With its new Zenfone 9, a fairly priced, decently compact Android smartphone with top-tier features, Asus is keeping the fantasy of small Android phones alive.
The Asus Zenfone 9 is one of the few remaining compact flagship Android smartphones, and it debuts first in Europe, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Asus describes the 5.9-inch gadget as ultra-compact, with dimensions of 146.5 x 68.1 x 9.1 mm. Comparatively speaking, the Pixel 6a is larger than the Zenfone 9 at 152.2 x 71.8 x 8.9 mm, yet even that is small compared to most modern gadgets.
The Asus Zenfone 9 is little, yet it has a powerful punch.
The screen is an AMOLED 1080p display with a 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10 compatibility, and Gorilla Glass Victus protection.
The Zenfone 9 is powered by a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, and it comes pre-installed with Android 12 with up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Asus will provide security upgrades and major Android updates for two years and three years respectively, which is admittedly a lax stance in comparison to Google and Samsung’s.
A 50MP primary sensor with a unique six-axis gimbal stabilizer makes up the camera array. A 12MP ultrawide camera and a 12MP front-facing camera serve as backup for that.
There is no wireless charging, but there is IP68 water resistance and a 4,300 mAh battery with USB-C charging up to 30W. There is even a headphone port, which is another extremely uncommon feature. There is also a side-mounted fingerprint sensor that can scroll in the software.
The Zenfone 9 will initially be released in Europe, Hong Kong, and Taiwan before being sold by Asus in its unlocked form in the United States. The phone costs $799, which is exactly comparable to $800 USD at the time of writing. But before anything is resolved, we must wait for a formal statement. There are four color possibilities for the phone.