14 September 2022
Asus has launched the Zenfone 9 as probably the smallest Android flagship smartphone you can get. It is aimed at buyers interested in compact phones but do not want to compromise on performance. The phone further boasts an incredible stabilization system for steady shots and videos.
The Zenfone 9 sports a 5.9-inch Full HD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels) AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The panel has a punch hole and a peak brightness of 800 nits. Under the hood, it has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor coupled with 8GB and 16GB of RAM. There are three configuration variants, all of which feature 256GB of onboard storage.
The dual camera setup on the back includes a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 primary sensor with f/1.9 aperture and a 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 sensor with f/2.2 aperture. The front camera on the phone includes a 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 sensor with f/2.2 aperture. The primary rear camera sensor features a 6-axis hybrid gimbal stabilizer. It is capable of compensating for the x- and y-axis movements but also for sudden movements across the z-axis.
The whole package is powered by a 4,300mAh battery and supports 30W fast charging. The phone has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, Bluetooth 5.2, WiFi 6, USB Type-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack, and NFC. It will boot ZenUI based on Android 12 out of the box.
Asus has priced the 8GB/128GB Zenfone 9 at EUR 799/$699 in Europe and the United States. It is yet to reveal prices for the other two configuration options i.e. 8GB/256GB and 16GB/256GB. The phone will sell in Europe, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, North America, Indonesia, and some South American parts.