ASUS has launched its latest flagship 5G smartphone the ASUS Zenfone 9 in an online event, as they promised. It has a 5.9-inch Full HD+ OLED screen with 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection, and has Side-mounted fingerprint scanner. It runs on the latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC with up to 16GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage and has 1727.17mm² vapor chamber cooling with a 230% larger attached area as compared to the previous model. It runs Android 12 with ZenUI 9, but the company only promises 2 years of OS updates and security patches.
It has a dual rear camera setup where a 50MP primary rear camera with a Sony IMX766 sensor, and six-axis gimbal stabilization along with 12MP ultra-wide camera and a 12MP punch-hole front-facing camera. The phone has an ASUS ZenTouch, a multifunction side-mounted power button incorporating a fingerprint sensor, and support for convenient gesture controls including voice-to-text, open notifications, refresh a web page and move to the top/bottom of the page, and media control.
The back panel of the phone is a newly-developed textured surface made of advanced material that is tough and comfortable, yet grippy, and also reduces the weight of the phone, as per the company. It supports IP68 water and dust resistant ratings. It is powered by a slightly larger 4300mAh battery that supports 30W fast charging in the box and can charge up to 50% battery in under 30 minutes.
ASUS Zenfone 9 Specifications -
|Display||5.9-inch (2400 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ AMOLED HDR 10+ 20:9 aspect ratio display with 120Hz refresh rate, up to 800 nits peak brightness, 115% sRGB, 112% DCI-P3 color gamut, Delta E<1, HDR10+, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection|
|Processor||Up to 3.2GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 4nm Mobile Platform with Adreno next-gen GPU|
|RAM/Storage||8GB LPDDR5 RAM with 128GB UFS 3.1 storage, 8GB / 16GB LPDDR5 RAM with 256GB UFS 3.1 storage|
|OS/UI||Android 12 with ASUS ZenUI 9|
|SIM||Dual SIM (nano + nano)|
|Rear Cameras||50MP camera with Sony IMX766 sensor, f/1.9 aperture, six-axis gimbal stabilization, 2×2 OCL PDAF, 12MP ultra-wide camera with Sony IMX663 sensor with the macro option, Dual PDAF, 8k video recording|
|Front Camera||12MP autofocus front camera with Sony IMX663 sensor|
|Features||Side-mounted fingerprint scanner, 3.5mm audio jack, Qualcomm Aqstic WCD9380, Stereo speakers, Qualcomm Aqstic amp (WSA8835), Dirac audio, Water and dust resistant (IP68)|
|Connectivity||5G SA/NSA, Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ax 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, Galileo(E1+E5a), QZSS(L1+L5), NavIC(L5), USB Type-C, NFC|
|Battery/Charger||4300mAh (typical) with 30W fast charging, QC 4.0, PD|
The ASUS Zenfone 9 comes in Midnight Black, Starry Blue, Sunset Red, and Moonlight White colors. It will be available in Europe, Hong Kong, and Taiwan first, with North America, Japan, Indonesia, and parts of South America to follow.
ASUS Zenfone 9 Prices are -
- 8GB RAM/128GB storage version - 799 Euros (Rs. 64,465 approx. / US$ 809) in Europe
- 8GB RAM/128GB storage version - $699 (Rs. 55,695 approx.) in the US
There is a new Connex Case accessory that allows attaching the Connex Card Holder or Connex Smart Stand. There’s also a new Smart Backpack Mount for safely attaching Zenfone 9 to a backpack’s strap.