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ASUS Zenfone 9 launches for €799 with a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 and a 120 Hz AMOLED display in an iPhone 13-sized package

The ASUS Zenfone 9 arrives in four colours from €799. (Image source: ASUS)
The ASUS Zenfone 9 arrives in four colours from €799. (Image source: ASUS)
ASUS has revealed the Zenfone 9, a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1-powered smartphone with a 120 Hz AMOLED display. Available from €799, the Zenfone 9 has multiple memory configurations, colour options and a 4,300 mAh battery that supports 30 W charging. Roughly as large as the Apple iPhone 13, the Zenfone 9 is slightly smaller than its predecessor and weighs 169 g.

ASUS has lifted the lid on the Zenfone 9, a more compact successor to the Zenfone 8. Specifically, the Zenfone 9 measures 146.5 x 68.1 x 9.1 mm, compared to the Zenfone 8's 148 x 68.5 x 8.9 mm dimensions. However, the Zenfone 9 weighs 169 g, matching its predecessor. Incidentally, the Apple iPhone 13 weighs 174 g with a 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.7 mm footprint.

As expected, the Zenfone 9 has a 5.9-inch AMOLED display that outputs at 2,400 x 1,080 pixels with a 120 Hz refresh rate. According to ASUS, the smartphone has a 90.02% screen-to-body ratio, a 240 Hz touch sampling rate, 1,100 nits of maximum brightness and 112% DCI-P3 colour space coverage. ASUS adds that it has protected the display with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus too, which should ensure good drop and scratch protection.

(Image source: ASUS)
(Image source: ASUS)

Separately, ASUS has paired the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 with 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of UFS 3.1 flash storage. Unfortunately, the device lacks microSD card expansion, although ASUS notes that the Zenfone 9 supports the NTFS file system structure for external HDDs. Also, the Zenfone 9 features a 4,300 mAh battery that supports 30 W fast charging via its USB 2.0 Type-C port. For reference, the Zenfone 9 has a 3.5 mm jack too, unlike almost every other Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1-backed smartphone.

Moreover, ASUS has equipped the Zenfone 9 with a Sony IMX766 sensor as its primary camera. Dubbed a 'flagship sensor', you can also find the 50 MP camera in the Nothing Phone (1). The Zenfone 9 features 6-Axis Hybrid Gimbal OIS though, which should improve stabilisation compared to contemporary stabilisation systems. Furthermore, the Zenfone 9 features a Sony IMX663 (12 MP) as its front-facing camera and a Sony IMX363 as its ultra-wide-angle camera, a 12 MP sensor too. For context, Google continues to use the Sony IMX363 as the primary camera on its mid-range smartphones, including the Pixel 6a.

The Zenfone 9 starts at €799 with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. Also available with 8 GB of RAM or 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, ASUS will offer the Zenfone 9 in Midnight Black, Moonlight White, Starry Blue and Sunset Red colour options. All configurations will ship with ZenUI 9, ASUS' version of Android 12.

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Alex Alderson, 2022-07-28 (Update: 2022-07-25)