Asus Zenfone 9 review

28 July 2022


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Debatreyo, 04 Aug 2022What if this phone came out with the 6.1" panel used f... moreAll that is possible expect for 4300mah battery. No way you can have 3 cameras and 4000mah+ battery.
But yeah that LTPO display would have been nice touch. It'll get rid of chin too.

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    • Dk5
    • 04 Aug 2022

    What if this phone came out with the 6.1" panel used for the S22. It could have dialed to 24, 30, 48, 50, 60, 90 & 120Hz when needed. It would save the battery and make the display LTPO adjacent. They could have fitted a telephoto lens there - 2x or 3x. The gimbal could have been transferred to the telephoto lens which need more stabilization. 4300 mAh for a 6.1" panel is still good. The charging could have been more optimised. It would technically still be a small phone. A perfect competitor for the iPhone 13. Or the 13 Pro.

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      • Anonymous
      • smT
      • 03 Aug 2022

      I understand the phone rocks if paced on a flat surface because of the camera rings. Does it still rock if the phone cover is on?

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        • LuayT
        • x07
        • 03 Aug 2022

        Anonymous, 03 Aug 2022This phone is really nothing special. I had once ASUS and ... morecould you elaborate more? what is your take on the matter?

          If the phone finally reaches your country after 6 months or so, there's only 1.5 years of security updates left.
          Only 2 android updates, ok, but security updates should be at least a few years more.

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            • Anonymous
            • C@V
            • 03 Aug 2022

            I was wondering if the usb-c port also supports video output?

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              • Anonymous
              • EUk
              • 03 Aug 2022

              This phone is really nothing special.
              I had once ASUS and no more!
              Many folks thinks the same after they try it.... if you really like it, try it...only then you will realize why asus is not a good option.

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                • Anonymous
                • EUk
                • 03 Aug 2022

                Anonymous, 28 Jul 2022just in display Speakers+performance+battery life = zenfone 9dont forget about the updates which are not so frequent with ASUS

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                  • wongwatt
                  • L9v
                  • 03 Aug 2022

                  I had an 8, it was alright but the display (which they've reused on this one) always felt a bit cheap with those bezels.
                  It also had an odd bug with the default Clock/weather widget throughout my ownership where after I removed it I couldn't put it back.
                  Was always a month or so behind on updates but that's not too bad, overall I found the 8 to be just OK, it didn't draw me in enough to want to keep it or get this one.

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                    • Anonymous
                    • var
                    • 02 Aug 2022

                    Can you please do a comparison between the newer small form factor android flagships please? This, Sony, Samsung... any others?

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                      • Russel
                      • sSM
                      • 02 Aug 2022

                      Hemedans, 31 Jul 2022you are suggesting s22 its not alternative because doesnt h... moreMini is much smaller. But yea. It is ridiculous when he's highlighting those xD

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                        • Anonymous
                        • uI7
                        • 02 Aug 2022

                        It think the camera bump resembles 8 cuz like it's a o on the top and o one the down

                          Anonymous, 02 Aug 202213 mini is better than S22, it‘s only worse in GSMArenas we... moreGsmarena test seems fine to me, 4 things are tested, standby, web browsing, call time and video playback.

                          I checked notebookcheck test same as Gsmarena with difference in video (13 mini is better there)but still both 13 mini and s22 has below average SOT (load with max brightness)

                          13 mini has Endurance of 5 hr and 02 min
                          S22 has endurance of 5 hours and 24 min

                          Also i check phonearena
                          Browsing 120hz s22 has 12H 23min
                          Browsing 60hz 12 mini has 12H 33min

                          Gaming 120hz s22 has 4H 29min
                          Gaming 60hz 13 mini has 5H 49min

                          So Nothing prove 13 mini has good battery life or is tier above s22, from big reputable site phonearena, Notebookcheck and Gsmarena.

                          If you have reliable source you can post here.

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                            • Anonymous
                            • 3SI
                            • 02 Aug 2022

                            Hemedans, 01 Aug 2022But its worse compare to s22, if s22 has worse battery life... more13 mini is better than S22, it‘s only worse in GSMArenas weird test which expects 3hrs SoT which is why even those two phones have 3-4 days battery life (70 hours and more)

                              venomtail, 01 Aug 2022I am a bit confused. You say that "it's missing m... moreIt means that it isnt variable till 1 or 10hz like other flagships which is disappointing to see for a phone at this price point.

                                Vango, 28 Jul 2022Yup. 108h is absolutely incredible for a phone of this size... moreIts to be expected.

                                A 5.9' 1080p screen doesnt require as much power like the bigger flagships with 6.8' 1440p resolution.

                                Thats why the Xperia 5 III had almost similar overall results even with the more power hungry snap888.

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                                  • updatequestion
                                  • nUL
                                  • 01 Aug 2022

                                  @gsmarena: where did you get your info reg. the 2+2 years worth of updates? This does not seem to be true. Please clarify.

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                                    • Anonymous
                                    • gJM
                                    • 01 Aug 2022

                                    Peter, 31 Jul 2022Now introduced in Sweden, the 8/256 version is sold for €87... moreYou can get this chromebook for less than 400€, brand new as I see. That is an okay deal comparing to the one in Poland (we were to get diffrent chromebook worth 250-300€ in the bundle). Its worth adding that PL preorder prices raised 250€ comparing ZenFone 8 to ZenFone 9 so it doesnt look free at all.
                                    The question is who buys flagship phone and needs low specs chromebook that has less or the same storage as the smartphone its bundled with? Looks like unwanted chromebook discard attempt.

                                      Anonymous, 31 Jul 2022iPhone 13/13 Mini has decent battery though.But its worse compare to s22, if s22 has worse battery life so is 13 mini, doesnt make sense to diss s22 because it has bad battery life then recomend 13 mini which is worse than s22.

                                        I am a bit confused. You say that "it's missing more advanced adaptive refresh rate functionality" yet when you test the battery you say that id gets "15h of web browsing (at a variable 120Hz-60Hz)."

                                        So does it automatically change the refreshrate depending on what you're doing like scrolling at 120hz and it automatically switching to 60hz when you turn on a 60fps yt video or not?