Hz AMOLED screen with an edge-to-edge screen design. For selfies, you can use the main 64 MP camera that can flip to the front. There is also an 8 MP telephoto shooter, and a 12 MP ultrawide sensor. The Flip draws power from a 5,000 mAh battery and also has the Snapdragon 888.
Both phones launched with Android 11 and got the Android 12 update. Now they’re getting their second, and probably last, major Android update.