The phone will be available in the United States, Europe, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia, and South America. It will have 8GB/128GB, 8GB/256GB, and 16GB/256GB variants. In the U.S., the ASUS Zenfone 9 will carry a suggested retail price of $699 (around P38,599) for the base 8GB/128GB configuration. Preorders start today in some markets.
Similar to its predecessor, the Zenfone 8, the Zenfone 9 is a compact top-of-the-line smartphone with specs comparable to the ROG Phone 6. It’s still IP68-rated for dust and water resistance, and there’s Corning Gorilla Glass Victus to protect the front, too.
Despite its size and weight — coming in at only 165 grams — the ASUS Zenfone 9 manages to pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 5G chipset and a sizable vapor chamber to tame it and ensure it could maintain optimal performance for longer periods. And yes, it’s the smallest Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1-based phone on the market today.
ASUS’ mainstream flagship also comes with a 50-megapixel camera with a Sony IMX766 image sensor on the back, just like the latest ROG Phone, along with a 12-megapixel secondary ultrawide option.
Interestingly, the camera housing is similar to that on the Huawei P50, another hand-friendly flagship. The front camera on the Zenfone 9 is 12 megapixels and supports PDAF as well, but uses a more capable Sony IMX663 sensor.
The device likewise arrives with the ROG Phone’s Game Genie software feature baked in, allowing you to quickly switch between high-performance and power-efficient modes, mute notifications, show real-time FPS, and set up a macro for more control while gaming, among other things.
Like the latest ROG Phone lineup, the new Zenfone launches with optional accessories, including the Connex accessories set, which includes a Connex case, a smart stand, and a cardholder. You can purchase the Smart Backpack Mount as well, so you can use your phone as an action cam.
The front largely remains the same, featuring a 5.9-inch Samsung-made AMOLED panel with a corner punch-hole cutout, FHD+ resolution, and a 120Hz refresh rate. Finally, there’s the battery, which is slightly larger compared with what the previous model offered.
Promising longer usage times on a single charge, the ASUS Zenfone 9 uses a 4,300mAh cell this time around, though the fast-charging rate might be an issue for some users. The phone maxes out at 30 watts, and that’s not great by 2022 standards.
Highlights of the ASUS Zenfone 9 global launch
ASUS Zenfone 9 specs
- 5.9-inch Super AMOLED display, FHD+ resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
- 4nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor with 5G
- 8GB/16GB LPDDR5 RAM
- 128GB/256GB UFS 3.1 storage
- Dual 50-megapixel main, 12-megapixel ultra-wide rear cameras
- 12-megapixel front camera
- Side fingerprint reader
- 4,300mAh battery with 30-watt fast charging
- Android 12
- IP68 rating for dust and water resistance
- Colors: Midnight Black, Moonlight White, Sunset Red, Starry Blue
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