Asus Zenfone 9 Goes Official – Compact Heaven!

Asus Zenfone 9 has been launched globally. The device has reinvoked hope in the compact Android flagship fanbase. Its previous iteration, Zenfone 8 was a great compact choice. It made very less compromises while maintaining a compact form factor. Moreover, the successor builds on that and makes necessary improvements as well.

Design

Design is by far the biggest improvement over the predecessor. Last year, the Zenfone 8 had a generic and stale design. It lacked character. However, this time around the design as well as the color options pops out. Two camera modules are placed at the rear. Moreover, the frame is made out of aluminum. The headphone jack is also present at the top. Furthermore, the front side of the device has reasonably thin bezels and a punch-hole towards the top-left. However, the bezels could have been a bit slimmer.

Unboxing

It is great to see that Asus has not limited the unboxing experience. This is how a flagship should be. You get a charger, cable, and a premium bumper case as well. Asus Zenfone 9

Specifications 

The device sports a 5.9″ FHD+ 120Hz OLED panel. Asus is using panels manufactured by Samsung. Therefore, the quality will be top-notch. Moreover, the Zenfone 9 is powered by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen1. It is surely one of the most powerful compact Android phones. In this form factor, a 4300 mAh battery is packed. As we reported in our previous report, 30W charging is supported. The device is also IP68 dust and water-resistant.

Dual stereo speakers are featured in the Zenfone 9. Furthermore, the fingerprint sensor is baked into the power button. It also works as a swiping gesture and you can also map it to do different tasks like opening the camera app etc. Interestingly, the 3.5mm headphone jack stays on the Zenfone 9. The device weighs only 169g and measures 9.1mm thick. The camera setup is simple yet powerful. The main sensor at the back is the Sony IMX766 50MP sensor. It is OIS-enabled and has a 6-axis hybrid gimbal stabilizer as well. The second sensor is a 12.5MP ultra-wide lens. Lastly, the base 8GB+128GB variant starts at 799 Euros. You can bump up the storage to 256GB for an extra 50 Euros. The highest spec 16GB+256GB variant is priced at 899 Euros.

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