Asus Zenfone 9 in my hands for a few days, but not long enough for an exhaustive review. I’ll start with the unboxing experience and my first impressions.
Asus did not skimp on the sales packaging, so you will get a 30W charger with a cable and a protective mask in the package along with the phone itself. Of course, there are also instructions and a pin for pulling out the SIM card. Asus also sent me additional equipment for this phone, but more on that in the review.
Zenfone 9’s primary task is to offer a flagship experience in a compact edition. From the first impression, I get the impression that he will play this role like a real star.
Brand new design
Compared to its predecessor, the design has improved a lot. I don’t know which I like more. A completely flat front covered by a 5.9-inch AMOLED screen with a thin frame, flat metal edges all around or a fantastic polycarbonate cover with two imposing camera eyes.
You simply have to touch that back to experience it in its true light. Under the fingers, it is at the same time soft and rough like paper.
The markings on that back with these two chrome framed lenses and the Asus Zenfone logo down below are just kind of cool. The housing is now 2% more compact than its predecessor with the same screen diagonal and device weight of only 169g.
In addition, it is waterproof according to the IP68 certificate, and the front screen is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus glass. The speaker above the screen with the one at the bottom, guarantees a stereo experience, and the 3.5mm audio jack on the top of the device has been retained.
Its screen is signed by Samsung and offers FHD+ resolution and a smooth 120Hz refresh rate with support for AlwaysON notification display.
That this is a flagship phone without many compromises is also evidenced by what is under the cover. Zenfone 9 is powered by Snapdragon 8+ Gen1 with up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 data storage.
The battery has a capacity of 4300mAh and is charged at 30W.
I also expect a lot from the cameras, which have also been improved, and from what I’ve shot with it so far, they seem to have done a good job.
There are two cameras on the back. The main one with a 50MP sensor and Hybrid Gimbal OIS stabilization and video up to 8K. Along with it, there is also a 12MP ultra-wide, and on the front, in the hole in the screen, it carries a 12MP selfie camera with auto-focus and support for 4K videos.
It will cost around 800 euros in the basic version.
If you’ve been waiting for a really compact Android flagship, it looks like you’ve got it. Asus Zenfone 9 has it all, and how good it really is, find out from the exhaustive review, which will arrive soon.
Asus Zenfone key specifications
- Zaslon: 5.9″ Samsung AMOLED FHD+ 120Hz
- SoC: Snapdragin 8+ Gen1
- RAM: 8/16
- Data memory: 128/256GB
- Battery: 4300mAh; 30W charging
- Cameras: 50MP Sony IMX766; Hybrid Gimbal OIS stabilization; 8K video + 12MP Sony IMX363 ultra-wide
- Selfie camera: 12MP Sony IMX663; auto focus; 4K video
- OS: Android 12 – Zen UI