Last week, ASUS revealed its long-awaited series of smartphones and surprised us by going against some rumors. The company unveiled a new smartphone called ZenFone 8 that has a small form factor, quad camera configuration and perforating screen. For those who can’t say goodbye to the company’s very characteristic rotating camera mechanism, the company brought the ZenFone 8 Flip which features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, and other than that it’s not a big update. Today, both the ZenFone 8 and the ZenFone 8 Flip are receiving your first post-release software update. Apparently, it comes with last-minute fixes that weren’t ready for release.
Prior to the phone’s release, reviewers received an incremental update with versions WW 126.96.36.199 for ZenFone 8 and WW 188.8.131.52 for ZenFone 8 Flip. These are the first updates for the flagship duo. Now, the company is launching new versions for these smartphones. The ZenFone 8 receives the WW version 184.108.40.206 of the software, while the Flip 8 is being contemplated with the WW version 220.127.116.11.
The two changes for ZenFone 8 include a priority mode for the phone’s Settings menu. This priority mode allows the user to define “priority contacts” that can bypass the phone’s mute function and ring anyway if it is a priority call. The update also includes a search function for the “Force Dark Mode” feature. This feature basically forces a dark mode on applications that do not normally support it. It has been available in Android stock since Android 10 and can be a little problematic at times. The new search bar allows you to search for the name of an installed application instead of looking for it in a list.
The new changelog for ZenFone 8 and Flip 8 includes the following changes:
- Improves system stability
- Improvements to system performance
- Better camera quality
- Includes a new priority mode in ASUS settings
- The search function now shows Force Dark Mode
- VoLTE enabled in Telia (Lithuania)
- Addition of VoLTE and VoWifi at ICE (Norway)
- Android security patch updated (April 2021)
Both flagships come with Android 11 straight out of the box, which is hardly a surprise at this point. Instead of the highly customized software from the days of the ZenFone 5 series, the company now opts for an almost vanilla version of Android. As previously mentioned, the vanilla ZF8 receives all the highlights as one of the best “mini” flagships in the industry. The ZenFone 8 Flip, by contrast, is not very impressive due to the many similarities it has with the flagships of last year.