Asus Zenfone 9 unveiled: still small, but faster, longer lasting and with a better camera

28 July 2022
There is no larger Flip model, at least not this year. But for fans of small phones, this is one of the few Android flagship options.

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  • asustecho
  • 3mu
  • 29 Jul 2022

some miss
- lack of in display fingerprint reader, bummer for those with sweaty hands (last year they had it, but missing this year, cost cutting???)
- lack of telephoto, especially because it costs 800€, a 3x like the s22 would have been perfect
- 2 year software update is for midrange phones like red i and the oneplus nord... cmon asus!

kudos for the 4,300 mah battery though with such a small screen, unlike samsung 3,800 mah with even a slightly bigger screen

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    • Anonymous
    • nDy
    • 29 Jul 2022

    Anonymous, 29 Jul 2022>Too small By what standards? >Only 1080p display ... moreagree but not on plastic...glass is so much better now with frost glass
    I bet when your fav brand took glass on back you were happy...now you are not..hypocrite

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      • Anonymous
      • nDy
      • 29 Jul 2022

      this is a phone

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        • Anonymous
        • th1
        • 29 Jul 2022

        Finally no more convoluted 4 - 5 camera sensors at the back!

        2 should be the max.

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          • Anonymous
          • S3%
          • 29 Jul 2022

          Anonymous, 29 Jul 2022>Too small By what standards? >Only 1080p display ... moreEven Asus couldnt defend this phone better than you dude.

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            • Russel
            • sSM
            • 29 Jul 2022

            j.luis9080, 29 Jul 2022It seems that the Smartphone was good, now a version with 5... moreYea. 512 gb is needed because of lack of sd card slot.

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              • Russel
              • sSM
              • 29 Jul 2022

              imparanoic, 29 Jul 2022a 2022 compact phone but at premium prices, s22 andiphone 1... moreYea. Xperia is actually much 'longer'. But that's the only competition. And they are aimed at a higher price group as they only sell limited number of phones.

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                • Russel
                • sSM
                • 29 Jul 2022

                Anders, 28 Jul 2022Too small Only 1080p display Only 16 million colour displ... more=>Too small
                You have your options with ultra and plus phones... You're obviously not the part of target audience.
                And I think we need more smaller phones with flagship specs.



                =>>Only 1080p display
                Great. Saves some battery life by not putting specs that my eyes can't even appreciate.


                =>Only 16 million colour display
                Same goes for this..


                (Honestly would like an FFS display because I have issues with pwm flickering)

                =>No micro SD
                Disappointed. Would wait and see if xperia 5 IV has it.

                =>Disappointing camera set-up (no zoom/tele lens)

                Don't care



                =>Too thick for how small the battery is

                You must be on pineapple express.. This is thin, while providing both 3.5mm headphone jack and a 4000+ mAh battery.

                =>Chunky bezels you'd expect on a budget phone. I don't see anything unacceptable.


                =>Plastic back

                Great. It won't break. And We all use a case anyway if we have q decent brain.


                =>Only 30W charging when many competitors are offering 80W
                There are no competitors. Not a single android phone with flaship specs, less that 6" and less than 70mm width.



                =>And way too expensive at €800
                Not a bad price, they aren't gonna make a lot of them and they need to profit a little bit.

                =>This is DOA. The sales figures will be awful.

                You can call the CEO and provide your guidance.

                  a 2022 compact phone but at premium prices, s22 andiphone 13 would be direct competitor, wonder if there xperia 5 vi which will be also premium prices

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                    • Z8user
                    • vaS
                    • 29 Jul 2022

                    Anonymous, 28 Jul 2022You're 100% wrong 😊 Because those cons you stated are ... moreThere are people who don't have the capacity to grasp the concept that the world doesn't revolve around them and they have this mentality, "I don't like it so no one is allowed to like it!" and when they get reasoned with, they act like a victim and call it being attacked. Better to not engage them at all.

                      It seems that the Smartphone was good, now a version with 512 gb should come, the 256 is already very beaten.

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                        • Anonymous
                        • 3yL
                        • 29 Jul 2022

                        Anders, 28 Jul 2022Too small Only 1080p display Only 16 million colour displ... more>Too small
                        By what standards?
                        >Only 1080p display
                        On par with competition. 445ppi.
                        >Only 16 million colour display
                        Source?
                        >No micro SD
                        That's actually bad
                        >Disappointing camera set-up (no zoom/tele lens)
                        Every extra lens needs extra space, would you sacrifice ultrawide to have a lens whose only usage is glorified selfies(portrait modes)?

                        >Too thick for how small the battery is
                        How exactly small 4300 mAh battery is ? do actual comparisons.
                        >Chunky bezels you'd expect on a budget phone
                        Overstating
                        >Plastic back
                        You want expensive glass, which is slippery, breaks and it is not actually cool?

                        >Only 30W charging when many competitors are offering 80W
                        That's bad but overstated, 30w will still charge in less than hour.

                        >And way too expensive at €800
                        Partially I agree.Predecessor was vfm. On the other hand , making a premium phone might motivate Asus more to do proper support.

                        >This is DOA. The sales figures will be awful
                        That's a speculation. It will depend on a lot of things, we don't know yet. If specs were sales indicator, iPhones would never reach to 4th.

                          I was gonna get this for my wife as it ticks most of her boxes except...

                          ...it needed a microSD card slot or at least a 512GB version. Oh well.

                            DMX, 28 Jul 2022You live in a bubble, get out of it!! who wants a phone for... moreI've seen many people bragging about stupid things on the internet but none of them was swaggering about how big their hands are, until I read this comment.

                            There are many people who actually prefer compact phones (myself included), just get over it man.

                              Why anonymous and anders fighting each other?

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                                • Anonymous
                                • vGG
                                • 28 Jul 2022

                                Anders, 28 Jul 2022Then you're either a fool or a liar and there is no po... moreThe fool is you if you think that everyone will find those things as a con. Most would'nt care

                                  I'm definitely a fan of its colour scheme and wordings on the back, it has a very distinct mecha vibe that I'm deeply fond of (much better than pointless "100/120x zoom" or whatever the wacky crap that other companies love to write).

                                  The overall shape definitely draws some inspiration from Xperia and Huawei/Honor, but to me that's a good thing since I like their design especially that of Xperia.

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                                    • Anonymous
                                    • 6wN
                                    • 28 Jul 2022

                                    you have to suffer, 28 Jul 2022just because asus offer 2-3 year update does not mean the d... moreNowadays phones are so good that people don't need a new phone every 2 years.

                                      Anonymous, 28 Jul 2022You're 100% wrong 😊 Because those cons you stated are ... moreThen you're either a fool or a liar and there is no point in continuing talking to you. Good luck 👍👍

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                                        • Anonymous
                                        • vGG
                                        • 28 Jul 2022

                                        Anders, 28 Jul 2022Ok so you've disagree with 3 of the problems I said th... moreYou're 100% wrong 😊 Because those cons you stated are your own. IDC about those