In a video mistakenly published by Asus, the ZenFone 9 presents its technical characteristics. Always powerful and premium, the smartphone would have another argument to tip the balance in its favor: its format.
Asus is definitely a playful brand. The manufacturer has just presented the ROG Phone 6 and ROG Phone 6 Pro (read our test), two high-end gaming smartphones. In its catalog, Asus does not only count on models for gamers and offers Zenfone. Without being the most prominent brand on the market, Asus is a must.
Its Zenfone 8 is proving to be a successful compact and its successor is on the way. According to leaker SnoopyTech and SlashGear, Asus accidentally leaked a video of his Zenfone 9. Quickly deleted, it could be recovered and teaches us a lot about the brand’s next smartphone.
Still compact, still powerful
We discover that Asus Zenfone 9 will ship a SoC dedicated to high-end smartphones, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 from Qualcomm. Already present in the ROG Phone 6, it improves and corrects the heating problems of its predecessor. An interesting solution flanked by 8 or 16 GB of RAM and of 128 to 256 GB of storage. A 4300mAh battery must operate this smartphone; a reduced capacity which is explained by the format of the device.
Like the Zenfone 8, Asus wants to continue in the neglected segment of compacts. Its future smartphone is announced with a 5.9-inch AMOLED display, provided by Samsung. A size identical to that of the previous model and which must still benefit from a refresh rate of 120Hz.
ASUS Zenfone 9
Snapdragon 8+ Gen1
8 + 128 / 8 + 256 GB / 16 + 256 GB
– 5.9-inch 120Hz display
– 4300 mAh dual battery
– Sony IMX766 rear main Camera – ZenTouch
– 3.5mm audio port
– IP68 level waterproof
– Red, black, blue
For the photo, the manufacturer does not want to be too greedy either. Its Zenfone 9 must be limited to two photo modules, including a main sensor 50 megapixel Sony IMX766. It would benefit from a 6-axis gimbal stabilization system to improve video and photo quality. The nature of the second sensor is not known.
Other video announcements include IP68 certification, a 3.5mm jack and an amazing ZenTouch function. The side button of the smartphone would scroll the screen with a finger movement. Note that it also acts as a fingerprint reader.
A navigation option that could bring back memories for some Android users. In another style, we remember that HTC smartphones offered an optical trackball. It remains to be seen whether the functionality can exceed, in use, the framework of the gadget.
A smartphone without competition?
The number one asset of this smartphone could well be its format. With its 5.9-inch screen, the Zenfone 9 will only have very few competitors in the market. Except for the particular case of folding smartphones, it is very difficult to find a compact model under 6 inches on Android. On the Apple side, the iPhone 13 mini is living its last weeks and will not have a replacement while theiPhone SE (2022) makes a lot of compromises.
Finally, the Samsung Galaxy S22 is one of the few to be able to compete (if we can say so) with the future Zenfone 9. Before comparing them, we will wait for the formalization of the Zenfone 9 on Asus.
She should not delay any longer and the smartphone would cost between 800 and 900 euros in Europe.