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Phone Comparisons: ASUS ZenFone 8 vs Google Pixel 5

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In this article, we’ll compare the ASUS ZenFone 8 vs Google Pixel 5. These are the best smartphones these two companies have to offer at the moment. The ASUS ZenFone 8 launched quite recently, actually, and it’s a rather interesting phone. It’s considerably smaller than most flagship smartphones out there at the moment, and yet it’s positioned above its larger sibling, the ZenFone 8 Flip.

The Google Pixel 5 launched last year, and even though it technically offers mid-range specs, it is Google’s flagship. Therefore, it makes sense to compare these two phones. On top of that, the phone is quite similar in size to the ASUS ZenFone 8, so… it makes even more sense to compare them if you consider that. We’ll start by comparing their specs, and then move to a number of other categories. That being said, let’s kick off the ASUS ZenFone 8 vs Google Pixel 5 comparison, shall we.

Specs

ASUS ZenFone 8Google Pixel 5
Screen size5.9-inch fullHD+ Super AMOLED flat display (120Hz refresh rate)6-inch fullHD+ OLED display (90Hz)
Screen resolution2400 x 10802340 x 1080
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 888Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
RAM6GB/8GB/16GB8GB (LPDDR4X)
Storage128GB/256GB (UFS 3.1); non-expandable128GB, non-expandable
Rear cameras64MP (f/1.8 aperture, 0.8um pixel size, 26mm lens, PDAF, OIS)
12MP (ultra-wide, f/2.2 aperture, 112-degree FoV, 14mm lens, 1.4um pixel size, dual pixel PDAF)
12.2MP (f/1.7 aperture, 27mm lens, 1.4um pixel size, dual pixel PDAF, OIS)
16MP (ultra-wide, f/2.2 aperture, 1.0um pixel size, 107-degree FoV)
Front cameras12MP (f/2.5 aperture, 28mm lens, 1.22um pixel size, dual pixel PDAF)8MP (f/2.0 aperture, 24mm lens, 1.12um pixel size)
Battery4,000mAh, non-removable, 30W wired charging, reverse wired charging4,080mAh, non-removable, 18W fast battery charging, 18W wireless charging, reverse wireless charging
Dimensions148 x 68.5 x 8.9mm144.7 x 70.4 x 8.0 mm
Weight169 grams151 grams
Connectivity5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C
SecurityIn-display fingerprint scanner (optical)Rear-facing fingerprint scanner
OSAndroid 11
ZenUI 8
Android 11
Price€599 / €669 / €799$699
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ASUS ZenFone 8 vs Google Pixel 5: Design

These two phones do feel different in the hand. That’s not exactly surprising considering that the ZenFone 8 is made out of metal and glass, while the Pixel 5 has a metal frame, but the back side is, well, a different story. The phone does have a metal backplate as well, but it’s covered by resin. Think of it as rubbery plastic, that’s the best way it can be described. It feels more like a quality piece of plastic than rubber, though, that’s for sure.

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The Pixel 5 is considerably less slippery considering the material on its back. In case that’s important to you, there you go. Both phones have fairly thin bezels, though bezels on the Pixel 5 are uniform. The ZenFone 8’s bottom bezel is slightly thicker than the rest of its bezels. Both phones have a flat display, and a display camera hole in the top-left corner. All physical buttons are on the right side, on both smartphones. The placement is a bit different, though.

On the back, both have two cameras, and those cameras are placed in the top-left corner. The Pixel 5 also has a capacitive fingerprint scanner on the back, while the ZenFone 8 utilizes an in-display fingerprint scanner. The ZenFone 8 is slightly taller than the Pixel 5, while it is a bit narrower and thicker. The ZenFone 8 is also heavier than the Pixel 5, 169 grams vs 151 grams. Both are fairly light, though, compared to other flagship smartphones. Both also feel quite premium in the hand.

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ASUS ZenFone 8 vs Google Pixel 5: Display

Now, in regards to their displays. They have similar display sizes, and both include flat displays. The ZenFone 8 comes with a 5.9-inch fullHD+ (2400 x 1080) Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. That panel does support HDR10+ content, and it offers 1,100 nits peak brightness. The panel is protected by the Gorilla Glass Victus, by the way. It’s a really nice display overall.

The Google Pixel 5, on the flip side, has a 6-inch fullHD+ (2340 x 1080) OLED display. That is a 90Hz panel, which does support HDR10+ content, just like the ZenFone 8’s display. The Pixel 5’s panel is protected by the Gorilla Glass 6. So, the Pixel 5 delivers a somewhat different display aspect ratio, while its refresh rate is also lower. It is worth noting that the Pixel 5’s panel does not get as bright as the ZenFone 8’s outdoors, which is something you should keep in mind, if you live in sunny areas. Both are visible, but the ZenFone 8 is brighter, for sure.

