Weekly poll: is the Asus Zenfone 9 the perfect phone for you?

31 July 2022
Small but powerful, with few compromises (though some might prove to be deal breakers). Is this the best small Android flagship?

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  • Lcd82
  • 8rD
  • 31 Jul 2022

Beast for sure, especially in the audio area which is, subjectively, the most important thing to me + relatively compact size.. but, price will do that it will stay only remain on wishing "yes, i want this phone" and mobile operators in "my" cntry do not offer, not only Asus, devices but also devices from not so much mainstream manufacturers.. conformism or business manipulation through monopoly or whatever but today's market is horrible

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    • raj
    • XWq
    • 31 Jul 2022

    lacks:
    proper software support
    camera quality
    wireless charging

    skip and wait for Zenfone 10.

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      • Anonymous
      • q9h
      • 31 Jul 2022

      Almost, if it had an SD card slot it would be the perfect device for me. I'm a heavy music listener and I don't always have wi-fi or data access so I have to have my own music on my phone so an SD is needed for me.

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        • AncientTwo
        • Ixu
        • 31 Jul 2022

        If there were still a flip variant then it would have my attention. Not with a hole in the screen though.

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          • blue
          • 0CN
          • 31 Jul 2022

          Anonymous, 31 Jul 2022Why even care? S21 from last year will get upgrades unti... moreIn my country S21 is not available anymore, and I really don't want a second hand one.

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            • Anonymous
            • vGG
            • 31 Jul 2022

            Anonymous, 31 Jul 2022This +1. Perfect phone with two massive flaws; 1. Sto... more"1. Stock Android which is shit.
            2. Far too expensive"


            It's not stock Android in this. You are wrong. As for the price, it's a flagship phone, what were u expecting

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              • blue
              • 0CN
              • 31 Jul 2022

              AlienKiss, 31 Jul 2022No SD card slot = NO BUY! => RIP on the shelves! No, I ... moreYou know what? The childish crying about microSD everywhere is quite... stupid.

                "The Samsung Galaxy S22 ($800/€850) will receive four OS upgrades and five years of security patches. That’s better than Google’s Pixel 6 (3 upgrades, 5 years of patches). And much better than the Pixel 6a, which is more comparable in terms of size (but only gets 3 years of patches instead of 5)."

                It's interesting how Google finally has its own SoC to brand but it still has less OS updates as Samsung's. What's the point having your own SoC like Tensor when you can't even update it longer than Samsung's using Snapdragon? But it boggles the mind that unlocked Samsung phones gets a worse software updating experience as locked ones. They usually get it last.

                  [deleted post]Sugar in your tea?

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                    • Anonymous
                    • Jvg
                    • 31 Jul 2022

                    Kane M, 31 Jul 2022S22 and 6a aren't really in the same league, and pixel... moreYou're right, it's just brand loyalty. When it comes to spending my money, I only trust the brands I mentioned. I do not trust the quality of the Asus brand. The author of this survey also criticized poor software support as a serious flaw considering the high price and competition.

                    The Galaxy S22 5G and the Pixel 6a are in the same league in the best small Android phone category.

                    According to the author of this survey:

                    "The Samsung Galaxy S22 ($800/€850) will receive four OS upgrades and five years of security patches. That’s better than Google’s Pixel 6 (3 upgrades, 5 years of patches). And much better than the Pixel 6a, which is more comparable in terms of size (but only gets 3 years of patches instead of 5)."

                    "The Pixel 6a ($450/€460) is closer to the mark. Its OLED panel lacks a high refresh rate mode and it only has Gorilla Glass 3 protection (the phone as a whole is rated IP67). It does use the same Tensor chipset as the flagship Pixels, but the main camera is a small, old 12MP sensor that has to rely on Google’s processing magic to get decent shots."

                      Anders, 31 Jul 2022Too small Only 1080p display Only 16 million colour displ... moreSize is one of it's biggest selling points and those 1 billion colours screens are a total meme, you will never be able to see a difference between 16 mil and 1 billion colours if all other specs were identical. Rest of the points I agree, not a great device for this price.

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                        • geekyiggy
                        • X}Q
                        • 31 Jul 2022

                        that is simply one of the ugliest and unrefined phone released this year with small screen and yet not exactly smaller than a proper S22. also horrendous software support based on history.

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                          • Anonymous
                          • 3SI
                          • 31 Jul 2022

                          Anonymous, 31 Jul 2022I am fan of bigger screens. Too small for me. I like those ... moreLuckily, you have 2000 phones to choose from. At 5.9 inch, this is basically the only one released in 2022.

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                            • Anonymous
                            • 3SI
                            • 31 Jul 2022

                            Anonymous, 31 Jul 2022If I was in the market for an Android, it would be on my sh... moreAddition: 6a is too big, but great value for money

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                              • Anonymous
                              • 3SI
                              • 31 Jul 2022

                              If I was in the market for an Android, it would be on my shortlist. However, the software support of Samsung and Google are strong arguments. The 6a is too big for my taste.

                                Too small
                                Only 1080p display
                                Only 16 million colour display
                                No micro SD
                                Disappointing camera set-up (no zoom/tele lens)
                                Too thick for how small the battery is
                                Chunky bezels you'd expect on a budget phone
                                Plastic back
                                Only 30W charging when many competitors are offering 80W
                                And way too expensive at €800

                                This is DOA. The sales figures will be awful

                                  I love the form factor, but €200 more than the previous gen is ridiculous! Zenfone 8 now looks like a better deal now...

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                                    • sbk
                                    • rAR
                                    • 31 Jul 2022

                                    yes

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                                      • Anonymous
                                      • nDE
                                      • 31 Jul 2022

                                      travis999, 31 Jul 2022No sd card slot,no sale. How many of you complaining about... moreThat's complete bullshit.

                                      8 years old android phones are dog slow and barely usable. I still have around an oneplus 3T which aged a lot worse compared to a Mi-A1 for example.

                                      Only old iphones are still usable today, somewhat securely.

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                                        • Anonymous
                                        • pvI
                                        • 31 Jul 2022

                                        I wish there would be phones like that but cheaper, not that tall, could be even 10mm thick but big battery and smaller screen.