Asus Zenfone 9 long-term review

11 January 2023


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"but who cares, since you never took advantage of that extra 20% anyway, by having the setting at 80% to begin with?"

The people who plan to use the phone beyond 2 years.

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    • Anonymous
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    • 04 Feb 2023

    Anonymous, 03 Feb 2023LOL There is no "improved" sound quality. The pho... moreif you cared about audio quality you'd never seriously suggest a dongle in the first place

    eliminating things for the sake of it is regressive. there's no defense for the removal of 3.5mm jack, or microSD for that matter

    a dongle just up-samples whatever stinking mess the phone is spewing out. it's too far in the pipeline and there's no way around it. nothing good is really happening. phones with no chip sound the same as phones with chip anyways. it's all crap compared to even onboard audio on budget laptop mb, let alone anything relevant.

    idk how a bluetooth dac treats things but I imagine still badly

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      • Anonymous
      • H5K
      • 03 Feb 2023

      RZ, 13 Jan 2023I was super excited when zenfone 9 was introduced and trade... moreThat's interesting.

      One of the things that temps me to buy this over the 8 is the plastic back panel.

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        • Brenn
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        • 03 Feb 2023

        I think the phone looks great and seems like a good all-rounder, however I am addicted to wireless charging and couldn't get a phone without it.

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          • Anonymous
          • g4b
          • 03 Feb 2023

          Anonymous, 30 Jan 2023Can you not tell the difference in sound quality between wi... moreLOL There is no "improved" sound quality. The phone doesn't have a dedicated audio chip which means its processed and reencoded by android into a 16bit 48hz sound, doesn't matter which audio files you use, it will always come out to that due to the lack of a chip. In this case you would 100% be better off with tws iems on aptx or a usbc dac dongle as both would bypass reencoding.
          Just admit you are out of touch with current audio tech, there is no point to a 3.5mm on a phone unless that phone went out of the way to engineer audio chips into their architecture, which most don't. If you really did care about audio quality you would have at least one audio dongle laying around...

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            • Lcdxd
            • 8rD
            • 31 Jan 2023

            Tom, 20 Jan 2023It has jack but i still don't get it - why? Been usin... moreYou don't into music at all. I give chance tws, even "pro" models of different oems are not good enough. Only LDAC on-ear headphones delivery expectable results for my expectations of soundstage.. btw, enjoy in mediocre sound "quality" for masses.

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              • Anonymous
              • Qsr
              • 30 Jan 2023

              Anonymous, 30 Jan 2023He was just answering the person who is mocking the headpho... moreImagine soneone getting upset over having the most stable, lagfree, best audio quality connection.

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                • Anonymous
                • vaS
                • 30 Jan 2023

                SShock, 30 Jan 2023Just because there is something in millions doesn't me... moreHe was just answering the person who is mocking the headphone jack when that same person can just go on and buy one from the millions of models that have no headphone jacks. The jack hater doesn't believe in having options.

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                  • Anonymous
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                  • 30 Jan 2023

                  Tom, 20 Jan 2023It has jack but i still don't get it - why? Been usin... moreCan you not tell the difference in sound quality between wired and wireless.?

                  Some people would rather put up with the inconvenience of a cable for the uplift in sq.

                    Anonymous, 29 Jan 2023Millions of phones with no jacks exist. But here you one in... moreJust because there is something in millions doesn't mean it's good. Having an option is always nice. Which is weird how ultra flagships don't come with all the bells and whistles and are actually beaten by budget phones in that department.

                      Rocking a 6.1 phone (S22) 💪

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                        • Anonymous
                        • xjH
                        • 29 Jan 2023

                        Tom, 20 Jan 2023It has jack but i still don't get it - why? Been usin... moreYou can still use your BT earpods even if it has headphone jack. A wired earphone user cannot use his wired headset on a phone without a jack.

                        It is not hard to understand.

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                          • Anonymous
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                          • 29 Jan 2023

                          Tom, 20 Jan 2023It has jack but i still don't get it - why? Been usin... moreMillions of phones with no jacks exist. But here you one insulting one of the few that us wired fans can buy. Why?

                            Biggest problem of this phone is very short software support of only 2-2.5 years. Would've bought it if it was say least 4 years (just security updates would suffice).

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                              • zoro6
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                              • 24 Jan 2023

                              now we call regular size small

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                                • Anonymous
                                • Pyn
                                • 24 Jan 2023

                                Dps, 18 Jan 2023It's this a LONG TERM review? I would love to know how... moreThe back will worn-out quite quickly, and can fee the softness of it.
                                EVEN give a kind of illusion the battery is expending, but is not.
                                Only because there is no support fill inside expected the battery.

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                                  • Pyn
                                  • 24 Jan 2023

                                  Headphones jack means save another budget for the latest walkman.

                                    Tino , 18 Jan 2023Asus, just give me 4 years of updates and I will be always ... moreWhat for you need updates for?

                                      Tom, 20 Jan 2023It has jack but i still don't get it - why? Been usin... moreI think you're talking ultimate crаp. Headphone jack is for everyone who wants ultimate audio quality and one less thing to worry about charging. Last but not least, phones with 3.5 SUPPORT Bluetooth headphones, but not vice-versa. You really aren't bright if you don't see the advantage.

                                        I hope Zenfone X gets rid of those ugly oversized rear cameras and make them more minimalistic