Both of these displays are good overall. They deliver great, vivid colors, and great viewing angles, as you’d expect. Their black colors are deep, the so-called AMOLED black colors. Both panels are more than sharp enough, so you won’t miss the fact they’re not QHD+, or something of the sort. Scrolling on the ZenFone 8 is smoother, no doubt, but the difference is not that noticeable. 90Hz refresh rate is a considerable improvement over 60Hz, and the difference between 90 and 120Hz is not that pronounced. So, that’s definitely not something that should pull you in the other direction.

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ASUS ZenFone 8 vs Google Pixel 5: Performance

The performance is great in both regards, though there are differences. Let’s talk about the specs first, though. The ASUS ZenFone 8 is fueled by the Snapdragon 888 SoC, the best Qualcomm has to offer at the moment. The Pixel 5 comes with the Snapdragon 765G, a mid-range chip that is quite capable. The ZenFone 8 does offer faster RAM and faster UFS storage as well.

How does that translate into performance, though? Well, the ZenFone 8 will open apps faster, and will generally be a bit faster in regards to performance. When it comes to regular, everyday tasks, though, the difference won’t be something that’ll bother you, and chances are many of you wouldn’t even notice the difference. The Pixel 5 is fast for basically all actions, it can open / close apps really fast, multitasking, consume multimedia without a problem, browse, and so on. The ZenFone 8 will be a bit faster overall, though.

ASUS did a great job with its ZenUI skin, as it’s really close to stock Android. The company even included some features from the ROG Phone in this handset, features related to gaming. Gaming will feel better on the ZenFone 8 if you plan to play some graphically-intensive titles. The Pixel 5 can run those games perfectly fine as well, though. All in all, the performance is great on both, but the ZenFone 8 does have a bit more power.

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ASUS ZenFone 8 vs Google Pixel 5: Battery

The ASUS ZenFone 8 has a 4,000mAh battery on the inside, while the Pixel 5 includes a 4,080mAh unit. Both phones will be more than enough in the battery department, for most of you, but the Pixel 5 does offer more in that regard. The Pixel 5 was one of the best battery life smartphones that we tested last year. The phone can easily cross that 6-hour mark, at least it was able to do so for us, and even the 7-hour screen-on-time mark, depending on your usage.

The ZenFone 8, on the other hand, can cross the 6-hour screen-on-time mark as well, but it won’t get you much further than that. Do keep in mind that your usage will most certainly differ from ours, though, so you may get entirely different numbers here. If you do play a lot of games, or do graphically-intensive tasks, you will feel that on your battery levels. Different people have different needs when it comes to smartphone usage, so… there’s no universal answer here.

In regards to charging, however, well, things are fairly different. The ZenFone 8 supports 30W fast wired charging, and reverse charging as well. It does not offer wireless charging. The Pixel 5 offers 18W wired charging, while it also supports 12W wireless charging. On top of that, reverse wireless charging is also supported, at 5W. So, it all depends on what you need. If you really need wireless charging, go with the Pixel 5. If you simply want faster charging, regardless of whether it’s wired or wireless, go with the ZenFone 8.

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ASUS ZenFone 8 vs Google Pixel 5: Cameras

When it comes to cameras, both of these phones have two cameras on the back, and one on the front. Both utilize a wide-angle main camera, and an ultra-wide angle secondary one. The implementations are fairly different, though. The ZenFone 8 has a 64-megapixel main camera, and a 12-megapixel secondary unit. The main camera is identical to the one from the ZenFone 7 series, but the results are a lot different. More on that later.

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The Pixel 5, on the other hand, has a 12.2-megapixel main camera, which is fairly dated at this point, and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera. Despite the fact its main camera sensor is dated, Google’s software still shines here. Google’s camera algorithms are on another level, and this is still one of the best cameras in the market. Those algorithms also do a great job when it comes to ultra-wide photography.

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The ZenFone 8 can compete, though, without a doubt. It offers better shots than its predecessor in every way, and the difference is huge. The ZenFone 7 was kind of mediocre in that regard, but that’s not the case here. Both the ZenFone 8 and Pixel 5 can capture really good dynamic range, and good, well-balanced pictures in good lighting. The Pixel 5 still does better when it comes to dynamic range, though. Low light images look great on both, and both do a good job at keeping noise at bay. Both can also pull out quite a bit of detail from the shadows, and do have special modes for low light photography.

Audio

In regards to audio, well, the ZenFone 8 does have an upper hand here. The phone not only has a 3.5mm headphone jack, that the Pixel 5 does not offer, but it offers better sound overall. The ZenFone 8 comes with stereo speakers that are actually quite great. They offer punchy sound, that is more than loud enough. The sound is well-balanced, and the distortion is nowhere to be found. It probably has the best speakers compared to phones that are similar in size.

The Pixel 5, on the other hand, has a very capable main speaker, but the problem is that its secondary speaker sits under the display. The sound does come out somewhat muffled because of it. It’s passable, but pales in comparison to what the ZenFone 8 has to offer. If you hook up a good pair of headphones to either phone, you’ll get really good sound out of both. Do note that you’ll need a dongle for the Pixel 5, though, or use Bluetooth.

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