The Asus Zenfone 8 series was supposed to debut in India earlier this week, but that didn't happen since the launch was postponed due to the current COVID-19 situation in the South Asian country. It's unclear when the Zenfone 8 and 8 Flip will arrive in India, but whenever Asus introduces the duo in the country, the vanilla 8 could be called the 8z.
The reason being that the Zenfone 8 Indian variant with model code I006D has appeared in the list of Google Play supported devices as the "ASUS 8Z". The 8 Flip, on the other hand, isn't listed as 8z Flip, but it won't be a surprise if Asus launches the 8 Flip as 8z Flip in India.
There's no word yet from Asus about what its latest flagships will be called in India. However, back in 2019, Asus launched the Zenfone 6 as 6z in India following a court ruling that prevents the Taiwanese phone maker from using the "Zenfone" branding in the country, so we may actually see Asus once again drop the Zenfone moniker from its smartphones in India.Asus Zenfone 8 Flip (left) with Zenfone 8 (right)
While we wait for more information on the Zenfone 8 lineup's naming, pricing, and availability in India, you can read our detailed written review of the Zenfone 8 here and the Zenfone 8 Flip review here.
Video recording is poor at night. Much better phones out there
Ah, india. The place where phone names become weird once they get into the customs.