The Asus ZenFone 8 launch event is set to kick off later today following weeks of leaks and rumours detailing the next-gen flagship smartphone. If rumours are to be believed, we could be in for a smaller ZenFone this time around, and it might even ditch the beloved flip camera module, but we won’t know for sure until Asus reveals the range in a few hours.

Here’s all you need to know about the ZenFone 8 launch, including timings, how to tune in live and what to expect from the announcement.  

When is the Asus ZenFone 8 launch taking place?

The ZenFone 8 launch is set to take place today, 12 May 2021 at 6pm BST for those of us tuning in from the UK, which translates to 1pm EDT/ 10am PDT for those watching in the US. As you might expect, the reveal is set to be a virtual affair, with fans able to watch the event from the comfort of their own homes.  

How can I watch the ZenFone 8 launch live stream?

As with most launches right now, Asus is livestreaming the ZenFone 8 launch not only on its own website, but also the company’s YouTube channel, and possibly even Facebook too.

We've embedded the YouTube stream at the top of this article, so simply bookmark this page and head back later to see what Asus has planned for the ZenFone 8.

What should I expect from the ZenFone 8 event?

This is the big question, and while the ZenFone series of late has featured an innovative flipping camera system, Asus teasers suggest that may not be the case this time around.

The tagline “Big on performance. Compact in size.” suggests Asus is working on a smaller ZenFone this time around when compared to the 6.67in ZenFone 7, with rumours suggesting it might even be smaller than the iPhone 12 while still packing flagship features and performance.

In a follow-up tweet days later, Asus showcased a short video of a smartphone – believed to be the compact ZenFone 8 – with a hole punch camera cutout in the top-left. Previous models of ZenFone haven’t had front-facing cameras because the rear-facing module flips around to the front. If there’s a hole punch camera this time around, it’s likely that the ZenFone 8 ditches the system for something more traditional.

However, rumours suggest that there could be more than one model of ZenFone, with three models of ZenFone 8 potentially in the works, so don’t lose hope if you’re on the market for a bigger ZenFone just yet.

We won’t know for sure until later today, but if you’re curious about what might be on the cards, we cover the latest Asus ZenFone 8 news separately.