TobTob Level 1
edited May 2021 in ZenFone 8

Here's some initial feedback after owning the device for a couple of hours:

  • Fingerprint reader still needs more work
  • Always on display is a bit too dark (would also like more clock options)
  • Icons on Always on display are too small (especially battery life indicator)
  • The front camera is an absolute mess, despite the great hardware. Pretty much everything about it is awful, including colors, skin-smoothing (despite turning that setting off). My Pixel 4a whose got much worst hardware does a much better job with selfies.

The main cameras are pretty ok, nothing special tho.

I'm also on the latest firmware ( in case you're wondering.


  • Thank you for the feedback - we're passing all the feedback to our developers.

    Fingerprint reader will likely see some improvements on the next update.

    Selfie camera we will also continue to work on and improve.

    Thank you!

  • TobTob Level 1

    The bridge between asian-centric and western-centric opinions about skin-smoothing/skin-tone is really difficult. Would be awesome to have a different setting/firmware for depending if you prefer western or asian "look" on your selfies.

    As a westerner I wastly prefer how Apple/Google are handling the skin smoothing/tone, I'm guessing people in the asian markets prefers how alla the asian OEM's are handling the selfie- situation.

  • What you may be observing is noise reduction being too aggressive to prevent noise. The countereffect of noise-reduction can be a lack of sharpness. Not a deliberate 'skin smoothing' even with beautification off. (That would imply intention, or preference,in a way)

    For example in the Zenfone 7 , we instead run into comments from "west and east" on photos coming in "too sharp" instead. That being said, we're working in improving selfie quality on the Zenfone 8!

    For the fingerprint reader; are you using any protective glass or film on the display, or is it just the screen glass itself?

  • TobTob Level 1

    Hmm I see, I'm not that into camera tech so i'm not sure how to describe it in technical terms, I just wastly prefer how the result of the pixel software, even when the actual hardware is extremely dated like on the Pixel 4a.

    It's the same with the main camera, there's just so much more detail when using my 4a, despite the +5 year old camera tech.

    I'm not using any protective glas or film atm, but in all honestly the fingerprint reader is pretty fine, my biggest complaints are with the camera software, but I understand that it's really hard for smaller companies to compete with the likes of Google/Apple/Samsung.

    I also remember a feature on an old Zenfone that I loved, when there was a new notification and the screen was off, then instead of waking up the entire screen it just showed the notification with a dark background. I wish you brought that back, it's so much easier to see the notification (I also beilive the actual text/icons became larger compared to normal use).

  • TobTob Level 1
    edited May 2021

    I'm also having a bit difficulty getting access to "hamburger menu/side menu", compared to my pixel were the gesture works almost any time. On the Zenfone 8 it usually regristres as a back gesture instead as a side swipe.

  • Aryan202Aryan202 Level 5
    edited May 2021

    Try Gcam 8.1 by Wichaya (he primarily works on Zenfones and optimises Gcam for Asus phones)

    (The first apk)

    And that feature you're talking about I think you're referring to ambient display

    This shows notification like that on a dark screen (I'm on zen ui 6 btw on an older zenfone)

    It's in display section in settings

  • Aryan202Aryan202 Level 5

    New ota is out by the way .44

    It mentions "improved camera quality"

    See if there are any improvements :)

  • RoystoysRoystoys Level 4

    Sounds like it needs a bit of work

  • Aryan202Aryan202 Level 5


    Selfie camera and finger print scanner improvements in this ota

  • CH_ASUSCH_ASUS admin
    edited May 2021

    You may try the feature "New notifications". This aligns the stock android behavior.

    The latest firmware also improves camera quality (and selfie).

  • TobTob Level 1
    edited May 2021

    Yea I've got it enabled, I just vaguely remember that the font/icon was much larger on the same setting on your older phones like the Zenfone 5Z, which made it much easier to see the notification. As you say the current implement aligns with stock android, which is fine when you got the phone in your hand. Personally I think it's really hard to see what kind of notification it is when the phone is on a table since the font/icon are just small.

    Yes, today's update definitely improved the fingerprint-scanner, well done!

    I briefly tried the camera, I think the colours looks much better now, but I'm still far from satisfied with the skin, still looks way too smooth with the setting turned completely off. Would also be cool if you enabled night mode on the selfie cam.

    I'm glad that you're committing to improving your device.

  • TobTob Level 1
    edited May 2021

    I'm also facing major issues with a pair of True Wireless earbuds... :/

    1) I can't remove the notification that displays battery life/connection

    2) Can't disable scenario effects when bluetooth headphones are connected, DIRAC and all its sound settings are really good for the speakers (and ordinary headphones via the 3.5 mm jack). But when it comes to Bluetooth I don

    t want any influence on the sound from my phone.

    3) When connected via Qualcomm TWS+, I'm experiencing all kinds off issues, earbuds wont stay connected, volume bugs (see video) etc. I'm using a pair of Cambridge Audio Melomania touch, on my other phone the TWS+ feature isn't enabled so they work just fine.

    I tried to disable TWS+ in the developer options, but it didn't really work. The earbuds just went straight back to TWS+.

    Is anyone else facing the same issues when connected via TWS+? The same earbuds works fine on my Pixel 4a since there's no TWS+, they just connect via the old APTX (Master/Slave).

    I tried to change Bluetooth Volume Control settings, but when I change it to independent volume I get connection issues, when I choice absolute volume I instead get volume level bug (like on the video).

    I Just don't think many Bluetooth audio OEM's are actually testing their tws earbuds properly for the TWS+ feature since most phone OEMs don't bother enabling it.

  • As you have posted this topic in another thread with @Anders_ASUS helping you , it is better to continue in that thread. I'll close this one so we dont get a fractured discussion.


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