The most Beautiful and the least Beautiful smartphones of 2021

ASUS Zenfone 8 (Ugly but the beast)

The Zenfone 8 is a powerful newcomer to the Zenfone series from Taiwanese company Asus. The smartphone’s practical exterior is especially appealing. Asus’ flagship is substantially smaller than most of the competition’s current models, measuring 5.92 inches diagonally, and can be used with one hand.
The Asus Zenfone 8’s vivid display impresses in the test: It obtains a high brightness value of up to 869 cd/m2 in the measurement. This means that even in bright sunshine, material can be read easily. Without ambient light, we measured a checkerboard contrast of 155:1 – the Zenfone 8 is in the middle.

The OLED panel boasts a pixel density of 445 ppi and resolves material in Full HD Plus (2400 x 1080 pixels), ensuring that all content is displayed crisply. Although there are several high-end handsets with even higher resolutions, the Zenfone 8’s compact size make Full HD-Plus more than adequate.

The Asus Zenfone 8 offers a 120 Hz refresh rate, which is beneficial for gaming and material with rapid frame changes because the display is smoother and the touchscreen is more sensitive.

The unusual phone design makes its comfortable to use but looks like it was not finely designed and finished.

VIVO X70 pro plus (Beautiful and the beast)

For starters, here’s the display. The new LTPO AMOLED display has an adaptive refresh rate (up to 120Hz), increased maximum brightness, and is now QHD.

Stereo speakers, which we nearly didn’t think would ever it it to a vivo flagship, finally make it. And there’s one more surprise, as well as a welcome one: the X70 Pro+ is now IP68-certified, making it the first vivo with dust and water resistance.

However, a handful key adjustments have us concerned. For starters, the general size and weight increase – the X60 Pro+ was a one-of-a-kind combination of high-end camera gear and a small body, and the X70 Pro+ throws pocketability out the window. Then there’s the price: the new model is 15% more expensive than its predecessor, which wasn’t exactly inexpensive to begin with.

We’ll dig deeper to see if the trade-offs are worthwhile, but first, let’s have a look at the essential specifications.

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