Asus Zenfone 9 Review

Pricing and Availability

The Asus Zenfone 9 will go on sale in many parts of the world, including the US, Canada, UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan soon. In the US, the Zenfone 9 has a suggested retail price of $699 for the base 8GB/128GB model, while that same model starts at €799 in Europe.

Hardware and Design

– 5.9-inch screen makes for a very easy-to-use one-hand phone, yet it’s not too small like an iPhone 13 Mini screen – A major aesthetic improvement over the Zenfone 8 – Really, really good battery life for a small phone

Display

Technically speaking, going by spec sheet numbers, the Zenfone 9’s 5.9-inch 120Hz OLED panel isn’t at the level of other high-end flagship screens.

Cameras

– 50MP main camera supported by a miniature gimbal system does indeed produce more stable videos – Colors can be too contrasty at times – The ultra-wide camera is just okay

Software

The Zenfone 9 runs Android 12 with Asus’ ZenUI on top, and I’m a big fan. ZenUI looks simple and clean like vanilla Android, but it’s jam-packed with customization options that offer shortcuts to pull off smartphone tasks.

Performance and battery life

– Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 is very battery efficient – One of the smoothest phones we’ve ever tested

Battery life and charging

The Asus Zenfone 9 packs a 4,300 mAh battery, which is about right for a small phone