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Asus Zenfone 9 announced, packing lots of high-end hardware in a small phone

Big things can indeed come in small packages.
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July 28, 2022
Asus Zenfone 9 front standing on desk
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TL;DR
  • The Asus Zenfone 9 has been announced.
  • The relatively small 5.9-inch phone is packed with high-end hardware.
  • Pricing starts at $699 in the US and €799 in Europe.

Asus has unveiled the Zenfone 9, a diminutive Android phone that still has a ton of impressive hardware specs. While the new phone has the same 5.9-inch display found on its predecessor, the Zenfone 9 is actually 2% smaller than the Zenfone 8. Read on for all the details or check out our Zenfone 9 review for our in-depth verdict on Asus’ latest.

Asus Zenfone 9 specs

Asus Zenfone 9
Display
5.9-inch AMOLED
2,400 x 1,080 resolution
20:9 aspect ratio
445ppi
800 nits brightness / 1,100 nits peak
120Hz adaptive refresh rate (60Hz lowest)
240Hz touch sampling
HDR10+ support
Gorilla Glass Victus
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1
GPU
Adreno 730
RAM
8GB or 16GB LPDDR5
Storage
128GB or 256GB
UFS 3.1
No microSD card support
Power
4,300mAh battery
30W PD3.0/QC4.0 wired charging
Charger in box
Cameras
Rear:
- 50MP Sony IMX766 wide-angle (ƒ/1.9, 1/1.56-inch sensor, 1μm pixel, 24mm focal, 6-axis gimbal stabilization + EIS, 2x2 OCL PDAF)
- 12MP Sony IMX363 ultrawide (ƒ/2.2, 1/2.55-inch sensor, 113 ̊ field of view, Dual PDAF)

Front:
- 12MP Sony IMX663 wide-angle (ƒ/2.45, 1/2.93-inch sensor, Dual PDAF)
Video
8K at 24fps
4K at 30/60/120fps
1080p at 30/60/240fps
720p at up to 480fps
Audio
Stereo speakers
3.5mm headphone jack
AptX Lossless, LDAC Bluetooth
Security
Power button fingerprint reader
Durability
IP68-rated
Polymer back
Ports
Dual-SIM
USB-C
Network
Wi-Fi 6E (in supported countries)
5G (sub 6GHz only)
Non-Standalone bands (NSA): n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n12, n20, n25, n28, n38, n40, n41, n66, n71, n77, n78
Standalone bands (SA): n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n12, n20, n25, n28, n38, n40, n41, n66, n71, n77, n78
Software
Android 12
Zen UI
Two years of upgrades
Two years of patches
Dimensions & weight
146.5 x 68.1 x 9.1 mm
169g
Colors
Midnight Black, Moonlight White, Starry Blue, Sunset Red
In the box
USB-C cable
Charging plug
Protective case
SIM tray ejector
Paperwork

Inside, you will find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor, 8GB of RAM, and either 128GB or 256GB of storage. There’s also a version with 256GB of storage and a whopping 16GB of RAM. The 4,300mAh battery supports 30W wired charging speeds and should last up to a full day or more on a single charge. Sadly, the Zenfone 9 does not feature wireless charging or microSD card support for storage expansion. It lacks mmWave 5G too, so you’ll have to make do with sub-6GHz instead.

Audio is covered by a pair of speakers (one at the top and one at the bottom). There’s also an old-fashioned 3.5mm headphone jack for those who have not yet switched to wireless headphones. The screen has a 120Hz refresh rate, and is covered by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. Speaking of durability, the phone also has an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance.

The Zenfone 9’s main camera is a 50MP Sony IMX766 sensor, combined with a six-axis hybrid gimbal stabilizer. This will allow the camera to record without blurring, even if the owner is in motion. There’s also a 12MP ultrawide rear camera and a 12MP front-facing camera.

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Asus Zenfone 9 price, colors, and availability

The Asus Zenfone 9 will come in Midnight Black, Moonlight White, Starry Blue, and Sunset Red colors. Pricing for the Asus Zenfone 9 will begin at $699 in the US and €799 in Europe (where it will launch first). The phone will also be sold in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia, and parts of South America. Asus is promising that the phone will get two OS updates and at least two years of security updates.

Asus Zenfone 9
Compact and light-weight • Solid improvements over the Zenfone 8
The Asus Zenfone 9 offers a compact design, without having to compromise all of the best specs and features to fit in your pocket.

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