Asus ZenFone 7 Pro image used for representation.
References to Asus ZenFone 8 were reportedly found in the kernel code of Asus ROG Phone 5 and Asus PixelMaster Camera app. The smartphone series is said to launch later this year.
Asus is reportedly working on the successor of Asus ZenFone 7 that may carry the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor. The rumoured Asus ZenFone 8 series is said to include at least two devices namely Asus ZenFone 8 and Asus ZenFone 8 Mini. According to the XDA Developers, the Asus ZenFone 8 Mini’s codename was spotted in the kernel source code and firmware of Asus ROG Phone 5. Whereas, references to the Asus ZenFone 8 and Asus ZenFone 8 Flip were reportedly noted in the latest version of the company’s PixelMaster Camera app. The report adds the kernel code revealed references to codenames “SAKE,” “PICASSO,” and “VODKA.” Apart from the three codenames, references to “SAKE_PLUS” and “VODKA_PLUS” were also spotted. The publication states that it is unclear if the ‘plus’ references indicate more distinct models. At the moment, Asus is yet to confirm the details of the successor of the ZenFone 7 series. The company recently launched the Asus ROG Phone 5 with the same flagship Qualcomm processor.
The publication believes that the ‘SAKE’ codename belongs to the unannounced Asus ZenFone 8 Mini. The kernel code describes the device as a ‘small phone’ with a 5.92-inch OLED display that has a 120Hz refresh rate and full HD+ (2,400×1,080) resolution. There is a reference of two image sensors – a 64-megapixel Sony IMX686 and a new Sony IMX663 sensor – in the code. Furthermore, Asus ZenFone 8 Flip had allegedly appeared in a Google support document. It is suggested that the rumoured ZenFone 8 Mini and ZenFone 8 Flip are the same handsets. As mentioned, the smartphone is said to pack the Snapdragon 888 processor. It will be interesting to see if the rumour is accurate as most flagship Android smartphones (including budget smartphones) feature at least a 6.1-inch screen. Apple introduced the iPhone 12 mini last year with a 5.4-inch screen and its flagship Bionic A14 chipset. The smartphone has reportedly failed to attract customers.
The report adds that the Asus ‘Picasso’ seems to have the same panel as the ZenFone 7 series – a 6.67-inch Samsung-made OLED screen with Full-HD+ resolution. The phone also appears to feature similar camera hardware on the ZenFone 7 series, except for an additional 24-megapixel image sensor at the from. Details about the Asus ‘Vodka’ remain unclear.